What is the Republican healthcare plan? Which is a good question because they do not seem to have one that not only unifies the entire party. But something that would be popular with the country at large and to be completely honest neither do the Democrats. The ACA is still unpopular as a whole three years later even though certain aspects of it are very popular. Sure there are Republicans who have their own healthcare plans and Republican groups that have. Their own healthcare plans like the Neoconservative Heritage Foundation. Which tells me that the Republican healthcare plan, if there actually is one. Is to first repeal the Affordable Care Act and then replace it with the old healthcare system pre 2010. That left roughly fifty-million Americans without health insurance. And perhaps strip more regulations from the healthcare system and give more power to corporations over individuals as far as. Who can have health insurance and for how long which is why they do not want to propose that. Because of how unpopular it would be.
Archive for July, 2013
To talk about John McCain is a little difficult for me which is the only thing that I do not respect about a man. Who otherwise I consider to be a great public servant and what I mean about that is that there are more than one John McCain. It’s not so much that he’s a flip flopper because he’s his positions are very clear over the years and today. But there is hard-core Reagan-Conservative John McCain whose a maverick in the sense that he’ll take on. The Far-Right in the Republican Party when they go too far and make Conservatism and Republicans look bad. But then there’s the Republican-partisan John McCain that we saw in the last Congress just after he lost the 2008 presidential election to Barack Obama. And after Senator McCain lost the presidential election he just happened to up for reelection in 2010. At the height of the Tea Party a group that didn’t see Senator McCain far enough to the right for them. So in the last Congress Senator McCain was out to prove he was as partisan as any Republican in Congress. And deserved to be reelected to the U.S. Senate as a result. So there’s the Conservative public servant McCain and the partisan stop Democrats at any cost. McCain and so far in this Congress the maverick hard-core Reagan-Conservative McCain has return.
Senator John Stennis talking about the relationship between Congress and the Presidency in the 1950s. A subject that will always be debated in this country.
Posted in Big Government, tagged Abortion, Abortion Rights, Big Government, Far Right, Nanny State, North Dakota, North Dakota's Abortion Law, Reproductive Rights, Sam Seder, The Majority Report on July 23, 2013| Leave a Comment »
I don’t love it, but I do find it amusing, even sadly so when I hear people who call themselves fiscal Conservatives, who claim government is too big and spends too much money. And yet they spend taxpayer dollars on bills that if they don’t know that they’ll get thrown out on constitutional grounds, their lawyers at the very least are smart enough to know that. And yet taxpayers still have to pay for the costs of them writing their bills and paying for staff’s work and everything else. North Dakota and their anti-abortion bill, that bans abortion after six-weeks of pregnancy, is a perfect example of that.
If you can forget about the unconstitutionality and big government aspects of the bill, with the state stepping in to make health care decision for competent women, you can also dislike the bill for the waste of tax dollars that come with it. Money that could be used to pay for schools, roads, hospitals, law enforcement, jails, prisons, or lowering property taxes. Is being spent to pass a bill that will eventually get thrown out. And that is before you add up the costs of what it will take to defend the unconstitutional law in the first place. But this politics and politicians don’t take positions too many times to be consistent and accurate. But to meet short-term political goals.
Posted in Classical Liberalism, tagged America, American Liberalism, American Liberals, Bruce Bartlett, Center-Left, Economic Freedom, Founding Fathers, Individual Freedom, Individual Rights, Liberalism, Liberals, Limited Government, New Democrats, Personal Freedom, Personal Responsibility, U.S. Constitution, United States on July 20, 2013| Leave a Comment »
Before you discuss liberalism I think you first need to know what you are talking about. Because generally speaking Liberals in America tend to be stereotyped as being in favor of big government and higher taxes, centralization of government, they worship the Federal Government, Federal control, anti-success, anti-wealthy, anti-business and at times today even anti-capitalism. As well as being anti-military, anti-law-enforcement and today even not liking Caucasians and perhaps men in general. Want the Federal Government to run our lives for us and anti-America as well. And if I didn’t know any better when I hear a lot of Americans who are either very partisan on the Right or are ignorant about liberalism, I would have to assume that they are talking about Communists or at least Social Democrats that are common in Europe. And that it is the Conservatives who are in favor of capitalism, low taxes, economic freedom, limited government, strong defense, protecting the streets and so-forth.
I just laid out what liberalism isn’t and before I layout what liberalism is, I just want to point out that the fact it is both Liberals and Conservatives believe in capitalism. Both Liberals and Conservatives believe in a strong defense and are in favor of effective law enforcement. As long as it is consistent with our civil liberties. Both Liberals believe in limited government even at the Federal level. Both Liberals and Conservatives believe in low taxes at least for middle class workers and both Liberals and Conservatives love America. Want Americans to succeed and be able to do well in life on their own and not be dependent on public assistance. I’ve said this before, but it’s not so much that Liberals and Conservatives differ as far as who believes in freedom and who doesn’t and loves America and who doesn’t, because both factions believe in the same things. But we tend to differ on how to accomplish those things. Rather us differing on whether we should have freedom or not. Whether America is a great country or not and or whether we should have a limited government or a big expansionist government with no ends and limitations.
