20 November 2013

Listening to The Morning Briefing on SiriusXM POTUS Radio this morning, we heard Tim Farley interview Representative Cory Gardner about healthcare. Congressman Gardner represents Colorado’s Fourth District.

Among several points related to limitations of the Affordable Care Act, Congressman Gardner said that the states could do a better job when it comes to managing their citizens’ healthcare insurance. Congressman Gardner said, for example, that it would be beneficial if insurance policies would be sold across state lines.

Mr. Farley followed up the Congressman’s comment about inter-state insurance with the kind of incisive question for which Tim Farley and The Morning Briefing have become known. Here, Mr. Farley asked about challenges that might derive from differences between the states, where each state has its own set of  insurance laws.

The Congressman’s answer caught our interest.
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According to Congressman Gardner, the states could work together to overcome such limitations. His idea is that the states could form agreements or alliances among themselves. This way, different insurance regulations at the level of the individual states would not cause problems among the allied states.

The advantage of this, per Congressman Gardner’s view, would be that, in using such cooperative arrangements, the states could work together to solve insurance challenges, without being forced to suffer from national intervention with our healthcare insurance.

That’s an interesting idea. One wonders that the Founding Fathers didn’t think of it.
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The Idea Highlights a Key Difference between the GOP and the Democrats. Of course, where the Democrats come from, such an organization of alliances to provide for the common good among the several states already exists.

It’s the Federal Government.

Regards,
(($; -)}
Gozo!

@GozoTweets

The Republican Ideology, as currently configured, has stood up to be tested for the past thirty-two years.

It has failed miserably.
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The Apparent Cause of Republican failure is projection.

Most of what the Right perceives in the Left is actually its own reflection.
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Best Case in Point: the Romney campaign disbelieved Obama-leaning poll numbers because the Republicans thought that the Democrats were skewing the numbers.

Instead, it was the Romney campaign doing the skewing. And thus were their errors worsened, and their trend toward loss made stronger.
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Likewise, This Conservative Ideology—that the Democrats are the party of entitlement. Those of us on the outside of the whole thing see how much it is the Right that wallows in its sense of entitlement.

Such as wondering how they could have possibly lost the election, when their policies and practices led America into the mess, and then they scared much of the American electorate away.
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Karl Rove Accuses the Democrats of winning the election by scaring voters off of the Republican Party. We on the outside see this as ridiculous, of course: the Republican policies and principles are their own  policies and principles. Though some elements are often projected on others, yet do they often state these other ideological elements themselves.

And who more than Karl Rove has thrived, politically, on the promulgation of fear?

The whole ideology of the Republican Party is based on fear—gun-bearing thuggery; misogyny; aliens; welfare abuse; voter fraud; wealth-ravaging inflation; me-first healthcare access; other languages, other faiths, and other cultures—here in “the home of the brave.”
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To “Blame the Messenger”—who helps communicate the anti-immigrant, anti-choice, anti-voting, anti-poor Right Wing planks—exemplifies the Republican culture of entitlement.

And of projection.

Regards,
(($; -)}
Gozo!

@GozoTweets

 22 April 2012

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Democrats keep reaching for the rake of government. Republicans keep pushing it away. Meanwhile, who’ll tend garden & clean up the mess?
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Regards,
(($; -)}
Gozo!

@GozoTweets

 7 April 2012

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Mitt Romney was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Democrats often recognize their own silver-spoon blessings. Republicans: usually not.
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Regards,
(($; -)}
Gozo!

@GozoTweets

“During Bush Presidency, Current GOP Leaders Voted 19 Times To Increase Debt Limit By $4 Trillion Without Asking for Anything to Reduce the Deficit”
While it may be true that both parties, Republican and Democratic, have their share of hypocrites, it is hard to argue with the premise that Democrats govern in pursuit of the COMMON good, while Republicans govern in the belief that what’s good for them INDIVIDUALLY is good for all.

Thus, it makes sense that GOP leaders vote to increase national debt and deficit spending when they control the purse strings. If it’s good for them, it must be good for America.

Look at the debt that President Reagan left America: we were convinced that it would impoverish our grandchildren. But soon we had a surplus—and now the Republicans lay that debt-and-deficit blame on the Democrats.
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You can’t always “grow” your way out of debt, as the U.S. did during the Clinton years. You can’t always “cut” your way out of debt, either. And if you always confuse “spending” with “investing” (as Republican politicians do) then you’re really selling American ingenuity short.

Meanwhile, those of us with wealth are squirreling it safely away, rather than this Republican fantasy of “creating jobs.” While those of us without wealth are barely getting by, and spending as little as possible. (Keep in mind that it was the Reagan Administration that both reined in inflation AND put homeless people on the streets of America for the first time in generations.)

When the citizens aren’t investing (the wealthy) or spending (the poor), that’s when government’s role kicks into gear. Government is the combined power of the people: it’s job is to do what we cannot, whether it comes to waging war, or to investing in infrastructure and new technology.

You may not like the idea of how government “investment” in research and infrastructure builds America. But it wasn’t private industry that built the transcontinental railroad or put Americans on the moon. Sometimes you just need to let go of your ideology. Or be destroyed by it.

Your choice, fellow Americans.

Regards,
(($;-)}
Gozo!