Unintended Consequences

With ObamaCare so much in the news lately, we should all keep in mind that Nancy Pelosi told us that the Affordable Care Act, as it was originally called, would have to be passed before we’d know what was in it. A lot of people thought she was kidding. I wasn’t one of them. For one thing, she isn’t even as funny as Harry Reid. For another, there are a lot of nutty people in Congress, but not one of them is crazy enough to sit down and read a 2,000 page piece of legislation.

While it’s true that L. Ron Hubbard’s “Mission Earth” is even longer, at least it had something of a plot. ObamaCare, on the other hand, was a plot, conceived as a way to take over a sixth of our economy, thus redistributing wealth, and turning us into Greece.

Frankly, I can’t help taking some satisfaction in seeing some of its most passionate supporters belatedly coming to their senses. First it was the Catholic Church that thought the bill was hunky dory until the hierarchy discovered that coverage for contraception was mandated for Church employees. The unions also helped Obama shove this monstrosity down our throats. But imagine their surprise when they found out that employers were not only firing workers, but cutting hours in order to avoid the more onerous aspects of the law.

When things like this happen, even the non-religious have no choice but to accept Intelligent Design by a Creator with a wicked sense of humor as a very real possibility.

Speaking of unintended consequences, conservative parents keep sending their children off to public schools and universities and are then flabbergasted when their offspring turn into socialist swine and vote overwhelmingly for left-wingers.

One of my readers, a guy named Dick, who makes his home in Chicago, wrote to say: “In the madrassas, the mullahs fill the poor nits with medieval hogwash. Is it any different in the U.S.? I think not, except that our brand of hogwash is post-modern.”

In the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal, I think that, instead of calling for his lynching, the NAACP should be throwing a testimonial dinner for him. After all, there aren’t a lot of Latinos in their 20s who have spent time mentoring young blacks. For that matter, there aren’t a lot of black men in their 20s, 30s or 40s, mentoring black kids or bothering to raise them, for that matter.

One thing about the evening of the shooting down in Sanford had mystified me from the beginning. It was a dark and rainy night, and yet Trayvon Martin had trekked out, not even wearing a raincoat, to get a soft drink and a bag of Skittles. Outside of a TV commercial, I simply couldn’t picture anyone getting soaked for Skittles.

Only lately have I heard of a concoction called lean. Its ingredients are a sweet drink, candy and codeine, and apparently Trayvon had a taste for it. Those who indulge are said to be Skittling, for obvious reasons, or Robo-Tripping, thanks to the codeine found in Robitussin.

When 100 milligrams of Codeine are in the mixture, the user is mildly stimulated. Between 200-300 mg, euphoria kicks in, and hallucinations are common. Over 400 mg, motor control is lost, and over 500 mg, dissociative sedation kicks in. In short, it’s an addictive drug, and its appeal is that it’s cheap.

In the wake of the verdict, it came as no surprise that the professional racists in and out of the NAACP would encourage punks to go out and do what they do best: vandalize and terrorize to their heart’s content. Under the media-provided cover of political dissent, the children of the barbarians who burned down L.A. back in the days when Rodney King was the excuse du jour wreaked their own havoc in cities across the nation.

I understand that cops don’t want to be compared to the rednecks in the old days who enforced Jim Crow laws, but just maybe urban thugs wouldn’t be quite so anxious to act out if the police weren’t so reluctant to use fire hoses and rubber bullets to deal with them. After all, 2013 isn’t 1963, and Al Sharpton isn’t Martin Luther King, and L.A. isn’t Birmingham, and Trayvon Martin isn’t Emmett Till.

And the sooner that the media stops pretending that race hustlers like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, Eric Holder and Barack Obama, are moral authorities, and begin holding them responsible for the abyss between the races that grows wider every day, the better off America will be.

