The Obamacare scheme is something straight out of F.A. Hayek’s Road to Serfdom, a book dedicated to the “socialists of all parties” that highlights Nazi Germany as a warning sign for advocates of big government. In it, Hayek outlines how tyrannical regimes must resort to immoral means – such as a tax on people for not purchasing healthcare – in the name of accomplishing some goal – such as universal healthcare – that it deems morally right. In order to enforce these corrupt measures, they must employ government officials who will be willing to make sure that the general public will comply. In the case of Obamacare, these minions of the state are IRS agents.
Though the exact number is still to be determined, the highest estimates for the number of new IRS hires is around 16,000. These employees will enforce and inform people about the new penalty – a yearly minimum of $695 dollars per person – implemented by Obamacare, which was dubbed a “tax” by the Supreme Court majority and would affect people who refuse to purchase federally-mandated healthcare.
The IRS expansion is only one part of a growing trend toward more federal employees in D.C. and throughout the nation. Not only would North Carolinians and people from across the country be forced to pay for their own and other’s health insurance, but they would also have to start paying the salaries of more government officials.
To put the increasing size of the federal bureaucracy into perspective, here are some alarming comparisons to consider:
The population of the United States was 4 million in 1790, the year after the Constitution was ratified. The number of federal bureaucrats (non-military, non-elected officials) was about 1,000. That’s 4,000 Americans for every bureaucrat.
Now fast-forward to today. The federal government currently employs 3 million non-elected officials. In a country with a little over 300 million people, that’s 100 Americans to every government employee, or one percent of the population (as opposed to a miniscule 0.00025 percent in 1790). In other words, we live in a society where there is a government bureaucrat looking over the shoulders of every group of 100 citizens in the country. Are you alarmed yet? It gets worse.
As for the IRS, which employs about 100,000 people nationwide, there are 3,000 Americans for every IRS staff person. In other words, the percentage of the population which is employed by the IRS today is greater than the percentage of the population employed by the entire federal government in 1790. How can we still claim to live in a free society when there are more tax collectors now than there were government employees when the nation was founded?
It’s no secret that the current administration is actively trying to increase its number of supporters by increasing people’s dependency on government welfare and stimulus programs. With the additional IRS employees, Obamacare essentially kills two birds with one stone: it makes people dependent on the federal government for both medical care and employment.
The American government that existed over two hundred years ago would not have dared to attempt such a scheme as Obamacare, let alone a tax that penalizes people for not purchasing something. If the founding fathers had wanted such a thing, they would have expressly given Congress the power to enact it in the Constitution. In their wisdom, however, they also understood what Hayek articulated in the Road to Serfdom: the ends of tyrannical government regimes do not justify the means. Sure, universal healthcare sounds like a good thing on the surface, but what the government must do to implement it is morally wrong.
But the tyranny doesn’t stop with the individual mandate. In addition to Obamacare’s immoral demands on the people, it also seeks to diminish the sovereignty of the states. D.C. thrives while NC tries to reject federal policies that put more burdens on our taxpayers. Our nation’s capital has become a veritable sinkhole which sucks state money into its abyss and resurfaces nothing in return but more IRS agents.
Reason magazine, using a Bloomberg report from last October, recently did an article citing some statistics about our nation’s capitol that would make many North Carolinians jealous. D.C. boasts of federal employee compensation packages averaging $126,000 per year and of receiving “more stimulus dollars per capita than any state.”
While D.C. itself has an unemployment rate of 8.9 percent (NC’s is 9.6%), northern Virginia is where many of the D.C. commuters reside. The counties and cities in this region (Fairfax County, Arlington County, and Alexandria) have unemployment rates ranging from 3.7 to 4.6 percent.
Washington D.C. is essentially redistributing money from the states and putting it into the hands of federal government bureaucrats. And now that Obamacare received a favorable Supreme Court ruling, it doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon.
The good news is that this situation is unsustainable. Unfortunately for the federal government, the well of taxpayer money will eventually dry up. Let’s hope that it is massively downsized before that happens. But for now, in case you’re searching for employment, here’s the web link to your new career: www.jobs.irs.gov. Apply now! With a drained private sector, positions are filling up fast!