When it comes to my cold, I’m seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. Whew! I’m hoping to be up to full blogging speed soon but, in the meanwhile, here are things I found when doing my usual morning reading rounds:
This is a marvelous paragraph from Karen McQuillan’s generally marvelous article about Obamacare’s failures:
People with common sense and reality-based principles — in a word, conservatives — understand that government programs are by definition political. Politicians and bureaucrats are not personally accountable for failure, as in the private sector, so failure is acceptable to them. Cost overruns, fraud, and poor service are the norm in government programs for a reason.
Randall Hoven, who treats numbers with respect, says that the RINOs who blame the Tea Party for the Republicans’ failure to hold a Senate majority are delusional. In fact, the Tea Party did wonderful things for Republicans.
Charles C. W. Cooke, who is rapidly becoming one of my favorite writers, chimes in with a Tea Party defense too.
If you want a nice, tidy run-down of the Obamacare exchange’s disastrous debut, John Fund has got it for you.
Roger Simon thinks that Obamacare will defund itself very quickly as healthy young people refuse to buy insurance. That brings up two points. The first, of course, is whether Republicans have a plan so that Dems don’t use the system’s inevitable collapse as a gateway to socialized medicine. The second is whether Obamacare changed the law requiring emergency rooms to treat all-comers? I don’t believe it did. As the numbers of uninsured grows, rather than decreases, under Obamacare, what’s going to happen to hospitals?
Victor Davis Hanson sees a lot of economic problems on the horizon for the Democrats. Of course, to the extent that these are problems for America, too, let’s hope that the Republicans have a plan. My unhappy feeling is that, as long as the John McCain caucus remains, the only plan the GOP has is to get rid of Ted Cruz.
The AP isn’t feeling the love for Obama the way it used to. Perhaps that’s because Obama spied on it. In any event, one AP reporter is complaining that the White House is stonewalling about Obamacare enrollment numbers. Hmmm. I wonder why?
How bad are the Obamacare exchanges? So bad that the Consumer Reports advice column is downright nasty and ultimately tells people to stay away from the exchanges.
The Obama administration brings Chicago-style shakedowns to Wall Street. The implications are definitely worrisome, but I’d feel more sorry for Wall Street if it hadn’t eagerly gotten into bed with Obama once he became president. Lie down with political dogs and it’s not that you get up with fleas, it’s that they savage you and leave your gnawed carcass in the gutter.
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