OK … here’s your chance to hear both sides of the argument … from conservatives. I love CK and he makes a great point. But Stephen Hayes respectfully disagrees. Roll the dice my little hostage takers. Time to make a stand.
As we enter the new year the Republicans have two big big really big items on the agenda. Somehow control an out of control exploding budget which will be a little like herding cats … and how to put the breaks on a simply horrible health care government take over. I won’t detail it all here … but just type Obamacare into our search engine and there’s enough there (all sourced) to get your mind straight.
Two videos to chew on. First there’s CK, who makes the case that defunding would cause chaos because the rules would still be on the books and Republicans would get blamed for the chaos.
Video number two comes from Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard. You must defund, says Hayes, or Obamacare will become too entrenched to stop.
Hayes makes a great point. As people learn more about the bill they will begin to loath it, not just hate it and the health savings account changes are a case in point. Under the new system, you can’t use your health savings account money any longer to buy over the counter drugs, even aspirin, without a prescription from a Doc. Now where would Obamacare get that idea … hmmm?
Sally Melcher Jarvis, a correspondent for a Pennsylvanian newspaper who went to Cuba in November of 2007 accompanying a humanitarian mission organized by a local museum, found out about the apartheid that regular Cubans are suffering since Castro turned them into second class citizens in their own country.
Here is part of what she wrote: “It wasn’t much of a cold; just the kind that would get better by itself in a week. In the meantime it was a nuisance with a cough and stuffy nose. A little over-the-counter remedy would help…..There were no over-the-counter remedies to be had. I asked the guide what Cubans did if they had a cold. The guide said that a Cuban would go to the doctor — a visit free of charge — who would write a prescription for aspirin. However, there would be no way to fill the prescription. We visited a pharmacy later in the trip. Behind the counter five well-dressed Cuban women waited to serve, but the shelves were empty. The only items in sight were the monthly ration of sanitary napkins, 10 permitted per Cuban woman per month.
Meanwhile Gateway Pundit highlights an article in the WSJ debunking last nights PBS special on “Gee, ain’t that Cuban system great”.
Dissent is spreading in Cuba like dengue fever because daily life is so onerous.One of the best documented sources on this subject is the Botín narrative (“Los Funerales de Castro,” 2009, available in Spanish only), which pulls back the curtain on “the Potemkin village” that foreigners see on official visits to Cuba. Behind the façade is desperate want. Food, water, transportation, access to health care, electricity, soap and toilet paper are all hard to come by. Even housing is in short supply, with multiple families wedged into single-family homes. The government tries to keep the lid on through repression. But in private there are no limits to the derision of the brothers Castro.
OK you mobsters … where do you stand?
UPDATE: Just saw this … and I think makes a lot of sense too. From AP at Hot Air.
Two obvious problems with Krauthammer’s scheme, though. One, as Steve Hayes suggests in the clip, you’re taking a major risk by funding the program even for a few years, even with the expectation built in that it’ll be defunded if it misses its targets. Dependencies develop quickly; if you want to kill a bad entitlement, kill it quickly before expectations calcify. Two: As a purely political matter, there’s no way the GOP could refuse to defund it. It would be taken as proof that Republicans have already lost their nerve; the base would be equal parts crushed and enraged, to the point where you probably would start hearing chatter about a third party in earnest.
Third Party? Really? Hmmm.