WTF? NYT Compares Not Expanding Medicaid To Slavery

Good grief, the left wing media is going off the rails. Not long ago we had Martin Bashir wanting to take a dump and a pee on Sarah Palin. Then the other day WaPo printed an op-ed tying the tea party to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. I wish I was kidding.

Now we have a New York Times op-ed comparing states that won’t expand Medicaid to slavery, and absolving President Obama of his lie about keeping your health insurance because President Lincoln lied about keeping slavery. It’s like these lunatics are trying to one-up each other.

“I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the states where it exists,” he said, reaching out to the breakaway South. “I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.”

He was saying to a Confederacy that would enshrine owning another human being in its new constitution: If you like the slaves you’ve got now, you can keep them. It was a lie in the sense that Lincoln made a promise, changed by circumstances, that he broke less than two years later — and probably never meant to keep.

It gets worse from there.

The comparisons of President Obama to Lincoln fade with every day of the shrinking modern presidency. As for the broken-promise scale: Lincoln said an entire section of the country could continue to enslave more than one in three of its people. Obama wrongly assured about five million people that they could keep their bare-bones health plans if they liked them (later amended when it turned not to be true).

How is there any comparison? How can any sane person compare keeping a health insurance policy they like and pay for to keeping a slave? Maybe Martin Bashir should take a dump on this guy. But I digress.

His point is that the states that aren’t expanding Medicaid are reverting back to the days of slavery.

As inapt as those comparisons are, what is distressingly similar today is how the South is once again committed to taking a backward path. By refusing to expand health care for the working poor through Medicaid, which is paid for by the federal government under Obamacare, most of the old Confederacy is committed to keeping millions of its own fellow citizens in poverty and poor health. They are dooming themselves, further, as the Left-Behind States.

And they are doing it out of spite. Elsewhere, the expansion of Medicaid, the health care program for the poor, has been one of the few success stories of Obamacare. It may be too complicated for the one-dimensional Beltway press. Either that, or it doesn’t fit the narrative of failure.

Feel free to read the whole thing if you want your head to explode. Like it’s spiteful to not spend a state into bankruptcy. (Over time the federal government’s contribution will diminish.) Like it’s spiteful not to force one group of people to pay for the needs of another group of people. As Stacy McCain pointed out, the “free” health insurance offered by Medicaid isn’t free at all.

Do you believe this? “Free” money from the federal government? Medicaid as a job-creation dynamo? While I have not bothered to dig down on the data here, the basic economics of it is like saying that if you take $5 out of your pants pocket and put it in your coat pocket, you will then have $10. Government has no money of its own to spend. Every cent expended by government must come either from tax revenue or from borrowing, and borrowing — i.e., deficit spending — is ultimately a drag on economic growth, because capital invested in government bonds (which is how deficit spending is financed) is capital not invested in private-sector businesses.

The liberal belief in “free government money” is like one of those quasi-religious magical thinking exercises that Ace discusses here. (Read More)

The next time you wonder how we got to this point – government lawlessness, $17 trillion national debt, even more in unfunded liabilities – just look to the press. They get more pathetic by the minute. Unfortunately, as they get more pathetic, our country gets weaker, and our kids get more in debt. Happy Thanksgiving.