"What disturbs Americans of all ideological persuasions is the fear that almost everything, not just government, is fixed or manipulated by some powerful hidden hand," Frank Rich wrote in Sunday's New York Times.
That manipulation should disturb us. But contrary to Rich, it is not the work of "corporatists" who have sprung up to attack progressive reforms proposed by Obama and the Democratic majority. Manipulation is what we got many years ago when we traded a more or less free market for the "progressive" interventionist state. When government is big, the well-connected always have an advantage over the rest of us in influencing public policy.
But but but....Obama is liberal. Liberals are fighting for the little guy, right? WRONGO! Goldman Sachs, GE, Progressive Insurance..any of those ring a bell? All HUGE Obama supporters! Well, there are more out there...Big Pharma...you know, those evil drug companies Obama is trying to rein in with his big "plan"? Yep, they like this idea....Check it out:
Observe: Although President Obama and big-government activists demonize health-insurance companies, the companies "are still mostly on board with the president's effort to overhaul the U.S. health-care system," the Wall Street Journal reports; and ...
Although the activists criticize Big Pharma, "The drug industry has already contributed millions of dollars to advertising campaigns for the health care overhaul through the advocacy groups like Healthy Economies Now and Families USA. It has spent about $1 million on similar advertisements under its own name," the Times reports.
Big Pharma and Big Insurance want Obama-style health-care reform?
It's not so hard to understand. "The drug makers stand to gain millions of new customers," the Times said.
And from the Journal: "If health legislation succeeds, the [insurance] industry would likely get a fresh batch of new customers. In particular, many young and healthy people who currently forgo coverage would be forced to sign up." No wonder insurers are willing to stop "discriminating" against sick people. (Forget that the essence of insurance is discrimination according to risk.)
OK, so the corporations would have new customers, many of whom would rather pay than go on the socialist option...so they are forced by the govt. to sign up for insurance, even if they don't want it...Hmm....how's that whole thing about believing libs care about the little guy working for you again? Not so much...
WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD!
Read the whole thing and realize libs are the ones for big corp.