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— Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) December 17, 2013
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
1 HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA – *GASP* (choke) *cough* HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
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?