Thursday, April 20, 2017

Our corrupt, clownish leadership.

All dissent is a Russian operation. Anything bad that happens to America has nothing to do with our corrupt, clownish leadership, but is Putin’s fault. This is where all of this is going, and it’s further evidence that the American empire has entered a much more pronounced and dangerous period of decline.
"Our corrupt, clownish leadership" seems harsh but these times call for clear assessments.

The Republicans have yelled about Obamacare from the git but come time to come up with a replacement that's not a modified version of that leftist monstrosity they've got nothing in their bag of tricks. Not only didn't they have a colorable scheme of what might be a better approach, but what they did come up with was hush hush and rolled out as just another exercise in jamming it down the throats of the people. Take it or leave it, suckahs.

No discussion beforehand. No attempt to show how something as simple as allowing insurance to be purchased across state lines could stimulate competition and lead to more options. No focus on the problem of the uninsurable and what we should do as a nation, whether pretend it's a problem to be dealt with by insurance or a matter of taking care of people in a bad way as a matter of public policy. Ryan knows best!

No discussion of the aberration of employer-provided health insurance as an artifact of WWII price controls.

And sure has shootin' no discussion of the known defects of socialized care elsewhere in the world.

Similarly, the seemingly sacred rule is that no other national problem can be dealt with other than in a "comprehensive" manner. Nope. Can't just build a wall to stop illegal immigration as in stanch the flow of newcomers before we decide how to get rid of the other invaders who got here earlier. We have to come up with the perfect plan for Indians to come take American jobs and seasonal agricultural workers to come from Brunei and deportation and the wall and sanctuary cities. Got cancer? How's that dandruff?

Tax system a bit cumbersome? Why, of course, we must have a "comprehensive" reform such that the deductibility of hobby expenses must be carefully examined. Just take a pen and change corporate tax rate – now the highest in the universe – to 15%? No, no, the clowns have never heard of the 80-20 rule.

These things take time. Arterial bleeding there, Rufus? We hear you but, first, what's the history of diabetes in your family?

"U.S. Propaganda is Embarrassingly Bad (and Why it Matters)." By Mike Krieger, Liberty Blitzkrieg, 4/19/17.

H/t: Zero Hedge.


Unknown said...

We don't need a replacement for ObamaCare. It just needs to be repealed, the market will take care of this as it did before. The GOP needs to quit promoting the prog-socialist agenda.

Anonymous said...

Further evidence that the repub party is your friend just like the prog dems.

We must keep in mind their actions and send more Trump-like people to DC in coming elections. By Trump-like I mean those who love America and will do the right things for the country's future. The key feature is that they must deal with reality and have a git-er-done mentality.

mobius said...

Good point.
Common practice.
Things are very complicated, don't bother your little head.

Col. B. Bunny said...

Mr. Johnson, I agree. The Constitution isn't that hard in most places. Health care is a state responsibility. Justice Harlan respected the opportunities for experimentation and emulation at the state level. The federal government approaches most everything with the idea that the enumerated powers are just suggestions and that they can solve problems in the same way that they can decide what the nation's favorite movie is. What might be doable in Utah might not work in Hawaii but the elites never think about hows things work out over a huge nation like ours.

Republicans are just cleanup hitters for the socialist Dems. Even the great Ronald Reagan signed off on amnesty but surrendered abjectly on open borders. Supposedly a great conservative but he got taken by the Dems with ease.

Col. B. Bunny said...

Anon, a willingness to deal with reality is the key. The entire Western world is fleeing from reality in a major way. Invaders pour into Europe as we speak. This is seen as a positive good by millions.

I'm very cynical about the French elections tomorrow. Nothing will come of them. The voters will embrace their betrayers for a shorter work week and free cheese. Le Pen may win the first round but she's toast in the second. No appreciation of the peril that France is in.

I hope I'm wrong but the Dutch had the same opportunity recently with the same result. More foreigners, please!

Col. B. Bunny said...

Mr. Wolf, it was amazing that Ryan chose to come up with yet another health plan cobbled together behind closed doors. The views of the people were a matter of indifference to that jasper.

I sent some money to his opponent last time around but to no avail.

It still bothers me that there isn't even the slightest effort to explain how the Constitution justifies Ryancare. I should be used to it by now but I can't help myself. All that talk of "American exceptionalism" but it sure isn't exceptionalism based on adherence to the constitutional scheme.