Oct 14, 201307:32 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Please hold if you trust government with your health care
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With Ronald Reagan it was morning in America again. With Barack Obama, the parks are closed, wheelchair-bound veterans are storming the barricades, the health care website is down, and what difference does it make now that the ambassador was dragged through foreign streets.
The New York Times has taken notice that the Obamacare website is situation normal: all fouled up. “Administration officials dug in their heels, repeatedly insisting the project was on track, despite evidence to the contrary.”
The Obama administration refuses to say how many Americans have signed up, but a British news source pegs the number at 51,000. At this rate, it will take 17 years for everyone to sign up. Wasn’t that the fear in the first place? Thank you for contacting the federal government. Your health is important to us. Please hold. Press 2 if you’d like to hold in Spanish.
The federal government can’t do a functional website, yet it can take over one-sixth of the national economy? Some of us have long suspected that Obamacare will fall of its own weight before filibustering recitations of Green Eggs and Ham.
But Ted Cruz is doing what he was elected to do: fight Obamacare. Not good enough for our socialist comrades, who explain every failure of government overreach as not having reached far enough. Thus does Comrade John Nichols write that House Republicans would like “that the results of the most recent national elections be set aside so that the losing party could implement its agenda.”
Like the 14 Democratic state senators who fled to Rockford, Ill., to impose minority rule over Act 10?
The numbers tell the story
So now the federal government is bumping up against the national debt limit. That limit stands at $16.7 trillion. That’s trillion with a T and that rhymes with P and that stands for pool. It was $10.7 trillion when George W. Bush left office. Debt per capita is at an all-time-high 189% of per capita income. For the first time the debt exceeds the (GDP) gross domestic product (by 4%). (Read ’em and weep.)
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan pulls out his slide rule to show that discretionary spending, which is the object of the partial government shutdown, will grow by $202 billion in the next decade, a growth rate of 17%. Meanwhile, mandatory spending on entitlements will grow by $1.6 trillion (with a T) — a growth rate of 79%.
I’ve got it, said your blogger, snapping his fingers for emphasis. What better time to start a vast new entitlement!
Today’s read: “When you’ve lost Wolf Blitzer.”
An inconvenient and politically incorrect success story
Is this the Rapture? The Capital Times reports that that amazing cyber success story, Amazon.com, is building a $250 million distribution center in Kenosha that will employ 1,100 workers at good wages.
Honest reporter Mike Ivey quotes the lead local developer as giving due credit to Scott Walker. “The Republican deserves credit for trying to improve the state business climate. [The developer] contrasts that approach with former Gov. Jim Doyle and current Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, both Democrats.”
“Unlike Doyle and Quinn, Gov. Walker has worked hard to create the platform where Wisconsin can be attractive to Fortune 50 companies like Amazon,” he says.
Reaction from the Solidarity Singers has been vicious and voluminous. No good news can be allowed to spoil their tantrum.