Two American Thinker posts to ponder this morning, each highlighting how radical this administration truly is. Let’s first turn to John T. Bennett’s Obama baits the dependency trap:
A stated goal of the program is to eliminate the stigma of getting a free lunch. But that stigma is one of the only things separating dignified free people from wretched government dependants. There is a lot of gray in between, but the Obama program would take students from a young age and nudge them in the wrong direction.
Here’s how the program works: if 40% of students at a school qualify for public assistance, thenevery student in the school will get free food. That’s free breakfast, lunch, and a snack. If that sounds like arbitrary welfare waste, it is. Sixty percent of the student body could be above the poverty line, ineligible for welfare, or even upper-class — it doesn’t matter. Every student magically becomes entitled.
This welfare trap is named the Community Eligibility Option, part of President Obama’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Three states will be involved in a pilot program starting now, and more states will be phased in over time. By 2014-15, the option will be available in all states, if this law is kept on the books.
Any student at a school with 40% of the student body on welfare is going to get his free lunch, whether he needs it or not. That 40% can be made up of students already eligible for programs like Food Stamps or welfare (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). Interestingly, the category of eligibility also includes “migrant youth.” So illegals can get in on the boondoggle as well. If 5% of students are “migrant youth, and an additional 35% of students are on some form of welfare, the remaining 60% are automatically entitled if their school opts in.
There’s only one reason to enact such a policy. To feed the entitlement culture, to grow it, to continue the destructive reliance on government, to keep the masses down and empower the elite who rule over them.
It is oppression masquerading as benevolence. It. Is. Wicked.
But this administration doesn’t stop there. Hell bent on being one of the most extreme administrations ever, they move their agenda forward. Peter Bleyer, MD, gives us details on how Obama is subsidizing sex:
For orthodox Catholics and many others who believe contraception and sterilization to be unethical, the millions of tax dollars given to Planned Parenthood and other entities for similar pregnancy prevention coverage are already unconscionable. Now for President Obama, it’s time to pile on. In a sadly ironic decision, a president who promotes government regulation as the means to prevent unethical behavior will now use regulation to mandate what many see as unethical behavior. This ruling has nothing to do with health. If it did, coverage would be provided for diagnoses such as breast cancer and diabetes (40,598 /71,382 deaths – 2007) and not cervical cancer screening and childbirth prevention (4021 / 548 deaths – 2007).
Although its societal benefit is rarely questioned, the advent of widespread contraceptive use in the United States has not decreased abortions as promised, but rather resulted in increased cases of infidelity, sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancies. As marriages end in divorce, children “are punished” with babies or abortions, and one parent homes become more prevalent, the role of the family to care for children and elderly parents has increasingly become a responsibility of big government. Obama’s desire to create a dependent population starts with the young, who are most easily swayed by a message of immediate self gratification, and to whom American exceptionalism has little meaning. Decisions to provide “free” birth control, laws and policies promoting homosexual sex, and limits on school choice function as an indoctrination program to create in the minds of young people the idea that sex is a government entitlement, rather than a gift from God.
That Obama’s contraceptive policy is a particular insult to Catholics is no accident, but rather an illustration of his strong political dislike of the Church. As the lone strong voice illuminating the negative aspects of contraception, the Catholic Church has been unwavering in its reverence for the gift of human sexuality. Orthodox Catholicism has continued to promote sex as a blessing worthy only of a married couple, giving totally of themselves to each other. However, for the young to arrive at a full understanding of the meaning, beauty and importance of sexuality requires an openness to truth, not normally allowed at a public school, and if understood and practiced subjects them to ridicule. Rather than debate the merits of the Catholic view, liberals equate the teachings of Catholicism with the actions of sinners who embrace it. That many Catholics use contraception indicates being faithful is difficult, not that the teaching is incorrect.
A strategic goal of ObamaCare is to transform the doctor-patient relationship into a doctor-patient-government relationship, in which federal agencies will have a large role in healthcare decisions. My patients trust I will do my best to care for their physical, mental and spiritual health, knowing that decisions will be guided not by the demands of others, but rather by my ongoing intensive medical and spiritual training. As Family Practice physicians, my wife and I have prescribed, used, and studied artificial methods of birth control and found their effects and side effects far inferior to natural methods. As such, I neither prescribe nor refer for them. By forcing insurance companies to make policies unethical for many, President Obama has laid the groundwork to require the same of me.
Obama promised to fundamentally transform America. He’s going about that goal with a vengeance and a purpose.
Though America is finally waking up to this fact, the damage being wrought will be difficult to undo. The entitlement culture is a cancer and that cancer is mestatizing, being pushed forward by an ideology that sees that cancer as a means to an end.
A political correction alone will not be enough to undo the damage being inflicted on the souls of those being victimized.