The Realpolitik of Illusion

It’s a race against time. Obamacare is going into effect, piece by piece, link by link, yard by yard.

The idea when legislating big programs such as this is to push up as many benefits as possible early in the timeline, and shove the burdens as far down the road as possible. The strategy depends on enough voters noticing the benefits before the extravagant costs become clear. (And the full costs never become clear.) Once the program has been around long enough, the benefits will turn enough voters into special interests, and the costs will remain dispersed enough to discourage over-burdened taxpayers from fighting the inertial mass of the program.null

About the only thing that can go wrong is that the costs become all-too-clear all-too-soon.

That’s Nancy Pelosi’s realpolitik, as she honestly explained in her proud defense of “the health care law” (as if there were only one!):

We think the more people know about this legislation, you see it has changed even in the past week, the support for it has increased and as people understand what we all heard here today — how it affects their lives directly — that will even grow. So as I’ve said before, the politics be damned. . . .

That line, “the politics be damned,” is disingenuous in the extreme. The politics, here, is everything. And the Democrats have big government’s “home court” advantage, the illusions of interest-group cost-benefit analysis.

And against them? A Republican presidential candidate who had previously supported the same kind of law, supported by the same kind of illusions.

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.

5 Comments so far ↓

  1. Jul
    13
    8:46
    AM
    Brad

    This article is uncommon sense
    There is a BIG difference between Ma. law and Obama care
    I thought you were for states rights
    You do not seem to know the difference between a state law and a federal law and ALL the differences between the two laws or between state laws and similar federal laws
    I was a state certified health councillor for the elderly when state law incorporated and I left when Obama care passed because I could not be honest with my clients

  2. Jul
    13
    12:45
    PM
    Paul Jacob

    Brad — Tell me, do you favor the Massachusetts law passed by Romney? Please enlighten me (and others) on all the differences, especially the biggest ones.

  3. Jul
    13
    4:23
    PM
    Mark Read Pickens

    Brad: I’m going to go out on a limb here, and speculate that Paul Jacob favors individual rights, not State’s rights.

  4. Jul
    13
    7:54
    PM
    Drik

    One BIG differece is that you can move the heck OUT of Maassechusetts and not have to pay for it if you choose.
    Oh, and the Ma. law actually IS constitutional, even without a corrrupt Supreme Court decision.

  5. Jul
    14
    8:55
    AM
    Drik

    The picture of M. Pelosi, is that a flame coming off her finger?

    Believable.

    Just not clear.

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