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Obama State of the Union: Largely, More Of The Same…

Tonight pretty much sums up the Obama Presidency.

We have members of Congress looking for ‘dates’ so they can look like they are civil.  We have a President who will talk about entitlements, and then will avoid proposing any major changes to those programs.  And then Mr. Obama will talk about deficit control, and no doubt will propose more ‘investments’ which will do more to worsen the deficit problem.

That, in a nutshell, exemplifies the Obama Presidency.  It is more theater than reality; more rhetoric than action.

But the show must go on.

Obama will move forward in the only way he sees; by further cementing his liberal legacy of the past two years, and hold off conservative efforts to derail any of that legislation.  As E.J. Dionne states, Obama plans to ‘Legislate, Hold, and Build’.

So, in other words, for Obama, it is simply more of the same.

The argument is simple:  Obama will try to sell his legislative victories of the last two years.  He will spend the remainder of his term attempting to convince the unconvinced American public that the Obama agenda is setting America up for long term wealth creation, job creation, and overall stability.

Good luck with that.

Obama’s rhetoric has been spot on for the past few months.  First, he compromised with Republicans on the Bush tax cuts.  Then, he called for civility after the Tucson shooting.  Tonight, he will talk about moving the economy forward.  For example, the NY Times points out that Obama began talking about the desperate need to foster competitiveness and innovation in the pursuit of American jobs.

The problem is, for Obama these words mean maintaining current government programs and spending.  And that, simply, is not where the American public stands on these issues.  The American public wants answers about the growing deficit…and Obama lacks any answers.

Obama’s big answer to the deficit problem?  A 5 year spending freeze.  That will accomplish virtually nothing, after Obama himself has increased government spending by 70% in two years.  The Obama plan would save about $15 billion a year over 5 years…or the equivalent of how much debt we as a country run up in about 4 days.  That is the definition of useless.

Liberals argue that maintaing the rest of  this spending is essential to long term job growth.  Someone, namely the President, is going to have to explain how many of these programs are going to cost jobs.  Fine.  which of the following are the big job producers that Democrats are going to argue for?

  • USDA Sugar Program. $14 million annually.
  • National Endowment for the Arts. $167.5 million annually.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities. $167.5 million annually.

Sure, there are programs that are much more controversial to cut, such as education programs.  But largely, these are programs that are good ideas…when you have the money.  And the American people have decided we don’t have the money, and are ready to turn off the spigot.

Democrats still don’t understand this political dynamic.  Americans don’t believe that government will save them, especially from their economic woes.  The public doesn’t blame Obama for the recession…but they also don’t believe he will provide solutions to get us passed the economic doldrums either.

And with that dynamic, the last thing Americans want to do is plow down several trillion dollars more in order to achieve…well, nothing.

So, let civility reign tonight.  Republicans and Democrats, happily dancing together, corsage in hand to their mate from across the aisle.  I am sure Obama will give a roundly lauded speech about hope, change, and civility.  But in the end, unless it is backed by real reform, it will amount to nothing.


The Long Road For Health Care Repeal Starts Here…

Today, the Republicans kept their first promise of this Congress, by passing a repeal of the Obamacare.

The long road begins here.

This is obviously largely symbolic. But symbols matter.  First and foremost, this was a key promise Republicans made to the American people in their quest to regain power over the House.  Promise made, promise kept.

My friends, let us be honest:  true and total repeal of Obamacare will be a long, hard slog.  The American people do not yet comprehend the long term damage that Democrats did by passing this bill.  This may take years, decades…and may be a battle that my generation will fight for the rest of their time.

But a few things are certain.  First, the public is on our side.  Significant majorities support repeal of this bill.  We don’t need to fight to convince Americans of anything, unlike the Democrats; they already align with our reality.  We simply need to keep the fight going, and keep demonstrating the falsehoods that made this bill possible.

