Who Are They Kidding?

The latest wrinkle in the “you have to pass it to find out what’s in it” legislation referred to as Obamacare is the reported fear of lawmakers that unless something is done to protect their precious staffs from being burdened with ever increasing health insurance premiums that they will be leaving government service and flee to the caring arms of the private sector.

Really?  Have Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and other senior lawmakers making these dire prognostications actually think that because the main stream media carry water for them day after day that the man and woman in the street could possibly buy into this nonsense?

Even many main stream media outlets have noted (at least in passing, anyway) that subsidies for Hill staffers have no legal basis.  Many staffers, in fact most staffers, earn far more than the upper limit that Obamacare allows for lower income subsidy support for ordinary citizens.  In short, helping these congressional staffers would be illegal.

But the stated fear that staffers would flee to enter the private economy is intellectually insulting if they expect any appreciable number of citizens to believe it.

The first insult would be that if these staffers actually had marketable skills that would be transferrable to a job in the private sector, who would they think was hiring right now? Do these staffers live in such an insular bubble that they believe the White House propaganda about how great the economy is doing right now?

The latest jobs report shows that the majority of new jobs are part-time, and a plurality last month were jobs in retail.  Are we to believe that Hill staffers yearn to be Wal-Mart greeters working less than 30 hours a week?  Seriously?

The second insult to the intelligence of the common man is that congressional staffers actually have any marketable skills, or could hold on to a job for more than two or three weeks even if they did.  Just ask anyone who actually works in the private sector what it’s like.  In the private sector, employees have to actually show results.  Employees actually have to accomplish something.  In a tight economy, such as our current stagnant one, employees that are viewed as dead wood really are dead, or to put it in more politically correct terms, terminated which is pretty close to the same thing.

There is next to zero chance that any staffer in Congress will ever willingly leave to go into a competitive and unstable working environment where “job security” is considered an urban myth merely because their disposable income might be reduced because of the requirements of a law that they, themselves, helped write and pass.

It might be human, and subject to forgiveness, if one felt a certain schadenfreude in this situation, but let’s all agree to keep those feeling inside ourselves and hidden from view.  After all, there might be a silver lining to all this suffering that will be going on in Washington’s elitist staffer army.  It would be a good bet, almost a sure thing, that they will never allow a bill to come to a vote without reading it, and probably won’t allow it to be voted on without analyzing it carefully for unintended consequences.

Originally published at American Thinker


About Jim Yardley

Retired after 30 years as a financial controller for a variety of manufacturing firms, a two-tour Vietnam veteran, and independent voter.
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4 Responses to Who Are They Kidding?

  1. J-M says:

    Jim it amazes me that with all the moaning and handwringing amonst the public employees about the law that at least ONE of their bosses would reassess this UNaffordable Care Act and its impact on the country. If they themselves are so adamant about not being swept into it, then why in the world do they continue to champion it? How can they do it with a straight face?

    • sailhunter says:

      J-M, you forget the key to all of this…They are ‘elitists’ and not subject to the same rules as you and I as long as they stay in the ‘kingdom of the elites’. That quite simply is why they will not willingly enter the private sector for any reason except possibly to attend a peasant ‘brew fest’ for an afternoon.

  2. Jim Yardley says:

    Probably because “Progressive” is just another word for “tyrant”. Everything they come up with is a great idea — as long as it doesn’t apply to them.

  3. Toni Serrano says:

    And what we have here is a case in which $862 billion plus interest has been sucked out of the private sector which actually creates the jobs that produce and given to the government. Which means less wealth for the private sector. Which means fewer private sector jobs. Which means less productivity. Which means lower tax revenues which fund the government payroll.

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