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Sunday, August 16, 2009

It's Not About The Plan

Do you want to stump a conservative? Ask them what the alternative is. What is the plan Republicans propose to counter what they refer to "Obamacare"? Can they answer you without shouting? Without mention of "socialism" or "fascism" being mentioned? I didn't think so. The truth is, they don't object to the plan, they object to the man. If John McCain had been elected, and if he had proposed an identical policy, there would be no uprising.

Krugman writes,

...President Obama is now facing the same kind of opposition that President Bill Clinton had to deal with: an enraged right that denies the legitimacy of his presidency, that eagerly seizes on every wild rumor manufactured by the right-wing media complex.

This opposition cannot be appeased. Some pundits claim that Mr. Obama has polarized the country by following too liberal an agenda. But the truth is that the attacks on the president have no relationship to anything he is actually doing or proposing.

Read It...

I'd love to have a bipartisan bill, but let's face it. When Chuck Grassley starts talking about "Death Panels", bipartisanship is dead.


How Hard Can Healthcare Reform Be?

Step One: Identify the problem.

Step Two: Identify people who are addressing the problem.

Step Three: Evaluate their successes and failures.

Step Four: Emulate their success and learn from their failure.

Why isn't it this easy?

Bob Herbert cites an example in today's New York Times...

Read It here...



Thursday, August 13, 2009

What's So Scary About Socialism?

Really. I want to know. When someone attempts to link President Obama's attempt to reform our healthcare system with Socialism, should I be curled up in the fetal position under my desk whizzing on my latest issue of "National Republic"? What horrible Socialist boogeymen do Conservatives have in mind when they think of the evils of Socialism?

Whenever I hear someone rattling the chains of Socialism, I'm reminded of Monty Python's "Spanish Inquisition" skit.

"If you don't talk we'll put you in (buh-buh-buh-Bah)! THE COMFY CHAIR!"

I have a long list of fears-swine flu, unemployment, aging, wooden spoons), and Socialism doesn't even break the top 1,000.

Seriously. Have you ever been to Sweden? Other than perhaps Dolph Lundgren, there's absolutely nothing to be afraid of, unless the thought of Lutefisk creeps you out.

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