From the Rapid City Journal:
News that the Congressional Budget Office projects the Affordable Care Act will lead to nearly three million people “choosing” not to work bears a taint of the awfully familiar. Lakota people have been accused of choosing not to work for generations. This libel has hardened to whispered but received wisdom in every white border town dependent on Native American customers for the survival of their businesses.
The effects of 100 years of federal diktat to bleach the red out of the Indian through 40-acres-and-a-mule and boarding school policies cannot be overstated. More general misguided welfare policies incentivizing single parent motherhood furthered cultural disintegration. Today, the rebuilding slowly proceeds apace.
Meanwhile, back in Washington, word comes that free health care will result in “funemployment.” Because health care will be free, not working will be fun. Not sure what’s in their birthday punch, but I’ll have what they’re having.
If the reservation experience these past 130 years teaches anything, it is that joblessness spreads pernicious self-perceptions of inadequacy, hopelessness and despair. Work, any honest work, bestows clear-eyed dignity.
Obamacare will lead to ‘funemployment’? Only the bureaucrats in Washington think so. I think the columnist sums it up well when he noted “joblessness spreads pernicious self-perceptions of inadequacy, hopelessness and despair.”