March 29, 2010
So who, really opposes healthcare for children and ensuring that families with pre-existing conditions are not prevented from care? Not many and certainly not me. However, the fact that these examples were used to ram through the largest government takeover of a section of the economy with no true accounting of the cost — KILLS me.
Shame on Republicans who were in control years ago and didn’t deal with some of the real issues — spiraling costs, the need for tort reform, testing of new ideas like buying across state lines – that could have helped address some very real deficits in the system. And now we pay for it. We’ve been bludgeoned with the hammer of government takeover, the consequences of which we probably can’t even comprehend yet, not only fiscally but in the way our healthcare will change and ultimately, be rationed.
At the end of the day… how can we afford this? Leave it to Robert Samuelson to paint the stark budget reality picture. Bottom line: we can’t. Unless, of course you see Charles Krauthammer’s prediction — that the only way the President will really be able to ensure a windfall of cash into federal coffers — the Value Added Tax.
Is there anyone who still believes the “we won’t raise your taxes one dime” claim?
January 31, 2009
One of my favorite blogs out there is Motherlode at the New York Times, by Lisa Belkin. She keeps it simple but seems to be able to weave significance, pop culture, and every day honesty into her posts. There are a few I’ve really liked recently about keeping kids home from school (or awake past bedtime) for significance sake. She did one back in November around summer’s highlights, including the conventions…
Seems the timing for doing the same thing with my little ones was upon us this month when we escaped the mayhem of the city and instead decided to stay home from school at Nana and PopPop’s house to witness our nation’s historic transfer of power, the Inauguration of Barack Obama. Being little, my munchkins preferred playing with their barbies and cars instead of listening to a swearing in, but I forced them to pose, flags in hand, in front of the TV so that I had something to remember and show them later. The best picture really ended up being when Aretha Franklin, big grey hat ‘n all, was about to sing.