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Dec 13, 201310:05 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

PolitiFact of life then; lie of the year today

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For all my conservative friends chagrined that the budget deal Paul Ryan made with Patty Murray, the Democratic senator from the state of Washington, is not perfect, well, duh! Rep. Ryan put up and passed three perfect budgets in the House, but it takes two to make law. Republicans are stymied by a U.S. Senate where Tammy Baldwin is in the majority. That’s called electoral math.

Let’s not dissipate the juju we’ve got working for us over Obamacare by taking the U.S. government over the precipice again. Remember that progressives are their own worst enemies. They’ve got the rope; don’t interrupt their knitting.

Speaking of which, the essential James Taranto in the Wall Street Journal On-Line gets to the dry rot undermining the superstructure of O’Care:

An under-appreciated quality of Obamacare is just how politically perverse its design is. It is disrupting the lives of, and imposing huge costs on, people who actually cared enough to get insurance before, in order to provide “benefits” to people who didn’t care enough.

Even’s Mark Crain warns, “Only 29% of uninsured young people now say they plan to sign up for Obamacare. This could become a gigantic problem, because the only way we can afford to cover all the people with pre-existing conditions is if younger, healthier people enroll as well. If only sick people sign up, our entire health insurance system falls apart.”

Remember “if you like your plan you can keep it”? PolitiFact calls it the lie of the year. My friend Brian Sikma at MediaTrackers calls it “the Flip-Flop of the Year,” because, in 2008, PolitiFact was watching candidate Obama’s backside: “Obama is accurately describing his health care plan here. He advocates a program that seeks to build on the current system, rather than dismantling it and starting over.”


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Dec 13, 2013 11:37 am
 Posted by  Anonymous


Was that epitaph on Walkers headstone ??????????????

Dec 13, 2013 08:29 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Crooked judges in progressive Madison? I guess some things never change.

Dec 17, 2013 12:44 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Bring the whining T Wall back.

Dec 17, 2013 12:45 pm
 Posted by  jwdoty

The first foolishness was the president's statement about being able to keep your health insurance policy. Insurance companies are constantly changing their policies, dropping coverage, and adjusting rates. So neither the government nor the insureds have ever been able to keep coverage. The second foolishness is anyone who believed the statement and claims to have relied upon it. If you've ever had to buy a policy, or accept coverage from an employer's plan, then you know the statement is incorrect.

There's plenty of foolishness to go around. Time to let it go an move on to something more interesting

Dec 17, 2013 02:39 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

No JWDOTY, sorry, it won't be swept undr the rug. You would love that, wouldn't you? BO and the Dems who followed Peloosie and Dingy Harry like lemmings and overwhelming voted for it will own it. The "best" is yet to come in 2014 as thousands of businesses "change" their policies to meet BO's plan and the premiums skyrocket to cover all those sick people who were waiting for the freebie to come along. Any reason why it's Medicaid folks who are signing up in droves and no one else? Oh wait, BO promises to cover the costss forever (well, as long as he is in office).

Dave - don't be surprised by Politifact's changed spots. They are finally coming around to what we conservatives predicted in 2008 with the big BO. Now they have to live with him.

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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