The choice and the contrast in health care.
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Implementing these reforms in Medicare can have the effect of lowering health care costs for everyone; and that’s the answer to the question, “What comes next?”
Our budget shows there are leaders in Washington committed to building on this bipartisan consensus for patient-centered reform. It shows how we can increase affordability for everyone, while preventing government debt from threatening the health security of seniors and the economic security of all Americans.
Putting our trust in the American people—and this goes beyond health care—is what our budget is all about.
We get government bureaucrats out of the business of picking winners and losers in health care and other critical sectors of the economy. Instead, we trust the American people to make their own decisions about what kind of cars to drive or what light bulbs to use.
We give power over safety-net programs to the states, and tell governments that are closest to the people: We trust you can do a better job than the federal government designing these programs so that they actually meet the unique needs of each community.
We lower tax rates by closing special interest loopholes, making clear Washington doesn’t need to micromanage people’s decisions through the tax code. We let hardworking taxpayers keep more of their hard-earned dollars, and trust them to decide how to spend it.
It is so rare in American politics to arrive at a moment in which the debate revolves around the fundamental nature of American democracy and the social contract. But that is where we are.
The President’s approach gives more power to unelected bureaucrats, takes more from hardworking taxpayers, and commits our great nation to a future of debt, doubt, and decline. This approach is proving unworkable—in our Congress, in our courts, and in our communities.
The contrast between the President’s approach and ours could not be clearer. We put our trust in citizens, not government. Our budget returns power to individuals, to families, and to communities.
The Path to Prosperity represents a vote of confidence in the American experiment. Putting our trust in the American people will hopefully renew their trust in us. Americans should control their destinies—and we trust them make the right choice about the future of our country.
America is on the wrong track, and the President’s approach is bringing us toward a debt crisis and a welfare state in decline. As leaders, it is our obligation to offer the nation a better way forward, and we have. We are offering the nation the opportunity to realize a brighter and more prosperous future, in a way that’s consistent with our founding values. And we do so with confidence that, as they have countless times since our nation’s founding, the American people will make the right choice and preserve the American Idea for generations to come.
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.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?