The Grinch who Gave America the Negative Stimulus (Guest Post)

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Sometimes I shake my head and wonder why the Republican party bothers to exist. The Obamacare debacle has given us a near perfect indictment of everything that is wrong with the law itself, President Obama, and leftist philosophy in general. My favorite analogy is to compare the laws passage to Khan’s decision to chase Captain Kirk and The USS Enterprise into the Mutara Nebula. And the Republicans have correctly given it to the Democrats with both barrels as their arrogance and belief in the suspension of reality has hit home. But they are not going far enough. It is time to once and for all show how the Democrats are waging a war on the Middle Class and why their policies are preventing any kind of real economic recovery. A few years back Nancy Pelosi put her economic illiteracy on full display by declaring that,

“For every dollar a person receives in food stamps, Pelosi said that $1.79 is put back into the economy.”

I’m not going to go into the many layers of stupid in that statement, but let’s say that Pelosi, and all of the Keynsians are correct – wouldn’t that logic work in reverse? Even better than the supposed “benefits” to our economy that Food Stamps provide, how about a more tangible measure, such as how the increased premiums/deductibles/copays are sucking money out of our economy? (emphasis in bold is mine)

“I was laughing at Boehner — until the mail came today,” Waschura said, referring to House Speaker John Boehner, who is leading the Republican charge to defund Obamacare.

“I really don’t like the Republican tactics, but at least now I can understand why they are so pissed about this. When you take $10,000 out of my family’s pocket each year, that’s otherwise disposable income or retirement savings that will not be going into our local economy.”

“Of course, I want people to have health care,” Vinson said. “I just didn’t realize I would be the one who was going to pay for it personally.”1

Exactly. By your math that’s almost $18,000 that you’ve cost the economy, Ms. Pelosi. But I’m happy being conservative in my estimates, and we can just say that $10,000 has been sucked out. Where would that money have been spent? What are the low hanging fruit of any household budget in times of financial crisis? Hopefully it’s coming out of dining/entertainment/vacation spending versus more essential household expenses. Which of course, means less money in the pocket of waiters, waitresses, hotel personnel – exactly the kind of low income people that leftist Minimum Wage Chicken Hawks claim to care about. Let’s make sure these folks know why their customers are staying home.

The New York Times also gave us a “World’s smallest violin” piece for affluent New York lefties being hurt by the law:

“Ms. Meinwald, the lawyer, said she was a lifelong Democrat who still supported better health care for all, but had she known what was in store for her, she would have voted for Mitt Romney.”

In other words, had Meinwald actually cast her vote based on the issues and not whoever she was told to hate by what the president fed her she would have voted differently. Interesting concept – maybe hammering Democrats on what the actual effects of their policies are. Could be a winner! Ace did a great job of summarizing a recent USA Today article on the Obamacare rollout:

These folks are so boned. The woman who plans to take money from her IRA to pay for health insurance? No. NO. NO. The dude planning to pay cash for the birth of his child? Oy. The chick who is letting her son’s insurance lapse for at least a month so that she can get covered? What in the world?

Just like how a Sandra Fluke was able to become the mascot for women everywhere who wanted to assert their independence by yearning to be dependent on the government, why can’t the GOP use one of these people as a personal story to trot out in the press and tie every Democrat to? That was actually a rhetorical question – lefties are naturally better at playing victims than us, but that’s a separate post on its own. It’s one of the side skills that comes from an ideology where personal responsibility is anathema.

This is veering away from my economic theme, but how about the impact the law is having on potentially bankrupting volunteer firefighters? Then again, maybe having more people die in fires is just a more efficient IPAB as a means of cost containment?

Or maybe point out to people whose rates have jumped it’s because they are now forced to buy coverage for items they could ever possibly need? The next time some chucklehead calls the GOP the party of Big Business (In reality both are)2 while Democrats care about the little guy, ask which party voted for this massive wealth transfer from consumers into the pockets of Big Pharma and the biggest insurance companies?

The standard leftist response to all of Obamacre’s failures generally fall into a few categories:

1) Everything is fine (Negative reports are just haters)
2) And since nobody I know personally has been hurt by the law those who were hurt don’t matter
3) But it’s Repubicans’ fault for opposing it
4) And it will work fine if Republicans fix it for us
5) But… Single payer! Because the same people who gave us Obamacare should be given even more power!

