Archive for May 24th, 2011

Thanks House Republicans!

May 24, 2011 in Politics

You wouldn’t know it by watching or reading Fox News (neither has reported it yet) but Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul won a special election against Republican state Assemblywoman Jane Corwin in the ultra-Red 26th Congressional district of New York. I think they’re all waiting around to see who is willing to test the waters first before they go jumping in. The NRCC is spinning the election thusly:

“Republican Jane Corwin ran a hard-fought campaign against two well-funded Democrats, including one masquerading under the Tea Party name. Obviously, each side would rather win a special election than lose, but to predict the future based on the results of this unusual race is naive and risky. History shows one important fact: the results of competitive special elections from Hawaii to New York are poor indicators of broader trends or future general election outcomes. If special elections were an early warning system, they sure failed to alert the Democrats of the political tsunami that flooded their ranks in 2010.”

Also, Reagan!

Makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it? The Tea Party candidate who won 9% of the vote was actually a Democrat in disguise so if you take into consideration the fact that Tea Party voters are easily duped and give those votes to the Republican candidate Jane Corwin would have won which wouldn’t have mattered anyway since drawing conclusions from special elections is foolish and naive. Got it? No? Well, I don’t understand it either. What’s apparent to me, however, is that Republicans aren’t learning from their mistakes. It’s clear that Hochul won by making the Republican Party’s dreams of abolishing Medicare the central issue. If the take-away for the Republicans is that they need to double down on throwing socialist grannies out of their wheelchairs then the epistemic closure David Frum spoke of last year is paying big dividends at the ballot box.

-mg

“We don’t support rationing.”

May 24, 2011 in Clueless Conservatives, Health Care

Republicans who want to kill Medicare, hand seniors some vouchers and say, “Good luck out there in the private insurance market!” don’t want to staff a board that will oversee Medicare spending and make intelligent reductions while providing comparable service, because, says Orrin Hatch, “We don’t believe in rationing, nor do we believe in an unaccountable organization like that. I mean that’s crazy.”

Of course, private insurance companies who don’t want to touch sickly old people with a ten-foot pole are completely accountable, right? See, folks, you may not be able to have any kind of decent plan anymore, or one at all, but you’ll be free. But if a government board with members selected by Congress makes decisions about better spending, that’s unaccountable “rationing.” Yes, having this board allows some degree of tough decision-making, but don’t Republicans believe that Congress is generally ineffective at reducing spending by itself?

I just don’t know what to make of America anymore if it continues falling for this crap much longer. Republicans said DEATH PANELS at the prospect of Medicare balking on a heart operation for a 89 year old cancer patient, and then turn around and say, hey, let’s end that Medicare anyway, right?

Exactly how much more transparent do they have to be before people say enough?

-hw