So if you are a Liberal you believe in freedom both personal and economic but that freedom should apply to everyone. Not just a privilege few and that we should all have the freedom to live our own lives and be able to take care of ourselves and not be dependent on government to take care of us. But where government comes in is to see that all Americans have those opportunities to be successful in life. And that gets to education, job training for low-skilled workers and unemployed adults. And effective and understandable regulatory system that protects workers, consumers and even employers from unfair practices by others. And that we all pay our fair share of taxes, but not to the point that it discourages us from living in freedom and having to live off of government. But just to the point that it funds the limited government that we need. To do the things that we need government to do for us.
And the reason why I believe that liberalism is on the way up or as Bruce Bartlett puts it, ‘The coming revival of Liberalism’, is because Americans tend to believe in these things. Both economic and personal freedom. Which is why high taxes and big government are still unpopular in America, but big government across the board is unpopular. That Americans tend to want both their economic and personal freedom. As we are now seeing with the unpopularity of the War on Drugs, War on Terror, gay marriage on the rise, legalization of marijuana coming to a state near you, as well as gambling. And this is something that Republicans have to be aware of and successfully deal with if they are going to have any power in the future at. Least at the Federal level and not become a long-term opposition-minority-party.
No Labels: Members of Congress Have a Plan to Make Government Work!: How to Make the Federal Government More Effective & Efficient
Posted in Fiscal Responsibility, tagged Government Accountability, Government Efficiency, United States Congress, United States Government, United States House of Representatives, United States Senate on July 19, 2013| Leave a Comment »
Libertarian economics professor Milton Friedman said and I’m paraphrasing. That he didn’t want a more efficient government because than the people would want more government. And we would have more government programs and have higher taxes. He makes a good point that one way to limit government is to have so much waste that voters won’t want to pay for more. Government but the problem is the tax payers pay for that government waste and get stuck with a lot of government programs. That do not work or are ineffective, not doing what they are supposed to be doing or are duplicative. Meaning those programs already exist and tax payers get stuck paying for both programs that are supposed to do the same thing. So instead of government waste, lets limit government especially at the Federal level to only doing. What we need it to do and pass the rest of the power to the states and locals. As well as the private sector including individuals.
You want government to work better. Than you must have a more limited government and get more power out of Washington so you have fewer people coming to Washington selling. Members of Congress their pet ideas and new programs that costs tax payers money. And as a result you would have less lobbyists in Washington because lobbyists got to where the power is. And I’m not talking about gutting social programs and forcing people in need to fend for themselves. Or sending power out of Washington and not expecting anything in return. But sending the safety-net home after it is reformed to empower mentally and physically able body adults. Who need that public assistance to survive to get themselves the skills that they need to become. Self-sufficient though things like education, job-training and job-placement. So you have fewer people on public assistance and fewer people on public assistance for long periods of. Time and more people working good jobs and taking care of themselves. The states and locals would serve as the directors of these programs while the Feds would serve as the regulator. To see what is working and not working and suggest things to make programs work better.
But to state the obvious the safety-net is not the only thing that needs to be reformed in Washington. We have a bloated defense budget that requires American tax payers to not only finance our own national defense. But for the national defense of other developed countries around the world. So we need to either stop doing that and demand that developed countries defend themselves because we are pulling out. Which is what I want to do or demand that these countries pay us full cost the costs of defending them. As well as reforming the contracting processes in the defense budget so tax payers are only paying for the equipment that we need. To defend ourselves well rather than buying things because it creates jobs in some representative or senators home district or state. That means giving the Pentagon and President more authority over the defense budget.
You want more power to the people and less power for big interests corporate, labor and others especially lobbyists. Then you need a smaller more efficient tax code and you pass my government reform plan we would need a much smaller tax code. As far as the money that we would need to finance the new Federal Government. And that means basically ripping up the current tax code including the income tax. Ripping up most of the tax subsidies and only leaving in the ones that we should have. Like college affordability, the Earn Income Tax Credit, charitable giving and a few others. But eliminate most of the waste in the tax code and move to what I call a Progressive Consumption Tax. Tax people based on what they consume from society rather than what they produce for society. And make it Progressive because we would tax basic necessities that people need to live well. Like food and housing to use as example at fairly low rates. While taxing luxury items like luxury cars, second homes, luxury homes to use as examples at higher rates.
The main reason why the United States Government doesn’t work as well as it should. Because it simply has too much power and responsibility. Not because the civil service are bad, lazy, corrupt people which isn’t true for the most part but because they have too much power and. To much responsibility on their hands. Which is why we have so many lobbyists in Washington lobbying Congress and the White House. So what we should do instead is limit the Federal Government to only doing the things that we need it to do. And get the rest of the power out of Washington and the Federal Government.