• Pelosi's Pampered Artists

      Swine Flu"Think of an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance." - Nancy Pelosi

      It’s a wonderful world that the Democrats envision, where our artist class (as Democrats see themselves) "create," and the productive members of society pick up the tab.

      Mary Katharine Ham writes that when that happens, there will be fewer productive members of society.

      If they insist on creating a generation unable to care for itself up to and past the ripe old age of 26 by incentivizing "children"—and I use to term loosely— to stay on parent's health insurance policies until they're turning the corner from Clearasil to Botox, there will be fewer educated, able-bodied people who ever learn to take care of themselves.

      If they insist on creating a generation incentivized to "move out of the money-making industry" entirely and "into the helping industry," as Michelle Obama put it, with student loans forgiven by government if and only if students stay away from icky, profit-making industries, there will be fewer people making a profit.

      Ham points out that the ratio of workers to retirees has shrunk from 41:1 in 1942 to 3.3:1 in the mid-2000s. When the Ponzi scheme known as Social Security and Medicare runs out of dough, who will pay the bills? Not Pelosi's pampered artists.

      "Sorry, Pops! No more money! I'm a barrista-cum-unemployed-sculptor-with-benefits!"

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