Archive for July, 2009

The Health Care Issue

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

First off, I probably have one of the best medical insurance plans in the nation: generous health, vision, drug benefits with very little out of pocket deductible.  What I am about to say is from the prospective of those millions that aren’t quite as fortunate.

The health care situation isn’t going to go away even if the GOP ends up defeating Obama’s care.

The premium on an average medical plan for a family is close to the cost of a month’s rent and if any person in the family unit has a precondition, then double the cost or be denied coverage altogether. In these days when most workers change employment every few years, this astronomical burden is frequently born by the worker.

Like it or not, government will eventually have to step in…as they do with utilities, bank savings protection, and other items deemed critical to the American way of life.

For months, 6 figure earning talk show hosts have been offering a catastrophic health protection alternative that would have huge thousand dollar deductibles. They have no clue to the fact that for many workers, paying a thousand dollars IS catastrophic!

The poor have medicaid. 

The elderly have medicare. 

As strange as this sounds to those who cannot remember making minimum wage or working 2 jobs just to put clothes on their family’s backs and gas in the car, the reality is that for many working Americans, it IS a choice between eating and paying health premiums…and the latter always loses.

In an America that is being asked by Hewitt and other “good” conservatives to help children in foreign countries…it is only a matter of time before that same America feels that charity should begin at home.

Republicans MUST address this issue and offer serious and viable solutions or it WILL be an issue that will haunt them long after the scare for social medicine has become a Hilary memory.

Longing for George

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

My British partner said something that rather stunned me.  JD has been a Tory (the British equivalent of a Republican) for a long time and remembers fondly the days of “Maggie” Thatcher.  He called the McCain nomination right and almost every play in American politics for the last 8 years (since I’ve taken an interest) has been spot on. He even predicted when and under what circumstances the Obama honeymoon would wane.

In the middle of a rant on his own nation’s financial crisis and how it was impacted by the American banking system, he said, almost in passing, that there must be a number of ordinary Americans that long for the days of Bush.

EXCUSE ME??

“Well,” he explained, “you must remember that for most of the 14 million that lost their jobs, the Bush era was a time of big screen t.v.s and trips to Vegas.  There were 2 recessions that Bush barely bothered the American people with and little or no sacrifice for a people in the midst of a post 9/11 war.  For many, NOW is their financial armageddon.”

I was at a lost for words.  For nearly 4 years I have defended GWB and for the most part, am STILL defending him.  Now to hear that some people may actually be longing for the days of GWB?

“Of course you’re defending him,” continued JD, “most of the people you talk to are employed.  In fact, since the economy is so tight, prices are low and people with financial liquidity are actually doing fine, they may very well be still in the Bush is c*ap mode.  But there’s a growing group out there that remembers that under Bush, recessions were taken care of without barely bothering their lives, that people actually respected America and when your leaders spoke, foreign despots actually looked over their shoulders to see if the world’s mightiest military was standing there ready to send in someone to check out their teeth.  Others remember when retiring was actually an option and when “disappointment” was a low return on our stocks.”

Imagine that…a time when people won’t be saying…”Bush’s unpardonable sin is that he’s not the cool Gripper”…instead they’ll be saying, “Obama’s biggest offense is that he’s not Cowboy George”.

Wow.

