Some conservative commentator (can’t remember which) once remarked that any organization that isn’t founded by conservatives specifically to promote a conservative agenda will eventually be hijacked by liberals and end up promoting a liberal agenda — organizations that were originally intended to be non-partisan.
The official mission of the American Bar Association, for example, is to “serve equally our members, our profession and the public by defending liberty and delivering justice as the national representative of the legal profession.” Why, that sounds just peachy. Unfortunately, the ABA has decided “serving the public” means lobbying for liberal causes and giving conservative judicial nominees lower ratings than liberal nominees with similar resumes. If you don’t suffer hallucinations while reading the Constitution, the ABA is likely to consider you unqualified to sit on a federal bench.
As an actor who appeared in a few commercials, I was required to join the Screen Actors Guild, which is nominally non-partisan. Imagine how overjoyed I was to learn that my dues were supporting an organization whose bulletins read like position papers from the Young Marxists of America. SAG doesn’t even deny leaning left. The official timeline on the SAG website says this about 1973:
In an event unprecedented in the Guild’s 40-year history, John Gavin becomes the first-ever incumbent Guild president to be defeated by a challenger, Dennis Weaver, and six other candidates are defeated by independents as well, which will mark a turn from the Guild’s traditionally conservative leadership to a more liberal, activist one.
That’s how we ended up with a SAG president (Ed Asner) giving man-hugs to Fidel Castro. I’m not sure how supporting Castro benefited actors, but apparently Asner knew something I didn’t.
And then, of course, there’s the American Association of Retired Persons, which has been trying to recruit me ever since I turned 50. I will never, ever join AARP, because I don’t give money to organizations pushing socialism. In the past several years AARP has:
- Opposed the balanced-budget amendment
- Supported expanding Medicare and other entitlement programs
- Opposed allowing citizens to divert part of their Social Security taxes to private investment accounts
- Opposed reducing estate taxes
If someone can explain to me how it benefits senior citizens to have the IRS seize more of their lifetime savings when they die, please do so.
As if I needed another reason to never join AARP, the organization lobbied in favor of ObamaCare. And how here’s the punchline: after helping Obama pass this massive federal intrusion into our lives, AARP has received a waiver:
The seniors group that lobbied heavily for ObamaCare and stands to profit handsomely from it now has its own waiver. As the White House picks winners and losers, AARP wins and the rest of us lose.
Although not specifically mentioned by name in the rate review rules finalized last Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the rule that exempts Medigap insurance providers is clearly designed to benefit the largest seller of such policies and the biggest lobbyist for ObamaCare — the American Association of Retired Persons.
The millions forced by ObamaCare to lose the Medicare Advantage coverage will result, the report said, “in a massive migration of seniors to Medigap plans. AARP is the nation’s leading provider of Medigap plans and has a contract in which AARP financially gains for every additional Medigap enrollee.” Cha-ching!
ObamaCare waivers and exemptions have been handed out to unions, corporations, luxury hotels and restaurants in Nancy Pelosi’s district, and Harry Reid’s entire state of Nevada. Apparently, the main qualification for receiving an exemption from ObamaCare is to have supported ObamaCare in the first place. Strangely, our unbiased mainstream media doesn’t seem interested in asking why the Obama administration would feel the need to exempt anyone from a law the president insisted will actually save us all a ton of money.
So while well-connected businesses (including AARP) and good friends of Harry, Nancy and Barack won’t be subject to the health-care “reform” law, most of us will. I seem to recall the Constitution includes a provision guaranteeing equality under the law. If ObamaCare applies to a restaurant owner in Tennessee but not in Nancy Pelosi’s district, that’s not equality under the law. If the Supreme Court doesn’t declare ObamaCare unconstitutional for that reason alone, it’s time to just admit the Constitution is dead – as opposed to surviving on life support, which has been its status for some years now.
In the meantime, I’m considering sending a large contribution to Obama’s re-election campaign. If my business grows to the point where I need to start hiring employees other than my wife, I’d like to ensure that any new regulations Obama manages to get through Congress won’t apply to me.