Andy Griffith Versus the Facts

The nation today remembers with mixed emotion the life and legacy of Andy Griffith, who died this morning at age 86. He entertained us with hilarious films like No Time for Sergeants, he warmed our hearts with the “family values” of The Andy Griffith Show, and to many he uplifted their spirits with his Gospel music singing. But when it came to politics, Andy Griffith disappointed. May we learn from his life that only a heart that is self-consciously and deliberately built on the foundation of the Word of God has a sure basis not only for salvation but also for morality, family harmony, justice, and law.

A few years ago the White House needed some good PR for its unpopular Health Care takeover. Obama set the propaganda machine in motion. 700,000 tax dollars later, formerly beloved American icon Andy Griffith is wooing us to socialism with his good ol’ boy demeanor. Perhaps you saw the ad air in your area. I posted this article back in 2010 in response to that disappointing endorsement.

But that’s right. Big bucks being spent to propagandize you with views you denounce personally, but are forced to pay for.

Of course, we have long accepted this arrangement—it’s called public education.

Now we get it fed to us in a lovable, disarming format: former small town sheriff, good ol’ boy sleuth-attorney Matlock, Gospel singer, all-American personality. Who couldn’t love whatever he says?

And he makes it sound so good: “Free checkups, lower prescription costs, and better ways to protect us and Medicare from fraud.” With a vigorous shout Andy invites us to “See what else is new! I believe you’re gonna like it.”

Indeed, I think you should see what else is new. But I doubt you’ll like it much. You won’t believe it how bad it looks:

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) had his assistants create a detailed “flow chart” based on a line-by-line study of the 2,400 pages. The result is a whole lot of chart and not much flow amidst the massive new health care bureaucracy. See a hi-res version here.

Bloomberg columnist Kevin Hassett summarizes:

The new law creates 68 grant programs, 47 bureaucratic entities, 29 demonstration or pilot programs, six regulatory systems, six compliance standards and two entitlements.

The viewer will note that in the chart, all flow leads to a central source, the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Hassett notes her (Kathleen Sebelius’) unchecked power:

Getting that massive enterprise up and running will be next to impossible. So Democrats streamlined the process by granting Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius the authority to make judgments that can’t be challenged either administratively or through the courts.

Obamacare is about government expansion and government control—centralized control. And I don’t care what good ol’ boy’s face you put on it, I ain’t for it.

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