Sunday, October 07, 2007

THOU, too, sail on, O SCHIP of State!

Sail on, O rising nanny state...
Apologies to H. W. Longfellow.

Michigan statists are all over Mike Rogers and Tim Walberg about their objections to socializing health care in the United States. These GOP congressmen both voted against expanding SCHIP, the State Children's Health Insurance Program. Rogers and Walberg are being accused of cruelty to poor children.

Actually, based on an example formally and officially put forward by Democrats as their response to Dubya's veto; these children seem to be better described as the offspring of looters.

Rogers, whose vote is wobbly, said "... an almost-unanimous vote for passage can be worked out "when they're [Democrats] done with their political theater."" Tim Walberg whose vote isn't, "... remains staunchly opposed to the bill, which one analyst said makes him out of touch with his constituents." You go, Tim.

Incremental Socialism was hatched in the nineteenth century. This instance has been a specific medium term Democrat strategy since it was revealed in a 1993 RodhamCare memo. Apparently unaware of the subtleties of stealth care; Democrats have rushed to confirm their statist agenda by giving us their quintessential idea of who truly needs the SCHIP expansion:

The "Not So Poor" 12 Year Old Who Rebutted Bush on SCHIP Veto

One has to wonder that if time and money can be found to remodel a home, send kids to exclusive private schools, purchase commercial property and run your own business... maybe money can be found for other things...maybe Dad should drop his woodworking hobby and get a real job that offers health insurance rather than making people like me (also with 4 kids in a 600sf smaller house and tuition $16,000 less per kid and no commercial property ownership) pay for it in my taxes.
The "Poor" SCHIP Kid
So here are the facts as laid out by the Democrats. The kids parents only earn 45 grand a year and they receive no insurance through their work. Getting insurance on their own would cost 1200 bucks.

Lets do the math here. The value of their house is up over a half a million, the value of the commercial property would have to be close to 300 grand or so now, and the family may be renting some of the property out to another company for more income. Now we come to their mortgages which I'm sure cost a bit but this family was able to send two of their kids to a private school at 20 grand a piece, so the mortgage's couldn't be killing them.

About that tuition. Didn't the article state they only make 45 grand combined per year? So after sending their kids to school they take home 5 grand for the whole year. Riiiiight. I smell unreported income here or they received tuition assistance from the Park School which would mean a couple with four children have two of them attending a private school rather then a public school at the expense of taxpayers.
Brother, can you spare a CHIP?
Bad things happen to good people, and they cause financial problems and tough choices. But, if this is the face of the "needy" in America, then no-one is not needy. And, if everyone needs assistance from the federal government, so be it. But I don't think I want to drive down the road where Bonnie Frost wants to take us - because at the end of it there are no free-born citizens, just a nation where everyone is a ward of the state.
2007 is the 50th anniversary of the publication of Atlas Shrugged. If you haven't yet read it, now would be a fine time.

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