Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Daily Beast: Obamacare Is Looking More and More Like It Was Designed to Punish the Middle Class

Lloyd Green writes for the Daily Beast:
Obamacare is looking more and more like it was designed to punish the middle class at the expense of the Democratic base—just like the old welfare days.

It’s welfare redux time. Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office reported that the Obamacare will cost the country the equivalent of 2.5 million full-time jobs by 2024, as people choose not to work or work less in order to keep their Obamacare subsidy. Meanwhile, the Brookings Institution announced yesterday that Obamacare stands to shift wealth from the top 80 percent on America’s income ladder to the lowest fifth—a cash grab from most of the bottom half. President Obama and his congressional allies have sacrificed the work ethic and growth on the altar of the Democrats’ upstairs-downstairs coalition, with the emphasis on “downstairs.”

That Obama would go gunning for affluent America was no secret. As a candidate, sticking it to the relatively rich was a principle from day one. On the stump, Obama intoned, “I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”

Well, it now looks like Obama has played us again, just as he did when he “promised” that if we liked our healthcare we could keep it. Yes, Obama was sort of, proximately, true to his word when he raised taxes on Americans earning $250,000 and up. But, here’s where Obama as Pinocchio comes in.

The president hit working and lower middle income America hardest. So while the stock market was setting new highs in 2013, working America was socked with a Social Security tax hike, and has now been told that it will shoulder a larger share of Obamacare’s burden than those closest to the apex of the income pyramid—that is, if they are foolish enough to keep working.

As an apparently punch-drunk but honest Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) phrased it, “We live in a country where we should be free agents. People can do what they want.”

Regardless, Obamacare is looking a lot less about Obama and his vaunted calls for “justice,” and a lot more like Chicago or New Jersey-style vengeance—with a dollop of “whatever” thrown in for kicks. As it is playing out, Obamacare appears increasingly as if it were designed to punish the Republican rank and file, while haphazardly rewarding the Democrats’ core. And if someone gets hurt that shouldn’t have been, so be it, like those someones who earn between $30,000 and $50,000.


  1. What do you expect from a little commie bastard. Yet so many fucking nitwits voted for him.

  2. There are no words in the English language sufficient to express my contempt for anyone who ever believed anything that lying bastard in the White House has said. His duplicity and deceitfulness are only exceeded by his arrogance and megalomania. At this point I can't decide who is more contemptible, The Dear Leader or the craven, degenerate sycophants who have defended him.

    Too bad it will be another hundred years before space migration becomes a practical reality. Imagine how much worse it will get before then.

  3. Obama tore a page out of FDR's New Deal playbook, which was intended to reward his friends and punish his enemies on a nationwide scale. Their success is our failure.