Friday, 12/25/09, Public Square

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10 responses to “Friday, 12/25/09, Public Square

  1. An op-ed piece that asks us to put health-care reform in some historical perspective.

    “Profiles in Cowardice

    After the last insult had been spat from the Senate floor, after final passage of a legislative attempt to do something significant in this messy democracy, a leading voice of the opposition made a public prediction:

    “People will be hunting Democrats with dogs,” said Senator Phil Gramm of Texas.

    This was 1993, in the fragile first year of Bill Clinton’s presidency, on a vote to raise taxes for the wealthiest 1.2 percent and cut them for the poor and small businesses. That budget bill passed without a single Republican vote.

    What followed was the greatest period of peacetime prosperity in modern times, a budget surplus of $559 billion and a president who left office with an approval rating of 66 percent — the highest of any since World War II. But first, some Democrats were indeed hunted, particularly in the South, which has been cleansing itself of the party since the Civil Rights era.

    Gramm went on to deregulate the banking industry, setting the stage for a binge of economic nihilism that nearly brought down the world economy.”

    continue reading —

    • And Clinton signed it and the Blue Dogs were behind it. This is not a Democrat v. Republican political world. There is plenty of blame to go around and plenty of larceny, fraud and thievery going on in both parties.

      We have to begin to think people vs. corrupt government instead of Republican v Democrat or this country is completely screwed.

  2. This article is worth a read, and the author’s opinion concludes —

    “The question, to return to Kristol’s terms of analysis, is what it will mean politically. Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) told ABC News, “I think it’s going to be a historic mistake for the country if this is what happens to health care,” said Barrasso. “Now, as you know, the changes don’t actually go into place until four years from now, so people aren’t going to be able to see immediately what the problems are. But they are going to notice the cuts in Medicare and, specifically, the increased taxes which go into effect the day that this bill is signed into law.”

    He has a point. And the Democrats’ concession on this point is one, from the standpoint of a political observer, I find most puzzling. Why in the world would they agree to a bill that leaves them vulnerable to the whims of the insurance companies—and Republican rhetoric between now and 2014, when they have to win congressional and presidential elections in 2010 and 2012? How can you sell the benefits if all that people have experienced are the costs?

    You can argue, as American Prospect editor Mark Schmitt does, that it comes down to good government, an aspiration even the most cynical Democrats on occasion find unavoidable. “[T]he bill as it has passed provides the basic components needed to construct a workable system of near-universal health coverage, and all that is outstanding—implementation and legislative improvement—can be accomplished without anyone needing to beg at the feet of a gleefully sneering Joe Lieberman or Ben Nelson.”

    But why then, are (most) Democrats so happy and (all) Republicans so glum this Christmas? My guess is that Democrats are gambling on exactly the same ground that so worried William Kristol 16 years ago. They’ve redefined the playing field of American politics to ground that is inherently favorable to their team. When Americans complain about their health care in the future, are they going to look to the party that wants to do nothing to fix it? No, they’re going to go with the side of political activism and government involvement. The other side, after all, isn’t even in the game. Republicans had their chance and all they could say was “Bah Humbug.”

  3. tosmarttobegop

    My sister ( not blood but might as well be) lives 32 miles from OKC.
    So bad yesterday that the authorities said you could be arrested for driving!
    The order was to stay home and not get out.

    14 inches of snow and gusts to 65 MPH, you could not see the end of your car hood.


    It is said that the Lord covered the surface of the earth with sticker and thorns as punishment for the original sin. I can deal with that but this winter crap is over kill!

    Merry Christmas and be safe.

    • This is the first year that it felt like Christmas to me in a long time. I do love snow, but am willing to admit that this was overkill.

      But that is life in the midwest, is it not? You can’t just have snow, you have to have ice first. And you can’t just have snow, it has to be driven by 50 mph winds.

      Ahhhhh, Kansas!!

    • My son brought a guest with him and she had never visited Kansas (born and raised in Mass). She asked him on the way here if it snows in Kansas. He answered, “Yes, but it doesn’t stay in one place.” Then he went into the description of Kansas winds.

      We had a great morning, are all resting now and preparing for the evening and more fun.

      The kids (they’re in their 30s and 40s) got marshmallow shooters, along with bags of ammunition, from Santa and my house looked like a blizzard! Ginger (my canine friend) found the ones that were overlooked in the hurry to find the ammunition and reload. 🙂

  4. jammer5

    Merry Christmas to everybody. Stay warm and safe.

  5. tosmarttobegop

    Had our family Christmas day diner at the church, LOL it was almost a Family push the cars out of the drift day!. The little side road you have to go to get to the parking lot was snow packed and drifted. There were two types of drives that made it without problems.

    Front wheel drive and the one 4X4, the others barely made it twenty feet before either sliding toward the ditch or stopping all together. I rounded the corner only to find my oldest and his girlfriend sideways in the middle of the road and the rear wheeling kicking up snow.

    After several attempts to get traction I took over the driving and worked the SUV till it was facing down the road. The old man foot is not as heavy and got it into the parking lot.

    Diner went good and lots of small kids to entertain the adults.

    Afterwards went back to our house and exchanged gifts, the highlight was that all males above 6 got a
    “Slang-shot monkey in their stocking, a stuffed monkey that you put your first two fingers into a little pocket on the monkey’s front paws. Pull back on the rear legs and then let fly! As it sails through the air is lets out a monkey scream!

    If you can imagine, for about a minute and a half the air in the front room was full of flying and screaming monkeys! And as you can guess it was the women folk that put a stop to it by pointing out something could be broken. But hey the kids thought it was cool and the adult males had fun!

    • Monkeyhawk

      “…you put your first two fingers into a little pocket on the monkey’s front paws. Pull back on the rear legs and then let fly! As it sails through the air is lets out a monkey scream!”

      I’m callin’ PETA.


    • Flying monkeys at Christmas??!!! Somebody better tell the Wicked Witch that her pets are loose!

      Sounds like a great time!