ABOVE: Joe Malchow
Shorter Joe Malchow, White Power Whine
Postcard from the Island of Individual Mandates
- The individual mandates in the Affordable Care Act are communism, pure and simple, and will turn the U.S. into Cuba, complete with dirty buildings and crappy cars.
I don’t know where the geniuses at White Power Whine dug up Joe Malchow (other than apparently from the pile of right-wing yahoos that wash up in the detritus from Dartmouth every year), but he is certainly a doozy. In the post shorterized above, Malchow (“Bad Food”?) tries to draw a link between the individual insurance mandates, an idea originally cooked up over in the neo-Stalinist gulags of the Heritage Foundation, and Castro’s brand of communism. I won’t dignify this as even grasping at straws because when you are doing that, well, at least there are straws.
Since the Communist revolution in 1959, Cuba has been officially atheist. It’s just one example, in a place full of them, of an individual mandate that is at odds with reality.
Yes, Joe is suggesting that the requiring people to buy health insurance is just like requiring them to be atheists. It’s also just like putting puppies in a burlap sack filled with stones and throwing them into a river.
Like when the government mandates food. It doesn’t actually create food, just hunger.
Eating food bought by the government is like the mythical Chinese dinner that you eat and are hungry again in less than an hour. No, worse, food paid for the government makes you hungrier than you would have been if you had eaten nothing at all! I somehow have a feeling that Mr. Dartmouth has never really been acquainted with food shortage or hunger other than the time that the Domino’s pizza showed up 10 minutes late.
Or buildings. When the government takes away property, nationalizes it, and tells your family to go and live over in that Spanish colonial masonry pile, you go and do it. But it isn’t really a home.
The irony of Master Malchow, who is now all of about 25, spouting this hoohah about not owning what you haven’t paid for is that his own resume shows him as the prototypical wingnut welfare recipient, complete with a fat check from the Hoohah Institute itself. The best part of Malchow’s participation in the Hoover Institution Rising Fellows program is that he lists it under “Charitable Activities.” Honestly. To Malchow getting paid by Hoover to hang out with a bunch of other wingnuts is a charitable activity, like working in a soup kitchen or finding shelter for the homeless.
Malchow also lists “The Federalist Society” as a charitable activity. I suppose it is a “charitable activity” too if you compare it to, oh, I don’t know, say, mugging homeless people for pocket change or cow-tipping. Otherwise, not so much.