Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Oh, yeah, one other thing.
The collectivist bloggos are making much of the fact that after suffering congestive heart failure, diabetes and hypertension, that I fell back on Social Security Disability. They feel that I am hypocritical for taking government pennies.
I must admit that this question caused me a lot of heartache when I fell ill and couldn't return to work. I, too, felt that it was hypocritical. Now my wife works and we have Blue Cross/Blue Shield through her employer. I never accepted Medicare because we could afford not to. Of course, given the realities of the new "Intolerable Act" it is anybody's guess how long we will continue to have insurance from her employer when there are such incentives in the bill for employers to drop plans and for providers to go out of business.
That said, at the time of the application for Disability several of my friends argued that I was being ridiculous, that I would never get back anything near the amount of what I paid in (and at $1300 per month, they're right about that). But it was my adopted brother, a current-serving Army LTC who made the most persuasive argument.
"Look, Mike," he told me, "what is the prime method by which guerrillas handle logistics?" "They take them from the enemy." "Right," he said, "so what is so very wrong with living off the substance of the tyrannical government you oppose? Especially since it is your money to begin with?"
So if the collectivists wish to call me a hypocrite, I can only say that height of my hypocrisy does not rise to theirs, so eager are they to subject me to Guantanamo, the PATRIOT Act and prison rape that they would not wish on the guiltiest of Al Quaeda terrorists.