Sylvia Burwell, The Smiling Sebelius
Kathleen Sebelius is long overdue in her resignation. She exemplified the cold, icy image of the force of government totalitarianism. She just has that look about her.
But, she also had the penchant for being completely uninterested in the problems felt by the little people. Her job was to force compliance and coerce State governments into bending to the will of the Federal government. She didn't have to look mean to do it, but the icy stares probably didn't hurt.
As an aside, I always likened her to C.S. Lewis' White Witch from "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," who ruled for 100 years of deep winter. Like the witch, to us freedom-loving Americans, Sebelius made it, as Mr. Tumnus explained, "always winter and never Christmas."
As a person with feelings, "Auntie K.," as she was known by Democratic aides, perhaps doesn't deserve such a harsh analogy, but it must be stressed that this current totalitarian mindset in Washington DC delights in its power over us, its power to remake and reshape us, in complete contrast of the founder's intent. As a whole, (or, "hole" if you want to look at it that way) Washington DC doesn't care about you, they care about power over you.
So, who will fill the void of the White Witch? Heaven forbid we leave a vacancy at the helm of the government bureaucracy that is diligently issuing edicts about your health and whether or not you get surgery, you fat Americans! I mean, after all, Auntie K. was the lady who taught us to sneeze in our elbow. Ahh, to reminisce.
Enter Sylvia Burwell, a former bureaucrat at the Office of Management and Budget who has no knowledge of Health and Human Services, but has a great record, and as our president says, "knows her way around a budget."
Wow, impressed, right? Finally, someone who knows something about something at HHS, a veritable genius in our midst.
A good portion of Burwell's work was at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. They are a private charity who gives millions of dollars away to certain interests. They have every right to do it, but I began to worry that the attitude of giving money away might spill over to public money, in her new role as Secretary of HHS.
But, considering the fact that our "if you like your plan you can keep it" President said Burwell, "knows her way around a budget," why worry? Burwell would likely be a good steward of the public money, right? I mean, if we had a budget.
Well, actually, as we recall, the Unaffordable Care Act says, "the secretary shall," a couple thousand times, and now Burwell can grab that power, along with the power that has changed since the law was put into effect. Those tweaks of executive order and pallets of regulatory decrees are going to need a new master, or is it mistress? But also, remember that the Secretary of HHS is the ultimate IPAB healthcare denier. Oooh, power over who lives and dies due to budget cuts? Right up her alley. And she can be published millions and millions of times now that she will be one end of countless lawsuits. Just think of it, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Burwell v. The National Federation of Independent Business, and the Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell. It's like red carpet status for totalitarian control freaks.
The fact that Sebelius just looked like a totalitarian doesn't change the fact that Burwell will represent the same icy cold totalitarian motive. She will be, for all intents and purposes, a smiling Sebelius.