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Memo to Pelosi: You Are Running Out of Victims

November 10th, 2009

According to a recently-released letter from the Joint Committee on Taxation, any individual who willfully abstains from purchasing a government health plan (under your H.R. 3962) will face severe criminal penalties, up to and including incarceration.

Americans who do not maintain “acceptable health insurance coverage” and who choose not to pay the bill’s new individual mandate tax (generally 2.5% of income), are subject to numerous civil and criminal penalties, including criminal fines of up to $250,000 and imprisonment of up to five years.

Let me get this straight: Anyone who, for whatever reason, refuses to subsidize this corporate welfare to the tune of $15,000 per year, will be thrown in the general population with rapists, murderers, burglars and the rest of the unsavory lot of real, violent criminals, at an annual cost-to-taxpayers of approximately $31,000, and net annual dead-weight loss to the economy in excess of $100,000.

Anyone of us who rejects this one-size-fits-all fascist monstrosity, which you command we buy, will go directly to jail. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.

Directly. To. Jail.

Allow me to cast this in a different light:

  • Maybe someone can’t afford the policy.  No matter, you determine what we can afford.
  • Maybe someone doesn’t want the policy, or wants something a little better or a little worse.  No matter, you determine what we are permitted to obtain.
  • Maybe someone legitimately doesn’t need a policy.  No matter, you will cannibalize his contributions to provide for others.

According to you, disagreement (regardless of how principled or well-reasoned), the exercise of a different opinion as to what one can or cannot afford, prefers or does not prefer, needs or does not need, will be punishable by incarceration.

This is not the mark of a free society.

It is the sort of thing one expects from a society that is, each and every day, backsliding and hopelessly leeching the last drops of productivity from those precious few still willing and able to produce anything of value. Like vandals and drug-addicts ripping the copper wire from the last abandoned buildings and unsecured air-conditioners hanging from 1st-story windows in downtown Detroit, there is nowhere to turn once those veins are bled dry. When you run out of victims, it’s game over.

And you are running out of victims.  Although all of humanity deserves it, this is not a plea.  I refuse to beg you for the what we deserve, and I have learned never to expect sympathy from tyrants.

Neither should tyrants expect any sympathy from those they oppress.



  • Zach S. says on: November 10, 2009 at 5:33 pm


    I think I’m going to be sick.

  • Mike Gogulski says on: November 10, 2009 at 10:42 pm


    Dude, come on now. The folks ripping copper wire out of your 20-years-gone tenement houses are not worthless drug addicts and vandals. They’re the Randian entrepeneurs of our fucking future, pendejo…

  • Don says on: November 10, 2009 at 11:34 pm


    They’ll never get a single cent out of me and I hope that rotten whore receives a horribly violent death.

  • David Z says on: November 11, 2009 at 1:16 am


    Mike, really?

  • The New Anarchist says on: November 18, 2009 at 11:49 am


    Hoard the money. Demonize the poor. I feel like I’m a Tea Party rally. Except you forgot to mention the poor are all gypsies and niggers and that this is a Christian nation, built on sound principles that we’ve all forgotten. One of those being that your neighbor is a slovenly piece of shit who doesn’t deserve the crumbs you walk on.

    Basically, we’re being forced to give the charity which we would never give of our own volition because that kind of anarchical giving would go against our core values, namely that having money and cool shit is a right.

    Such a disgustingly uneven distrubution of wealth calls for at least some measure to stem the tide. The wealthy haven’t made their money by building stuff themselves – they’ve made it by keeping everyone else poor. And if they can defeat measures like this to keep everyone in their place, they will do so until the end of time. You’re simply playing into their hands.

    I agree that the state shouldn’t have this kind of power, but the top 1% shouldn’t have the power of life-and-death over millions, either. But they do.

  • Zach S. says on: November 18, 2009 at 4:00 pm


    Most of the people in power are in the 1%…as long as there are people in positions of power, equality can never happen.

  • David Z says on: November 18, 2009 at 7:27 pm


    I’m not making any attempt to demonize the poor… Of course the state shouldn’t have this power, and neither do the top 1% (mostly well-connected to the State, anyways). Although I agree that something needs to be done to “stem the tide,” pretending that the State is capable of accomplishing this fairly, equitably, morally, is just ignorant.

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