Jay Carney Writes An Epitaph For Liberalism
February 7, 2014 by Personal Liberty News Desk
The Congressional Budget Office revealed this week that President Barack Obamaâ€™s healthcare overhaul will remove an estimated 2.3 million Americans from the workforce by 2021. According to conservative pundit Charles Krauthammer, White House Press secretary Jay Carney provided a fitting epitaph for liberalism in attempting to make the news sound positive.
Hereâ€™s Carneyâ€™s statement, which Krauthammer believes will be â€śemblazoned on the tombstone of liberalismâ€ť:
Opportunity created by affordable, quality health insurance allows families in America to make a decision about how they will work, or if they will work.
The White Houseâ€™s official line is that Obamacare will â€śempowerâ€ť Americans to â€śmake choices about their own lives and livelihoods, like retiring on time rather than working into their elderly years or choosing to spend more time with their families.â€ť But the CBO report lacked that lofty liberal idealism, noting that â€śworkers will choose to supply less laborâ€ť because of new taxes and other factors which will make not working a better deal than being employed.
â€ś[Carney] says opportunity. This is what heâ€™s heralding in this achievement, that the government is giving opportunity for people to decide if they want to work. This is the liberalsâ€™ ideal of the opportunity society,â€ť Krauthammer said. â€śOf course, in a free society, you can decide if you want to work, but what Obamacare does, and so the essence of liberalism, is you can choose not to work, and the people who do work end up subsidizing you.â€ť