Frankly, you simply should put Paul Ryan against any Democrat once in a while, and force them to fidget, like he made them do today in the House chamber:

This is a simple and complete evisceration of the budgetary realities of Obamacare.  No Democrat can withstand this barrage, because their is no defense.  Ryan simply takes the numbers, uses logic, and systematically demolishes every Democrat argument about the supposed cost-savings in this bill.

Additionally, this is only the first of several paths to the dismantling of Obamacare.  The courts are obviously the other.   26 states have now joined the lawsuit against the Federal Government, stating the bill is unconstitutional.  Along with the federal judge declaring it unconstitutional, these factors almost guarantee that at the very least, the individual mandate will go down in flames.

The second, and more difficult but also more permanent, is at the ballot box.  It would take massive luck and a level of competence I still don’t believe Republicans have, but taking the majority in the Senate, holding the House, and winning the White House likely would give Republicans the possibility of repealing the entire program by early 2013.  And of course, that would likely only come with use of reconciliation to remove the bill in the Senate and override a Democrat filibuster…a little bit of irony, wouldn’t you say?

So prepare yourselves for the long road ahead.  There is no short term fix to the enormous damage done by Democrats.  We must be stubborn, vigilant, and ultimately, we can succeed in this endeavor.  But today…today was the first step.


Long Term Significance of Obama’s Lame Duck Victories

Barack Obama had an excellent December, no question.  After the crushing electoral defeat in November, many thought he would slink away for the Christmas holidays, and try again in the new year.  Instead, Obama successfully repealed Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell, ratified the START treaty, passed survivor benefits for the 9/11 responders, and extended the Bush Tax Cuts for all Americans.

Now, each has its supporters and detractors.  Liberals are joyous over DADT.  Republicans generally are happy with the Bush tax cut extensions.  Everyone supported the 9/11 bill, at its core.  And no one really cares about START.

But to heat the mainstream media, you would think that Obama had just saved the union. For example, watching MSNBC’s Morning Joe last month was basically like an invitation to the Obama fan club, or maybe his re-election committee.  No one, not one voice, thought that Obama’s actions was anything other than spectacular political prowess.

What utter nonsense.

The only surprise in the lame duck session was that the White House gave up so much on the Bush tax cut extensions.  Republicans could have waited until January to get those cuts extended, but simply didn’t want to deal with an intransigent White House as soon as it took power in the House.  For Obama, he knew that he was on the losing side of this issue, and simply made the best of a bad situation.  It was a no brainer for both sides, politicall speaking.

Philisophically speaking, however, this was one of the greatest admissions of failure of liberal ideology ever.  Barack Obama admitted that keeping tax rates low is an economic plus.  Their minor argument about the rich is a fringe discussion.  Barack Obama, ultimately, has now agreed with the primary conservative philosophy of the last half century; that the less government burden on the economy, the better, regardless of what the government is doing.

In short, Obama basically admitted that supply side economics works.  Obama has joined no less historic figures as John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan in that assessment.

Then, to compound the matter, Republicans were able to forestall another Keynesian attempt by stopping the $1.3 trillion Omnibus bill, which was so chock full of wasteful spending, even Democrats could not rationalize it, as numerous Senate Democrats defected to vote against the bill.

As for the other issues?

  • DADT was going to be repealed, either by Congress or the courts.  This simply doesn’t matter as a major issue; I presume the military, as usual, will do a fantastic job adapting.
  • The 9/11 responders bill?  This was always going to pass.  It might have done some damage to Republicans if it were dragged out for a while, or if the roadblock occurred when people were paying attention.  But with the Christmas holidays, no one cared.  And so, for most Americans…memories are short.
  • The DREAM Act, supposedly a cornerstone of the White House policy on immigration, died a final death.
  • And the START treaty…well, no one should care.  Sure, it is nice it got done, but it didn’t significantly matter one way or another.  It is an anachronism of the Cold War, nothing more.

