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Pelosi’s demonization of insurance companies

August 2, 2009

Reuters carried two paragraphs with regard to Nancy Pelosi’s take on insurance companies. Statements like “it’s almost immoral…” and “of course they’ve been immoral all along…” and my favorite quote “they are the villains.” She was not referring to auto insurance, homeowner’s insurance, renters insurance, life insurance or even dental insurance. She was taking aim at a cash cow: “health insurance.”

If Nancy Pelosi wants to discuss immorality and villainy, she need not pick a business to demonize; a glance in the mirror will reveal a true villain. She raised her right hand and her voice to acknowledge the responsibility inherent in her office. Here is the oath office sworn to by each member of Congress.

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

Pelosi and others of her ilk have done nothing to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. I seriously doubt most of them ever read the Constitution. If they read it, either their comprehension of written words is low or they can simply lie very well.

I have no love for insurance companies, or lawyers or politicians. The point I am trying to make is that insurance (and other) companies conduct business under laws that elected officials at both state and federal governments enacted for various reasons. Some laws protect consumers, some enable businesses and some give special status to certain businesses.

Politicians use businesses as a whipping boy whenever they want to increase government size and control; FDR’s onslaught of utilities companies is a famous example of this strategy. Yet most businesses enjoy the bounds of prosperity brought about by the poor stewardship provided by our elected representatives.

Nancy Pelosi is not Satan. She and 99% of the rest in Washington DC are symptoms of the underlying decay in our civilization. Speaker Pelosi is merely the most visible reminder of why Congress and the White House need a good enema every few years.

Until next time,
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