Nov 18, 201308:43 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
If you don’t like big government, you can vote against it
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Architects of the greatest progressive overreach since Prohibition are reeling. Tammy Baldwin is begging Scott Walker to save health care for the poor. La Crosse Democrat Ron Kind voted Friday for the Republicans’ “Keep Your Health Care Plan,” a measure the White House said would “gut” the law. The shine on Hillary in 2016 is fading with reminders of Hillarycare. Was Ted Cruz right after all?
The people who vowed to make government work can’t design a proper website. In government we trust, indeed!
“There’s a growing likelihood that over time, enough Democrats may join Republicans to decide to start over and scrap the whole complex health care enterprise,” says the National Journal, which is about as straight down the middle as any news source gets. (“Obamacare is on life support.”)
The irony is rich: Tammy Baldwin pleading with Scott Walker to help the poor, uninsured shipwrecked by Typhoon Obamacare. On Friday, the governor schooled Sen. Baldwin:
Wisconsin will continue striving to cope with the [Affordable Care Act], and through the actions announced yesterday, we are working to provide the federal government more time. But, considering these difficulties arise as a direct result of federal law, states are reliant upon the President and Members in Congress such as yourself, to fix what is now broken.
Tammy Baldwin, of course, voted for Obamacare. She declared on March 18, 2010: “Under the bill, if you like the insurance you have now, you may keep it and it will improve.”
Progressivism is the animus behind Obamacare, of course. Democrats concede that President Barack Obama may be a liar but he lied for our own good. As Jack Nicholson told A Few Good Men, we can’t handle the truth.
Headline on the MSNBC website: Hey Mr. Speaker, find time to read the bill! For a moment, I thought it was addressing Nancy Pelosi, but no, they’re talking about John Boehner’s refusal to take up the Senate’s immigration bill.
The news just keeps getting worse: First, the Red Army is at the outskirts of Berlin. Heinrich Himmler has proposed surrender. Then, Hitler learns that his health insurance policy has been cancelled by Obamacare. Roll ’em, Lester!
The state knows best
My old boss Dave Zweifel, in his Sunday column, recycles the progressive argument that they know what is best for all of us so no need for individual choice. (How’z that workin’ for Obamacare, Dave?) School choice is evil because — “using taxpayer dollars” (that would be whose money, exactly?) — “promote(s) putting people who look alike and think alike with each other.”
That’s a pretty good definition of Madison’s public schools right there. The perpetually aggrieved unionized teachers enforce their worldview, sometimes without subtlety. (How typically progressive to prize diversity over educational achievement.) But the affluent can and do buy their way to Edgewood and other private schools, leaving the hoi polloi behind. The divide is even more stark in Milwaukee. Vouchers, Mr. Zweifel, help young Travon rub elbows with Richie Rich at University Prep.