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Entitlism in Practice: Favors Taken to Extremes

Bribery and CorruptionWe’ve defined Entitlism as basically gaining favor with the ruling class in order to get .. favors.  Now, do me a favor, quit asking for them .. from them.  We shouldn’t be dependent on them, they aren’t supposed to be doing them and no one believes that they are doing them for anyone but .. them.

Certainly performing acts of kindness for someone from whom you never expect a return is moral and good – even if it is a politician.  It gets dicey that when you do something expecting something or do something for someone important, to be made someone important.

Rod Blagojevish envisioned himself a President in 2016.  He had big plans and ideas.  In order to fill then Senator Obama’s seat in the Illinois legislature, Blagojevich wanted to make sure he gotObama and Blagosomething for giving something.  As he put it, “I’ve fot this thing and it’s f***ing golden .. I’m not just giving it up for f***ing nothing.”  Blago believed something was owed to him, he deserved it and was willing to do a favor for Obama to get it.

Of course, Blagojevich not only felt he deserved things he didn’t he also felt others owed him things they didn’t. He was working to shake down a Children’s hospital for campaign dollars  if they wanted their governmentdollars.  Maybe the hospital is starting to figure out what a lot of us already know – depending on the government for money will leave you just .. depending on the government.

Unless you’ve been under a rock, you are also aware of the offer to Sestak that rocked the media.  From MSNBC

Last summer, I received a phone call from President Clinton. During the course of the conversation, he expressed concern over my prospects if I were to enter the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate and the value of having me stay in the House of Representatives because of my military background. He said that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel had spoken with him about my being on a Presidential Board while remaining in the House of Representatives. I said no. I told President Clinton that my only consideration in getting into the Senate race or not was whether it was the right thing to do for Pennsylvania working families and not any offer. The former President said he knew I’d say that, and the conversation moved on to other subjects.

The White House released a memo that supported this claim and Bill Clinton backed them up.  Then Slick Willie said he didn’t, while Obama said he did and now no one knows who said or did what.

Last we find that the Mayo Clinic has taken the return back scratch to a whole new level – they tried to give a man life itself.  Not any ordinary man, a man who had given them at least $1 Million as this article in the Dallas Morning News states.

In 2002, Baron was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. By October 2008, his doctors at the Mayo Clinic were telling him he had just days to live.

They also offered a glimmer of hope. Over the years, the couple had donated about $1 million to Mayo. The staff was especially diligent, Blue said. They tested an arsenal of drugs and finally discovered that Baron’s cancer responded surprisingly well, in the lab, to a drug called Tysabri.

Mayo had an ample supply, but the drug was – and still is – approved only for treatment of multiple sclerosis and Crohn’s disease. The manufacturer, Biogen Idec, refused to give permission, even under special “compassionate use” rules that protect a drug-maker from a black mark in case of an adverse outcome.

One can and should argue that Baron may not have given all that money in the hopes of getting special treatment in the end, but he certainly got it.  Guess who also jumped in to help:

Somehow – Blue (Baron’s wife) still isn’t sure how – Pelosi cajoled the FDA to find a legal justification that let Mayo administer the drug, even without Biogen’s consent.Pelosi and Rahm Emanuel

“Nancy figured out a way,” she said.

The drug beat back the cancer for a few days, but not enough.

Blue has no illusion that a typical family could pull such strings.

I’m fairly certain I can’t.  And that is disturbing.  These real-life instances of the ruling class deciding who gets what should be especially concerning.  If only the “deserving” are given the special things, the better goods, the privileged services, where will individual freedom be left?

Our elitist ruling class has taken even more power amongst itself with Health Care and Finance reform.  No more are all the decisions in our hands.  We will become dependent upon the grace of the aristocracy for things as common as Health Care.  We will soon become the less equal of the animals at Manor Farm.

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