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Tuesday, October 16. 2007
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Another article gets me thinking about those in my life:
"You are dealing with those so impressed with their own presumed genius that they’ve given themselves license to use any means necessary to bring about their desired ends. Using a largely sympathetic press — and casting their political opponents as villains who hate for the simple pleasure of hating — they are attempting to control public policy by way of rhetorical totalitarianism and cynical manipulation of the un- or ill-informed, a group to whom they both pander and empower."
Wrong and wrong, sorta. My inlaws are from NorCal. They visited recently. All of them make more than me, none have kids. I qualify for the SCHIP thing the president vetoed. So when BroInLaw chimes in with his snarky John Stewart (or was that Olbermann?) lines about how Bush hates kids and the program costs 'half a day' in Iraq, I had to wonder. Do these people love the media more than themselves? The media propping up their self esteem with cynical lies makes them feel good. So I gave them some of their own medicine:
"Yeah, too bad. Then I could switch my kids over to government health care and save $400 a month, and rich guys like YOU can pay for their tummy aches and medicine."
They didn't get it. Yes that means people like me (well above poverty, but within the "net") would have the right to reach into their back pockets daily, but BushChimpler jokes sooth the nagging feeling they've been had.
oops. should have reviewed first. Besides typos I meant to say "wrong" because my inlaws certainly feel like they are Very Well Informed, they have cable doncha know.
I have a couple posts up about this S CHIP thing too and OMG...the liberal feed fest coming my way! We have to understand that these people see no problem with government giving away health insurance for kids, so that middle class families can maintain their standard of living.
When my kids were younger and before I was divorced, my X and worked hard. We made personal sacrifices- we drove around in old cars and used coupons and worked separate shifts- ALL to save money. We actually bought our house this way; and managed to pay it off 10 yrs later- all on a combined annual income of roughly 60,000!! WE qualified for government programs but refused. Why?? Were we crazy? No. We just had some pride in our ability to hold our own, to manage the money well, we were (GASP!!) Self reliant! That is getting lost in America these days.
Wonder what kinda shape "the children" will be in in 10 or 20 years if we weren't spending money enough in the mideast to keep the jihad from taking over the oil market? I already know --there's a certain amount of determinism in the interplay of human nature and history.
So, we should cede the global energy supply to a fascist death cult, so that we can treat the kiddie's sniffles a fraction cheaper--in the very short run?
When al Qaeda and the Iraq insurgency are reduced to an historical aberration the War costs will be gone. The Hillary-plan to hook the middle-class on the government dole will be here forever. I've said it before but state governments are now paying out 22% of their budgets on medicaid alone and 32% on healthcare overall. No wonder they have to tax everything that moves. What will be the new figure if Hillary gets her way?
''all because the left is sloppy/dishonest with the debate’s most basic premise.''
I'll say. I heard Rep Denny Hoyer (Pelosi's whip) this wkend defend the congressional condemnation of Turkey by telling Brit Hume, in effect, that to be against this condemnation is to "for" genocide.
Never mind that Turkey is a critical ally in the hot war,
that we have large critical bases such as Incerlik there,
that Turkey borders on Syria, Iraq, and Iran,
that their pride and attention are hyper-focused on this matter,
that their officials are warning and begging us not to proceed with this percieved grave national insult,
that Turkey is the southern-Caspian-oil region southern bastion of NATO and is being actively courted by an aggressive, hostile, and resurgent Russia that is now the world's top oil producer,
that Turkey is Islam's only secular democracy (besides Iraq),
that it is barely holding its own against Islamism as is,
that armies are amove on the Turko-Iraq borders right NOW,
that the price of oil is shooting up into the high 80s over it,
that trillions of market cap are coming out of world stocks over the last two days because of all this, no, no, never mind ANY of that, because that 1915 Turko/Armenian conflict, which we've ignored for 92 years now, has to be condemned by the US Congress RIGHT NOW!
Why? To snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the war? What else could it be? Winning in Iraq is a bad deal for the left-wing so let's knock Turkey out of the fight!
And, across the sea, what are the Democrats doing to help Uribe in Colombia, in his bare-knuckle brawl against narcoterrorists and Hugo Chavez? Well, they're trying to kill the Colombia Free Trade Agreement!
Why? Because Democrats don't like free trade --sure it keeps prices low for 300 million Americans but it does chip away at a few hundred union boss's job security. So, it's easy to see the proper route for the Dems. Their fig leaf as usual is to assert out of thin air and bogus 'polls' that Uribe is a big meanie whom we must punish.
Fine, let's have a continent from Tierra Del Fuego to Texas run by Cocaine Communists --yeah, baby, World War V --THAT'll pay back the union bosses for their Democrat campaign contributions!
Oh, and Brit Hume is in favor of genocide, you know.
I thought the SCHIP dustup was all about what a waste of time partisan rhetoric is in resolving anything. The ridiculous right fabricating the Frosts lack of qualifications and the loony left fabricating Bush’s intentions, didn’t help at all in figuring out any temporary government solutions for a growing problem until those more efficient, competitive, and proven permanent private solutions are in place.
But then you have those power insiders who’re just posing as “centrist” problem solvers. It's a real shame that most guys who're born problem solvers are also usually pretty crappy at kissing babies.
there's a "moral hazard" built into politics, where it is only the supply of problems that creates the demand for problem-solvers. The perverse incentive--unless the tension is maintained in fact between two parties, one in and one out of power--is often to not solve the issue but to keep it alive. If both parties are into the same thing, we the people is well & truly FUGGED.
Politics really is show business for ugly people. If all the problems were solved the president would probably have to look like Habu’s American Flag Girl (moment of silence). And you know the DC elite cannot ever allow this to happen!
Concur with your mainpoint, we need less rhetoric and more problem-solving in good faith on both sides. I submit that the stakes are high however. Big government has already destroyed the poor working family. I could go on about welfare mothers having babies indiscriminately without a husband to help provide for them. Or, the fact that these welfare children raised by barely literate single parents struggle in school and often turn to a life of crime or become child mothers themselves and so continue the cycle. All of which is paid for by the taxpayers. But, I'm sure you know all of that. I think the prinicipal danger of expanding government healthcare is that we may breed more of the same, i.e. destruction of the family unit. There is not enough money in this country to take the place of responsible parents if government destroys the middle-class family. It sounds dramatic I know but the reality of what happened to poor families hooked on welfare is clear to me. I see it everyday here in Charleston, South Carolina. Regards...