EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a guest column written about a recent Republican meeting where there was a contentious debate between a Republican State House member, his lackeys and mad as hell constituents about increasing state taxes and implementing Obamacare.
By: Kenneth Lloyd
On Monday, October 21, 2013, Michigan’s grassroots conservatives and libertarians were once again confronted with the unfortunate truth that just because a public official has a (R) after their name, doesn’t mean that they are committed to protecting and promoting the liberty of the people of the state of Michigan. This unfortunate confrontation occurred at the Birmingham/Bloomfield Republican Club meeting at Big Rock Chop House, which is held on a monthly basis. For this month’s meeting, we had three speakers to which the assembled group of activists and concerned citizens listened and questioned. Those speakers were Shane Trejo of the Tenth Amendment Center, George Brikho, who is a candidate for the Republican nomination for Michigan’s 9th United States’ Congressional District seat, and Michigan State Representative Mike McCready of the 40th district. It is State Representative McCready’s presentation that is the subject of this article.
The first subject that Mr. McCready addressed in his speech was his support for the expansion of the Medicaid program. This Medicaid Expansion program is one of the major facets of the unconstitutional Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of grassroots constitutionalists, that legislation passed both chambers of the Michigan legislature and was signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder (RINO-MI). Knowing this, many of the people who attended the event were eager to hear State Representative McCready’s excuse for voting in favor of such a bill. Unfortunately, State Representative Mike McCready’s explanation was full of propaganda.
To put it mildly, McCready’s argument in favor of Medicaid Expansion, sounded a lot like the propaganda that has been spread by President Obama and his minions. For example, Mr. McCready told the audience that Michiganders who are poor needed this law in order to access affordable healthcare. It appears that the State Representative doesn’t understand the laws of economics. United States’ Congressman Ron Paul stated in his book, The Revolution: A Manifesto that “Before 1965, physicians and hospitals… strove to charge the minimum; because payment now comes so largely from third parties, they instead charge the maximum. At the same time, patients suffer when legitimate and necessary treatment is denied. HMOs have become corporate, bureaucratic middlemen in our healthcare system, driving up costs while degrading the quality of medical care.” You see, 1965 was the last year in which our medical system enjoyed freedom from government intervention. As Dr. Paul noted in that quote, before the government intervened with HMOs paying people’s medical bills, “physicians and hospitals… strove to charge the minimum.” State Representative McCready doesn’t understand that healthcare providers compete against one another and become more efficient and drive down the cost of their services only through a free market. Government intervention, such as the expansion of the Medicaid program, causes the exact opposite to occur. So, McCready’s vote in favor of Medicaid expansion hurts Michigan’s poor and cannot possibly provide any real help to them, contrary to the Snyder/Obama propaganda to the contrary.
Sadly, the bureaucrats that Mr. McCready brought with him from Lansing offered nothing better than he had. One of them simply regurgitated the same talking points that Americans have heard from moderate/liberal Republican politicians. For example, one of the bureaucrats said that, since The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the “law of the land”, the only choice Michigan head was to find a way to better manage the expansion of Medicaid. But, the truth of the matter is that, just because the federal government violated the Constitution and imposed government-run healthcare on the American people, does not mean that we have to tolerate it. In fact, the “Father of the Constitution” wrote the following: “the States… have the right, and are in duty bound to interpose to arrest the evil, and for maintaining, within their respective limits, do authorities, rights, and liberties appertaining to them.” James Madison was saying that, when the federal government abuses its power and imposes its will on the states in an unconstitutional fashion, the states are “duty bound” to nullify such an act. State Representative McCready either doesn’t understand or doesn’t care about the fact that Michigan does can refuse to comply with the unconstitutional Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Michigan’s way out is to do what the state of South Carolina has already done, and that is to nullify the Act.
Perhaps, the good news about the State Representative’s speech was the audience’s reaction to it. After he finished his defense of the Medicaid Expansion, McCready turned to the issue of raising taxes in order to fund the repair of Michigan’s roads. Fortunately, the activists and concerned citizens who were assembled at the restaurant did not buy any of his anti-liberty, big government approach to funding our roads. The people in the audience understood that when an individual speaks of taxes, they are talking about our private property. Thomas Jefferson once wrote that “The true foundation of Republican government is the equal right of every citizen in his person and property and in their management.” That means that respect for private property rights is essential for the maintenance of our republican form of government. It is truly sad that to see that moderate/liberal Republicans like Mike McCready don’t understand the principles upon which this nation was founded. Instead, they view taxes as if they are an unlimited source of income for the government. Mr. McCready is just another example of why it is very important that the Republican Party nominate liberty minded individuals to public office.