On October 12, 2008, three days before the final presidential debate, a man by the name of Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher was playing football with his son on his front yard, outside Toledo, Ohio. On that Sunday, an entourage of reporters and campaign workers were escorting Senator Barack Obama through Mr. Wurzelbacher’s neighborhood. While Senator Obama was campaigning there, Mr. Wurzelbacher had the opportunity to ask Senator Obama a question;
“I’m getting ready to buy a company that makes 250 to 280 thousand dollars a year. Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn’t it?”
The conversation lasted several minutes with Senator Obama, as expected, doing most of the talking. He responded with a long explanation of how his tax plan would affect small businesses. The most important part of Senator Obama’s response occurred at the end when he said;
“and I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”
The reason this part of his answer was very important was because Senator Obama slipped and told the truth about his beliefs. He confirmed what his political opponents were accusing him of, being a Socialist. It was the Socialist shot heard around the world. Republicans immediately pounced on that comment and a few days later Senator John McCain even brought it up at their debate. What happened next should frighten all of us.
When Democrats realized Senator Obama’s mistake, they went into damage control mode. Since Senator Obama’s words were now immortalized on video, there was no way for them to deny it happened. They turned to “Plan B” of the Democratic playbook, distract by destroying the person who asked the question. Democratic operatives in the media began investigating Mr. Wurzelbacher, now known as “Joe the Plumber”. Their keen investigative skills uncovered that Mr. Wurzelbacher wasn’t a certified plumber, as if that somehow made his question invalid. They also uncovered that Mr. Wurzelbacher had a $1,200 lien for back taxes that a state official said he may not have been aware of. I guess one isn’t allowed to ask questions if one owes back taxes.
Even scarier was what Democratic operatives working for the state of Ohio did. Within days of Mr. Wurzelbacher gaining national attention, Helen E. Jones-Kelley, head of Ohio’s Department of Jobs and Family Services, authorized the use of state computers to perform an improper search for information on Joe Wurzelbacher. A search was performed through records kept on child support payments and a search was performed on whether he was receiving welfare or unemployment benefits. She was suspended for one month without pay and faced a review by a county prosecutor for using confidential state databases to find personal information on Mr. Wurzelbacher. She also faced a review for using her state e-mail address to help Barack Obama’s fundraising by identifying potential contributors and offering her own $2,500 donation. On December 17, 2008, Jones-Kelley was forced to resigned. Three years later, she’s back on the government payroll. Jones-Kelley was hired to lead the Montgomery County Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board.
In addition, at least three other instances of suspicious use of state computer systems to access Mr. Wurzelbacher’s data occurred. A Toledo police clerk, Julie McConnell, was charged with gross misconduct for accessing the Law Enforcement Automated Data System to retrieve Mr. Wurzelbacher’s address. Authorities also say the Cuyahoga County social services office was compromised and an outside contractor with access to the state Attorney General’s test account similarly searched Mr. Wurzelbacher data. Moreover, his driver’s-license and vehicle-registration data were obtained from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
Why do I bring all this up? Because of Obama-Care. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a regulation that requires private health insurance companies to give the government the health records of every person they insure. Government bureaucrats will have access to the health records from all private insurance companies, including yours, whether you want them to or not. We should all be horrified that our health information, so personal, and sometimes painful, could be placed in a government database, open to anyone with access to the system. We will no longer control to whom our medical information is sent. This provides individual medical data for the Comparative Effectiveness Research coordinating panel of experts that will decide whether grandma or grandpa gets the new hip. There is another name for this panel, the “Death Panel”, but that is for another article.
The alarm that I’m trying to sound is that because Mr. Wurzelbacher asked a fair question of a Democrat, he had the following aspects of his life violated;
- professional background
- tax history
- welfare history (if any)
- unemployment history (if any)
- child support payment history
- personal address
- driver’s license
- driving record
What is missing from the previous list of violations is Mr. Wurzelbacher’s medical history. But don’t worry, President Obama is taking care of that. The next time a Democrat gets embarrassed by someone, their henchmen in the media and in the public sector will have access to even more personal information to do a more thorough job of destroying that individual.
It’s a sad state of affairs when in a free country such as ours we should be fearful of asking politicians questions or of voicing our opinions. The same way we use common sense when locking our doors at night, we must be mindful when sharing our political opinions on the Internet, in the workplace, in public and in school. Retaliation for one’s political views isn’t always as obvious as it was against Mr. Wurzelbacher, but I believe it happens all the time and it happens mostly from the left. For example, if you’re a conservative with children in public school, remember that our schools are infested with activists and former hippies disguised as teachers. You may find your child’s “class participation” grade start to fall because of something you said at a town hall meeting or on a message board. You may suddenly find yourself audited, again and again for no apparent reason. Or, you may discover that you are now considered public enemy number one at your union job. Now with Obama-Care we might find our most embarrassing medical history posted on some anonymous Facebook page. But on the bright side, we’ll all get free birth control.
Submitted by Red Foreman