We have already seen the public’s attentions span being diverted by the tragic events in Tucson, which had more effect on the public mood, as well as Obama’s approval ratings, than any legislative successes at the end of 2010.   So, as usual, the media’s proclaiming Obama’s resurgence, based on Congressional action in December, is once again an overstatement of immense proportions.


Krugman’s Failed Logic

This explains it...he was drunk when he wrote this piece!

Paul Krugman, who I continue to hold is the dumbest Nobel Laureate ever, continues his failed attempts at convincing anyone who is sane that he has a clue what is going on.

Today, it is back to Obamacare.

Krugman, in a piece artfully titled ‘The War on Logic’, attempts to dissect Republican arguments for repealing Obamacare.  I personally think the Op-Ed is appropriately titled…only the attack on logic is actually held within the editorial.

Krugman begins by stating that John Boehner, in recent analysis of what the cost of repealing Obamacare would be, is playing a budgetary gimmick.  I will let you read Krugman’s arguments here if you wish.  The irony here is, that the entire cost analysis of Obamacare was a gimmick in the first place.

Krugman points to a CBO report stating that repealing Obamacare will result in approximately $200 Billion in deficit spending over the next 10 years.  That is, factually, true…depending on how you calculate.  The entire CBO process is a game.  And in this game, Democrats fail to tell you two things.  All of the budgetary savings, every cent, comes from…tax increases.

Now, the irony of this little tidbit?  Krugman himself, as well as the President, last year argued that there were no tax increases in the bill.

So, first lie.

The second gaming of the system is with the CBO assuming that approximately $500 Billion in cuts proposed in Obamacare actually go through to fruition.  There is no evidence that such cuts will ever occur.  In fact, the first such proposed cuts, which would have cut heavily into physician reimbursements from Medicare, was recently pushed back…again.  The chance of these cuts going through is about the same as me winning the Nobel Prize for Economics this year.

So, second falsehood, if not an outright lie.

Krugman ironically ignores his own comments about Obamacare made last year:

1.  That the bill will cost more money than expected.

2.  That there are no real cost savings in the plan.

3.  That only with massive cuts to health care spending will the program result in budget cuts long term.

These are arguments Krugman himself has made over the past 2 years.  But somehow now, when Boehner and Republicans point out the falsehoods in the bill, it is they that are illogical.

In short, the only use of logic in the entire Krugman piece is actually in the title.  There is no logical forethought into Krugman’s assertions that the GOP is somehow falsifying reality…he simply implies it by stating it in the title, and presumes you, the reader, are too dumb to realize that no logical argument is ever made.

I present to you Paul Krugman…dumbest Nobel Laureate Ever.


The Real Lesson From Tucson

While the political left has spent much of the past week using the tragedy in Tucson to attempt to damage their political rivals, and as the media focuses on Sarah Palin, the real question and message of the events of the past week are being missed.

Jared Lee Loughner is a disturbed young man.  That much is quite obvious.  Whether he is legally insane will be left up to the courts.  But there is no question, now looking upon his life, that the warning signs were there.

We see this repeated, over and over again.  Whether it be Columbine, the Virginia Tech Massacre, or Tucson, these people in danger of committing these atrocities are not as hidden as one might think.

Loughner was known to local police officials.  School Administrators knew about his instability.  Even the military, which rejected him, suspected something was not right.  And that does not even include Loughner’s friends and family, who must of known much more than any public official could have.

And each of these entities failed to do anything; or maybe more important, were unable to.

Take Pima Community College, where Loughner studied.  They had met with county police five times about his disturbances in class.  Only after the fifth occurrence was he expelled.

Ben McGahee, Loughner’s Algebra teacher, knew the kid was unstable.  “They just said, ‘Well, he hasn’t taken any action to hurt anyone. He hasn’t provoked anybody. He hasn’t brought any weapons to class.'”

Loughner “scares me a bit,” wrote one of the students in an e-mail quoted by the Post. “Until he does something bad, you can’t do anything about him,” she wrote in a later message. “Needless to say, I sit by the door.”

