… Little Guys Are Suspects:
Was Obamacare a plot to give total control to the Republicans, also known as the Plutocratic Party, within two years? So deliberately bad was Obamacare, that this is something that I have long believed. It is Machiavellianism 101: duplicity deployed.
There is a global pattern unfolding, where common citizens are held accountable for imagined, or anticipated crimes, when not punished for mass crimes they have nothing to do with (such as the crash of 2008; the FATCA, see below, is one such example).
I explained in details, for years, years ago, what was wrong with Obamacare. Now others are belatedly arriving at the same conclusion:
In “This Democrat Is Giving Up on ObamaCare. The disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act was the catalyst for my party’s midterm thumping,” Burke Beu, Nov. 13, 2014, explains:
“I grew up in a Democratic family. I have been a registered Democrat since age 18, a Democratic candidate for statewide office in Colorado and a party precinct captain in that caucus state. I’ve volunteered for numerous Democratic candidates and contributed to party causes and campaigns… I voted for President Obama again in 2012, then received a cancellation notice for my health insurance. This was due to ObamaCare, the so-called Affordable Care Act. However, I couldn’t afford anything else.”
Democrat Burke Beu makes it clear: “ObamaCare is a failure. For anyone who thinks this is a misprint because no Democratic activist would make such a comment, let me add that it is too big, too complicated and too expensive. Without a public option within its network of exchanges, ObamaCare is a giant blank check to the insurance companies that pushed it through Congress. It punishes responsible consumers like me and treats younger individuals as fools who are expected to pay the bills while not paying attention.
Now we learn in videos… that Jonathan Gruber, MIT economist and a key architect of the Affordable Care Act, proudly relied on his perceived “stupidity of the American voter” as the basis for designing ObamaCare…
Fearful that doing nothing was worse than doing the wrong thing, Democrats gave up on Medicare for the masses and opted for a drastic alternative. ObamaCare is an outrageous combination of private-market inflation, government bureaucracy, excessive mandates and a ridiculously delayed implementation schedule. When the thing finally kicked in, it hit hard—and there is plenty more pain on the way.
Worst of all, ObamaCare looks and feels exactly like what it is: a health-care plan devised by lawyers and corporate executives rather than true health-care providers.”
Verily, the top Democrats were not “fearful”, but greedy. Some made a fortune from their health care “expertise”. (I have detailed all this greed in essays, some six years old.)
Beu was published in the Wall Street Journal, the number one newspaper in the USA. Now let’s switch to another plutocratic newspaper, the New York Times. It is interesting, nowadays, that so many newspapers friendly to wealth, and owned by plutocrats (like the preceding two), can sound way on the left of the so-called democratic administration.
The New York Times is waking up to the (undercover) Police State:
“Across the federal government, undercover work has become common enough that undercover agents sometimes find themselves investigating a supposed criminal who turns out to be someone from a different agency, law enforcement officials said. In a few situations, agents have even drawn their weapons on each other before realizing that both worked for the federal government.
“There are all sorts of stories about undercover operations gone bad,” Jeff Silk, a longtime undercover agent and supervisor at the Drug Enforcement Administration, said in an interview. “People are always tripping and falling over each other’s cases.”
Mr. Silk, who retired this year, cited a case that he supervised in which the D.E.A. was wiretapping suspects in a drug ring in Atlanta, only to discover that undercover agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the F.B.I. and the New York Police were trying to infiltrate the same ring… even Justice Department officials say they are uncertain how many agents work undercover.
But current and former law enforcement officials said the number of federal agents doing such work appeared to total well into the thousands, with many agencies beefing up their ranks in recent years, or starting new undercover units. An intelligence official at the Department of Homeland Security, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss classified matters, said the agency alone spent $100 million annually on its undercover operations. With large numbers of undercover agents at the F.B.I. and elsewhere, the costs could reach hundreds of millions of dollars a year…
At the Supreme Court, all of the court’s more than 150 police officers are trained in undercover tactics, according to a federal law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity because it involved internal security measures…
The agents, often youthful looking, will typically “dress down” and wear backpacks to blend inconspicuously into the crowd, the official said…. A former F.B.I. undercover agent, said he was troubled to learn that the Supreme Court routinely used undercover officers to pose as demonstrators and monitor large protests. “There is a danger to democracy,” he said, “in having police infiltrate protests when there isn’t a reasonable basis to suspect criminality.”
Gruber, the Obamacare adviser, said it: we are all supposed to be idiots.
Meanwhile the FATCA was passed. This law makes any common American going overseas a criminal suspect. I am talking about the mood of the law. Any overseas bank is supposed to engage in a severe criminal activity if it does not report “USA persons” engaging in banking (not even The Economist knows who these “persons” are supposed to be). Accounts have been seized, without judicial intervention, by the government: just too many small deposits can get any USA bank holder in that situation (excuse: you have got to be a drug dealer).
“FATCA” is an insinuation that any “USA person” is a “fat cat”. There are about eight million citizens of the USA living permanently overseas. Now banks, worldwide, view working with them a possible criminal activity. So they don’t feel like extending banking to them. The effect on the USA will be disastrous (do top Democrats want us to vote Republican to redress that grievance? They sure do: Machiavellianism 101!)
It’s the same idea as with Obamacare, or massive surveillance of legal demonstrations, undercover: the little guy is a criminal suspect, suspect of whatever is wrong with health care, or democracy, or banking.
In all these cases, the real problem, the rise of the immensely rich who pay no taxes, has not been addressed.
Typical is plutocrat Bill Gates’ rejoinder: told that French economist Picketty suggested that his wealth ought to be taxed, Gates replied one ought to make distinctions: Gates is a good guy, those who fly in their own jumbo jets are bad…. And ought to be taxed.
The punchline? Gates owns the company. The world’s largest company of luxury private jets rental.
The hyper rich own anonymous companies, shell companies, charity companies, dark pools, trusts, etc. They are everywhere, but the IRS does not see them. At most the IRS see their lawyers. In California, the very rich does not even pay significant property tax: they found several tricks around Prop 13.
So there is a pattern in all of this: the Obama administration did exactly what the plutocrats wanted it to do. Including making common democratic voters disgusted by the “Democratic Party”, or democracy in general.
So it goes in plutocracy. I am sure Obama’s future is brighter than ever. For those who live in the dark, any light is bright enough.