“A racket is a service that is fraudulently offered to solve a problem, such as for a problem that does not actually exist, will not be affected, or would not otherwise exist. Conducting a racket is racketeering. Particularly, the potential problem may be caused by the same party that offers to solve it, although that fact may be concealed, with the specific intent to engender continual patronage for this party.”
Back in the 60’s and 70’s, liberals in the U.S. decided marriage was an unnecessary and outdated tradition (now that gays want to get married marriage has, of course, become a noble cause worthy of a civil war, but I digress). Whereas it was once a sin to bear children out of wedlock, the Left made it a sin to pass judgment on those who behave self-indulgently and without any apparent regard for the consequences of their actions. The result is that we’ve seen an enormous social shift, including an alarming increase in the rate of illegitimacy and children being raised by single mothers who struggle financially to support themselves and their children. This self-inflicted dynamic leads to hand-wringing by liberals, who demand to know what we’re going to do about poverty in this country, oblivious to their own culpability. So they all get together with purposeful looks on their faces, clucking like hens, and come up with the same solution they have for every crisis they instigate: the American taxpayers. Welfare, food stamps, Headstart, Medicaid, Obamaphones, free college aid and subsidized daycare – these are the rackets that have been birthed from leftwing meddling in social tradition. To underscore my point, here’s the latest great idea from our dear leader:
“President Obama recently released his education reform plan. Two critical components are incentives for all day kindergarten and additional funding for Pre-K and early childhood programs. A fair question raised by many critics is simply this: will these programs actually make a difference in the battle to end child poverty?”1
How about asking what gives Obama (or anyone) the right to steal the earnings of one American in order to enrich another who is the “victim” of her own bad choices?
Create the problem, then steal from taxpayers to “solve” it.
Speaking of education, let’s talk about the astronomical rise in costs that have created, as the Left likes to say, a “lack of access” to college. Would someone please remind me who’s been in charge of the universities in this country for the past 50 years or more? Oh yes, I remember – the Left. They’ve been busy little bees, creating bloated administrations and paying themselves very handsomely for the back-breaking task of brainwashing our young. That champion of the poor consumer, Elizabeth Warren, pulled down about $350K per year at Harvard. Nice work if you can get it but unfortunately those fat salaries make college very expensive. To keep the gravy train going the Left has to figure out a way to shift that burden onto someone else. Thus we have a million ways that someone can qualify for a tax-payer subsidized education as long as they are not too honest or too hard-working (those folks have to pay for themselves). Once again, here comes Obama to magically make my point:
“Earlier in his presidency, President Obama announced a student loan forgiveness plan one that has become known as the Obama student loan forgiveness program- for students who were unable to complete their student loan payments or had already completed a significant part of their payments for a long period of time. The Obama student loan forgiveness program automatically clears the remaining debt of anyone who has made regular payments on their federal student loans for a minimum of twenty years. People in military service or who are working in other government departments might have their debts cleared even earlier than that as per Obama Student Loan Forgiveness.”2
Create the problem then extort the cost from taxpayers. That’s the name of this racket.
How about the housing “crisis?” Whose idea was it to legislate the lowering of credit standards to encourage home-buying by people who couldn’t afford it? Who dreamed up Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? The Left likes to blame the whole thing on George Bush because he happened to be sitting in the Oval Office when the music stopped (that’s about as complex as their analytical skills get). To be fair Bush presided over policies that kept interest rates artificially low, and that certainly contributed to the bubble; but the game was already set up for failure. What was the cost of this racket? Somewhere between a trillion dollars (stimulus) and a hell of a lot more than that, all funded by taxpayers.
Create the problem……
Now let’s talk about the manufactured “crisis” in healthcare. Healthcare is like any other service commodity. When left to its own devices, it’s kept in check by natural market forces like supply, demand and price sensitivity. But alas it is not the nature of a racketeer to leave a market to its own devices. Liberals brought us Medicare, Medicaid and the federal HMO Act, all of which led to a greater and greater separation of the consumer from the market, which means increased demand and higher prices. Liberals brought us more regulation so that we now collectively subsidize things like contraception, dieticians, rehab, in vitro fertilization and other things that were once the responsibility of the customer (and what do you suppose has happened to the demand for these products and services now that the cost is spread to other people?). It’s liberals who stand with the trial lawyers and block tort reform, adding billions to our healthcare costs for lawsuit payouts and – more importantly – lawsuit prevention. It’s liberals who block interstate sales of health insurance, stifling competition. And it’s liberals who insist that everyone who shows up at the emergency room must be treated for FREE if they say they can’t pay, robbing hospitals of income that they must make up elsewhere (btw, what’s wrong with putting people on a payment plan to pay for the services they used?).
Each of these, and probably a million more, contribute to the artificial and unnecessary increase in the cost of healthcare, a cost that’s borne by only a fraction of Americans while the rest get a free or subsidized ride.
Create the problem, then jam Obamacare down the throats of taxpayers. In the case of Obamacare the cost is a mere $1.6 trillion over 10 years or so. It may be the biggest racket of them all.
Al Capone was an amateur compared to these guys. The only big difference is that everyone recognized Capone for the despicable crook he was.