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.
There is only one difference between a bad economist and a good one: the bad economist confines himself to the visible effect; the good economist takes into account both the effect that can be seen and those effects that must be foreseen.
Yet this difference is tremendous; for it almost always happens that
when the immediate consequence is favorable, the later consequences are
disastrous, and vice versa. Whence it follows that the bad economist
pursues a small present good that will be followed by a great evil to
come, while the good economist pursues a great good to come, at the risk
of a small present evil.
The Democrats’ strategy on Obamacare is cynical, and kind of
embarrassing: “Meet Jimmy, who will get something from the health-care
bill. How dare you take it away?” But there is the seen and there is the unseen. The beneficiaries of Obamacare are easy to find. They are what is seen. What is unseen?
At the link, Kevin Williamson wrote: "Obamacare is not a deficit-reduction plan; it is a giant tax-and-spend plan... Obamacare’s deficit-reduction qualities, such as they are, are camouflage, a talking point built into the legislation."
Not exactly. As I recall, the bill was labeled a deficit reduction plan so that, in accordance with Senate rules, the Dems could pass it with a simple majority, which they had, instead of needing 60 votes, which they did not have. This was the sinister scheme the Dems cynically hatched in order to prevent the Repubs from scuttling the bill.