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HillaryCare v2.0

Posted by Richard on September 19, 2007

I haven't read much about Sen. Clinton's grand new health care plan, but lots of people — including Sen. Edwards — seem to think it borrows a lot from HillaryCare '93 and from Sen. Edwards' plan. I wonder if Clinton is on board with Edwards' compulsory doctor visits. Can't you just see the National Health Care Police dragging you off to the clinic and strapping you down on the examining table?

Dan Taylor doesn't think much of HillaryCare:

Here's what this plan is:

  1. It is an alligator that is 6 inches long now that turns into a 24 foot monster that eats you in 15 years because you're late with its dinner.

  2. It is a tax and spend social program that is guaranteed to provide nothing but the continued opportunity to tax and spend. It is Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty with the same chance of victory.

  3. It is an early retirement incentive for 50% of the nation's physicians.

  4. It is a guarantee of health care delivered with the cheerfulness of the Post Office, the regulatory enforcement of the SEC and the sensitivity of The Bureau of Prisons.

  5. It is the last attempt to make into reality a very bad idea in theory. The difference between the idea in theory and the idea in reality is that in reality someone is always accountable.

But Taylor does think the plan has one big benefit:

The bad news is that Hillary announced her HealthCare Initiative. The good news is that it doomed her election chances.

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Posted by Richard on August 16, 2007

Let me see if I've got this right: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the smartest woman in the world, the architect of a comprehensive plan to federally micromanage the entire health care system of the United States, and the daughter-in-law of a registered nurse, followed a nurse around "to see what a nurse does"? Yep, that's the story (emphasis added):

HENDERSON, Nev. – Except for the presidential candidate, newspaper reporters, TV crew and Secret Service agents tracking her every step, it was just another day on the job Monday for Michelle Estrada at St. Rose Dominican Hospital.

The nurse's 12-hour shift at the hospital's Siena campus started as usual at 7 a.m. but at mid-afternoon Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived. The New York senator spent more than two hours shadowing Estrada in the fourth-floor medical/surgical ward before heading to Estrada's home for dinner with her and her three children.
"I'm following Michelle around today to see what a nurse does," Clinton explained to the patient in Room 471.

Jeez, we're still a year from the nominating conventions and it's already necessary to recalibrate the irony meter. 

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It’s not just a Republican war

Posted by Richard on March 28, 2007

At the Hugh Hewitt blog, Dean Barnett went to great pains to explain that MyDD is a responsible liberal blog, not a bunch of "lunatics and sociopaths," and to point out that MyDD is "influential far beyond its rather limited readership numbers." Barnett did so in order to put Ian Welsh's post into perspective.

Welsh chastised Sen. Hillary Clinton for being "pro-war" and for wanting "permanent bases" in Iraq "just as badly as the NeoCons." Barnett was struck by Welsh's reasoning:

Hillary’s purported policy prescriptions strike him as dangerously misguided, but listen why:

“Hillary's a pro-war candidate. And if Democrats nominate her, they will be nominating a pro-war candidate. And then the war will be a fully American war, not just a Republican one.

The last part of that statement, the part I bolded and italicized, is a rather remarkable admission. It’s even more amazing that Welsh makes that comment so casually, apparently unaware of its larger implications.

Almost certainly unwittingly, Welsh has revealed the moral atrophy that so afflicts the left. If you’ve gotten the sense that parts of the left and the Democratic Party are rooting against the war effort, now you know why. In their eyes, it’s not an American war; it’s a Republican one. And since it’s solely a Republican struggle, why not root against it? After all, if it goes poorly, the Democratic Party will surely prosper as a result.

Once again, the MyDD site is nothing like the Huffington Post. It offers mainstream liberal thought, not the addled barking of alienated misfits. And yet the fact that our men and women fighting in Iraq are Americans first, not Republicans or Democrats, seems to be completely beyond their comprehension.

All I can say is, gosh, Dean, does this really surprise you?? It doesn't surprise me at all. It seems to me that even the semi-rational (as opposed to moonbat) elements of the left have believed for some time that (1) 9/11 was a one-time incident, an aberration, (2) we're at war only because the Bush administration chooses to be at war, not because there is an organized enemy waging war against us, and therefore (3) if we simply withdraw our troops from Iraq, we'll no longer be at war.

