Thursday, February 11, 2010

Cruising the Web

Karl Rove has good advice for the Republicans about how they can take advantage of Obama's stage-managed Kabuki theater health summit at Blair House. They should take the opportunity to contrast their plans with the Democratic ones emerging from the past year of horse-trading. They should point out parts of the Democrats' plans that are unpopular or maybe not even as widely known such as how Florida, New Jersey, and New York's senators managed to get exemptions for their states from the cuts in Medicare Advantage. They should explain their own ideas and show that they're willing to debate the efficacy of those ideas with the Democrats. It might not be a negotiation as Obama might like to portray it as, but it will be a stage for them to present their ideas.

Yuval Levin is quite correct when he says that the difference between the Democratic and Republican approaches to reforming healthcare is quite huge because they are moving in different directions: the Democrats want reforms that will lead to a much larger role of the government in health care and the Republicans are looking at market-based reforms. No wonder they have trouble coming together on some huge plan that comprehensively address every problem. Instead it would be better to pass smaller measures that more modestly address health care reform in increments.

Here's a good little video from CATO to explain why competition is good and would be good for education.

Noemie Emery cleverly points out that part of the Democrats' problem is self-inflicted because they're embracing issues that drive wedges within their own party. That is what the oppositions is supposed to do to you, not for you to do to yourself.

Thomas Sowell has been on a roll explaining why government shouldn't be in the business in trying to mandate fairness. Once we start down that road, it turns out that there is a lot of unfairness in the world that we can't do anything about. And today he writes how such an approach leads people to complain and blame someone else every time events don't leave to equal outcomes for everyone.