We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The mess the Dems are creating with health care. From Robb at RCP:
...the change in incentives in the Democratic reform will turn the entire health care market topsy-turvy. Politically, this could be disastrous.
A very large number of people will have to change their health care coverage regardless of whether they want to. That's a hassle to begin with. The combination of a weak individual mandate, guaranteed issue and a public option will mean declining private sector options and a large increase in the number of people on some form of government health care.
Every health care provider, even the government, has to say no sometimes. Even Medicare says no. But now, rather than some demonic health insurance company saying no, it will be the government.
Republicans think the Democrats are engaged in a ruse, that they really want a government takeover of health care.
In their heart of hearts, Democrats do believe that health care should be a public good, provided by government irrespective of ability to pay. But I don't think they've purposely set out to achieve that by misdirection.
Instead, I think they honestly don't appreciate how fundamentally they are changing health care incentives and what the huge consequences of such changes will be.
Robb seems to think the Dems know not what they do. I think they know perfectly well that they are shoving people off the private-sector healthcare platform into the path of government healthcare. It may begin with financing but it's going to land as de facto government provided care, if it continues.
I'm sure the Dems also are wrong about a lot of what will follow, but I think they want the main effect -- government healthcare as a right, funded by "everyone else" and "the rich".
Just listened to the Glen Beck hour on Fox News. He had Amb. John Bolton and Lord Monckton on discussing "climate change", the flaws in this pseudo science, and the coming UN meeting in Copenhagen, where Obama plans to sign away our national sovereignty. I imagine clips from this or perhaps large portions of the whole program can be found on the Internet -- somewhere. I'm such a computer klutz I can't tell you how to find it, but you computer whizzes can find it. I'm confident of that.