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"It's B-a-a-a-ack!

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Commentary from Powerlineblog.com.  Political Cartoon by Michael Ramirez.

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It's B-a-a-a-ack!

Source Powerlineblog.com

November 27, 2009 Posted by John at 8:53 AM

"I'm the wrong guy to draw this analogy, since I never go to horror movies--they scare me. But I believe there is one long-running series featuring a serial killer who wears a hockey mask and carries a chain saw or some such thing, and keeps coming back, seemingly from the dead. That's how I'm starting to see the Democrats' government medicine plan. Try as hard as they might, the American people can't seem to kill it.

Byron York says that Harry Reid is determined to pass the Senate's version of the bill by New Year's. On paper, this seems impossible, given the short time available, the number of amendments that will be proposed by Democrats as well as Republicans, and the other issues the Senate needs to take up. Nevertheless, it may well happen. Why? Because the bill is so unpopular:

[T]he biggest problem for Democrats, by far, is that public support for the bill is slowly and steadily falling. According to Pollster.com, the average of all the polls done on health care shows 48.7 percent of Americans opposed to the bill, and 39.5 percent in favor. The gap between disapproval and approval has never been bigger.

The reason the Democratic leadership and the White House are rushing to pass the bill is that they know it is killing them and believe doing it quickly will kill fewer of them than doing it slowly. If they pass it by year's end, perhaps voters will move on to other concerns by the November 2010 midterm elections.

Ever since the Obama administration took office, a common refrain has been, "How dumb do they think we are?" It seems the Democrats believe that voters are not just stupid, but forgetful as well.

MichaelBarone, meanwhile, notes that the federal deficit is now running at 10 percent of GDP, a figure never before approached in peacetime. The Democrats' health care measures, once they kick in, are projected to add another $1.8 trillion in federal spending, and that figure, appalling as it is, is undoubtedly far too low. Nevertheless, the Democrats are "unfazed":

That suggests that, at least for some Democrats, huge looming budget deficits are not a bug but a feature. Just as Ronald Reagan hoped that cutting taxes would force politicians to cut spending, these Democrats hope that increasing spending will force politicians to increase taxes to levels common in Western Europe. ...

[Poll data on the economy] mirrors voters' current opposition to Democratic health care bills. Democratic leaders nonetheless want to jam one through before their current majorities are eroded, as they seem likely to be, in the 2010 elections. This is politically risky, but makes sense if your goal is to expand government.

So the battle over health care is not just about health care. It's about whether government will permanently gobble up more of the private-sector economy -- and slow it down in the process.

I think that's right. I don't believe that Democrats in Congress actually disagree with the majority of voters who expect a government takeover of medicine to result in worse health care at a higher cost. Rather, the Democrats believe that degraded health care is an acceptable price to pay for what they are really after--government domination over the life of every citizen. Whether the American people understand how profound is the Democrats' assault on their liberties, and will be willing to do what it takes to throw the greedy rascals out of power, remains to be seen."



http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2009/11/025033.php

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Comments

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emilygComment by emilyg - November 28, 2009, 1:43 pm
Thanks. Good read.
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konaneComment by konane - November 28, 2009, 3:18 pm
Thanks Em! They seem to be hair on fire to tax us any way they possibly can, so hope if it does pass it's repealed next session. Read on WorldReports.org/news a couple of editions back that money collected isn't going to be used to fund health care but to fund off the books trading that the government within the government is using to finance its operations. That's been my feeling all along which is why my heels have remained dug in opposed to it.
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jarasanComment by jarasan - November 28, 2009, 3:20 pm
The dirty rotten fascists don't stop pushing this and also think we are stupid. Vote them out! They outlawed booze..........., this will be repealed if they pass it.
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konaneComment by konane - November 28, 2009, 3:23 pm
Thanks Jarasan! Yep follow the votes and vote those out, bring in new blood .... letting them know their tenure is not guaranteed.

Dontcha just love the characature of Reed and especially Pelosi in the cartoon?
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MADDOG10Comment by MADDOG10 - November 28, 2009, 3:28 pm
"" Ever since the Obama administration took office, a common refrain has been, "How dumb do they think we are?" It seems the Democrats believe that voters are not just stupid, but forgetful as well.""
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This is the Democratic way even for the people who voted for them.. This is one person who will not let people forget who and what they are no matter what....
I HOPE THE PEOPLE NEVER FORGET>>>>!!!!
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konaneComment by konane - November 28, 2009, 3:42 pm
Thanks Maddog! Yep they are a bunch of condescending arrogant (fill in the blanks).   The fact it's being praised so much by dictators around the world is telling in itself.
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Comment by wiltay - November 28, 2009, 11:52 pm
Not all Americans want this bill killed until we see someone with a better idea. All we keep hearing is it's bad. If it's so bad, then they need to bring a better idea to the table. Doing nothing is what got us to where we are now. We need some kind of solution and no one before tried to do anything about it. I welcome a better idea and not just a lot of criticism. I'm all ears for some better plan, I'll even help publicize it. I say Stop the criticism and bring on a health care system that works for all America. Not a democtratic one nor a republican one, but a joint one that works for the people. I agree also, Let's get in all new blood and vote out all those who have been there so long they think they own the senate, house and congress. There need to be term limits on them so we can get them out of office. As it stands, they gain too much power and think they are God.
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konaneComment by konane - November 29, 2009, 9:45 am
Thanks Wiltay! Congress is refusing to address two issues the first being Tort Reform, second being Illegal Aliens being able to buy into the plan which means citizens being taxed and they benefit which is not fair any way you look at it.

Had tort reform been legislated along with borders sealed we wouldn't be to the point we are regarding health care. Blame both sides of congress for getting us here.

Which brings me back to my original point of why trust doofuses that brought us to the point of catastrophe to provide us with anything which will improve our situation? Congress has proven itself to be NOT trustworthy in the laws it passes, majority of which bend us over in favor of special interests.

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