Saturday, October 23, 2010

Consternative Contradictions Part 4: To Insure or Not to Insure (And Whether or Not to Whine About It)

By “Pintface” Pete Bogs/BogsBlog

In their campaign against so-called “big government,” consternatives are framing the health insurance requirement of the new health care law as a “loss of freedom.” This even though neither they nor anyone else is complaining that we’re required to buy insurance if we drive a car – and that’s most of us. We also have to buy homeowner's insurance and other forms of coverage.

This also even as they complain about the lazy, entitlement-loving, uninsured poor raising everyone else’s insurance rates with ER visits and surgeries they can’t afford. If the disadvantaged can get affordable insurance (also part of the law), the rest of us won’t be subsidizing them(!)

I don’t agree with the health insurance mandate myself (the health care law overall is weak and disappointing), but I’m not going to play the victim card and stoke exaggerated, unwarranted anger amongst the great uncritical masses. Unlike some people.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Consternative Contradictions Part 3: Educational Charity (aka Paying for Private Schools With Public Money)

By “Pintface” Pete Bogs/BogsBlog

Consternatives are the primary advocates for school vouchers, which can be used to pay for private school when parents can’t afford the tuition but don’t want their kids in public school. Florida Republicant gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott recently expressed his support for expanding vouchers, which were sharply limited here after a 2006 court ruling.

The contradiction lies in consternatives ostensibly wanting to fund education for the disadvantaged with taxpayer dollars, while deriding the notion of providing food, shelter and health care for the very same class of people by the same means. The terms “big government,” “out-of-control spending,” “taxing people to death” and “welfare queens” are often bandied angrily about. Why this selective concern for the underprivileged?

Some voucher critics don’t want to help pay for religious schools, and I can understand that. For me, the issue is that vouchers create a barrier to fixing the real problem: failing public schools. (I use similar logic in opposing the drilling of new oil wells in the U.S. – it doesn’t encourage companies to seek the non-polluting, renewable energy sources we should be pursuing.)

Whatever I may think on the topic, I know support for school vouchers is yet another glaring example of consternative hypocrisy.