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Ron Radosh

The Future—As Seen from Restoration Weekend

November 15th, 2013 - 3:09 pm

That is the big secret about why people are getting cancellation letters for their individual policies and why, much later, people who get policies through employers will find the firms they work for dropping the policies and forcing them into the Obama exchanges as well. It was meant to do precisely that, because otherwise the entire program would collapse.

On Facebook, University of Chicago political scientist Charles Lipson explained its real meaning in these words:

Why do I keep emphasizing the fundamental problems with Obamacare? Not just because I think it is a full-scale public policy shambles, the worst domestic policy mistake since high-rise public housing. Not just because I think the President either didn’t understand his own signature achievement or else he deliberately deceived the public when he said you could keep your policy and your doctor. Not just because the same problems that affect individual insurance policies will swamp group plans next year. Not just because I think the President’s statement yesterday was lawless when he said he would simply ignore the ACA’s specific provisions. (What happened to his constitutional oath to faithfully execute the laws?) All these are indicia of a deeper problem: Washington has become an overreaching Nanny State, run by smug elites who know better than ordinary people what we should do, think, buy, invade, or snoop on. This Nanny State is precisely the GOAL of this administration, sometimes nudging but more often simply ordering. It goes well beyond providing an essential safety net, which I favor. It starts to mandate more and more behavior, strip away the liberties of a free people, transfer wealth for the sake of distributional equity, and muddle headlong into complex markets with no understanding of the unintended consequences. That is EXACTLY what you are seeing with Obamacare. It raises the most fundamental questions about the country’s future–ultimately a choice between a European-style social democracy and an American-style central government of limited and specified powers.

Lipson has it right. Barack Obama is trying his best to implement “the fundamental transformation” of the United States he spoke about as his goal in the 2008 presidential campaign. Obamacare is but the first step. It is now up to conservatives and Republicans to stop fighting each other, and to unite around the common goal of stopping the political victory of the Left, embodied in the program that exemplifies its goals and that is now slowly eroding. No wonder the people attending Restoration Weekend are optimistic about the future.

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I can see this confab of "Republicans" in their $3000 suits chit-chatting with their base while they nibble on cheap crackers with cheez-weez, drinking hard liquor. The problem is that their base are the PAC members, lobbyists and special interests that are letting them know who's got the money. Yes, they want to pooh-pooh primaries as being ineffective and not the thing to do. What THEY realize and we don't is that primaries are the ONLY way to start changing the culture of the GOP. The easiest way, THE ONLY WAY to do this is to primary each and everyone of those "perfumed princes" who think their sh!t doesn't stink. The ones that pontificate on how best to do business in the senate dining room over the tinkle of crystal goblets and real silver rather than the stainless steel the rest of us use. Let's go through the list: McConnell, McCain, Graham, Cornyn, Ayotte, Corker, Alexander and a few others. If they were Democrat would it make a difference? Not much, really. Now, replace those seven or eight with a few more bomb throwers like
Cruz and Lee and let's see what happens. All I can say is "Let's get it started!"
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I quit reading when Dan Coulter said we need to re-elect the same useless POS's that helped get us here in the first place - the same Dan Coulter who was pushing Christie last time around.

Let's not go through this farce again - the fraudulent idea that because of the ObamaCare fiasco Republicans feel good about being able to save the Republic. That is NOT the plan. The plan is to get Republicans elected PERIOD. The GOP plan is for "our team" to win, not so they can then do the right thing, but because then they will have the power. Period.

For 40 years we've witnessed the meltdown of liberalism, but when the GOP does get elected, have they reined in the government?? No. Have they genuinely cut spending? No. For all of the bitching about having to cater to social conservatives, have they done one damn thing to reduce abortion? No, for the 40 years of GOP promises, we've got 55 dead innocent babies to show for it.

Dan Coulter and the rest of those POS Republicans can go eat s*** and bark at the moon. They are not the solution -- they are part of the problem.
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"No wonder the people attending Restoration Weekend are optimistic about the future."

