December 17, 2009
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December 10, 2009
Frum goes hook, line, and sinker for the old "politics of no" line about the GOP, with the added twist that Republicans have gotten an even worse deal than they would have had they been proper political dhimmis.
First he points to the Medicare/Medicaid expansion "compromise" as being worse than the public option, because at least the public option "controls costs". If only Republicans had been more accommodating we could have been stuck with a marginally less woeful fate.
To start, the announced compromise isn't exactly written in stone. In fact, there's "no legislative language". But there are two good reasons why even more obstructionism would have been in order. (1) If not for Senator Snowe the Democrats might still be trying to get a bill out of committee. (2) But beyond that, Frum doesn't even have his facts right -- Senate Republicans did play the amendment game, which only allowed Dingy Harry more time to rustle up some votes. As to Republicans being "impotent spectators", well, the score is 60-40 in the Senate, so yeah, they're pretty impotent. Nothing changes that.
Frum's second fumble is Cap & Trade. With the EPA threatening executive regulation, Frum thinks Cap & Trade looks marvelous by comparison. Maybe it does, but it would be easier to change such a policy under a new President than it would be to pass new legislation to repeal a massive bureaucratic orgy like Cap & Trade. Cap & Trade (let alone anything more destructive) threatens to be an economic catastrophe, all for the increasingly dubious belief in the religion of apocalyptic anthropogenic global warming. Were we really supposed to have gone along with that? Doesn't that look like an increasingly moronic position to take in light of Climategate, or did Frum not hear about that while watching MSNBC?
Perhaps Republicans were naive in believing there were still some Constitutional boundaries in the United States. Why should it have been assumed that the Executive would merely usurp Legislative prerogative? The answer to that is a lot more disturbing than whether Republicans played ball on an issue or two.
Improving stupid bills only improves their likelihood of passage. I still hold some hope that Obamacare can be stopped. So far, the stocks of the health care companies seem to agree. (Knock on wood.)
December 08, 2009
I am too lazy to look it up, but I criticized John McCain and the Senate GOP last week for their apparent cluelessness on their handling of Obamacare in the Senate. Well, it appears as though they are dead set to allow Stupak, Part Deux to roll them again, this time in the Senate.(since it was Karl, not Allah, who wrote this, I'll link directly to him).
After my outburst last week, a person who I trust and respect pointed out to me that (and I am paraphrasing, because I lost the emails) making the Democrats have to face their voters, constituents, and interest groups for their choices, as well as dragging this process out as long as possible, is a smart move. That's all well and good, and I am all for destroying the Democrats at the ballot box, but shouldn't the non-Democrats be more interested in stopping the bill now? Shouldn't the non-Democrats be more interested in preventing the abomination that Obamacare is? The Democrats are set to suffer mightily, and allowing the political equivalents of Dead Men Walking to continue with their "Profiles in Courage" type of votes for this pile of shit may help us next year, but it will allow the Leviathan to take root. And nothing short of 100% non-Democrats in both chambers will kill the beast once it hatches.
So, maybe I am wrong. I hope I am. I hope that somewhere, somehow, the GOP can outsmart the Democrats. But, then again, we are pinning our hopes on the GOP and the Senate. Maybe the frustration I am feeling with the inherent retardadtion that is the GOP establishment is why these numbers do not surprise me. The feckless and incompetent GOP brought this upon itself, and better be careful how it proceeds, vis a vis its own very agitated base.
December 04, 2009
Speaking to the conservative talker Rusty Humphries today, Sarah Palin left the door open to speculation about President Obama's birth certificate.
"Would you make the birth certificate an issue if you ran?" she was asked (around 9 minutes into the video above).
"I think the public rightfully is still making it an issue. I don't have a problem with that. I don't know if I would have to bother to make it an issue, because I think that members of the electorate still want answers," she replied.
"Do you think it's a fair question to be looking at?" Humphries persisted.
"I think it's a fair question, just like I think past association and past voting records -- all of that is fair game," Palin said. "The McCain-Palin campaign didn't do a good enough job in that area."
Yup. This should get interesting. And to think, tomorrow was to be Jobs Report Day.
December 02, 2009
The political climate is not a friendly one for a social-con statist like Huck to begin with, if Huck and with it, his PAC collapse, I wonder how much it'll effect the social-con statist types ability to apply pressure to the GOP. If we're lucky, maybe the GOP leadership will lay off lazy and obvious pandering like the FMA, and actually try and focus on stopping the insane growth of government...
Yeah, I laughed too, but a guy can dream, right?
December 01, 2009
Seriously, I really, really, really hope this is a joke, mistake, hallucination, or political gamesmanship. I mean, if the usual suspects and RINO traitors help carry Obamacare over the finish line, we need to nuke the RNC and start over.
Oh, and let me get in a preemptive message out to the RINOs/RNC/Dipshit Express:
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