The Optimistic Conservative isn’t feeling very optimistic at present. Among other things, he considers how the law of unintended consequences (as it come into play with the health care legislation) might well affect the futures of those of us who have non-governmental approach to schooling our offspring:
The criminal penalty for not buying health insurance, however, will empower our federal government to hunt down the uninsured, in a way that it does not search for the unenrolled. It will also mean that we will have to comply with whatever requirements federal agencies feel like attaching to the health insurance mandate. Take this to the bank: parents who homeschool their children will eventually be required to pay an extra premium for their health insurance. So will parents who don’t put their children in state-run preschools. All it will take is one “study,” regardless of how flawed or trumped up it may be, showing that kids who aren’t put in preschool at the age of 3 cost more in medical treatment. (The children of single mothers in the projects probably do – but of course, homeschooled children in the suburbs don’t.) The “science” behind such a study is likely to equal if not exceed the intellectual honesty of that underlying apocalyptic projections of anthropogenic global warming/climate change.
Go, read it all. It is well-written piece which takes us from the theory and wars of conquest of the last century right up to present day America the Beautiful.