Republican leadership: unlikely. Painting an Obama picture. An invidious comparison. Plus more.
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Maybe it will take some of Obama’s lawyer friends to be killed by these bastards before he really does something final, although I doubt it.
He likes words and thinks in terms of criminals, jail, and how others feel about us Americans…and Jews perhaps.
My generation intends to talk our enemies to death first, fight last…and others are to do the fighting, not them!
Narcissists: Why don’t we just gather them up from all sides of
this conflict and let’m go at each other!
— R. Philips
SINGLE VOTE FOR SINGLE-PAYER
Re: Peter Ferrara’s Barack Obama’s Health Care Lies:
Health care delivery in the country is so complicated that a single article gives too little space to actually explain it. But for your sake and for the sake of our readers, I will take on a few points so that you may understand some important points about the McCain plan and what it cannot do.
To begin with, we have a healthcare system that is essentially licensed and regulated at the state level. That means that from hospitals to insurance plans, benefits and health tax credits, they are currently negotiated by state-level legislation and ultimately oversight. That means, then, that any attempt to purchase an insurance plan in one state and use it in another is currently unenforceable. For example, if you purchase a series of benefits in Idaho for a more expensive state like Virginia and try to make it work, there is no agency that is currently legitimated to help you. Neither can the federal government grant any powers, for example, for the plan benefits manager from Idaho to give you the generous benefit in the state of Virginia.
Second, the way things stand; $5000 won’t cover the premium costs for a family plan. Since the average payments hover at around $300 per month — that doesn’t cover usage but straight premiums, the $5000 for families and the $2500 for singletons come up short. I understand Mr. McCain’s desire to sound like a reformer. But saying something and developing a workable policy are two very different things.
The truth is that a single-layer policy with low overhead costs,
where 90% of the treatment dollar goes to actual healthcare, is
the only viable option. But that is another letter.
— Judith V. Lelchook, MHA Tulane ‘99
PhD, health policy analysis, 2010
CONGRESS IS ALWAYS RESPONSIBLE
Re: Ben Stein’s Nice Work, Mr. Paulson:
How can Ben Stein say Congress is not responsible for the bailout? Congress has failed to do its oversight; that’s a big part of its job. They should have seen this coming. They have allowed Bush power he shouldn’t have. They have listened to lobbyists instead of the people. They have been negligent. They don’t read the bills and they make some bills so large and cumbersome it’s a challenge to read them.
They don’t listen. They don’t hold anyone accountable because they don’t want to be held accountable for their shoddy work. They take money and perks for their votes. They put special interests above the interests of the nation as a whole.
Again — how can Ben Stein say Congress is not accountable, not
— Sharleen Nicholson
ASK AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE
Re: Jay Molyneaux’s letter (under “Blue Test”) in Reader Mail’s Dreams From my Predecessor:
Mr. Jay Molyneaux’s questions which party runs the states with considerable deficits, bankrupt cities and the worst schools. Although it is not proper to answer a question with another question, in this case I will make an exception.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?