While "evil muslim Obama" people exist, that isn't what's happening with my take. What we had before was already socialized medicine as it was (and still is) illegal to turn anyone away from the ER. What has been done is the federal government has confiscated yet another liberty (being able to choose how we spend our earnings) under the guise of "protecting us from ourselves". It is a further extension of the notion that we can still have freedoms without any fears of consequences if we forcibly "make everyone act responsibly with their funds". The problem is that we are now steadily going down the road of how the VA is handled. Lots of promises and good intent for those that have a heart at the expense of those they can forcibly confiscate funds from. All the while, the execution of said program continues to be less valued on the totem pole as the political currency for it gives way to other more valuable avenues (in this case, more funds are routed to illegal immigrants over fixing the VAs numerous issues). Just as Romney got slammed for stating his infamous 47% remark, democrats are actively engaging this to the nth degree. If Massachusetts wants to collectively do this for their citizens, great. They can do exactly that. Just don't make the rest of the country pay for its failings when it does so. Conversely, they don't owe any other states a penny if they can sustain a robust system. Instead, what we've got is a series of distributions of everyone else's earnings according to a centrally located government that is happy to skim its cut off the top for "administrative duties". Do you wonder why 7 of the 10 wealthiest counties in the entire US happen to be around DC? Do you honestly believe that the young adults that are being made to pay into a system now (SS, ACA, etc) will get anything close to a return on what is confiscated from them? The guys that are making the promises off their committments will be long gone when it comes time to collect the check. There simply isn't enough money on the planet to sustain this ponzi scheme. What will be done is the currency will be devalued in order to "honor the debts". Meanwhile, the pittance of funny money or services coming generations will get will leave them destitute and scrambling to fix what is lifetimes of screw-ups, scandals, and outright theivery. Don't get me wrong, the intent behind the ACA is very well-meaning for those that simply want to help people. But the reality is that we are stealing from millennials and future generations at the hands of a political machine that doesn't give two shits for anything beyond the next election cycle.
Seriously.... just apply a little bit of critical thinking here. What evidence do you have that the Civil War was fought to preserve slavery for the southern states and to end slavery for the northern states? If you're being honest, you'll find that the elementary school of dichotomous world-views was not exactly forthright about a number of points on all kinds of stuff.
Once you get to the purpose of why the government was set up the way it was, we can readily see how much of what we now do is absolutely contrary to the original mission statement. As for CWG - again... look at the chronicled history of a consistent pattern of usurpation of freedoms. Disarming the civilians is a primary goal. If already done under a previous benevelant regime, getting to the next stages of the quashing of liberties in favor of a political class is all the easier.
Yeah... what I found graduate school to be is more of a socialization to prep us for the research field. Because of the nature of my studies, the professors got noticeably different around me when the MD was around. I wasn't the only one, but they definitely seemed to "fight/bicker" through me rather than face the good doctor directly. I used to love going to work to just be around people accustomed to dealing with reality rather than working on getting the world to conform to what someone believes.
You've visited this forum enough to not be able to claim that you weren't informed. You've got some genuine resources here that could help you navigate those waters if you are inclined to approach them with any sincerity.
I would normally be on board with your input Jeremy, but sure-handed receivers can enable a shorter pass game that will effectively keep the chains moving and help keep a balanced offense for the running attack as well. As much as people are tired of hearing it, if catchable balls were not dropped at the rate that they were over the past two weeks, our offense is much improved.
There is some merit to this. Police can only enforce laws that are on the books. The more laws there are to enforce, the more avenues of prosecution exist. It would be okay if we were talking about criminal activity that affected actual victims. However, the victimless crime has been a staple of deprivation of individual liberties under the guise of "protecting us from ourselves" for over a century now.
I honestly and truly feel bad for you if you are counting on SS being of any value when you intend to collect. It's been at least 3 decades of federal government robbing retirees of their saving through devaluation of the currency. Though currency is still mobile, it isn't so value-realized as actual assets over a few years' time. We're not as far away from a tipping point where realized currency value is deflating faster than consumer confidence can buoy it.
As I understood it, the funds were available, but weren't able to be released due to beaurocratic dispenseries making it unavailable. Either way, I suppose it's better than getting that in place of a paycheck. Stick around CWG, you'll be getting something equally worthless in place of SS when the time comes.