That was the real Barry Goldwater, the one who argued in his groundbreaking tome, The Conscience of a Conservative, that the welfare state was far more dangerous than full-bore communism.

"Welfarism," as Goldwater called it, reduced generosity to "a mechanical operation of the federal government."

Worse still, it robbed those on the receiving end of their self-worth.

For Goldy, the modern welfare state was more dangerous to the cause of freedom than hardcore communism.
Library of Congress/Marion S. Trikosko
For Goldy, the modern welfare state was more dangerous to the cause of freedom than hardcore communism.

State charity, Goldwater wrote, "transforms the individual from a dignified, industrious, self-reliant, spiritual being into a dependent animal creature."

There was "no avoiding this damage to character in the welfare state," Goldwater insisted, which is a fairly easy argument to make when you're the scion of a department-store fortune.

Or, for that matter, when you make big bucks working for the organization that bears Goldwater's name.

Medicaid and Medicare did not come about till 1965, after Johnson walloped Goldwater in the presidential race. But during the general election campaign, Goldwater once made a point of hopping on a plane in Arizona and flying into D.C. to vote "no" on the Senate version of what would become Medicare.

Actually, Goldwater's opposition to Social Security persisted throughout his career. In Goldberg's 1995 biography, titled simply Barry Goldwater, the author tells how Goldwater in his final term wanted to "advocate the repeal of Social Security," only to be talked out of it by his advisers.

When I contacted him for this column, Goldberg, a professor of history at the University of Utah, told me that despite Goldwater's outspoken, liberal-sounding pronouncements on gays in the military and on the Moral Majority during his retirement, Mr. Conservative would have stuck to his six-shooters on the issue now at hand.

"[Goldwater] would be against Obamacare, and he would be against any expansion of Social Security or Medicare or Medicaid," he said.

Goldwater was, of course, wrong. Government programs like these are the glue that keeps our society intact and social Darwinism at bay.

But the idea that the rich should rule and that government assistance is some inherent evil (unless it's bailing out wealthy Wall Street-ers, natch) are pillars of conservative thought. That the Goldwater Institute would protect these pillars seems as obvious as the ACLU's fighting for the Bill of Rights or Chuck Coughlin's making sure his bagel is well-buttered.

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HaddieNuff
HaddieNuff

I really don't care if GI or any other RWNJ has their panties in a bunch and riding in the place where their butt cheeks meet as a reaction to the expansion.  It's pretty difficult to argue with a $1.9 billion influx of money into our sad and laboring economy.  It also will create approximately 21,000 jobs (see link below).  Even ignoring the lives it will save, not to mention the cheaper cost of treating people before they have to get care from the ER, it's a good deal for Arizona. 

WTF? Only the wealthy and the incredibly stupid would object to the expansion.

http://grandcanyoninstitute.org/

Report on the returns from medicaid expansion

serpico1000
serpico1000

this is just another political posture Republicans are doing on Republicans, and it's all in the name of leveling the playing field for voters who are scratching their head and wondering, What's going on? Horse, and Pony circus, thats all. 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

Allowing the Constitution to be violated, even for the good of the people, is always a bad thing.


FRONTERA
FRONTERA

I  am   glad  the GOVONOR  has signed this bill to help  the poor get health  care. And I don't doubt ,that some folks gonna get rich along the  way....But  if your not good to people in this life ,you will  be re-incarnated and come back  working  for  GOLDWATER  INST.  p.s. JAN is trying to soften her  image and legacy of the exploitation of rancher  ROBERT  KRENTZ  death to get elected and  signing  1070 .

Moist
Moist

You know, if we let nature take its course and just let a bunch of the poor people die, then we'll have a bunch less poor people to take care of. I'm just saying...

Dana Wittmann
Dana Wittmann

The Goldwater Institute is a bane on AZ. Barry would be horrified

ReggieVV
ReggieVV

Goldwater gets its minions to sponsor legislation their masters at Koch Industries want, then gets the Ninth Floor Occupant to sign it, then sues if every entity does not kowtow to their version of THEIR own legislation. Arizona, we need a revolution alright, to take back this State from the Koch Brothers and their bought and paid for organization, Goldwater, and those idiots at the Arizona Center for the Taliban. As the right often says, no one elected THEM!

Lance Bertrand
Lance Bertrand

I agree that Goldwater is dead and his minions can just STFU..

Daron Nikki Petit
Daron Nikki Petit

Obamacare is force via violent government against free men. It is another step towards the merge of government and corporate power-Fascism.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

So, are you suggesting that welfare recipients and those dependent on the state for support are the most intelligent and highest in ambition?   

Phil Oliver
Phil Oliver

Yes, the more people who lack basic access to healthcare, the better off we will be as a society. People who cannot afford healthcare are no damn good and should just be buried alive in the desert, really. Or disassembled for organ donations and generate some much needed revenue for the insurance industry, which is still struggling of course... [/sarcasm]

John Graef
John Graef

Just because Christopher Columbus sailed to the Bahamas does not make him a good astronaut.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

AZ Government needs a major overhaul! How many times can you get sued and STILL stay in office? She is just stupid, and proud of it.

Miguel Ruiz
Miguel Ruiz

disagree... didn't we as voter vote to expand eligibility of medicaid (ahccs) in early 2000s?

Jim Pompe
Jim Pompe

I don't think Mr. Goldwater would recognize the majority of issues that the Institute is pushing in his name, it's really sad.

Chris Bates
Chris Bates

I would like the reverse... can Obamacare stop the Goldwater Institute?

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

The Goldwater Institute is a joke. Why anyone takes them seriously only shows what idiots Arizonans have become. They are nothing more than a lobbying firm ready to do the bidding of anyone who will pay them. This lawsuit will do nothing except pad their pockets.  But its what the GOP loves to do. 

Creamy
Creamy

@Moist It's hard to argue with that logic. Human Spock would be conflicted, but the superior Vulcan Spock mind would be extrapolating out the lowered birthrate numbers among the poor as they die off, ultimately coming up with the number of generations necessary to eradicate poverty altogether. Imagine that, a world without poverty and all it would take is a little tough love.

ryangrone
ryangrone

@Phil Oliver  Its been theorized that agent orange exposure causes type ii diabetics and if you stepped foot in Vietnam and have type ii diabetes you are service connected by the VA  The VA doesn't even pay for test strips for most of its type ii diabetics. Yet they pay for expensive insulin pumps of highly dubious value for type i diabetics because it increases the profit of the medical establishment and power of the VA  over those diabetics. If this is the way the gubment is treating its supposedly honored veterans how are they going to treat our poorest citizens? How well we be able to pay for all of this when one out of every three americans born after 2000 will be diagnosed with diabetes in their lifetimes?

TheyCallMeMrTibbs
TheyCallMeMrTibbs

@dennis20 Yeah, they suck. But Lem has a point: Goldwater sucked too. He was a rich man who was against Social Security Medicaid and Medicare. He wld have fit right in with the tea party fruitcakes.

TheyCallMeMrTibbs
TheyCallMeMrTibbs

@dennis20 I take that back. They dont always suck. There was that report they did on Arpaio not doing his job. was that 2008?

 
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