George Will’s Take

by NRO Stafff

Early today on ABC’s This Week, George Will commented on a number of topics.

“They’re changing the law. We have a Treasury secretary, we have three deputy Treasury secretaries, underneath whom there are twelve assistant secretaries. Late Tuesday afternoon they sent out one of the twelve. Didn’t send him out, he did a Web posting. It said by the way, the law passed by Congress that makes no provision for waiving this, shall be waived. Here’s the problem. In addition to the fact that Obamacare is a hideously complicated, Rube Goldberg contraption, beyond that, it puts in place perverse incentives. The employer mandate says if you have 50 or more full-time employees — and until Congress changes this, which it will, it defines full-time employees as 30 hours a week — you have to pay a substantial sum for each of their health care. Now, the employers, not being dummies, have said, well, let’s have fewer employers and make many of the employees we have part-time employees. What Obamacare requires for it to work is mass irrationality, both on the part of employers to ignore that incentive and on the part of young people who are supposed to pay three, four, five times more for health insurance than it would cost them to just pay the fine and ignore it. . . . Young people are not going to sign up if they can do elementary arithmetic, which they can.”

The problems with Obamacare “are going to affect the immigration debate because the House Republicans are going to say, no matter what we write in the law, this administration will waive any provision it doesn’t like. . . . The number of Republicans who might lose their seats because they oppose this immigration bill is a vanishingly small; it’s just not going to happen that way. Furthermore, don’t look at July, look at August. Four Augusts ago, Congress was in the midst of another comprehensive reform — that time, health care. The Republicans went home and the Democrats went and held town meetings and uproar broke out. And when they go home this August, the Republicans are going to do their town-hall meetings.”

“Well, it’s hard to rejoice in the overthrow of democratic forms, although it’s hard not to rejoice in the overthrow of a Muslim Islamist government that threatened to screw down an anti-modern tyranny that would be difficult to reverse. That said, when this began in Tahrir Square against Mubarak, there was much talk about all the young people with their smartphones accessing the social media, missing the fact that half of Egyptians live on less than $2 a day. Smartphones are not the symbol. . . . The choice today is between two flavors of tyranny. One is tyranny fueled by religious extremism, and the other is tyranny leavened by corruption, that would be the tyranny of the army. And that’s what they’ll get.”

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