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March 22, 2010
Some Crazy For You

I'm pretty good with the blinkers--seeing only what I want to see, but some Republicans leave me behind.

Mr. Frum mourns the imminent passing of the health care reform bill but maintains that even though Republicans can (and will)( keep voting "no" until the final is signed, they gotta live with it.

Repeal? No, that's not gonna happen. because:

Will they vote to reopen the "doughnut" hole for prescription drugs for seniors? To allow health insurers to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions? To kick millions of people off Medicaid?

No, they will not. Because that would be political suicide.

Boggles the mind. Politically, it's okay to tell lies and mislead people to prevent meaningful reform--they're perfectly happy to vote against people getting coverage, but they lack the balls to take it away later? Where are the principles they pretend they are upholding?

Frum goes on claim that the funding, part of which is in the form of an income tax surtax on the richest percentage of the population will "surely be applied to larger and larger portions of the American population over time" which is too transparent a lie and too self-evidently stupid on too many levels to deal with at the moment.

He is un-crazy ( !! ) in admitting the employer-based health care is ridiculous. (Single payer!)

He is crazy in claiming "businesses with payrolls over $500,000" as "smaller employers" who will be hurt by the requirement they provide employees with healthcare. He even calls it a "small business fine." Crazy.

But, and this is the interesting bit, he goes on to say it's time for Republicans to let go of some of the crazy. ( !! )

I've been on a soapbox for months now about the harm that our overheated talk is doing to us. Yes, it mobilizes supporters -- but by mobilizing them with hysterical accusations and pseudo-information, overheated talk has made it impossible for representatives to represent and elected leaders to lead.

I will leave aside the question of whether or not these people are really your "supporters" if you can only mobilize them by lying about what's going on.

I will even leave aside the blatant and telling assumption that voters are a tool of the Party.

I invite anyone who feels motivated to take on these topics.

Posted by AnneZook at 02:17 PM


It's been fifty years since they had a full-bore apocalyptic meltdown, mostly because they've been in control of one or another branch of government for most of that time. The judiciary is all they've got left, and they've spent so much energy attacking judicial activism (and cloaking their own activism in double-talk like "originalism" and "strict constructionism") that they can't openly admit to the power they have. But they're not getting the other branches back until the tantrum is over.

Posted by: Ahistoricality at March 23, 2010 07:04 AM

Oh, thank you. That was the phrase I couldn't come up with - "strict constructionism" - no matter how much I racked my brain.

I say we don't give them any of the other branches back until they prove they understand that "conservative" is not equal to "wingnut lunatic" but that's just my opinion.

Posted by: Anne at March 28, 2010 09:36 AM