And yet, no one could do anything.

In hindsight, the events of last Saturday were like an oncoming train with Congresswoman Giffords and others sitting innocently on the tracks.  Everyone that had the occasion to spend time with Loughner knew he was unstable…and could do nothing.

I believe in reasonable gun control.  But, is there any gun control law proposed or opposed that would have stopped this tragedy?  Possibly limiting accessability to high volume cartridges would have saved lives, but would not have saved Rep. Giffords; the first bullet wounded her.  But sure, you can discuss that.  The only law that may have helped is instant federal background checks; and in this case, even those would have failed.  Loughner was not a convict, and was not on any mental instability list…and therefore, would have passed all background checks in the United States.

I am in favor of background checks, but there is a more fundamental issue at hand. Background checks are useless unless the database has information to base decisions on.  In this case, Loughner was never reported to the database.

Those who confronted Loughner never made the next logical step, and force him to seek mental health help.  Many, like the school and colleges associated with Loughner, were very likely scared of retribution, especially from lawsuits.  They suggested mental care, but could do nothing more.  It was easier to send him on his way than force his hand and make him seek some psychiatric help.  As for the military, where Loughner was denied entry, it is uncertain whether they are even legally allowed to forward such material to the appropriate authorities.  And as for the police, that is even more dubious.  Why after so many incidents, did they not try to force him into the mental health system?

We need to be more open about these questions, and allow institutions to use more free will in determining when individuals need to seek mental health care.  In turn, we need to protect those same people from lawsuits.  There is nothing damaging in making an individual sit with a psychiatric health professional for a few hours, and determine whether the patient is stable, and worse, is a risk to others.

Until we come to face the reality that we do not intercede when necessary in these cases, we will continue to have incidents like Columbine, Virginia Tech and Tucson.


Why the F-22 Raptor Matters

There has been much debate over the future of America’s next generation fighter plane, the F-22 Raptor.  Defense Secretary Robert Gates has taken an enormous gamble.  He has wagered that the F-22 is too expensive, and is unnecessary; and only spending on the next generation fighter, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, makes military and financial sense.

I have long challenged this notion.  In fact, I called it gross negligence in a piece almost 2 years ago.  I have long believed that production of the F-22 should continue until full deployment of the F-35 was in effect.  Now, I think recent information goes to prove that I and others were absolutely right.

What evidence, do you ask?  Well, this:

Above is China’s new J-20 prototype stealth fighter plane.  This has been rumored to be in development for years.  But nobody in the intelligence community expected a working model at this point.

But here it is, flying.

The Chinese prepared the J-20 for flight before the meeting with Gates last week.   The C.I.A. and military intelligence did not expect a flying model for another decade.  A ten year discrepancy shows the utter failure in our intelligence services to know what is going on in Red China.

The F-35 was meant as a cost-effective replacement to the F-22.  And clearly, long term, that is what it will be.  When deployed, it will be the most highly technical airplane in the world, and likely will maintain air dominance well into the next century.


The problem is a simple one:  the Chinese are not playing by our rules.  Initially the F-35 was supposed to be deployed last year.   That deployment, according to some reports, has been pushed back until 2015, with full deployment not expected until 2026.

What we have is a possible gap in American air superiority.  With production of the F-22 winding down, there is the possibility that China narrows the gap by 202o.  China still has a long way to go, and many question how far they have come.  However, it doesn’t take much to change the balance of power.  Remember, we are unlikely to face China in an all out war…nobody wants that.  But nobody would be surprised if small skirmishes occur in places like Taiwan or North Korea, would they?  All China needs to do is to shift the balance of air power slightly in their favor, and that would allow them to use their powerful land based systems to further project their military power.

Without air superiority, U.S. naval ships are easy targets.  China has also beefed up their land-to-sea missiles, and now proclaim to have a missile that can destroy a U.S. aircraft carrier.  The Defense Departmnet implicitly admitted this as a fact, as they have slowly moved their aircraft carriers farther away form the Chinese mainland.

