Posted on | January 1, 2014 | 12 Comments
Thus asserts Micheal Gerson in the WaPoo.
The central problem of Obamacare will not yield to technical or rhetorical solutions. President Obama sold it to Americans as a plan with no losers. But it is a redistribution program, creating both winners and losers. And many of the losers in Obamacare consider themselves middle class. This realization may eventually lead a number of elected Democrats to favor serious revisions.
Two challenges I have with the first sentence in this paragraph:
- That anybody thinks the federal government should have this task at all is nuts. The best defense of ObamaCare is that it was the final step in the lemming march off the cliff of Progress.
- That anybody thinks the government ‘solves’ anything, ever, is daft. Government maintains problems; the actual solutions are in the glove compartment of Godot’s car, which, regrettably, has been delayed.
Progressivism is an old man, stricken with Alzheimer’s, on the cusp of dementia, that cannot grasp the reality of his time having passed. ObamaCare’s swath of economic destruction is going to continue to claim victims. As the year drags on, the employer mandate is going to loom, the Democrats are going to lie, and the codpiece media is going to protect them. Wash, rinse, repeat. That old man isn’t going to the retirement home easily.
The central problem for the GOP is a split political personality. For congressional Republicans, ideological timidity is a reasonable, short-term electoral strategy. For Republicans concerned about retaking the presidency in 2016, it is wholly insufficient. There is an urgent need to reposition the party among minorities, women and the young. Pointing and laughing at the failures of Obamacare will not be a sufficient governing vision.
Gerson has the right of it. That old Progressive coot needs to be put out to pasture. It’s time for reform. The inability to offer something, anything, in the way of reform, I would argue, has been the real driver in depressing conservative turnout in the last two Presidential elections. We need this ObamaCare horse boiled down for glue; the suspicion was that Romney was going to get his veterinarian on.
Don’t stand there holding the coats while the IRS stones the Tea Party, GOP: either
- have your Road to Damascus moment, and get on the reform bandwagon, or
- stand by to join the ObamaCare horse at the glue factory.
Jake Tapper reports that 40k new laws are kicking in today. I know some incumbents needing kicked out in November if that death-by-red-tape situation isn’t improved.