Doomed, we are?
MS: Well, I think in naked political terms, I said this a few weeks ago, Hugh, that I think this, if you’re on the political left, this is the fastest way to a permanent left of center political culture. You so profoundly shift the balance of power between the citizen and the state, that you make it impossible to have genuinely small government, and a genuine conservative government ever again. And I think that is the advantage to it. And that advantage trumps all the problems. And they know that once they ram it through, it will prove so difficult to unstitch, that no Republican, any Republican who wants to run on undoing this whole thing, will be told oh, no, you can’t do it. It’ll become one of those things you can never do, like immigration. The Southern Border, everyone knows, you know, everyone says oh, the Southern Border is unenforceable. Who decided that? Nobody decided that. It just somehow, a consensus emerged that it’s unrealistic to try to enforce the Southern Border. Similarly, a consensus will emerge that it’s simply implausible to try and roll back government health care.
MS: Yes, that’s right, and you know, the interesting thing right now, if you go into most stores, and you purchase an item, you purchase a candy bar, if you purchase a candy bar in New Hampshire, there’s no sales tax on it. If you purchase a candy bar in California, there will be sales tax on it, but you’ll discover that. You’ll be told a candy bar is 75 cents or whatever, and you’ll then have the tax added on top of it. If you have a nationwide VAT, a value added tax, that will be built into the price. It’s an automatic kind of 10, 15, 18% price hike. And I think again, that is one thing that if the American people put up with that, then they are essentially deciding to go along with wholesale Europeanization.
Don’t ask impertinent questions like that jackass Adept Lu.