Problem is, that just doesn't work like it did long ago. We don't shrink in fear. And we don't imtimidate easily.
From Mark Steyn, who was one of those who originally exposed this family - the Frosts - to public scrutiny (in "The Real War On Children"):
Mr. and Mrs. Frost say their income's about $45,000 a year – she works "part-time" as a medical receptionist, and he works "intermittently" as a self-employed woodworker. They have a 3,000-square-foot home plus a second commercial property with a combined value of over $400,000, and three vehicles – a new Chevy Suburban, a Volvo SUV, and a Ford F-250 pickup.Worse yet, as I've stated here on numerous occasions now, it's the poorest among us - smokers - who are going to be paying for the Frost's health care through higher cigarette taxes. The Frosts with their 3,000 square foot home and three vehicles and private schools and massive wealth and government-paid health insurance.
How they make that arithmetic add up is between them and their accountant. But here's the point: The Frosts are not emblematic of the health care needs of America so much as they are of the delusion of the broader Western world. They expect to be able to work "part-time" and "intermittently" but own two properties and three premium vehicles and have the state pick up health care costs. Who do you stick with the bill? Four-car owners?
Steyn has a quote that is worth remembering at this critical point in our nation's history. From former President Gerald Ford:
"A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have."
Today it's cigarette smokers, tomorrow ...