It’s about time, but it’s too late now. I guess there is some comfort in knowing that the even the statist Gray Lady sees what Obamcare actually is. Though I am going to guess that the New York Times editorial board isn’t going to come out for repeal even though the program was sold with out and out lies and is pouring billions in taxpayer dollars into the pockets of the health insurance companies.
Yep, that’s the truth. Thank God for the Internet. You know, maybe it’s not such a good idea to have the FCC screw it up in the name of “net neutrality.”
Politics as we have known them in this country are shifting significantly. New coalitions are in the process of being built. It’s an exciting time.
Like it or not last Tuesday was a sound rejection of this president. That’s what it meant. That’s the lesson. Overwhelmingly the American people, who don’t really like the Republicans either, said “NO” to Obama. It was a clear statement. Not much ambiguity.
But it wasn’t clear to the president. He has decided that the American people and the Constitution (of which he is a supposed scholar) do not matter. The time to act (rule?) by executive fiat has come. So what if he and his policies and basically entire legacy have been rejected by most of the country. Darn it, he’s going to show America what he thinks with his “pen and phone.”
Since Obama was elected we have heard over and over that the Republican Party is the party of old white guys who’d soon be dead and that there wasn’t any hope for the demographically challenged elephant parade. (What one calls a group of elephants. Just found out.) Then Tuesday happened and like that even NPR is wondering what is wrong with the Democrats and where the GOP found all its mojo. The GOP is reborn Hallelujah!
A new GOP may be being birthed not reborn. This election was the first without unrelenting neocon overtones from the Republicans of my adult life. It is also the first election where Republicans seemed not to be looking back to the days of Reagan but toward a new and different future. It was the first election where the GOP did a halfway decent job of reaching out to non-white voters. (They need to do much much better still.) It was also the first election where at least some of the GOP began talking about how government has been gamed for the benefit of corporations and other large interests to the detriment of small and midsized business and the middle class. Though it was the GOP leadership which ultimately kept the Export-Import Bank alive the big boosters we prominent Dems, Bill Clinton, Obama, Elizabeth Warren, Maxine Waters, etc. The only people on The Hill calling for Boeing’s Bank’s death were Republicans. The obvious corporatists were the Democrats. (In this instance.)
Voters felt a shift in the political ether. Mix in a president who seems perpetually out to lunch when he isn’t being outright antagonistic. Add a Democratic congressional leadership which suddenly looked hopelessly behind the times and one has a recipe for significant political change.
And who would be a good presidential nominee for the GOP? Well, either Jeb Bush or his son Jon Huntsman Jr. of course. Sr. also likes Hilary Clinton who he says would make a “fine president.”
The move toward libertarianism just makes common sense. In a world which is more connected, where we are able to do more and more for ourselves in ever more cost efficient and customized ways, (Think banking, research, legal documents, medical information, pretty much everything.) free markets and free prices make life easier and more interesting.
I am personally on the record as agreeing with this sentiment. Legalization of cannabis nationally and then the state to state regulation of pot is the Constitutional position. It is the limited government position. There should be no federal prohibition of marijuana.
This is a partisan bit of analysis from The Weekly Standard, but I think it is fair. For how the GOP works against the interests of the people just see the post prior to this one.
This is a disturbing report from Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz at The Washington Post.
He says that the IRS has a “tripwire” it uses to identify groups which teach the ins and outs of the US Constitution. These groups then get extra scrutiny from the agency.