In 1988 a TV movie “The Incredible Hulk Returns” was made as a sequel to the TV show that had featured Bill Bixby as David Banner and Lou Ferrigno as The Hulk. From what I remember the movie was pretty forgettable, save for one piece – Thor. They had the character of Thor join up with Hulk, and Thor stole every scene he was in. The writers did a great job with the “fish out of water” angle, such as having Thor consuming beer by the pitcher (drinking straight out of said pitcher), getting into arm wrestling contests in a biker bar, etc. Toward the end when they were leading up to the final fight scene, Thor and Banner crept up on the bad guys when Thor laid out his plan of attack that they would just rush the villains. When Banner questioned the tactic Thor added “Well after you summon your big green friend of course”. The two separated, and like any good Hulk story, something happened to send Banner into a rage, transforming him into the Hulk. The green beast started raging through the villains when Thor saw what was happening. He stood up and with a smile shouted “I knew you liked my plan!” before jumping in and joining the fight.
Right now I feel a little bit of the Thor-like vindication over a proposal I made that didn’t seem to go over too well. I suggested that we propose some reasonable restrictions on what is allowed to be purchased with food stamps, basically taking it to Michelle Obama level of nannying of the diets of lower income recipients. Interestingly enough, it was Bloomberg who gave me the idea in the first place. And now he’s starting to buy into my idea, and has joined a number of other mayors who want to prohibit food stamps from being used to buy soda. And even though he’s not going as far as I would like to see, this is a great start. Let anybody who accepts government aid face restrictions on what they can use for those benefits. My previous post lists some creative ways we can go farther to improve the lives of those on government assistance.
If we want to incentivize people to get off of the dole, restricting choices and poking and prodding into their lives is a good way to do so. For that matter, I think that the best route to bringing about Obamacare’s repeal is not to fight or challenge it, but to let the public taste every toxic bit of it that’s being shoved up into us. As I argued at the end of my“Economics for Politicians” series a while back one of my more innovate solutions was:
Don’t repeal Obamacare – Accelerate it! By the time that most people are reading this post the Supreme Court will most likely have handed down its decision over this controversial law. Conservatives are naturally fighting this law while leftists continue to support it. Personally, I think that we need to move forward with it – every last bit. Forget all of the vaguely worded provisions that will kick in down the road – let’s make getting every last detail hashed out and implemented right away. Why? Because the American people are starting to wake up and are noticing the reality of having an economically illiterate leftist as president – it seemed like such a cool idea back in 2008! Now America is already seeing the broken promises of Obamacare – “If you like your plan you can keep it” and “Your rates will not go up” have proven to be worth as much as the man who said them. We didn’t fight hard enough to stop this law from getting passed, and now we get to deal with the consequences. What we’ve seen so far has pushed many Americans away from the left, and once people start tasting the long waits and rationing that are inevitable results it will destroy the Democrat party and pressure from the likes of the Tea Party will force the Republican majority that will be swept into power to not abuse it this time around. Ha ha – just kidding about that last part! We know how power goes to your heads, but at least if we can learn our lessons of how leftist economics work in the real world we just might be able to stop silliness like this law from happening again.
So to Mayor Bloomberg, I have only two things to say, “Faster. please”.
And “I knew you liked my plan!”
Cross posted from Brother Bob’s Blog