Oliver Stone made Gordon Gekko and his famous quote “Greed is Good” into everything that was wrong with capitalism. A quarter of a century later, liberal politicians like Obama and Bill de Blasio are still running against Gordon Gekko while pocketing his contributions and doing special favors for him.
Their class warfare is as nakedly greedly as Gordon Gekko shouting into a brick of a cell phone. Class warfare is the greed of the con artist playing on the stupid greed of his mark who wants to steal from someone else, but lacks the skill and daring to do anything but sign on to someone else’s scheme.
The only way to get conned is to get greedy. The con artist plays on his mark’s desire to get something for nothing. That’s why every piece of advice about not getting conned begins with “If it’s too good to be too true…”
When Obama promised Americans that if they liked their health plan, they could keep their health plan, that everyone would somehow get more while paying less, it should have triggered all those “If it’s too good to be true” alarms.
You can’t get something for nothing. Insurance companies are not about to go out of business or even take a serious hit to their profits. So where was all that extra free stuff going to come from?
The mandate was another element of the con. Those who had health insurance assumed that forcing lots of healthy people into paying for policies they didn’t want and wouldn’t use would cover the costs for those who did. But that was a distraction. The only way that the numbers would really work was by cancelling policies and hiking premiums.
The loud outcry from those who supported ObamaCare only to discover that their policies are gone is that of the greedy mark who thought that he was cheating someone else, only to discover that he was the one being cheated all along.