Maintenance of the F-22A Raptor fleet would have given the U.S. air superiority well into the 2030s, as the F-35 comes into full force.  However, Gates decision has now halted that overlap.  And China, playing by their own rules, has narrowed the gap significantly.

Only time will tell if that decision costs America.


Being Liberal Means Never Having To Say You’re Sorry

After a tragic weekend that saw the deaths of six innocents, and the likely maiming of a member of Congress, the left’s first response…is to blame the political right.

Paul Krugman started it out.  Within minutes of the tragedy, he had a blog post up, and had written a full editorial by the end of the day.  He immediately blamed the right for the atrocity…without any proof whatsoever.   In his deranged liberal mind, this simply had to be the cause of those right wing evil forces.

Then later Saturday, Keith Olbermann continued a similar tirade on MSNBC, which again, was ridiculous en face.   But of course, we now accept nothing but the worst from that fool.

There is no evidence for any of these accusations.  It is not like the shooter is a card-carrying member of the Republican Party, Tea Party, or any other known conservative group.  To the left, the knee jerk reaction is ‘simply logical’.

There is nothing logical about the actions of the left.

I can put a list a mile long of liberal pundits whose outright ignorance is staggering.  They continue, to this day, to try to blame the shooting, in some manner or another, on conservatives.  The sheriff in the case blame Rush Limbaugh yesterday.  Several Democrats blamed the Tea Party.  And there is no evidence that the shooter ever had interest in either.

The liberal thought process:  there is violence, the right opposes us; therefore it must be the fault of the political right.

Clearly, these people need to take some more philosophy classes, and understand the term ‘causation’.

This is not to say that the political right should not be self-reflective as well.  Clearly, rhetoric on both sides can be clamped down, while still having the political debate we feel is necessary to move the country forward.

But let us be clear:  the vast majority of the blame game has been played by the left.  Their absolute blindness to their own vitriolic attacks is staggering.  This was a crime of hate, and one could argue, a crime of terror.  To blame Sarah Palin, for example, is basically calling her a terrorist.  That is not vitriolic?  How about the fact that the shooter seemed to have become engrossed with Rep. Giffords in 2007…at least one whole year before Palin was known to the majority of Americans as a national figure?  How did Palin perform that magic act?

Liberals simply believe that everything they do is for the greater good.  When you believe that, it is almost like a religious mandate.  Their ability to self-reflect, especially after the tragedy of last weekend, is basically nil.  Even several days afterward, when the shooter appears to be more a mentally disturbed individual than one of any political flavor whatsoever, we get new accuasations of the Right causing this. That is simply a tool of idiots.  No one else with brain would reach such a conclusion, with the facts at hand.

To their credit, some liberals have tried to take a more measured tone.  Howard Dean, Al Sharpton, and even the women on The View have tried to shy away from the blame game.  Jon Stewart also chimed in, stating, “We live in a complex ecosystem of influences and motivations and I wouldn’t blame our political rhetoric any more than I would blame heavy metal music for Columbine,” Stewart said on “The Daily Show” Monday night.  Pretty sad when a comedian is the most rationale voice on your side of the aisle, no?

The unfortunate reality is that those who caution against blaming blindly seem to be in a small minority that want to hold back and reserve judgement.  Most of our political left simply wants to attack.

The sad reality is that it is now up to President Obama to give the liberal left any credibility in the face of this disaster.  He has also implied that the political discourse led to this tragedy, but not as openly as others.  Only he can save the face of the Left in this country, because so far, since Saturday, they have behaved more like a group of taddletale children than a governing political movement.

There is one upside to all this, politically speaking:  the public isn’t buying into it.   A CBS poll shows 6 out of 10 Americans do not believe political rhetoric caused this shooting.  That even includes a majority of Democrats, who you would think would be predisposed to the left wing rhetoric.  Once again, my faith in the public outshines my faith in our political leaders.

