No, for me, it is the recklessness of the way Congress acted here â" with utter disregard to the ultimate consequences of what it was doing â" that is the story. Purely on account of partisan politics, Congress got good and liquored up, went out and got in the car, and sped down the highway at 90 mph, consequences be damned.
Which is why I think Levin's The Liberty Amendments is a fine going-in position. And to you jackwagons who think that I, and other reform-minded Americans, are somehow insincere, lying, duped, or otherwise duplicitous: fall off the planet.
Why is the Obamacare Rollout Failing?
Why, itâ(TM)s obviously because President Barack Obama and his top aides hate government, and therefore canâ(TM)t be trusted to run a major government program. When the government is run by political forces committed to the belief that government is always the problem, never the solution, that belief tends to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Key priorities are neglected; key functions are privatized; and key people, the competent public servants who make government work, either leave or are driven out. What we really need is a government that works, because itâ(TM)s run by people who understand that sometimes government is the solution, after all.
Read the whole thing, which evolves into a poke at that rodeo Eclownomist, Paul Krugman.
For my humor-impaired buddy, damn_registrars.
But at least we all have a moment of clarity. The GOP is not, in any meaningful sense, a conservative, first-principles, Constitutionalist party â" and unless itâ(TM)s subsumed by the Tea Party, it never will be. Rather, itâ(TM)s content to be the lesser half of the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party as long as it can collect some of the pork scraps from underneath the table of the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Government. No wonder they keep losing â" they like it.
The recent unpleasantness has helped the GOP elite be perfectly clear.
Saving General Motors from bankruptcy was among President Obamaâ(TM)s most frequently cited achievements when he ran for re-election last year. Democrats everywhere touted the companyâ(TM)s revival as proof of the 2009 bailoutâ(TM)s wisdom. That was then. Now, Obama has quietly released the auto manufacturer from a bailout requirement that it increase its production in the U.S. Instead, GM is spending billions of dollars building up its production capacity in
This is happening despite the fact that the Treasury Department has to date recovered just $36 billion of its original $51 billion loan to GM. By most analystsâ(TM) predictions, American taxpayers will be out approximately $10 billion when the remaining stock is sold off. Which is a long way of saying that it now appears that taxpayers paid $10 billion to make it easier for GM to accelerate its foreign outsourcing and send more manufacturing jobs to China.
Sweet, sweet Detroit end state.
But I'm confident that our idiot electorate will look at a sane candidate in 2016, and vote for Benghazi Jezebel.
"The debt ceiling has never not been raised, so there is no debt ceiling," Coburn said on CNN's "New Day."
"And by having a debt ceiling and then raising it every time, it allows the politicians off the hook for making the hard choices. Iâ(TM)d rather have a managed catastrophe now, which I donâ(TM)t think will be there."
So I guess we just have to pass the debt ceiling to see what's in it.
When the parade of horribles does/doesn't show, I hope that both parties step up to the plate and, you know, negotiate.
The person who's taking you to lunch has no intention of paying.