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May 13, 2011

Smaller(?) Big Government Technocrat 2012! C'mon, Who's With Me?

Mitt's doubling down on government-mandated healthcare yesterday reaffirmed his status as the leading GOP big-name technocrat.

Romney also stood by his decision to implement individual mandates, a hot-button topic for conservatives because it forces each resident to buy insurance or face a government fine.

He said he backed mandates to discourage a so-called “free rider problem” and “insist on personal responsibility,” instead of billing taxpayers for the uninsured’s health care.

Get that? Government-mandated personal responsibility. What a curious notion.

It works something like this: Homeowners were long noted as a thrifty, industrious, responsible class. I mean, who wouldn't want all of America to be one white picket fenced cul-de-sac? So our wise solons in DC convinced themselves making everyone a homeowner would result in their being more responsible citizens without ever once thinking that maybe, just maybe, they had the cause and effect relationship exactly backwards. We all know how this story ends.

Now along comes Mitt Romney to tell me, a citizen of Massachusetts, that he made me more "personally responsible" by requiring me to buy health insurance. What next?

I mean, I already had health insurance through work so no change there, but I also stay up late at night reading Ace of Spades and don't exercise much except for the frequent 12-ounce curl. And if a day doesn't start with bacon and a pot of coffee ... well shit, it just ain't worth getting out of bed.

If the AoSHQ Lifestyle™ winds up costing the state an inordinate amount of healthcare dollars, does Mitt Romney think it should be regulated? Should the state make me run on a treadmill to generate power for my Internet connection like a mouse on a wheel? Out with bacon, in with broccoli?

No. Thanks.

As I look for a candidate to support in 2012, technocrats who want to make big government work better (Romney, Gingrich) aren't even on the radar. I'll take a candidate who wants to make big government a thing of the past. If I can find one.

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