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.
Even if Congress passes legislation -- a good bet -- the finished product will fall far short of Obama's extravagant promises. It will not cover everyone. It will not control costs. It will worsen the budget outlook. It will lead to higher taxes. It will disrupt how, or whether, companies provide insurance for their workers. As the real-life (as opposed to rhetorical) consequences unfold, they will rebut Obama's claim that he has "solved" the health care problem. His reputation will suffer.
Stribby - I saw that this morning on Hot Air and immediately thought of posting it here. It's in the queue, should be online sometime today. Jeez, Detroit is a mess. I titled the post "Socialism on display", but it could just as easily have been "How the mighty have fallen".
Gentlemen, ladies and Farmers ... I noted in my quick initial scan of the Internet today, that the unspeakable Harry Reid has included in his healthcare destruction act a proviso that no future Congress can repeal or alter the Healthcare bill after it passes.
Could some one of you wiser, if not older, folks comment on this? As everyone knows, my computer skills are semi-literate at best, so I can't immediately give you the reference points. But, if true, this is truly ominous news, for those of us desperately hoping enough wiser heads will be elected in 2010 to save at least some of us from a dive over "the precipice".
As far as I know, Harry Reid could insert such a provision but it wouldn't mean anything. No legislature gets to control the next one. Takes a Constitutional amendment or maybe a SCOTUS ruling to constrain the legislature. Sure as hell doesn't take facts or precedent.
The problem with repeal in the next few years is Obama, who would never sign a repeal act for CnT or Demcare. We'd have to have a veto-proof majority to kill it that way. But the next Congress could refuse to fund.
Hi Geoff and Tom ... Thanks for your prompt and thoughtful answers. And the idea for the next Congress to refuse to fund is an ingenious one. Otherwise, I suppose that the Supremes could be dragged in to pass judgment on this in some manner or other. At any rate, Harry the Male Slut has shown his true colors once again. And I have faith that the ingenious wonderful American people can figure a way out of this.
One of my best friends since high school was an Espicopalian priest and at one time took his vows with one of the Anglican Orders - The Society of St. Francis. He has since "transferred" (it's about the only way I can put it) over to the Roman Catholic life of a vowed religious Priest because of that very liberalization.
Side note: My other best buddy in High School is a Franciscan Friar, Third Order Regular with a parish in Massachuetts. Interesting coincidence I'd say.