Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Cruising the Web

Federalism alert: I wish our politicians would have learned from Massachusetts' preview of all the problems with RomneyCare.

No matter what happens in the congressional elections this fall, the Democrats will come back as a more liberal group, since it is their more moderate representatives from purplish or red districts who are the most endangered.

John Podhoretz has an interesting essay
on the reasons why we have political conflict. People have different approaches about the best policies to implement to address our problems. Obama seems to think that we should not be talking about such disagreements and likes to intone that "the time for talk is over." No, it's not. In a republic, we get to continue to disagree about policies we dislike and hope to change.

Rich Lowry exposes the fantasy behind the Democrats' approach to taxes and spending. We will never squeeze enough money from the rich to pay for all the spending responsibilities our government is loaded down with.

Byron York reminds us
of the comparisons that Barack Obama liked to make to how the Post Office works as some sort of model for why we shouldn't fear his health care reforms. Well, now we see how the Post Office's model is unsustainable, rather like Obama's model for our government.

What a surprise! Even the congressmen who passed ObamaCare don't know how it works and whether it applies to them and their staff.
The confusion raises the inevitable question: If they did not know exactly what they were doing to themselves, did lawmakers who wrote and passed the bill fully grasp the details of how it would influence the lives of other Americans?
Ya think?

6 comments:

ic said...

"Obama liked to make to how the Post Office works as some sort of model for why we shouldn't fear his health care reforms,"

What should we call frustrated healthcare workers who go "postal"?

ic said...

"...did lawmakers who wrote and passed the bill fully grasp the details of how it would influence the lives of other Americans?"

No, the question is: did they care? They believed passing Obamacare would ensure their re-election. Everything else was irrelevant.

Locomotive Breath said...

"They believed passing Obamacare would ensure their re-election."

Incorrect. The believed in Obama's socialist future for American and were willing to commit political suicide for it.

Bachbone said...

Obama has aleady used the "It's just like what Romney did in Massachusetts" ploy as an excuse for Obamacare. I guess he's swapped his "Blame Bush" strategem for "Blame Romney" when the 2012 campaign rolls around and voters find all those hidden taxes and fees they're already paying for 2014 services.

Re: understanding a bill -Congressman Conyers let that proverbial cat out of the bag when he admitted that reading bills before voting on them was useless, anyhow, because it took two or three Philadelphia lawyers to understand them. That's why we need Term Limits for congressional aides who actually write these bills, as well as their bosses, politicians in Congress!

tfhr said...

Bachbone,

You said the magic words: TERM LIMITS!

Stan said...

I don't buy the idea that the Dems will be more liberal after the fall election. The Dems from purple districts that lose in Nov do not currently have any power in DC. Currently, their presence in office merely gives the extreme lefties the power to dominate. With them gone, the lefties will have less power.

It isn't like there is an "average" ideology that purple members impact (like mixing water of different temperatures).