A good place to start is by having that honest dialogue that Attorney General Holder said we whites were too cowardly to have. For openers, we could point out that 90% of black voters troop out like Pavlov’s dogs every election day to support the Party that gave us such pillars of the Civil Rights movement as James Eastland, Theodore Bilbo, George Wallace, Orval Faubus, Albert Gore and Theophilus “Bull” Connor. Another thing worth mentioning is that all those blacks who adopt names such as Abu and Mohammad are too dumb to realize they’re paying homage to the Arabs and Muslims who went into the jungle and rounded up their ancestors for transport to southern plantations.

The sad fact remains that if those African natives had been anything like most of their modern descendants, all it would have taken to lure them onto the slave ships would have been food stamps, free cell phones and, perhaps, a lifetime supply of lean.

©2013 Burt Prelutsky. Comments? Write BurtPrelutsky@aol.com.

Author Bio:

Burt Prelutsky, a very nice person once you get to know him, has been a humor columnist for the L.A. Times and a movie critic for Los Angeles magazine. As a freelancer, he has written for the New York Times, Washington Times, TV Guide, Modern Maturity, Emmy, Holiday, American Film, and Sports Illustrated. For television, he has written for Dragnet, McMillan & Wife, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, Bob Newhart, Family Ties, Dr. Quinn and Diagnosis Murder. In addition, he has written a batch of terrific TV movies. View Burt’s IMDB profile. Talk about being well-rounded, he plays tennis and poker... and rarely cheats at either. He lives in the San Fernando Valley, where he takes his marching orders from a wife named Yvonne and a dog named Angel.
Author website: http://www.burtprelutsky.com/
  • Joel Wischkaemper

    For another, there are a lot of nutty people in Congress, but not one of them is crazy enough to sit down and read a 2,000 page piece of legislation –

    Thinking carefully about this, we discover that the Congress is who we are talking about, and that they could easily allot the money that would allow someone to read each and every offering, summarize it with.. the bill will do this, and these things will have to be done to allow the bill to do that. Then a conclusion that says something like .. this is a good bill, or this bill has hairy legs and will bite hard if it is implemented.

  • Brian Fr Langley

    Here’s the thing, take every penny from every person in the U.S. that has a million dollars or more and distribute it equally. It would work out to a one time bonus, of a couple thousand bucks per person? So the poor are still poor, but now the rich are also poor? Now whose left to tax? (You know, to pay for all those lovely social programs). Do the math yourself if you don’t believe me, it’s not rocket science.

  • Jeff Webb

    Free advice: next time pick a person who hasn’t died to make your point, or at least word it in such a way that you know that. You’ll appear less stupid.

    I know how you feel about rich people losing their yachts; how do you feel about the numerous regular folks (salesmen, boat mechanics, dock personnel, et al) who’ll be affected?

    And, where exactly do you think all the money comes from that businesses pay to the gov’t?

    • Anon

      Those people will get free health care, witch is the point of the bill. The money comes from the business owners who are making way more prophets than they need.

      • Wheels55

        Profits, not prophets.
        Businesses do not make obscene money, like you think.
        One has the right to work where ever one chooses. So, choose a place that pays a fair wage and provides benefits. We all have that kind of choice – even if you need to learn a new skill. Holding your hand out is not a skill.

      • Jeff Webb

        You missed the point. You have no sympathy for rich people who lose their yachts, but what about the regular people who lose their jobs, have to work less hours, or can’t find work as a result of their yacht-related services no longer being needed?
        As for my question, you got it wrong. The money actually comes from the customers. ALWAYS. The more money you take from companies, the higher the companies’ prices become.
        You might find it exhilarating to watch a behemoth gov’t take more truckloads of money from businesses, but the everyday people on a budget who buy the goods & services won’t share your pleasure.
        As before, this education I’m giving you (which you desperately need) is free. You’re welcome.

        • Anon

          Some people could lose their jobs but they ought to have higher life ambitions than being somebody’s man servant or cleaning someone’s yacht that they never will have a chance to go on because they are too low class. Also, if the Republicans get out of the way the Democrats can create good paying jobs in the government for these people. And we have to remember that they will pay the same or more taxes working for the government instead of working for the rich. So in fact the private sector really is not needed at all and maybe one day will be dispensed with completely.

