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    Squeezing Soap From Obamacare’s Sponge Is Not Enough

    Squeezing Soap From Obamacare’s Sponge Is Not Enough

    The award for the “Least Likely to be True Headline” goes to William Saletan at Slate.com, Pelosi’s Triumph:  Democrats didn’t lose the battle of 2010. They won it.

    But least likely does not mean wrong.

    How could Democrats have won the battle of 2010.  Didn’t we just crush them in the mid-term elections?

    Please focus on the wording Saletan uses.  Democrats won “the battle” of 2010, not necessarily all the battles.  So what was “the battle”?

    Saletan makes a point I have made here many times before.  The real vice (or in Saletan’s view, virtue) of sweeping health care, consumer and financial services legislation passed the past 18 months is that Obama has put in place a legislative superstructure which covers much of the economy. 

    If not a single new piece of social legislation is passed due to the takeover of the House of Representatives by Republicans, Obama gets two years to fill in this legislative superstructure through regulation and executive branch policy.

    Saletan sums up the triumph (emphasis mine):

    A party that loses a House seat can win it back two years later, as Republicans just proved. But a party that loses a legislative fight against a middle-class health care entitlement never restores the old order…. It’s a huge structural change in the relationship between the public, the economy, and the government.

    Politicians have tried and failed for decades to enact universal health care. This time, they succeeded. In 2008, Democrats won the presidency and both houses of Congress, and by the thinnest of margins, they rammed a bill through. They weren’t going to get another opportunity for a very long time. It cost them their majority, and it was worth it.

    And that’s not counting financial regulation, economic stimulus, college lending reform, and all the other bills that became law under Pelosi. So spare me the tears and gloating about her so-called failure….Democrats didn’t lose the most important battle of 2010. They won it.

    The mid-term elections were a massive blow to the Democratic Party, one which will be felt for multiple election cycles.  But 2010 was a good year for the ideology of government expansion, even if it left several dozen Democratic congressman and senators politically dead.  They were sacrificed for the greater cause.

    Which is why 2012 counts so much.  The House will spend the next two years trying to squeeze soap from Obama’s legislative sponge through the power of the purse.  But as everyone knows, it is all but impossible to get all the soap out of the sponge.

    We need to repeal and replace.  Not just Obamacare, but Obama in 2012. 

    And not just Obama, but Democratic control of the Senate. 

    And not just Democratic control of the Senate, but also Republicans in the Senate or running for Senate who are unwilling to throw out the sponge.

    Update 11-7-2012:  Via The New York Times, G.O.P. Plans to Use Purse Strings to Fight Health Law

    Given their slim majority, Senate Democrats must stick together if they want to avoid sending Mr. Obama spending bills and other legislation that he would feel compelled to veto, setting up the prospect of a broader deadlock and, in an extreme situation, a government shutdown.

    Pass the bill and make Democratic Senators, many of whom are up for reelection, vote against it.  It really is that simple.

    See also Glenn Reynolds, Republicans should seek clarity by listening to voters:

    With the deficit and the debt ballooning, with the economy remaining in the tank, and with tough choices on the horizon, what Americans need more than anything is clarity about what those choices involve, about who is making them, and about who is avoiding them

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    Exactly right. It's one of the most important aspects about the "new" Democratic party that everyone ignores. They have a long term plan and their tactics don't require that they be in power. FDR did most of his damage in a short amount of time. So did Johnson. So did Carter. As soon as they get in , they put in place game-changing anti-democratic superstructure that the "new" spineless and corrupt Republican party (Assistant Democrats) then modifies and "perfects".

    It's time to rip these programs out by the roots and go back to basics. But I have serious doubts that even the most strident of us are willing to make the sacrifices required to wean ourselves from the nanny state. Living "beyond our means" means we can't afford something. Cutting national spending is not different. If it doesn't make sense on the micro level, it doesn't make sense on the macro level either.

    Let's get back to living within our means and get it behind us. We'll be much stronger as a nation for it. We will have found our character again. If we are so superior to France, it's time that we prove it because we are in denial if we think we are much different these days.

    I wonder if the DEM martyrs will get 72 virgins?;-)

    They can have the battle of 2010, as long as we win the war — whenever it ends.

    BTW, in the context of this blog post, that the number one priority for Republicans is to remove Obama is utter nonsense, especially coming from the mouth of McConnell. The number one priority of Republicans is remove their corrupt leadership that is still beholden to the same interests that backed Bush and Obama in bringing us to this precipice in the first place.

    Like it or not, we conservatives are now at war with the entire establishment including the GOP establishment which is again telling us "radicals" that we have to hold our noses and accept the lesser of two evils. This is what Obamanation looks like in slow motion. It's called Bushnation. RINO-nation.

    When you are on the wrong track and see a bright beacon coming your way, it's not about how fast you're going, it's about getting off of that track and finding that track that will take us where we want to go. This GOP is not interested in finding another track.

    So says, minus the 'le', Satan of Slate:

    "But a party (R) that loses a legislative fight against a middle-class health care entitlement never restores the old order…. It's a huge structural change in the relationship between the public, the economy, and the government."

    "Politicians have tried and failed for decades to enact universal health care. It cost them their majority, and it was worth it."

    Yes, Sa(-le)tan, you've got it right, except for the new order part. Your on the wrong side as usual.


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