"Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels would be on my short list for presidential candidates if he decided to run in 2012.
Unfortunately, outside of us RINO’s, I would be pretty much alone in that hope. Why this is so says a lot about conservatives and Republicans today."
Baloney. RedState likes him. A lot of beltway conservatives are warm to him. I like him. The only question is whether he has the 'charisma' juice to take it to the Presidential level.Comment Posted By Freedoms Truth On 25.02.2010 @ 13:22
"That is to say there are people who voted for or supported him who will discover he is not what they currently think him to be."
I am a conservative who gave Scott Brown some money. I have no illusion that Senator-elect Scott Brown is as conservative as me. I suspect he will be exactly the kind of independent-minded moderate conservative who will fit the temperment of the independents and other Mass. voters who elected him.
And I wouldnt begrudge him that one iota. It is enough that this election killed the most dangerous and worst big Government bill in a generation.
And I suspect Sen Brown will likewise be reticent about supporting other big, nasty, over-the-top bills like cap-and-tax and amnesty for 12 million illegal aliens, which Coakley would have rubber stamped.
In short, assumptions that conservatives are mis-reading what's in the package are wrong. We are thrilled this moderate was elected and is saving America from the Obama lurch to the left.Comment Posted By Freedoms Truth On 20.01.2010 @ 17:04
"The Republicans have no interest n compromising on anything, it just becomes harder for them to hide it."
The Democrats have no interest in compromising on anything, and proved it with their bullying behavior in the last 12 months.
It was egregious in the extreme to bypass even the House-Senate conference process to get the bill cooked up behind closed doors.
'WE THE PEOPLE' have delivered this rebuke as a reaction to the terrible mis-governance of the Obama administration and the Democrats in Congress. Both the process and the product in healthcare 'reform' is rotten. If Dem flaks like Dick Bottoms keep trotting out phony and unconvincing talking points, their party will lose badly in November (as in lose the House for sure and lose lots of Senate seats).Comment Posted By Freedoms Truth On 20.01.2010 @ 17:00
#2 - "MA is proof that not just the tea partying conservatives are upset at the direction Obama is taking the country, but even those moderate-conservatives in MA are mad."
Conservatives are thrilled with Scott Brown's win because the Obama attempt to change this country radically has FAILED.
They attempt failed because strong majorities of American people do NOT want the healthcare debacle cooked up in Congress. They dont want mandates, they dont want to pay more for less while unions, illegal aliens, and special interests carve up exemptions and side deals.
We are back to a more normal politics, between 40 and 60 yard lines. Socialized medicine is dead, and if the leftwing Democrats want to ram something through, bully for them, because 2010 will be a Tsunami unlike any we have seen in years.
Most conservatives have no illusions or concern that Senator-elect Brown is not exactly like them. It's enough that Ted Kennedy's seat is now in moderate hands and wont be a rubber-stamp for Democrat extremism and over-spending, over-taxing, and over-regulating.
Removing Harry Reid and putting red state Senate seats like ND and AR into Republican hands will help further bring the Senate back to sanity.
We cant wait for November.Comment Posted By Freedoms Truth On 20.01.2010 @ 16:56
"The insular teabaggers are convinced the country is ready to throw out the Marxists, problem is here aren’t any around."
Democrats are 'close enough for Govt work' for that task.
"If unemployment is below 9% by next fall we will kick you a@@es."
Translation: Unemployment in double digits is killing us.
youth unemployment is the highest in decades. It's almost as if every Obama voter just up and voted for the 'Destroy my job' ticket.
We have a jobless economy for youths. And ObamaCare and Cap-n-trade are A-bombs to American jobs.
" Certainly if it’s that number or lower by 2012 we’ll ..."
... still be about 4 million jobs in the HOLE on the promises Obama made, and still might have fewer jobs in 2012 than when Nancy Pelosi was made speaker.
"Moose & Squirrely" - Well, Rocky & Bullwinkle always got the better of Boris (Obama) and Natasha (Nancy), so dont be complacent. Just sayin'Comment Posted By Freedoms Truth On 14.12.2009 @ 12:35
Rick, if you want to really make like Charles Johnson or Andie Sullivan, just up and take something you wrote two years ago and say the exact opposite.
And change the logo to be ElitePunditNuthouse, much better brand consistency. (The best Commies were elites btw, ever notice that?) If you play it closer to normal than Iowahawk's Chris Buckley sendup, you might even have people wondering if its real or satire. So come on, channel your inner Peggy Noonan and go 'highbrow'. You'll have an awesome gig during the Palin years on that meme ... "What has that Moose-gal done *now*?" etc.Comment Posted By Freedoms Truth On 14.12.2009 @ 12:28
"But why shouldn’t that be so? After all, we share pretty much the same Enlightenment values (with admittedly a different emphasis on which ones are important)"
I believe the New Left, the spawns of neo-Marxist Critical Theory are *NOT* children of the Enlightenment as were say the New Deal Liberals but a different species of political animal. Marxist Critical Theory is so critical because it wipes away all those moralistic liberal shibboleths, alongside conservative moral moorings. The new leftists have learned lessons from the leftists who admired communist totalitarians in the 1930s-1960s and since have infused elements of radicalism into the US body politics. This fact is both a large reason for the ugliness of American politics ("politics of personal destruction") and a source of confusion by the right. It is now further muddling things, because the old-fashioned liberals start sounding like cultural conservatives -worried about antique ideas like the community, moral values, and civilizational coherence.
