Posts Tagged ‘GOP’

Replace and repeal a failure?

March 27, 2017

Update: See below in red

Is the inability to secure a healthcare bill in the first one hundred days a failure?

There are many in the media claiming that the inability of the Republicans and President Trump to fully repeal and replace the “Affordable Care Act” (ACA) as a catastrophe. But is it really? While the optics don’t look good, the fact is, regardless of what happened and what will happen the press as a general rule will pan the results.

It’s important not to get too wrapped up in the spin on this issue. The ACA needs to be changed. That is a given. If it takes some time to fix the current legislation that isn’t a failure. The problem is that many Americans, myself included, have little faith that anything will be fixed but just reworked and the same flaws will still be there.

In the currently political climate, there is the desire on all sides to continually spin everything, every minute of every day. This has congress and the White House spending all of their energy spinning and counter-spinning rather than working.

Part of this problem is based in our news reporting. The major news outlets spend an inordinate amount of time on Washington political issues rather than the news that happens in the US and around world. There is this idea that the public only wants to hear what Washington has to say. In fact, there is a lot of news that is not investigated or reported that never reaches the airwave or newspapers. This leads politicians to continually attempt to get airtime as a way to show they are really working for their constituents.

Hummm.  Maybe the media should ignore Washington for a while so they can get some work done.

Do Republicans know how to write and pass a bill?

The Republicans have had at least seven years to come up with a new healthcare bill. Why is there nothing ready to go? The answer is simple. It’s much easier to complain and point fingers than actually create something. Politicians only want to keep the money train rolling for themselves and their cohorts. The idea of doing their jobs as the public see it is foreign to them. Sitting in a room working on legislation (which they generally have underlings doing anyway) is not glamorous. If they did it themselves I bet the bills would be a lot shorter and clearer.

Update:

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, introduced the bill Friday.

"This Act may be cited as the ‘Obamacare Repeal Act,’" the bill states.

And the bill uses just one sentence to do it.

"Effective as of Dec. 31, 2017, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted," the bill states.

And that’s it – one sentence

As Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit asked, “Why aren’t bills on infrastructure, tax reform and free speech lined up like planes on a runway?

The “Conservatives” in the Republican Party claim a watered down ACA will not be acceptable. I keep looking for their bill but have yet to find it. (see above)

I am sympathetic to the GOP problems however. I too want a conservative health care bill. But then, I am a radical. I am a heartless bastard that thinks free things for some is a form of slavery for both the recipient and the financier. Still, momentum means something. Victory doesn’t always come in one single battle. Lots of little victories can add up.  But then, so can lots of little failures.

clip_image002

How a deal is born

October 17, 2013

McConnell-Reid Deal Includes $3 Billion Earmark for Kentucky Project

A proposal to end the government shutdown and avoid default orchestrated by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Harry Reid includes a nearly $3 billion earmark for a Kentucky project.

mitch_mcconnell

Same old Washington.  Doesn’t matter if they have an R or a D behind their names.  Actually I believe it’s worse than it’s ever been. 

update: What Mitch McConnell’s Dam Deal and Frank Lautenberg’s Death Benefit Tell Us About Govt Spending

The Democrats biggest ally

December 21, 2012

Seriously, this guy needs to be replaced. 

Bill Whittle on fire

November 22, 2012

Bill Whittle continues to put out great commentary.

[blip.tv http://blip.tv/play/AYOJr2UC?p=1 width=”480″ height=”380″]

Poor choices

December 28, 2011

Lets face it, we have very poor choices this election. There isn’t one presidential candidate who has a shot that  I’d spend one minute trying to convince someone to vote for.  It’s a pretty depressing realization that we simple can’t produce decent candidates these days.  They don’t have to be perfect but less pandering and more positions.  I guess it’s not a surprise.

Yes there are a couple out there I could support but they are either not running or not running for President.

Is Donald Trump your guy?

April 15, 2011

<a href="http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=344985" target=”businessweek”>The Trump Organization</a>

"Show me someone without an ego, and I'll show you a loser."
—Donald Trump

"All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me—consciously or unconsciously. That's to be expected."
—<em>The Daily News</em>, March 24, 2004

The thrice-married Donald has never been shy about being in front of the camera. At times, his nose for publicity outshines his business sense. Why does Trump make the list?

• That hair.

• The germaphobic Trump considers shaking hands a dirty, "barbaric" ritual.

• Lowered the height of the boxing ring for a 1988 title fight between Mike Tyson and Michael Spinks so those in the front rows wouldn't get stiff necks.

• Wrote Surviving at the Top just before his company plunged into bankruptcy.

• Engaged in a nasty, name-calling feud with Rosie O'Donnell in the media. Rosie had criticized Trump for presenting himself as a moral authority when he allowed the underage Miss USA, Tara Conner, to retain her crown after she was filmed drinking.

You know Donald Trump is an interesting guy.  He’s got money, well we think he has anyway.  He’s a businessman and we certainly could use someone in the Presidency that can see the good in creating jobs, but is Donald that guy?  Nah,

I like watching Donald now and then.  He can say things other politicians wouldn’t.  That doesn’t make him a good Presidential candidate.  If you’ve watched him over the past few years you will have noticed his politics can be all over the map, which leads me to believe he’s not serious. 

What he is good at though is stirring the pot and self promotion.  Sometimes that’s a good thing.  But Donald really shouldn’t get farther in the Presidential business than he is right now. 

Although I would like to see him debate President Obama anyway. 

Enhanced by Zemanta

Piecemeal approach to the budget

March 22, 2011

captialhill

Glen Tschirgi over at CaptainsJournal has an interesting idea about the budget.

Republicans in the House need to fund the federal government in a completely upside-down manner, and they need to do this not only for 2011 but also for 2012 and, perhaps, beyond until some mechanism is put into place that can reliably shrink the federal government.   The solution is to stop funding the government with comprehensive, unitary budgets and, instead, as Ferrara alludes to as a sort of desperate measure, fund the government in piecemeal fashion with bills that fund specific government departments or activities…

…Instead, Boehner should flip the funding process on its head and abandon the comprehensive approach.  Rather than presenting one, unitary budget with spending cuts reflected in it, Boehner should present to the floor of the House a whole series of individual bills that fund only those essential functions of government that must be funded.  And the funding bills should be presented in order of political priority.

So, for example, the first funding bill to come up would be funding for Social Security for the balance of the 2011 budget year.  Let the Democrats in the Senate try to explain to the public why they are voting against Social Security.   They will cave in a heartbeat.  Just as liberal Senators, in the end, caved in on voting for military funding for the Iraq war in 2007, although they denounced the war as a lost cause and a crime against humanity, they knew that they could not face re-election having voted to deny our soldiers and marines the materiel needed in the midst of combat.  Same thing applies here.

Boehner and the majority in the House would continue to line up single funding bills in similar fashion:  for the Defense Department, for Medicare, for Veterans Affairs, for payment of interest on the national debt — there goes that favorite argument about raising the debt ceiling.

In short, this is a historic opportunity for the GOP to fund only those federal activities that are clearly necessary and Constitutionally prescribed…

Read the whole article.

Other referenced Article.

Budget Nuclear Option: Shut Down Obama Until the Election – Peter Ferrara