21 Jan 2010

Democrat Despair

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A democrat senate staffer sent Josh Marshall an email describing the impact on the majority party in Congress of the Massachusetts special election result.

The worst is that I can’t help but feel like the main emotion people in the caucus are feeling is relief at this turn of events. Now they have a ready excuse for not getting anything done. While I always thought we had the better ideas but the weaker messaging, it feels like somewhere along the line Members internalized a belief that we actually have weaker ideas. They’re afraid to actually implement them and face the judgement of the voters. That’s the scariest dynamic and what makes me think this will all come crashing down around us in November.

Of course, theirs are the weaker ideas.

The health care bill was always unaffordable, and always represented an entitlement giveaway certain to increase demand for services dramatically, resulting inevitably in rationed services making health care less available to most Americans in the future.

How mysterious that Americans are not absolutely delighted by the opportunity to bankrupt the country by a process allowing most of us to pay more and get less.

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I think you have to understand that most Democrats and many Republicans have a teenager’s understanding of economics. Someone else provides all of the money. They may have a vague understanding of how that happens, but it’s really immaterial. What really matters is how that money is distributed and spent in the household. Spending should be decided by who has the best ideas and can build the most compelling and tearful stories — but Dad, EVERYONE has a bigger allowance than I do. It’s not FAIR!
No thought is given to how any of these things might affect Dad’s ability or willingness to bring in more money or what might happen if he were to get sick or lose his job. Because, well, that’s HIS responsibility to us. Our job is to fight for the best way to spend it for him.


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