But one can be sure of one thing:  no matter how factually wrong people like Krugman, Olbermann, or the other ridiculous talking heads on the left are, you will never hear them apologize for being vitriolic, unfair, or downright evil.  Because, simply put, in their world being liberal means never having to say you’re sorry.


Gov. John Kasich and Ohio’s Future

John Kasich has been floating around Ohio politics seemingly forever.  He was first elected to the State Senate in 1978 at the age of 26.  He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1982, and re-elected 8 times.  During his time in the House, he was integral to the Republican takeover in 1994.  Kasich played key roles in the Budget committee as well as for Welfare Reform in then 1990s.  When he left Congress, Kasich entered the private sector, working for the now defunct Lehman Brothers.  That was probably his darkest history, although Kasich was not considered a high level Lehman employee; he made approximately $500,000 a year in the investment bank wing, which is considered small change in Wall Street circles.  Kasich also spent time as a host on Fox News.

Kasich is likely the right man at the right time for Ohio.  He is known to buck conventional wisdom, and is not afraid to make cuts even when they are politically damaging.  In all likelihood, it will take that kind of fortitude to close Ohio’s potential $8-10 billion deficit hole for 2011.

His first battle, like many Governors nowadays, will likely center on public employee unions.  Pensions and structural long term obligations must be confronted if the long term financial security of the state is to be maintained.  Of course, this will inevitably put Kasich up against some of the strongest political forces in the state, some of which are technically on his own side.

If you want someone to focus on social issues, Kasich is not your man.  He is focused on one thing:  the economy.  His only goal is to make sure that anyone that wants a job in Ohio has access to one.  He will promote pro-business policies, and likely will look at tax restructuring to promote growth in the state.  Kasich will surely roll back many of former Gov. Ted Strickland’s policies that were thought to be restrictive on job growth, and destructive to small business formation in the state.

Kasich has huge battles ahead, from both sides of the aisle.  But if he follows his own advice, and takes only his own conscience as his guide, Ohio will be better off for it.


Cruel Reality Strikes Home…Evil Exists

By now, most of you know the tragic events of Saturday.  A deranged young man, with wild political leanings, approached Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (Dem., AZ) at a meet-and-greet congressional event being held at a Safeway grocery store outside of Tuscon, AZ.  Six people in all were killed, including a 9 year old child (later identified as the granddaughter of former Philadelphia Phillies manager Dallas Green), Federal Judge John Roll (a Bush appointment), as well as one of Giffords aides.  Giffords herself lies in the ICU of University Medical Center of Tuscon, following brain surgery.

The entire tragedy instantly captured the attention of the nation.  Few events in our society do that.  But here is a young woman, in her third term of Congress, simply doing her duty, and meeting her constituents on the issues that effect them.

And one insane man can change all that.

Mainstream media instantly tried to make this a political issue, what with the extreme tensions that arose in Arizona last year because of their immigration laws, health care, as well as Giffords heated 2010 midterm re-election.  Unfortunately, the shooter did not fit perfectly into their narrative.  None of these issues seem to have inspired this guy.  He was not a Tea Partier, not a member of any clear conservative or liberal group.   He seems to be a relatively deranged young man, who has leanings from being against hispanic immigration to antisemitic commentary to stating that his favorite books included The Communist Manifesto to Mein Kampf.

Then, you have the intelligensia claiming we have no proof this was political, but it must be!!! What idiocy.  This is exactly the type of vitriol they decry…and then they commit the same crime themselves.  Whether it be the talking heads of CNN or MSNBC, or idiots like Paul Krugman, for them to state that they know anything for sure is a rush to justice.  Will these same pundits decry the talk of people like Nancy Pelosi, if the guy turns out to be a liberal?  I doubt it.

No mainstream conservative or liberal would accept such an outrage, and for anyone to claim otherwise is to fall into the trap that these kind of events always create…they themselves are involved with the kind of rhetoric that is unfair, unjust, and frankly, unhelpful.