I shake my head at the well-meaning status quo Republican types (Whether Rick Moran or GWB) who 'dont get it', who don't get the ideological core that animates the left, and think bi-partisanship is possible with such folks. How can you work with people you dont understand?
Maybe Rick will play his good-conservative bad-conservative routine, and write up a "Bad Liberal: Saul Alinsky" article and answer the question: "How much has Saul Alinsky influenced Barack Obama?"Comment Posted By Freedoms Truth On 17.11.2009 @ 18:18
"If you would like to read the actual language of the individual mandate in the House bill, (Section 501) it is here.
As you can see, it is a 2.5 percent tax on adjusted gross income,"
Let me clarify again - You are saying it is Constitutional because THE DEMOCRATS HAVE PASSED A TAX ON EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN WAGE-EARNER.
So much for that "I wont raise taxes on the middle class" campaign promise, eh?
And ... it's not just a mere add-on tax, its a behavior modification program wrapped in a tax.
"Rivkin and Casey take the position that this tax is beyond Congress’s powers under the power to tax and spend for the general welfare and the power to regulate interstate commerce."
It's seems obvious that this treads new ground in encroaching on personal choice and individual liberty. The power to tax is the power to destroy, and it is not clear that even the 16th Amendment grants unrestricted ability to dictate personal behavior via the income tax. Where does it end?
If its 'unremarkable' it is probably because we have gotten inured to such encroachments over the years.Comment Posted By Freedoms Truth On 13.11.2009 @ 16:19
"I really don’t get it."
No you dont get it. You suffer from the logical fallacy of the False Choice.
It's either Status Quo or ObamaLosiCare?
Wrong! Here' a simple "third way" that could be bipartisan:
1. Allow insurance purchased from any of 50 states - lower cost through more choices
2. Medical tort reform - lower cost
3. Address pre-existing conditions with regulations requiring acceptance of people under such conditions in insurance (also form dropping coverage) and a Government program (based on tax on insurance itself) to pay into a catastrophic health insurance plan for pre-existing situation
4. Posted prices for all medical items - lower cost
5. Individual / small business pooling program to lower cost. We could also try ... Tax breaks to equalize individual vs company provided healthcare
6. Expand health savings accounts so all health spending can be pre-tax. (related to #5)
7. Allow prescription drug importation
8. All Medicaid/Medicare recipients can get their govt subsidy via a voucher for same amount for insurance program of their choice
Understand - ANY system will have economic limits, and thus there will be imperfections. Do these things and see how it improves over the next 3 years.
This is how REAL REFORM would work.
If more/different is needed, iterate. Maybe this list needs tweaking,but the key - Fix what is broken without breaking what works - healthcare in the US is 85% okay and 15% broken and assuming it is the other way.
... the 'idee fixe' of going after 'universal coverage' (which will never happen) while ignoring that overall issue of cost, access and quality as a whole is folly.
ObamalosiCare is not REAL REFORM, it's a Government takeover attempt. It will not make things better and is inferior to other alternatives.
"How can anyone defend a healthcare (or any other kind of) system that’s based on markets that are mostly non-competitive?"
Government over-regulation has made health sector markets non-competitive. Profit levels for insurance companies are less than 4%. Much of that Government regulation is indefensible, for example, silly mandates at various state levels that do nothing but make health insurance more expensive and less accessible. Often these are done for no reason other than some special interest got it in there - chiropractic care, acupunture, mental 'welness', etc. all drives up cost of health insurance. We should allow and have 'bare bones insurance' available, especially to young healthy individuals who cannot afford the premiums (and consitute a large portion of those opting out of health insurance entirely).Comment Posted By Freedoms Truth On 13.11.2009 @ 16:06
"Is it okay with you that working people, people who put in their 40 hours plus every week, can end up living in a box under a freeway"
It is absolutely NOT OKAY that millions have lost jobs under Obama and will be losing homes as well due to the economic mis-management of Obama and his fellow Democrats.
It is absolutely NOT OKAY that in ObamaLosiCare they are proposing a tax on millions of Americans, and a tax on businesses too, that will destroy jobs and hurt many.
It is absolutely NOT OKAY that in the process of putting this bill together, they are going to be hurting the current recipients of Medicaid and Medicare by straining massively the budgets of both, thereby making it harder to help those truly in need.
It is absolutely NOT OKAY that those in favor of ObamalosiCare are using faux moral outrage instead of defending a very flawed bill that will harm millions and head us towards bankrupcy.Comment Posted By Freedoms Truth On 13.11.2009 @ 15:44