"There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him."
Robert A. Heinlein
(1907-1988) American writer
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"...pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him." This sounds like Obama's universal government healthcare system. Tyrannical? Absolutely!
 -- Publius, USA     
    No better way to describe Obamacare.
     -- robert putnam, hazlet nj     
    The quotes are really lousy and half baked today. Obama-care is not about what Publius says it is about the tyranny of uninsured people using "our" emergency rooms and not paying. Then govermental health agencies must bail out the hospitals. It is also about the tyranny of actuaries and insurers who see the easy way to make a killing.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    I truly believe this is true for Obamacare because those that are uninsured are usually so because they rather have the luxuries of life before the necessities.
     -- E.G. Worth, Oakwood     
    I don't want weapons of mass destruction... I don't want torture... I don't want warrantless wiretapping... I do want every citizen who wants it to have health care and education and a roof and food!
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA, US     
    It is true of the majority of American foreign and domestic policy. You're being robbed to pay for things you would not willingly pay for if you...weren't being robbed.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Yet a third quotation without sufficient background to form any opinion.
     -- dick, fort worth     
    This quote doesn't need "sufficient background" to be understood. Obama Care is a great example of this quote. Anonymous, we all want citizens to have food ,health care,etc, but not by government stealing from producers and giving to non-producers.
     -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
    Reston, I do not want WMDs, torture, or warrantless wiretapping either, nor do I want to pay for it! But it is not nor has it ever been the job of the government to provide food and housing for the People -- never! People MUST learn how to provide for themselves, or die! Yes, I am sure you lefties are also for reduction in human population, so let people who cannot provide for themselves be the first to go -- who else? Those that provide for their families with an honest trade? The fact is, that people help people when there are no other options -- that is why people who are broken and bleeding ARE treated at private hospitals regardless of ability to pay. And Waffler, those hospitals are not 'yours' -- typical leftist BS that the hospitals and schools are 'ours.' The goal of making everything 'ours' is communistic at best. Insurance is not a right, it is a for-profit business, it is a form of gambling. People who have not protected themselves enough from dying may indeed die -- we will all die eventually, that is something the left should remember. Some projects will and must fail eventually. That is life.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    No one should be forced to support others with the fruits of his/her labor. That is slavery.
     -- D Wilson, Chattanooga     
     -- Johann Hollar, Saint Paul, MN      
    Silly quote
     -- RBESRQ     
    An almost perfect set of words. Governments are necessary for protection from all sorts of things, as well as the protection of a few things. And that costs money, thus was born the Tax. And a Constitution to limit the things a tax might be required to pay for, you accept that as part of your Citizenship. Those commenting against it and or on Obama Care forget a few things. People who can't pay are now treated at hospitals because of a Law passed back when they would refuse even a bleeding dying person treatment if they couldn't pay. There was a time when Physicians were more interested in practicing their ability to heal than the bottom line. They would even barter for their services, a chicken for the table was worth something. Of course the Government didn't want half of all the things it couldn't spend. People would pay what they could afford, and they would so today if it was allowed, but it isn't. Today it's all about the money, and it must be tracked every minute and every time it changes hands. Almost every time money changes hands there is a tax. Anyone ever wonder if all these Money problems, the rampant Greed of recent years, that brought about the collapse we are paying for and then some now, might have anything to do with the rise in status back in the 80's of the once lowly MBA, the rush to get one because starting salaries were $100,000 or more, and then Greed was Good [I hear it's legal now], cocaine residue was on 80% of all the money, credit was easy, and the race for the most toys, and money was on; and an office visit to the Doc was only $10 or $15, and even at minimum wage there was a house you could afford to buy. The Great Divide, between the haves and havenots, grew exponentially, if you were on the [have] money side great for you and life was good. If not your same dreams moved farther away every month until like a ship's sails passing the horizon they could no longer be seen, and you knew they were gone forever. You watched as your whole world, your country was sold out from under you, bit by bit, even your job, and finally even your home was gone. What does a drowning man do when he sees a hand reach out to save him? How will he react to someone pulling that hand away? And how easy will he be to manipulate with the promise of that hand coming back? It would have been oh so cheaper to have kept the Country intact and out of debt. To have stopped any need for a helping hand before it developed was the better move. That is how you stop Tyranny and all it's Kin from ever taking root.
     -- Merlin, Home, WA     
    Stranger in a strange land
     -- warren, olathe     
    as always Waffler is half baked
     -- warren, olathe     
     -- Seb, 07302      
    very appropriate, when it comes to ALL federal government meddling in the affairs of each sovereign state.
     -- anon, Lahaiana     
     -- Nick      
    This quote applies perfectly to Obamacare, SS and Medicare. All blatant attacks on freedom under the guise of doing what is best for you. Rather than just helping those in need, what it really does is force an entire population into indentured servitude to the ruling political class.
     -- J Allen, Arlington, VA     
     -- Ron, Salem      
    This Quote applies equally to Chemotherapy! I suppose if we could only apply Chemotherapy to the Cancer of society namely "Rothschild and Rockefeller" and anyone else with the invitation and license of government to make money out of nothing but paper and ink. They then charge interest on the capital amount. This is also why the debt can never be repaid. Understand this and your half way there to understanding the,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,deception and theft of all that is and the subsequent enslavement of mankind.
     -- Ray O'Connor, Belfast, Ireland.     
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