The Big Think

October 16, 2013

The Law of Unintended Consequences

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 11:29 am

And people still say they weren’t warned.

Eastern Howard School Corporation:

Regardless of your position on the Affordable Care Act this is the reality. Public schools are non-profits. With this mandate you only have 2 choices. Reduce the hours of instructional aides, bus drivers, cooks, custodians etc below 30 hours or offer them insurance. If you offer all these employees insurance you cannot generate any additional revenue to pay for these additional employees. Result…lay off teachers; cut staff; cut programs for students. All over this country students will suffer educationally due to the implementation of this law as non-profits can only reduce the level of service to pay for these additional costs. No one is talking about this impact on kids. We do not have a way to generate revenue to pay for unfunded mandates from the federal government. Unfortunately.

I have noticed an incredible lack of commentary or acknowledgement on the side of the folks who rammed this abomination through. It’s almost like now that they’ve gotten what they want their attention has wandered on to other things. Nothing to see here, move along, move along.

And among those who do acknowledge the problems, the universal response has been “oh, we’ll just spend an indeterminate amount of time and (taxpayer) money to shore up the system. It’ll work eventually. Someday. Cross-my-heart.

It’s shameful and embarrassing (and entirely predictable).

Civil Disobedience: Citizens Pushing Back

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 8:16 am

Civil Disobedience: Citizens Pushing Back: “There is a finely calibrated bargain at the heart of a republic: Citizens have a duty to obey the lawful and legitimate mandates of the government, including those with which they disagree, and the government has a duty to see to it that its actions are lawful and legitimate. The people have an obligation to be prudent and circumspect about engaging in civil disobedience, and the government has a responsibility to be scrupulous with its powers. That contract has been violated by the White House.”

By several recent White Houses, I would add. Only in asserting our power as the true owners of this country and demanding reforms and accountability that will stick (government leaders are not above the law, perp walks for any govt. official who breaks it– no matter how lofty a position–, demanding long term stability of our Republic) can we reasonably be expected to survive as a country. At the rate things are going don’t hold your breath.

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