The GOP heat

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Not a week went by before I was defending Palin’s decision to resign from the top job in Alaska. The general concession was that Palin quit because she couldn’t stand “the heat”.  GWB, it was noted, took the “heat” for 8 years and McCain battled the extreme Right for decades.  In fact, lately, there isn’t a politician that hasn’t been getting heat, the kind only made possible by the internet and blogging.But there is a huge difference between the heat thrown on Republican politicians and those experienced by Democrats.  And no, I’m not talking about unfair, ugly, and truly vile attacks.  Like it or not, in our world of open communication where four letter words are common in cinema and literature, very few words have the power to shock and repel the public anymore.  The fact is that NOTHING said about Palin would cause most voters to decide against her.  They KNOW that Palin has more executive experience than the man who won the White House and certainly uttered less embarrassing things than clueless Biden.  They even know at some level that the reason that most people voted for Obama was because of the color of his skin; Black IS cool.No, the big difference between the heat on the Left and GOP heat is this one simple but unmistakable element: Politicians on the Left fight bloggers, pundits, activists on the Right…GOP politicians fight BOTH sides.Think about it…every negative thing said or hinted about a politician gets a career killing reaction from the Right, NOT the Left.  Conservatives believe that this rush to judgment makes them morally superior. “We hold ourselves to a higher standard” they insist…like the Left who wants to hold America to a higher standard when it comes to fighting a war and thus tie the hands of our troops.Frankly, I don’t know if Palin couldn’t stand the heat…as I told my colleagues, you’re talking to a mother and if you ask me to choose between my career or my kids, guess which one I’d choose?I do know that the kind of heat GOP candidates are being subject to is ridiculous and must stop.  Just days prior to Palin’s announcement, I had gotten into an email disagreement with some conservatives who believed it HELPED the GOP cause to go over GWB’s failings.  They said that conservatives, unlike liberals, are allowed to disagree with GOP politicians.  Now these same people see NO merit in people like Peggy Noonan doing the same to Palin.I believe, they finally get it.  The problem is I wonder how many more 401ks will be tanked, jobs lost, homes foreclosed, businesses boarded up before other conservative bloggers are willing to trade their egos for a united Republican party?

Calling out the “Finding fault is good for the GOP”

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

The below was in answer to a huge fight over a group of bloggers who insisted that finding fault in GWB and McCain would somehow get Independents and cross over Democrats to vote GOP in 2010 and 2012.

Of course the “real” conservative Ronald Reagan was mentioned quite frequently and how those two men fell way short of his high standard.

So I wrote:

Yes, LET’S discuss Reagan’s failings, shall we?  After all, you all believe that this kind of criticism helps sell Palin and the GOP.
 
The fact is that Reagan DID spend, big time.  In fact Ronald Reagan, not George W. Bush, set the precedent of a Republican piling up large federal deficits not just on defense but on a massive bail out of one particular social “new deal” program called social security. (And yeah, I do know why he had to bail out SS, it was for the same reason that GWB had to give seniors a drug plan, but no one gives GWB a pass, do they?)
 
Tax increases may have been passed by a Democratic Congress but HE signed those increases into law.  By the way, Reagan signed into law as governor of California one of the most liberal abortion laws and do we even want to get into a discussion of his SCOTUS picks?
 
His talks of nuclear disarmament had conservatives like Patrick Buchanan, Richard Perle, and Caspar Weinberger pulling their hairs and if I’m not mistaken Cindy did a whole spread on exactly what the “real” conservatives who attacked GWB said about Reagan back then.
 
Do you want to talk about the various resignations, palace coups, and job switches that involved Al Haig, James Watt, David Stockman, Bill Clark, James Baker, Robert McFarland, Oliver North, Michael Deaver, Don Regan, and tons of others who freelanced and squabbled under a boss that was supposed to inspire the kind of loyalty you blame GWB for not getting from his staff?
 
Let’s discuss Iran-Contra and the precipitous withdrawal from Lebanon that weakened America’s reputation abroad among its most hostile enemies.
 
Do you guys REALLY want to get into the failings of a man that was very human?
 
Do you REALLY think these kind of discussion will help to foster a united group to defend Palin and other GOPs?
 
If so, let’s do it.  I’ve got 8 years of Ronald Reagan failings to go over.  And then we’ll go over Huckerbee’s…and Hillary and whoever else this group likes….ending with criticism and failings of Sarah Palin.
 
Or maybe, just maybe, you guys are starting to get my drift. 
 
By the way, it sounds like I disliked Reagan or I didn’t think he was a good president, doesn’t it?  Well I do like him and I thought he was wonderful which is why I only bring out his flaws when people insist on bringing out GWB’s.  Otherwise, I think of what he gave and the good he did and I tell people THAT is why you vote GOP.  I do the same with GWB and McCain.  I sell the good the GOP does and can do, Not what they didn’t or should have done.