The president who speaks (and speaks and speaks).
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Still more, the American people can see that this is not the best time to add another vast entitlement program to those we already have with Medicare and Medicaid — given the vast unfunded liabilities of those two programs.
Ironically, if predictably, the transition from talking about health care to actually doing something has put the president at loggerheads with some of his closest allies. The so-called Obama/Baucus bill would impose a 35% tax on high-dollar, or “Cadillac,” health plans offered by insurers. Who are the biggest holders of these gold-plated plans? As it happens, it is not wealthy individuals, but millions of union workers who have long benefited from a tax code that unfairly exempts their health care benefits from income tax in a way that does not apply to the self-employed and many others who work for small, un-unionized companies. Insurers would have no choice but to pass the cost of higher taxes back to their customers — large companies which would presumably respond by being that much more resistant to union demands for higher wages. Not surprisingly, union bosses are screaming for amendments that would peel back Mr. Obama’s “Cadillac” tax.
Similarly, young people were thrilled by Mr. Obama’s rhetoric during the last election. They were moved by his vague and often platitudinous talk about “change” and “hope.” Now he proposes to force millions of these same young people to buy expensive health insurance plans — in effect, cross-subsidizing the plans held by their parents and grandparents — if anything like the current plan is adopted into law.
The real world — as opposed to the fairy-tale world that occupies the mind of Shakespeare’s incorrigible advice giver — is one of hard choices and trade-offs, made in the recognition of limitations in human knowledge, wisdom and resources. It is not a world that is easily transformed by mere speechifying.
But there is one piece of advice that the president would be wise to heed. As Polonius said, he should remember that “Brevity is the soul of wit.”
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?
H/T to National Review Online