UPDATE - 9-24-13:
Coming down to crunch time, and Cruz is starting his filibuster in the Senate. Take just a moment to read the following post, and refresh your memory on just how thrilled our loving overlords in DC were to be living under the same laws as us “commoners”.
I may be sick…
A few days ago, we had put up the following post:
In it, we detailed how the staffs for both congressional and committee leadership were exempt from Obamacare, and how that was causing some consternation on Capitol Hill among everyone else’s staff.
Well, have no fear: Obama is here!!
From Politico, via Erika at HotAir:
The Office of Personnel Management, under heavy pressure from Capitol Hill, will issue a ruling that says the government can continue to make a contribution to the health care premiums of members of Congress and their aides, according to several Hill sources. …
Just Wednesday, POLITICO reported that President Barack Obama told Democratic senators that he was personally involved in finding a solution. …
Obama’s involvement in solving this impasse was unusual, to say the least. But it came after serious griping from both sides of the aisle about the potential of a “brain drain.” The fear, as told by sources in both parties, was that aides would head for more lucrative jobs, spooked by the potential for spiking health premiums.
This is beyond unconscionable.
It’s as we’ve been saying all along: a government system of healthcare means that any redress or assistance must come from them. And whom will be able to actually receive such assistance or redress, even in “unusual” (aka: questionably legal) situations?
Why, the influential class, of course; the politicians, the doting Media, the deep-pocketed Democratic donors; the moneyed, connected, “beautiful” people.
Or in other words: not you.
We explored this very theme in “The Tyranny of Arbitrary Laws“, and this is yet another example of a Mark Steyn quote I included then:
“Laws either apply to all of us or none of us. If they apply only to some, they’re not laws but caprices – and All Tyranny is Capricious.”
But with this ruling, it’s official: we no longer live in a nation of laws.
The only question remaining is: will you now work to appease tyranny, or will you oppose it?