After Cass Sunstein explained to us how an enlightened government must nudge American dummies who don't know what's best their lives, some of us warned that the nudge would eventually become something more forceful. Yesterday, we saw Congress muscle the Apple CEO because he hasn't paid his fair share of taxes according to the politicians. Government wasn't content with media smears on Tea Partiers that were meant to nudge them to the margins, so the IRS attacked them with paperwork that threatened their existence. Not all reporters responded to nudges by the administration to stop with leaks, so the administration violated their privacy rights and stole phone records and emails. When nudge doesn't work, government has to get serious so that subjects obey and act right.
With Obamacare coming out, the mindset in government is to do what it takes to implement the program. When young people pay fines rather than buy policies, what do you think government will do? They will force young people to subsidize old people by any means necessary, because government has decided it's best for the whole. What will happen when businesses push employees to the exchanges? Government will do whatever it takes to make businesses pay their "fair share". When Obamacare starts to implode, government will make the case for single payer nationalized healthcare, and then push it through. Taxes will go up tremendously. Then watch how the Senate beats down any company not paying the amount of taxes government demands it pay. By God, Government tried nudging, and we wouldn't respond correctly, so now we must face the consequences. If you don't want a beat down, then start acting right.