How can any sober person of any perceptive intellect really be optimistic about the future? How much booze was handed out at that party anyway?
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You may be an Obama supporter, but are you really willing to support others who will be given your tax money to provide them with health insurance? Your rates go up to support them and your annual deductible amount goes up, too. Obama is trying to delay this for ONE year, but from then on you will pay those extra rates and deductible costs. Since the Democrats can’t be depended on to join the effort, it’s up to us to vote for Republicans to get enough people in office who want to repeal the law. This is at all government levels. Vote your pocketbook. Remember, it’s YOUR money. This situation is hardly different from being assigned to support an illegal alien, which will happen when Amnesty is the law.
See http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/stories/2012/october/11/health-care-immigrants.aspx
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Various Republicans have introduced health care provisions to try and make it better, since the 1990's at that. Just because the MSM doesn't cover it and nobody came to your house to tell you doesn't mean they haven't had many plans better than Obamacare.
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The Republicans should not depend on the Democrats screwing up to brighten their future. They need to remember that their approval rating has been in the single digits. They need to "stand" for something and back it up. So Obamacare dies. What will the Republicans do in response? Something clearly needs to be done with our health care system. Same thing with "immigration reform" - you Republicans were snookered in the 1986 amnesty. Don't be fooled again by going after votes that you will never get. Respect the law and your constituent's wishes. Do not cave in to personal pressure. The biggest challenge is the budget. Everyone knows that a country that spends two dollars for every dollar collected in revenue has one foot in the grave. Do something..... It will take entitlement reform. This will be despised by a large portion of the population, but it's the ONLY way that we can guarantee that our future generations are protected from crushing debt.
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I hope those who say they'll sit at home and not vote if "their guy" doesn't win a primary, will reconsider. As Mike Rosen says, Ideology is about ideas, politics is about winning elections. Harry Reid will control the Senate, unless more than 50 registered Republicans are elected. If you're NOT from Arizona, then John McCain is irrelevant to you. He's not your Senator. If you think a person like Ted Cruz (whom I am not disparaging) could win in New Hampshire, you are deluding yourself. The GOP is a coalition. It has many interests. The Democrats are a coalition. They have many interests. If you want to win a majority in the Senate, House and win the presidency, the coalition has to vote. Voting for a Libertarian candidate will help a Democrat win. Sorry if you don't like that. But that's political reality. If you want to help in a firebrand way, run as a Green Party candidate or a Socialist Workers Party Candidate. Draw votes away from the Democratic candidates. But STOP insisting YOUR notion of ideological purity is the only thing that matters in politics, which require elections, which are collective in nature.
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"If you're NOT from Arizona, then John McCain is irrelevant to you. He's not your Senator..."

That's pretty dumb, especially since McCain ran for a national office and screwed up the campaign, costing the Republicans the White House, and losing to a man totally unqualified to be President.

Moreover, McCain, in the Senate can do plenty of damage by failing to support Republican principles. It doesn't matter if a Republican wins if they don't share Republican values. And MY notion of "ideological purity" is just as valid as anyone's, so I'll keep insisting on it, if anyone wants MY vote.
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Its reasonable to fight for your guys in the primary, as long as you support whoever wins in the general. Unfortunately sore loser syndrome is just as much of a problem for mainstream repubs as it is for tea party repubs and libertarians.
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Yes, I agree.

Unfortunately, it's human nature to refuse to support a primary winner, whom they opposed. If the candidate loses, they can then say, "See, I told you so."
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Many smart comments of this thread. The impatience is easy to understand, yet the tactical benefits of standing pat still hold. Here's a shot at the big picture:

GOP leaders and fellow-travelers will be forced to commit themselves quite soon. Meanwhile, many of us can take comfort knowing just how clueless they are. For now, a few probing attacks are enough, and the list of good guys grows. Put bluntly, party poobahs are up against folks who are their match in every way. We are also royally pissed-off.

