Barack Obama has appointed another Czar from Chicago: the new Food Czar Sam Kass. Officially, he is labeled Senior Policy Adviser for Healthy Food Initiatives. He's joining the list of more than 35 Czars given broad and unaccountable power over our lives, habits and spending. Everybody laughed when Senator Tom Coburn asked Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan if it would be constitutional for Congress to order Americans "to eat three vegetables and three fruits every day." Kagan declined to give a straightforward answer, maybe because she knew that exactly that type of dictatorial mandate is coming soon, in both Obamacare and regulations issued by the new Food Czar.
Far scarier is Obama's appointment of his new Health Czar, Donald Berwick, to be the top administrator over Medicare and Medicaid. The life-and-death powers he will exercise and the huge sums of taxpayers' money he will direct make this the most shocking of all Obama's appointments. Obama told Joe the Plumber that he wanted to redistribute the wealth. Redistribution is apparently a favorite word in the Obama Administration. Czar Berwick is on record as saying, "Excellent health care is by definition redistributional," and he went on to praise Britain's socialized medicine system as "a global treasure" and "I love it."
Incidentally, Britain has just announced big cuts in its health care: restrictions on hip and knee replacements and cataract surgery, and the closing of many nursing homes for the elderly. Czar Berwick admits that redistributing health care means rationing health care. Last year he admitted that, "The decision is not whether or not we will ration care -- the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open." Note the imperial "we." That's the way czars talk. Like a typical arrogant totalitarian socialist, Berwick assumes that smart bureaucrats should make life-and-death decisions and spend the money belonging to those they disdain as dumb, ordinary citizens.
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