          • Jeff Webb

            “Some people could lose their jobs but they ought to have higher life
            ambitions than being somebody’s man servant or cleaning someone’s yacht
            that they never will have a chance to go on because they are too low

            There are plenty of good-paying jobs in that industry, but that’s only part of the point. Nobody appointed you to decide for others what their ambitions should be (thank God), and your arrogance borders on dangerous.

            Keep your utopian dreams to yourself–we’ll stick with our freedom of choice thank you very much.

          • Anon

            If people want to exploit themselves by working for minimum wage, it is a free country. Been there done that!

  • souvoter

    Imagine THAT! The Skiddles Scandal. Just look what one can find out if a little digging is done vs scratching the surface like the incompetent left-wing wanna-be journalists do. As usual, another informative article, Burt. Worth sharing with fb friends!!

  • Anon

    The only consequences of this law is that businesses will finally need to pay up. They have forever benefited by being in the United States and thriving off what the United States government provided in terms of education and infrastructure. That is what Obama meant by “you did not build that”. So now these business will start paying up or move to China if they like.

    As for me, the law is hardly a hardship as I qualify for 100% subsidy on my exchange and can finally obtain free health care, which is a basic human right.

    • John Daly

      If anyone needed further proof of how screwed up this country now is, just read the above post.

    • Brian Fr Langley

      If free health care is a basic human right, would not food and shelter qualify as well? So, if we’re all entitled to free food, free shelter, and free health care, why would you bother working? Ok, ok, so you don’t work, but I mean why would anybody work? What a grand idea, and businesses that stay in the U.S. should absolutely have to pay for this. Might be a little tough without all those workers but that’s their problem.

    • Jeff Webb

      Let me guess: you don’t know where the money comes from when businesses “pay up.”

    • Wheels55

      “You didn’t build that” may have meant just what you said. But it was a way for Obama to further a socialist agenda – government does all for us. I would rather do for myself and my family, thank you. Besides, if it wasn’t for my parents, my public school education would have been largely a waste. Family first, not government first.

      • Jeff Webb

        That speech was simply a shallow little hack who couldn’t build anything, lecturing people who he decided weren’t sufficiently appreciative of gov’t.

        In reality, Obama is not sufficiently appreciative of people who provide jobs and pay the most in taxes.

    • DanB_Tiffin

      Gosh, worthless liberal sniveler thieves who believe that the world owes them, like Obamacare. Who would have thought that?

  • Brian Fr Langley

    Burt, you sound a tad too angry? Now being angry at the destruction of your society is not unreasonable. But you’re focused on symtoms, not causes. Whether you’re an evolutionist or a creationist, race is a construct. That is, there is NO such thing. There is only one race and that’s the human race. What is true, is that the left, has specifically portrayed any readily identifiable group (women, visible minorities,etc), as victims, of the (Patriarchal, property owning) Judeo-Christian ethic. (you know, traditional America) Aided and abetted by the ferociously left wing media, their divide and conquer strategy is working. While most of them, are simply (as Lenin put’s it) useful idiots, more than a couple are intent on burning traditional America to the ground, (and then bury the ashes so deep they’ll never be found). If you want to save your Nation, loose your fury on the correct enemy.

    • cmacrider

      However, simply classifying something as a “construct” does not necessarily mean that the actuality has no existence.

      • Brian Fr Langley

        It means it exists in only in the mind. The idea of race was (is) based on the now reputiated science of eugenics. (another so called scientific consensus like our modern global warming) The idea was, (is) that evolution caused several races of man, of which many came later, (or slower) and thus were less evolved (or inferior). Modern genetics has proven conclusively that all humans alive today (or ever) are directly related to one another from a single (modern) lineage. Meaning, there is NO possibility some of us are more evolved than others. The groups that are intent on portraying visible minorities as victims in our modern age are also intent on destroying republican democracy. Divide and conquer is a method tried and true.

