Dr. Keith Ablow, a bestselling author and one of America’s leading psychiatrists, asserts that the change will be “absolutely infantilizing,” and there will be incalculable ramifications because of it.
The economic impact, he asserts, “pales in comparison” to the cost to the American mindset.
He told Megyn Kelly on “America Live” that money is a metaphor, and in allowing the federal government to direct our hard-earned income to insurance companies or anywhere else, we are effectively left with an “allowance” that we can use as our parents in Washington see fit.
“When the government begins to act as parent to its citizens as children, and says ‘we are going to earmark your after-tax dollars…you must spend it on certain things,’ that [literally means] that you don’t know whether any of your money is really yours because today it could be health care, tomorrow it could be a hybrid vehicle that you are penalized financially for not buying.
“It takes control of your behavior in the way that a parent would of a child, and it diminishes us in terms of our autonomy and our ability to achieve things, even for liberty, on the world stage.”
It makes Americans believe that they are weak, he continued, and it absolutely infantilizes the country:
“Listen, even adolescents or younger kids [dream] of the day when they’re in charge of their own money. Why? Because we know that money has that significance, it means independence, it means that you’re in charge of your destiny, kids dream of this.
“To treat the American public as though they are preadolescent slingshots them back that way psychologically, so that they say to themselves: ‘my decision-making capacity isn’t so good. After all, if I don’t do what they tell me, I’m going to be fined for it, and it seems that we voted this in…’”
He concluded: “What it does is it deposits us back as children when economically, more than ever, we need to be adult.”
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Liberal commentator Alan Colmes and conservative talk show host Mike Gallagher got into a shouting match Friday on Fox News after Colmes likened the Occupy Wall Street movement to the Tea Party.
Fox News host Megyn Kelly kicked off the segment asking Colmes whether he thought it was time for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and others to take back their praise of Occupy Wall Street in the wake of violent episodes that have dominated headlines about the movement.
Colmes denounced the instances of violence, but charged the media “of course wants to focus on the small number of people who are causing disruptions” and that there’s an “overwhelming number of people who are doing this the way it should be done.”
Gallagher said Democrats “have been in bed with these folks” since the movement started and he hasn’t heard a single Democrat “denounce these lawless thugs.”
“Mike you are smearing the entire group of people and condemning them…based on the actions of a few” he said. “[You’re] losing sight that in fact the Tea Party and the Occupy Wall Streeters have a lot in common.”
“How dare you?! How dare you?!” Gallagher blasted back, calling it a “scurrilous comparison.“ ”Are you kidding me Alan?…You cannot compare the Tea Partiers to these bunch of lawless degenerate thugs. They’re thugs, they’re anarchists.”