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.
Whenever the fascination with climate change dies and they move on to something else, it will involve people not driving cars, businesses not making money, people not eating meat, and governments giving money away.
Assistant Village Idiot
Power and control. It's all about power and control.
From the sun-blanched beaches of California to the snow-covered cities of New England, a religious fervor is sweeping the United States. PhD-toting preachers spread the faith with righteous zeal, denouncing those who violate its sacred principles. Sinners are threatened not by an angry god, but by a righteous mob. The impenitent among them are condemned to be outcasts, while the contrite, if they properly mortify themselves and pledge everlasting fealty to the faith, can secure enough lost status to rejoin society, perhaps forever marked by a scarlet epithet. Racist. Sexist. Ableist. This is the religion of Wokeness, and this is the era of the Great Awokening.
Climate change and Medicare for all! I see the policy coherence right there.
"Medicare for all" is a catchy slogan, but a moment's thought will reveal that Medicare was pitched as a prepaid retirement program. Not that it actually worked out that way, but it's going broke precisely because it didn't work out that way. If we want it to shamble to pieces even faster, we can extend it to the entire population and give up entirely on the idea of paying first, then spending. That's what happens when you extend "retirement" benefits to people who've never worked yet and may never do so--who certainly won't work and save for future emergencies, like medical bills.
As a retiree who contributed to Medicare for many years before I reached age 65 and could finally use Medicare and as a Medicare user who pays at least 20% of all medical costs while Medicare pays 80% or less, AND as a retiree collecting SS where a large percentage of my SS income is deducted to PAY for the "free" Medicare; I object. It is not the fault of retirees or lack of retirees paying into the system that is responsible for Medicare's financial woes. EVERY illegal and legal alien who is bumrushed into our country and often bumrushed into citizenship qualifies for Medicare at age 65 even if they never put a penny into the system (Ditto for SS). IF the system was run as intended and IF people who did not contribute to it their entire working life were required to make up that deficit or find other insurance THEN Medicare would not have nearly the financial problems it does today. It is 100% the fault of congress that Medicare and SS have funding problems and certainly not the fault of the long suffering retirees who have contributed to these programs for 47 years of their working life.
IMHO the reason the Democrats want to give Medicare for all is to break the system such that there will be Medicare for no one.
I'm not so sure they feel like they're winning. I'm thinking they believe their close win is starting to slip away - because the solutions they've proposed aren't working, and too many people are noticing the models that were used for justification are just plain wrong.
And they can't shout people down with "The Science Is Settled!" any more.
The Progressives proudly view this as "creative destruction". The real purpose is to force program failure into a gambit for more complete control, by invoking the need for desperate measures. It's funny how often emotional themes are used to spur Progressive changes during a crisis. And how these 'desperate measures' usually drive the situation in a worsening direction from the receiving citizen's perspective, while cementing control of the program in the hands of the progressive governance. One needs only to see how Social Security funding has been re-directed for other purposes over the years to understand how this disastrous from of governing works.