'Tea Party' -- so recently a term of ridicule when used by beltway bien-pensants -- is now used indiscriminately to describe anyone who has had a belly full of biz-as-usual. Uncounted millions of us, the Massively Disgruntled, are found across the spectrum; the ranks include many with no affiliation to any local tp, let alone the two main parties, and the usual pigeon-holes of race, gender and class are often irrelevant. GOP water-carriers don't get it, and it will be their undoing.

There's a dreary predictability about the reasoning and conclusions of so many GOP grandees. The best and brightest -- Horowitz, Coulter and Barone certainly qualify, warts, errors and all -- are now all off-key. Guess what? -- if you surround yourself with your own kind, all you'll hear is variants of your own stuff. In other contexts it's known as confirmation bias. The effect is a truly tin ear.

IMO, a rising smell of fear is now detectable among the weakest of the self-anointed 'great and good'. You'll note, for example, a new tendency for massive egos to recede into the background, to quote peers rather than hazard dated opinions that challenge self-esteem and may no longer put food on the table.

Those of us who reject these poltroons run the risk of waiting too long. Nobody knows just how vulnerable to destruction our beloved republic is, but it isn't imminent. There is still time enough to watch enemies destroy themselves, still time to give 'em rope.
Roll out the limp Karl Rove machine!
McCain-Boehner 2016, anyone?
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"With her usual sharp humor, Ann Coulter warned of the dangers of wasting time and effort challenging Republicans already in House or Senate seats during primaries, with so-called “more pure” conservatives, many of whom never won elected office and have no experience."

I'll pay attention to Mrs. Coulter after the inauguration of Presidents McCcain and Romney.

I will try to see primaried who I can, where I think the primary opponent of the incumbent will do better to restore the fedgov to it's tasklist before FDR. The 220 trillion in unfunded liabilities to unwind in my and my children's lifetime is my priority.

No RINO's like Art Chance, Rick Moran, or evidently Radosh--or Chris Christie--will be of any use in dealing with that, and nothing less is worth my time or effort.

It is no matter of purity, you RINO dolts, it's a matter of not misplacing effort.
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She has a point that pure conservatives need to be carefully vetted before getting tea party backing, so they really have what it takes to win a general. Although what she ignores is plenty of establishment repub candidates lost winnable general elections races as well.
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I think *everybody* should be primaried in *every* election, no matter what party they are from. And then they should have to face a tough opponent from the opposing party to get their seat.

And then after 10 or 12 years maximum, people should rise up and vote them out, period, no matter their party. I just don't believe that the bunch of farmers and businessmen and inventors and such that comprise "the founders" would agree that people should stay in government for decades.

They should take a page out of Washington's book. When they're done with their task, just pack it in and head back to the farm. Or the doctor office. Or whatever useful thing they were doing before government. Because if they stay too long, they're simply not useful any longer.
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Ann Coulter isn't always right, but she is dead on, on the subject of Liz Cheney running against Mike Enzi in Wyoming. Mike is a smart guy, and a solid conservative. He is also the one that forced the democrats to go on record to defeat his bill to let policy holders keep their insurance. If the Republicans use this hammer that he gave them, they will turn the senate over in 2014.

I dont't believe my fellow Wyomingites are going to vote for a carpetbagger like Liz.

Wrong state, wrong target, and wrong election for Cheney. I can't believe her campaign is so tone deaf.
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I did not remember that Liz Cheney's competitor, Mike Enzi, was the guy that introduced the 2010 fix. You are right, he is a very smart and good guy, and we should keep him. And what is so great about Liz Cheney. Most of her supposedly conservative credentials involve a more aggressive foreign policy like her dad. After Bush 2 do we really need more neocon war mongers.
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If your key competitor is from the same party, you are contesting the WRONG seat.
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The Democrats need not worry. The Establishment Republicans the owners and managers of the Stupid Party will f**k it up as usual. They just won't have the heart to go through with the bloodletting. It's not "good government" don't you see. Higgins1990 is correct.

The Congressional Republicans are just soooo expert at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
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Obama, FDR’s Son, through your arrogance and stupidity, you have opened this formally blessed land and millions of innocent lives to the horror and devastation of ObamaCare… – Odin
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