Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Cruising the Web

Ross Douhat says that, now that the health care bill has passed, it will be time to judge what each side claimed would be the result of this bill. Will the Democrats' predictions that this bill will save lives and money come true? Will the GOP's vision of how this will blow out the budget and drive doctors out of the profession come true? He is correct, but will we get the information that we need to make knowledgeable judgments? We have had so many other demonstrations that big government (think of the welfare state or last year's stimulus package) is not the answer and often has unintended consequences that exacerbate the problems it was meant to fix and those who advocated those solutions never seem to acknowledge that they were mistaken. Instead they just want to double down and spend more as if the lack of money was the problem not the original thinking behind the program.

Hillary Clinton went before AIPAC yesterday and sounded determined and tough on Iran. It was all very nice rhetoric. And it all means nothing. She talks about "sanctions that bite." Well, we've been talking about such sanctions for years now and still can't get Russia and China to go along. Heck, we can't even get Brazil to go along. Does anyone buy her tough talk?

It's the end of the whole charade of pro-life Democrats. In the end, they chose their party and liberal policies over life. That's fine, but they can give up trying to convince people how deeply they feel your pro-life values. When it came down to it, they chose a sham symbolic gesture.

The WSJ is correct that the passage of this bill demonstrates that the Republicans have reaped some of what they have themselves sown.
The reality is that ObamaCare is the price of two GOP electoral defeats caused by the failure of the DeLay Congress and a dismal Bush second term. The 2003 Medicare prescription drug benefit compromised the GOP on spending and legislative bullying. Republicans had a chance to do better on health care in 2005 but put their chips on Social Security and failed. Mitt Romney also gave Democrats renewed political confidence when he signed a prototype of ObamaCare into law in Massachusetts, though he now claims that these fraternal policy twins aren't related.
As a conservative, I can only hope that they have learned from their mistakes. As a student of history, I'm not optimistic.

The Democrats are set to explain the bill's failure - they just didn't spend enough.

You know who should get the credit for health care reform passing? - John Edwards.

The guy who shouted "Baby killer" on the House floor during Bart Stupak's speech was a guy most have never heard of, Texas Representative, Randy Neugebauer. Why can't these guys keep their exclamations of anger to themselves? Whatever they might think of Obama's claims in the State of the Union or Stupak's rationalizations, this is not how they should be behaving on the House floor. If we had a tradition as they do in the British parliament, that would be one thing. But we don't, so they should keep their big mouths shut. And for those who were reportedly shouting racist epithets at the Tea Party gathering on Sunday, don't they realize how that hurts their cause and will become the focus of the news reports? One or two jerks will be taken by the media to represent the entire opposition to ObamaCare. The New York Times already wants to connect opposition to ObamaCare to opposition to civil rights legislation in the 1960s.

Michael Barone links to this blogpost by Peter Peterson of Common Sense about what has happened to a green jobs push in Australia.
In Australia, a hastily assembled $2.7 billion(AUS) plan to insulate over two million homes started in July has led to thousands of lay-offs, the electrocution deaths of four insulation installers, almost 100 house fires, and the demotion of Australia’s Environment Minister – former “Midnight Oil” frontman Peter Garrett. It stretches the imagination to think of a national public policy going any more wrong.
Read the entire story. It's just amazing.

Jay Cost examines
how the health care bill creates an imbalance between winners and losers because the "Democrats crammed a $2 trillion bill into a $1 trillion package."

Alan Reynolds has some more
on what a fraud this bill is in its claims for how much is will spend.
The bill could not possibly cost “only” $940 billion unless it contained a sunset provision — repealing the law after 2019.
When they have to lie like this to help this monster limp across the finish line, you have to be suspicious.