Well, the debate is over. The big health care reform bill is now the law of the land. Like most Congressmen, I can't wait to see what they've done. No more predictions, no more theories. Nothing left to do but watch. Either everything is going to be great...or it's not.
We can still theorize and predict spin and tactics though. Step one was to go public with nasty emails, making it seem as though a bunch of psychos suddenly have come out of the closet to threaten Democrats. The only problem is that lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, and pundits and news anchors, have been getting nasty emails and phone calls as far back as anyone can remember. Both parties received their share in recent weeks and the Sergeant at Arms for the House of Representatives stated there has been no notable increase recently. So why all the commotion? The idea was to make it look as though those who opposed this bill are very bad people.
Next, it's time to demonize corporations again. AT&T, Verizon, Caterpillar and others have announced that they'll be taking big charges against earnings and possibly cutting benefits, jobs or both. Now there are calls for Congressional hearings to make the CEO's of these companies explain themselves. I'll save you the trouble. When a socialist leaning lawmaker sees a company post a $3 billion dollar profit, they think "Well, they can certainly afford a $1 billion, new expense." In reality, if you reduce a company's earnings potential by 33%, you reduce the value of the company by 33% and the stock price will eventually reflect that. It is the job of management to maintain and grow earnings on behalf of the shareholders or owners (the guys they work for). Naturally, they have to take defensive action.
This will be portrayed as "putting profit before the welfare of employees". Maybe that's so, but why do people start and invest in companies? To provide for employees? No, they do it to make money. They pay employees to help them make money, not just for the sake of paying employees. Why do you get up every morning and go to work at the chip assembly plant? Because you feel some duty to humanity to provide them with computer chips? No, you do it to make money. In fact, if you're taking home more than you need to just barely stay alive, you're being greedy as well.
That's where this is going. Once the profit has been removed from business, you're next. Your government will decide how much you need and deserve and that's all you're going to get. Then they'll be flying around in their private jets, meeting at the best of hotels with their entourages in tow, thinking of just the right words to use to convince you how much better life is than it was before.