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"Hope and Change" have come to equal "Cronyism"

President Obama promised a new sort of presidency.   And he’s delivered – Chicago politics in DC:

If Obamacare is so great, why do so many people want to get out from under it?

More specifically, why are more than half of those 3,095,593 in plans run by labor unions, which were among Obamacare’s biggest political supporters? Union members are only 12 percent of all employees but have gotten 50.3 percent of Obamacare waivers.

Emphasis mine.  12% get 50%  of the waivers.  Got a “gold plated health benefit package” but don’t belong to a union?  Tough.

Pure and simple, this reflects who makes up the Democrats real constituency.  The NLRB reflects it as well – see the Boeing stupidity and the attack on right-to-work states and the attempt to deny non-union workers their jobs.

But back to the waiver point.  One of the things I constantly harp on is the fact that we supposedly are a nation that abides by the rule of law, not the rule of men.  And that means something:

One basic principle of the rule of law is that laws apply to everybody. If the sign says "No Parking," you’re not supposed to park there even if you’re a pal of the alderman.

The special dispensation granted through 50% of the waivers to this point to a favored constituency seems to clearly point out that the law is at best being selectively applied (and the reason seems pretty obvious).

As for the NLRB":

Another principle of the rule of law is that government can’t make up new rules to help its cronies and hurt its adversaries except through due process, such as getting a legislature to pass a new law.

Chicago cronyism on a national level.  And, you can be sure the unions will spend their members money to re-elect the politicians who favor them.

Yes friends, “hope and change” have taken on a new distinctly Chicago machine sort of air, haven’t they?


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8 Responses to "Hope and Change" have come to equal "Cronyism"

  • I probably sound like a broken record, but this comes as no surprise.
    Obama makes George W look like a deficit hawk.
    Obama makes Lyndon Johnson look like a nonpartisan president who didn’t hold a grudge.

  • The last laugh will be on them.
    I don’t believe this is cronyism as much as it is an attempt to assuage supporters while they get HCR in place.  Once in place it will be nearly irrevocable and that support will no longer be necessary.
    In fact, those exemptions will become a liability to the government system as they will allow a base of healthcare without as much government intervention to exist.  If that goes on long enough, the failure of the government system will grow in contrast to the remnant of the older system.
    These waivers are not meant to last.  They’ll get chipped away one by one.  Republicans will volunteer to get rid of them.  So Obama’s supporters will be forced on the System Obama supported and the Republicans will be blamed.

  • “Hope and Change” has always equaled “Cronyism”
    fixed it for ya….   😉

  • Hey, with the “victory” in the NY special election, what can you expect? With Alan Colmes calling himself a socialist democrat and Joe Klein of Time calling the election a victory for socialism, it just ain’t going to change any time soon.