In the fight over Obamacare and so-called “big government” generally, a simple question about why the fight is going on in the first place doesn’t seem to get much attention. Sure, people are told that they are losing their freedom and that we cannot afford it, both of which I would argue are pitifully misleading arguments and dangerously short-sighted.
Of course it takes a lot of money to fund government. What is unpatriotic about that? Do you see where the shift is here? To couch everything in a rhetoric or quasi-patriotic ideals of freedom and individual rights preempts the debate in the first place and takes it away from the needs and benefits of the programs.
But focus on the money. One of the world’s richest men — David Koch (who got his start by inheritance, not his own effort) — founded Americans For Prosperity, a libertarian organization that has spent millions trying to defeat Obamacare and now supports candidates ideologically opposed to government generally. Doesn’t one ask, why does Koch care?
Seriously. The guy has billions of dollars and is making billions more. How in any way is something like the Affordable Care Act going to have an impact on David Koch’s life?
One might argue that he’s concerned about the cost of doing business, but…well, how? A dwindling middle class seems like a bigger threat to prosperity than a more balanced tax policy. But David Koch need not worry. People will still buy fuel and Brawny paper towels and probably more of both if they live in a more prosperous society.
The irony of all this spending is largely missed in public discourse. People supporting lower taxes argued that the benefits of greater wealth among “job creators” would “trickle down” and benefit all. We were supposed to see a rising economic tide that would lift all ships. The clichés used to sell this scam are familiar, right? Over 30 years later, is the country better off or worse?
What has happened instead is an unprecedented increase in spending on political campaigns and organizations that are doing anything but support a stronger social order. Quite the opposite. What has emerged instead is a highly funded class war that wields propaganda as a weapon. Certainly there is benevolent wealth in America, but it is overshadowed by a brutally open form of greed and disservice that stands behind a rhetoric of double-speak where lost opportunity is called freedom.
These many millions of dollars that robber barons like Koch spend on behalf of their political interests betrays their guilt. These guys are not fighting to make America better for Americans, they are fighting to make America better for themselves. Obamacare is merely a wedge issue, one they can use to pry apart American unity. It is a tool in a divide-and-conquer approach to achieving political gains. And it is working.
That’s why the David Koch’s in this country care about Obamacare.