I think people misunderstand the story of Robin Hood. Most people describe his actions as ‘stealing from the rich and giving to the poor.’ But that’s not exactly what he did. He took the money that had been confiscated through taxation and returned it to the people from whom it was taken in the first place.
It makes a difference. When liberals use Robin Hood as their mascot, what they’re really saying is that they want to take money from a “wealthy” taxpayer-subsidized government – of which they’re a part – and give it back to all the people whose wealth was extracted unfairly through taxation. I don’t think he should be liberals’ mascot. He’s more of a libertarian.
(Of course, what he did was technically stealing, so he shouldn’t really be anyone’s mascot. Although, we can empathize.)
But Representative and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that the GOP’s bill to repeal and replace Obamacare was “Robin Hood in reverse.” As if Obamacare itself was like Robin Hood. Yeah, an already over-bloated federal government adding even more regulations and taxes and mandates that collectively cripple an already downturned economy, is somehow akin to “stealing from the rich and giving to the poor.”
Or, if they were to use the more accurate Robin Hood metaphor, they’d be saying that Obamacare was akin to “taking tax money from a wealthy government and giving it to the people who were forced to pay it originally.” Obamacare was definitely not that. In fact, it was more like Robin Hood in reverse.
Now, the GOP leadership’s bill has been discussed here in the past several days, and obviously conservatives have a lot of concerns about it. Some call it ‘Obamacare Lite.’ A lot of the Obamacare provisions that conservatives didn’t like seem to be remaining. The leadership has assured us that this is only because of the reconciliation process, and it’s just to get it through the senate quickly. It will still be open to amendments. And top of that, it’s only Phase One of three. We’ll see.
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