A New Trend Emerges

Remember when the whole lefthand side of the blogosphere was all aflutter over a spot poll passed in the immediate wake of the passage of health care reform that showed that the public actually approved of the Democratic plan to bankrupt the nation – er, pass health care reform?  This despite months of polling showing [...]

Fineman’s Revelation, And The Coming Entitlement Depression

Meant to blog on this yesterday, when the whole world was, but got busy…in case you missed it, Howard Fineman dropped quite a bombshell: A Democratic senator I can’t name, who reluctantly voted for the health-care bill out of loyalty to his party and his admiration for Barack Obama, privately complained to me that the [...]

The CBO and Partisan Hypocrisy – A Response

As long as there has been a Congressional Budget Office, there has been a lot of crying from one side or the other of the partisan divide about their latest estimates.  So when a conservative such as myself says I don’t believe this health care boondoggle will reduce the deficit, the immediate accusation is one of [...]

Listen Carefully, Folks: One Poll Does Not A Trend Make

The liberal blogosphere and even commenters who lean left here were trumpeting a new poll released earlier this week that showed the public in favor of the health care reforms passed Sunday after months and months of polling showing the public as consistently opposed.  It is not surprising that the health care reforms would get [...]

About That Deficit Reduction

I based my opposition to health care reform on a simple premise I repeated over and over – we can’t afford it.  I never believed the bill would reduce the deficit and I still don’t.  And I’m not alone – here’s Jay Cost: Between now and the next presidential election, ObamaCare is going to pay [...]

Great News, Plus the Quote of the Day

Those who are feeling abandoned by the fates after the heinous vote on Sunday can take solace in one bit of cheerful news – the most notorious national organization to somehow find itself in the midst of voter fraud allegations over and over again is closing its doors, permanently, we can only hope: The community organizing [...]

The Aftermath

Well, let’s not kid ourselves.  Health care reform is passing the House today, and it’s very unlikely it can be procedurally derailed in the Senate.  The game is, for all intents and purposes, over.  The turning point was the CBO report that showed increased deficit reduction (though a higher cost) than the Senate bill.  This [...]

The Cowardice Of The House

Even loyal Democrats must surely be getting quesy about the prospect of passing major legislation that will have enormous consequences not only for health care, but for the deficit and the U.S. economy forevermore, through increasingly desperate measures that try to cover for the fact that the public is opposed and the votes just aren’t [...]

The Slow March To Ruin

Who will historians blame when they look back on the series of financial catastrophes that led to the inevitable default of America on its obligations and the resulting global depression of the mid-21st century?  The New Dealers who started the entitlement wave?  The Great Society of Lyndon Johnson that extended it (during the middle of [...]

My Prediction: Health Care Reform Will Pass Through Reconciliation

…and the reason?  Because Congress is full of public “servants” all too ready to prostitute their votes for a little bacon.  We’ve already seen what kind of cowardly horse-trading went down to get the votes of Ben Nelson, Mary Landrieu, and other “principled” leaders in the Senate – we can expect more of the same [...]

Obama Finally Goes Nuclear

Nope, I’m not talking about political tactics…I’m just overdue on congratulating the President on finally embracing the inevitable answer if we are truly going to get serious about carbon emissions reductions: nuclear power.  I am delighted to finally see some real movement on the front.  Here’s the Dallas Morning News editorial board: At last, a [...]

Death By Reconciliation

If you were leading a party that was suffering massive unpopularity, with influential incumbents dropping like flies, polling everywhere suggesting you face a catastrophic reverse in upcoming elections, and dealing with a major financial crisis featuring unemployment that is predicted to hover uncomfortably close to double digits for years to come, you might think that [...]

A Health Care Reform I Could Support

I’ve been challenged on numerous occasions to explain what exactly I WOULD support in the realm of providing financing to get additional people on the insurance rolls.  Billy, in a comment on my previous post, provided me with one answer:  end the War on Drugs and provide the savings in subsidies to low-income Americans that [...]

Is The Message Getting Out?

We are told, by supporters of health reform, that it is what Americans want.  I suppose that might be true if America were not already drowning in debt and in a financial crisis that is still far from over.  The evidence is not on the side of the supporters, at any rate.  The voters sent [...]

Brown Victory Now A Very Real Possibility

It is now undeniable:  Scott Brown has the momentum in the Massachusetts Senate race, and the cause is health care.  That should be horrifying news to Democrats – and if they had any sanity, they would pull back from the brink and embrace the realization that the voters are preparing to send a powerful message.  [...]

The Shape Of Things To Come?

The Massachusetts Senate race is notable for many reasons, and the lesson seems hard to ignore: Riding a wave of opposition to Democratic health-care reform, GOP upstart Scott Brown is leading in the U.S. Senate race, raising the odds of a historic upset that would reverberate all the way to the White House, a new [...]

Dodd’s Retirement

It seems as good a topic as any for me to reenter the discussion.  With the announcement of the retirement of Senator Christopher Dodd, pundits are questioning whether a trend is in the offing, and the proximate cause. In Dodd’s case, it’s simple:  he would lose his bid for reelection because of his far too [...]

Boy, Did I Miss The Call

Health reform is going to pass the Senate after all, as Harry Reid bought off Ben Nelson by guaranteeing that the Feds will pay for Nebraska’s new Medicaid enrollees for ever and ever amen.  Of course, when the time comes, all the other states will rightly demand the same treatment, and this mockery of a [...]

Alright, Let’s Crank This Thing Up Again

So, I’ve been offline for a few days dealing with issues. Why hide it? You guys have issues, I have issues. We’re all people. Still, it’s time for a post. While I’ve been away, a remarkable change of momentum has occurred.  Health care reform, which seemed virtually certain to pass the Senate a week or [...]

Surely The Biggest Complaint Americans Have About Their Healthcare…

…is that costs are out of control.  Availability is generally not a problem (at least for the insured – a big caveat, I grant), nor is quality.  It’s the costs, stupid! So lowering the cost of health care service would surely be the #1 job of any reform.  But the chief actuary at the Centers [...]

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