Increasingly, I've come to see conservatives--real conservatives and libertarians--in the role of the WWII French Underground or the famed Aussie "coastwatchers" who were so instrumental in intelligence gathering in the Pacific war.
Living by their wits, in secrecy or in complete hiding, they held on long enough of the world mobilized to fight and eventually defeat the oppressive regimes which threatened the end to liberty and freedom.
I don't think I need belabor the analogy further.
As I gaze out over the landscape or the windward side out our position, the threats are so numerous it is difficult to even establish a target priority list.
For the sake of argument, let us consider the socialists' attempt to destroy the best health care system in the world.
So what if you're happy, as the majority are, with your employer-funded health insurance plan?
Today the Senate is considering limiting, "but not eliminating" (yet) the tax-free status of employer-provided health benefits to help pay for Obama's plan to provide coverage to 50 million uninsured Americans.
Fewer tax deduction breaks for your employer on the insurance plan means an ever-increasing co-pay for you, a switch to cheaper and inferior health insurance plans, and the eventual elimination of this "benefit" by your employer.
But wait! There's
I believe that within the next 18 months the socialists will attempt to pass a law which will tax your previously tax-free employee benefits package as income. Lets say that you make $50k and the company benefits amount to $15K; you'll be taxed at $65,000 even though you only "make" $50,000.
See how this collectivist Ponzi scheme works? Heads, they win; tails you loose.
We are within a six-seven years of of Social Security retirement and disability expenses exceed revenues. Medicare, in true Obamanist workers' paradise fashion, already operates in the red. Obama's answer to the niggling problem?
All this is teetering on the edge as the first massive wave of SS-entitled baby-boomers hits eligibility age.
All assets generated since the birth of social security will be utterly exhausted, zeroed, bankrupt by 2037--and that date will be revised each year as reality sets in under the current regime.
- First, look for the social security retirement age to be extended,
- SS taxes will increase on the significantly smaller pool of tax-paying workers (read: your children and grandchildren),
- SS (&DI) benefits--following the model of the looming colossus that is national health insurance--will be limited, restricted and in a growing percentage of cases, denied.
Let's use me, born in 1948, as an example:
The earliest a person can start receiving Social Security retirement benefits is 62. If I start receiving retirement benefits at age 62, I'll get 75% of the monthly benefit because I'll be receiving benefits 48 months "early".
A spouse (no longer my problem) at full retirement age, will get 50% of the monthly benefit your spouse would receive if his or her benefits started at full retirement age. At 62, you will get 35% of the monthly benefit instead of 50% because you will be getting benefits for an additional 48 months.
In 1950, 16 workers paid SS taxes for each retiree. Today, the ratio is roughly 3:1. And by the time I lead my entire gigantic group of "seniors" into Obama's socialist Utopia there will be just two workers to support every retiree.
Fewer workers for more retirees mean each worker bears an increasing financial burden to pay the benefits that Social Security has promised.
The original Social Security tax was just 2 percent on the first $3,000 that a worker earned, a maximum tax of $60 per year. By 1960, payroll taxes had risen to 6 percent. Today's workers pay a payroll tax of 12.4 percent. Soon the payroll tax will have to be raised to more than 18 percent--a 50 percent increase. Source: "Social Security: Follow the math"
And those of you who for some reason counted only on Social Security for retirement... I'm sorry, there's an ice floe waiting.
The numbers don't lie, and the socialists will never let you manage your on SS accounts which would allow a far greater return over your working life; no, you'll be forced in the pay as you go and unlike your parents... you'll never see a red cent of all that you pay in.
Veterans (especially disabled veterans):
I'll expand on the specific threats to us in another post, but here's what I see from my coastline; As SS, SSDI, and Medicare grind to a halt, the wards of the state will be unloaded on the already limited services of the over-taxed VA hospital system.
Soon, your wait in a VA emergency room will go from a measly three hours to double that, as the sick, lame and lazy, the homeless, the schizoids, the poor and the free loaders crowd you out.
Sarge: Hold on, GA. They don't qualify, the VA is only for veterans and dependents and nobody else.
GA: That's true as of, oh, 1330 hours on Wednesday, 13 May, 2009; but just wait and watch. As the inexorable numerical and financial forces crush all the massive entitlement programs, the VA system will be nationalized just like banks, car companies and now, private health insurance.
Worse, as soon as being a veteran in the VA "system" means nothing, the hordes will move ahead of you in line as "our" health insurance system will cut back, limit services, aggressively triage (without regard to your veteran status) and our ice floe will have an American flag on it... ."thanks for your service".
So what do we do guys?
Pressure your respective vets' organization to go on the attack and stop sending you a magazine full of "grip and grin" photos of National Commander Poo-Bah shaking hands with Sen. Bobby-Joe Porkbarrel at some banquet.
Enough pointy-hat socializing and gee-whiz attitude... insist the national leadership immediately formulate a pre-emptive strike strategy and hit Obama before he unleashes the blitzkrieg on us.
It's our hospital and health insurance system--we paid for it up front--and you'll have to go through us to nationalize it.
Contribute more to your group's political action committee and not so the Regional Vice President of Chaplains to attend the National Chaplains' Association in Key West....in January.
Pay your dues. Organize your local veterans.
We are deluding ourselves if we continue to think that 1.) veterans are respected, and 2.) veterans will always be treated with deference since it is we "who have borne the battle."
Once you realize that the guy ahead of you in the VA pharmacy line is a gay, non-English speaking community organizer from ACORN.... it'll be too late.
Resume your coast-watching.