Don’t worry about them. As I wrote a while back, this administration proves that there is no hope that leftists in this country will ever see sense. But most of America can see reality, and Obamacare is the perfect antidote to detox any voters of whatever intellectual poison the left has fed them. This time there’s no layer of journalistic cover between your insurance bill and your eyes, and the Republicans damned well need to make sure that voters know who is responsible. Any Democratic politician who can’t utter the word “Repeal” needs to be prepared to be replaced by someone who will.

Back to the issue with the fire fighters, here is a takeaway phrase that every Republican need to repeat and should be the official slogan of the GOP. And if you can’t sell a point as simple as this your party does not deserve to exist:

“We need to repeal the bill before we find out what else is in it”

In the words of the great Damien Sandow, “You’re welcome; You’re welcome.”

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Cross posted from Brother Bob’s Blog


2 There is a principled segment of the GOP that does care about most Americans, and has naturally been targeted by Big Business. Perhaps some anti-big business leftists can start supporting this principled segment of the GOP?

Blogging by the credo of "Making the world a more offensive place, one blog post at a time", Brother Bob started writing posts around the beginning of the Obama presidency over at Brother Bob's Blog. A born-again Existentialist and self-professed libertarian with conservative tendencies, he has ironically chosen to live in the Washington, DC area - deep behind enemy lines. He has always loved history, and spent eight years volunteering as a tour guide on weekends, giving over 200 tours to roughly 2,500 mostly foreign guests. His tours were highlighted by stories generally not found in the history books or most other tours, such as the importance of the Battle if Antietam, the origins or Arlington Cemetery, and dispelling the myths of FDR's New Deal. Although his favorite subject to blog about is Economics, as seen in his Economics for Politicians series, his posts try to address angles that other conservative writers and the mainstream media (naturally!) miss. "There's no point in putting up a post on a subject that someone smarter than me has already written". He believes in the "Happy Warrior" approach, and tries to inject humor in his posts, sometimes successfully. Two such examples are his posts comparing the modern left to the horrible Star Wars prequels, and analyzing the laments of a DC woman in search of a feminist boyfriend. Brother Bob lives with his very patient wife known as Sister Babe, and their fantastic son. Little Bob. Little Bob is also the reason that being a tour guide came to an end, as spending Saturdays raising a son takes priority over giving lectures to foreign visitors on the folly of Keynesian economics. BB is also grateful for the opportunity to take his place among the outstanding writers at Flopping Aces, appreciates every person who takes the time to read his posts, and especially those who join him in the conversation in the comments.

3 Responses to “The Grinch who Gave America the Negative Stimulus (Guest Post)”

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    Love the idea of commercials with victims of Obamacare. Real stories of hardship caused by bad policy and terrible execution should be on every channel– especially MSNBC and NBC. The anguish and fear caused by this program must be brought into every home. It’s time for the Republicans to “feel their pain” and remind everyone that Hillary is the Godmother of Obamacare, knocking some shine off her election plans. And once we’ve made our point, the Republicans should link the biased media to the carnage done to the health care system. This is a great time to show the bias of the media. Remind citizens of how they gushed over the false promises and how they never bothered to read the bill either. Remind citizens that the multi-millionaires that read their teleprompters for us were not affected and pay cash for their health care. In fact their annual salary should be brought to light and advertised as well. Dianne Sawyer is paid about 12 million per year and is married to a billionaire. Do you want to diminish her believability with average citizens who live on $50k per year or less? Similar wealth and income is the standard for media anchors. Katie Couric comes from an old Democrat family of great wealth. They’ve been Democrats since the bad old days of segregation. Wouldn’t a nice commercial depicting her granddaddy enforcing Jim Crow leave a lasting impression with her viewers?
    Nice piece.

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    MS exec. to take over obamascam web site, what could possibly go wrong/ Look how well Windows 8 is working. I mean they fixed it with Win 8.1 didn’t they?

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    Nanny G

    I’ve been watching the economic numbers.
    Last quarter seemed good based on calling inventories ”sales.”
    But burgeoning shelves are not emptying during this holiday season because so many people realize the unknowns of ObamaCare mean they better hang on to every extra penny.
    Many people are just beginning to understand how large their out-of-pocket expenses will be even if they got some subsidization on premiums.
    Four weeks ago people started to spend for the holidays.
    Pretty good start, but then sales declined 2.9 percent the next week, went lower the next week and then dropped 3.1 percent for this last week!
    Bad, very bad.
    OK, but more people buy via the web, right?
    Well…..the Internet research firm forecast a 14 percent growth from the same period last year. The reality is only a 9% growth rate.

    I don’t care how clever this techie is, he can’t fix what is broken to its core.

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