        • cmacrider

          So you’ve now defined your mind construct …. how do you know that corresponds with the actuality of things.

          • Brian Fr Langley

            Let me help you along. There once was a man with a flock of sheep. Some were white some were black. They made great lamb chops and terrific sweaters. But a friend pointed out to him, that because black was the color of darkness, and white the color of light, black sheep must be evil and unlucky. Because of this, the farmer began to notice anytime their was a problem with his black sheep, and decided they were indeed unlucky and probably evil. The point is they still tasted great and made fabulous sweaters. The idea they were unlucky or evil, is a construct.

          • cmacrider

            Let me help you along. Many years ago a university student of Anglo Saxon descent shared a room in the dorm with a black man from the Br. West Indies for four consecutive years. The Black man was proud of his race, nationality, and cultural narrative. The white man was equally proud of his heritage. Let me assure you that neither one has the slightest desire, inclination, or need to exchange their particular narratives for your bland world of mass men so aptly derided by Santayana. I appreciate that you probably ascribe to the bumpersticker slogan that “perception is reality” however the stubborn fact remains that one guy was black and the other white … and that stubborn fact will remain irrespective of your attempt to deconstruct reality. I should know … I was the white guy.

          • GlenFS

            Interesting discussion with good points on both sides. So I’ll degrade it for the sake of summary. Though race may only exist as part of our self-identity the effects are very real indeed. Some of these add value to life, while others tear society apart.

          • Brian Fr Langley

            I’m not arguing there are not ethnic or cultural differences between people groups. (or that some folks are black and some folks are white) I’m arguing that one’s skin color does not define our shared humanity. That is, other ethnic groups are NOT some kind of degenerate humans. Because I despise the behavior of say, ancient Mayan societies proclivity to human sacrifice, does not mean they were in any way, some how sub-human. (or less evolved) The point is, the underlying cause of detestable cultural behavior (to me or you) is NOT caused by skin color. (meaning it’s nurture not nature), Notwithstanding this, modern socialism (Marxist’s) are hard at work ensuring racism (thus division) is alive and well.

          • cmacrider

            Brian ….. nowhere in Burt’s article did he describe blacks as subhumans. He argues that many young black men are irresponsible humans and if you follow his articles he usually buttresses his point with a plethora of statistics on births out of wedlock, not completing their education, drug abuse, etc. So the “sub-human” argument leave you open to the accusation of raising a straw man argument which does nothing to promote your laudable goal of a “shared humanity.”

            I should add that your closing comment about Marxist being hard at work insuring racism is kept alive is very cogent. As a Canadian who has followed American politics since Eisenhower it seems perfectly obvious that America has made great gains since the days of segregation. This transformation, I suggest, occurred not because of some Marxist drive for equality but rather because a sense of decency and fair play which is, after all, an intrinsic element in the make up of Americans. I haven’t the foggiest notion why half of America has bought in to Obama’s claptrap.

          • Brian Fr Langley

            sorry my response is late, (I was out of town) Never suggested he described anybody as sub human? Suggested he sounded a tad angry. If we all agree we’re brothers in humanity after all. Then skin color (which he specifically referenced) is NOT the cause of the problem. Clearly there is something endemic to the American culture which is. Marxist (left wing) thought had virtually no seeds planted in mainstrean America what so ever until after World war 2. It has grown apace (watered by the mainstream media) since then. The stats you mention are symtoms of the left wing desire to create vast (irresponsible or why need Government) dependancies. (a nanny state). The left (Marxists) have specifically singled out identifiable groups (women, and visible minorities) to foster a sense of being victimized by American traditional culture. (Thus sow division and enmity towards it). False notions of sexual liberation and liberal entitlements have been the gas on the fire. It’s no surprise that ethnicities that had (in the past) been victimized by America might succumb quicker. (and the color of your skin, has not one thing to do with it. The stats show other ethnicities are following the exact same trend lines.