There is only a couple real lessons to be learned here.  First, if the shooter truly had a criminal or mental health record, how did he obtain a gun?  Or, if like the Virginia Tech shootings several years ago, if he didn’t have a mental health record, why was that so?  What was missed?  He had several run-ins with police, though apparently was never convicted of a crime.  He was also reportedly expelled from his community college recently, and was refused entrance into the military.  If either had evidence of his instability, is there a way to use that information to have prevented him from obtaining a weapon?

The other lesson is one of security.  I went to a party with Gov-elect John Kasich on Saturday evening, and there appeared to be more security at this event than other events I have been to.  All politicians now must be on alert.  The question is, how does a democracy survive if its representatives are a stone’s throw away for their constituents?  I am sure Congress will come up with a balance, but it will be difficult.

In the end, one can only hope that common sense prevails.  I know, maybe that is hoping too much.  All we can do in a free society is hope, and pray that those killed and injured go forward with God’s blessings.


Democrats Want A Fight Over Health Care…Again

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Albert Einstein,

Congressional Democrats, in response to the Republican push in the House of Representatives to have a vote on repealing Obamacare, are making another ‘last stand’ to convince the American public that clearly they were too stupid to understand how good this bill was for America, and the last two years they were clearly to simple to understand the benefits of the program

The DNC is pushing talking points that supposedly will convince the doubting public.  Here are the talking points, as reported by the Washington Post:

* Republicans in Congress want to unravel the law that holds insurance companies in check.

* The insurance company lobbyists are working overtime with Republicans to return to the days when insurance companies were free to do whatever they want, including raising premiums and imposing higher costs on families and businesses to protect their CEO bonuses and corporate profits.

* Republicans will allow insurance companies to once again DENY coverage to children with existing conditions, CANCEL coverage when people get sick, and LIMIT the amount of care you can get — even if you need it.

* When the insurance companies are free to pursue their profits without any accountability, people have fewer choices, fewer options, and little recourse.

* And, by rolling back the Affordable Care Act, Republicans are adding a TRILLION dollars to the deficit.

Now, does any of that seem familiar?  It should.  It is virtually identical to the talking points pushed by the White House in the earlier part of 2010 to sell Obamacare to the American public.

Let us take a step back for a second.  Since the summer of 2009, Democrats have continued to tell us that they will ‘go on the offensive’, and make the public truly appreciate health care as Obama has devised it.  Over and over again, liberal forces have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to convince you and I that we have been poorly misinformed, and that Obamacare is a panacea to the future of health care in this country.

What have been the results of these efforts?  The public is vastly against the program.  At last count, 60% of Americans support repeal, with peak opposition since the passage of the bill at 63%.   Although the public is divided on whether the government should even ensure that all citizens have healthcare (47% favor such a guarantee in a recent Gallup poll, versus 50% against), 61% still support private insurance over any public option.

Additionally, a few of the health care laws provisions have gone into effect.  Many of these provisions have been disaster.  Rules to guarantee coverage for children with pre-existing conditions has forced many insurers to simply refuse to insure children at all under individual plans.  Rules that allow parents to cover children until 26 years of age have resulted in higher premiums for the majority of families trying to cover those kids.  And a program to give access to uninsured that went into effect in late summer was supposed to have approximately hundreds of thousands of participants by now had less than 1% the number predicted.

In the meanwhile, Republicans took over the House of Representatives; John Boehner ousted Nancy Pelosi as Speaker; Republicans narrowed the margin in the Senate; Republicans now hold the majority of Governorships; and that doesn’t even mention that a Virginia federal judge ruled the individual mandate under Obamacare unconstitutional.

Liberals truly are delusional.

Every time the issue of health care is brought into the public arena, it is a net positive for conservatives, and a net negative for liberals.  The longer they try to convince us that we are truly too stupid to understand the benefits of Obamacare, the better for the Right in this country.

So I say, let them have their fight…and we shall continue to enjoy the spoils of victory.

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