Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

October 14, 2013

STUMPTALK: Hubris, not leadership

By Ted La Vaque
Chronicle contributor

CROSSVILLE — James Madison pretty well nailed the Democrats’ approach to writing laws even in 1788: “It will be of little avail (“use”) to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows what the law is today can guess what it will be tomorrow.” Which brings us to Obamacare or the terribly misnamed Affordable Care Act. It is so voluminous that it cannot be understood. Implementation of the law is certainly arbitrarily changed according to Obama’s mood. In order to survive, companies and corporations are refusing to participate because of the expense and uncertainty. They are cutting work hours to avoid having full time employees.

Companies that could expand will not because they must avoid reaching 50 employees. Madison was right, Obama has created a circumstance in which no man who knows what the law is today can guess what it will be tomorrow. The law is 2,400 pages and the regulations promulgated by Health and Human Services amount to over 24,000 pages courtesy of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Since the IRS has been attached to the process I have no idea how large and complex it is. Do you? Does anyone? After the law was published so that, according to Nancy Pelosi, we could find out what was in it, John Conyers the Democrat Chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary famously complained, “I love these members that get up and say ‘read the bill.’ What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?” Really? The Democrats’ Chairman of the House Judiciary? The Democrats' chief lawyer could not understand the law? Really? Democrats forced the bill upon us without even reading it, as we all know. It shows. They certainly never read Madison. Obama is ramming a law that is bankrupting our economy while doing nothing to improve access to competent healthcare but he thinks it will mark his place in history. The so-called Affordable Care Act may well mark his place in history, but not for the reasons he dreams of. It will mark his place in history because it will destroy our economy and because of the malignant hubristic pride that drives Obama. Hubris, as we should know, destroys.

In the past, leftists, including writers in this paper, have bitterly complained that corporations and moneyed individuals receive special treatment, even from Supreme Court decisions. I note that these same individuals have been oddly silent about the fact that Obama has personally granted waivers of expensive mandates to well over 1000 companies and corporations, but has refused to “grant” such waivers to individual citizens or powerful unions despite their direct appeal to him. That term “grant” is interesting, it has an imperial ring to it. When, in the history of the United States, has the President had the power to alter laws by his own hand without recourse to the Legislative body of the people? This is a frightening precedent which, if unchecked by Congress, will be ruinous to our already damaged Republic. All hail Obama.