By Alden L. Benton
The 1982 movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan featured a computerized training simulation called the Kobayashi Maru scenario. The scenario tested cadets’ command capabilities in a no-win situation. No cadet ever beat the simulator — except James T. Kirk. However, the only way Kirk was able to defeat the scenario was to redefine the problem and change the rules, in this case, the programming.
However, in real-life, one cannot change the rules and facts eventually prevail. For the past 50 years, the Left has been trying to change the rules.
The Left demands that our speech be constrained by the oppressive, ever changing freedom-killing rules of political correctness.
They have hijacked certain words and redefined them to mean what they want them to mean and, since the denizens of the Left live in a world of total relativism where what is right or wrong depends upon how they feel at the time, they are constantly trying to redefine and manage how the rest of us think.
In my lifetime, I have never seen more evidence of this than in the current campaign and recent regulation scams. First, the Obama hoax.
President Obama has eclipsed Jimmy Carter as the worst president in modern times. At every turn, the myth his spinmeisters created in 2008 is unraveling.
The Left’s favorite tool for redefinition and distraction is the lie. The president has told so many lies he cannot keep them straight.
Was the Benghazi attack a terrorist attack or a demonstration fueled by an obscure video?
Is Obamacare a tax or not?
Mr. President, as Colonel Nathan R. Jessup (Jack Nicholson) said in A Few Good Men, “You can’t handle the truth!” Or, as my father would have said, “You wouldn’t recognize the truth if it walked up and bit you in the a**.”
The most recent redefinition of words is the definition of a full-time workweek. Throughout my adult life, full-time work was defined as 40 hours per week. However, not bothered by the reality of the world outside of Washington, D.C., and the leftist fantasylands like California and New York, the Left continues its quest to obfuscate and redefine the truth.
CNSNews reports that an obscure section of the Obamacare legislation redefines full time work as an average of 30 hours per week. Section 1513, paragraph 4(a) states “The term ‘full-time employee’ means, with respect to any month, an employee who is employed on average at least 30 hours of service per week.”
According to CNSNews,
That section, known as the employer mandate, requires any business with 50 or more full-time employees to provide at least the minimum level of government-defined health coverage to those employees.
In other words, a business must provide insurance if it has 50 or more employees working an average of just 30 hours per week, which is 10 hours per week fewer than the traditional 40-hour workweek.
If an employer meets the requirements and does not offer health insurance, it must pay a penalty per employee for each month it does not offer coverage – not exceeding $750 per employee over the course of a year.
To cope with the cost of complying with these onerous regulations, many companies like Darden Restaurants — the parent company of Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and Longhorn Steakhouse — have already decided to convert their workforce to part-time; a job-killing, income-reducing consequence the Left refuses to consider.
To confuse things further, the IRS has issued 18 pages of regulations to enforce just this 26-word paragraph of the draconian Obamacare beast.
The Obamacare bill is thousands of pages long. Because of the massive redefinition of terms it mandates, it will force numerous agencies to issue millions of pages of regulations to enforce its provisions. The IRS alone will hire an additional 80,000 agents.
However, the president and his minions on the Left continue to sing the same old tune: You can keep your doctor; Obamacare will keep costs down; there are no death panels; and Medicare and Medicaid are solvent.
Informed and rational people recognize these statements as lies. However, the president, and the Left, clings to his re-defined vision, his alternate reality.
For the president, his clinging to the hope of a false reality will prove to be his Kobayashi Maru — and Captain Kirk cannot bail him out by changing the rules of the game.
“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”
~John Adams, Argument in Defense of the Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials, December 1770
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