In my humble opinion, these people are delusional and this is lunacy. But how do we prove that without doing irreparable harm to the cause of freedom and democracy in the Middle East and to our own security?

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Timetables are bad

Posted by Richard on March 15, 2007

At least on one issue, one Republican leader is showing a bit of spine and spunk. Sen. Mitch McConnell, speaking on the Senate floor yesterday, forcefully rejected the Reid Resolution (which calls for troop withdrawals to begin in 4 months, with all combat troops out of Iraq within a year). McConnell reminded the Democrats that they once rejected as foolish the course they now want to impose (emphasis added):

"This is the memo our enemies have been waiting for.

"Osama Bin Laden and his followers have repeatedly said that the U.S. does not have the stomach for a long fight with the terrorists. Passage of the Reid Joint Resolution will be the first concrete sign since Sept. 11, 2001, that he was right on target.

"Timetables are bad. But don't just take my word for it.

"Speaking at the National Press Club in 2005, my good friend the Majority Leader himself said this: ‘As for setting a timeline, as we learned in the Balkans, that's not a wise decision, because it only empowers those who don't want us there, and it doesn't work well to do that.'

"Six months after that, the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Biden, said this: ‘A deadline for pulling out … will only encourage our enemies to wait us out' … it would be ‘a Lebanon in 1985. And God knows where it goes from there.' That was our friend, Joe Biden, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"And three months later, Senator Clinton made the same point when she said, ‘I don't believe it's smart to set a date for withdrawal,' said Senator Clinton. ‘I don't think you should ever telegraph your intentions to the enemy so they can await you.' "That's the Majority Leader, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, and a prominent Democrat presidential candidate.

"Surely Senators Reid, Biden, and Clinton have not changed their minds about who would benefit the most if we set a date certain for withdrawal. They know just as well as I do that this is what the terrorists have been waiting for – and just what our allies in Iraq, and the entire region of the world have feared.

"Setting a date certain for withdrawal will send a chill up the spine of every Iraqi who has dared to stand with America. Millions of good men and women have helped us in this fight. Since we arrived in Iraq, nearly 120,000 Iraqis have volunteered to serve in their army. More than 8,000 Iraqis have died in uniform to defend the fledgling Democracy over there. And recently, in Anbar province, we're told that roughly 1,000 Sunnis volunteered for the police force over a period of a couple weeks.

"These brave men and women, Mr. President, are watching what we do here: They know, as we do, that chaos will engulf Iraq and the rest of the region on that day. They know they and their families will likely face a firing squad soon after we leave. And the message we send them with this resolution is this: good luck. 

Thank you, Sen. McConnell, for reminding your colleagues that there are many, many lives at stake.

If the Democrats have their way on Iraq, not only will U.S. interests and the long-term prospects for world peace be severely damaged, but — just in case it matters to the self-styled humanitarians on the left — there will likely be a bloodbath in Iraq to rival what happened in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge.

Of course, the left pretty much tried to ignore that one, too.

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Geffen changes tune

Posted by Richard on February 22, 2007

Several hundred glitterati attended a fundraiser at the Beverly Hilton Tuesday night to meet Sen. Barack Obama and donate $1.3 million to his presidential campaign. Hollywood mogul David Geffen helped organize the event, and the former big-time Clinton supporter had some rather unkind words for Bill and Hillary:

Geffen also alluded to possible campaign distractions caused by Bill Clinton’s personal life should his wife secure the Democratic nomination, saying, "Everybody in politics lies, but [the Clintons] do it with such ease, it’s troubling."

Now Geffen is troubled by the Clintons’ lying. Funny — it didn’t trouble him when he raised $20 million for Bill and enjoyed sleepovers in the Lincoln bedroom. It didn’t trouble him as long as the lying helped to further his ideological agenda. What a hypocrite! He deserves the infamous Wrath of Hillary, and he’d better hope to God she doesn’t become President. It’s not good to be on her enemies list under any circumstances, but if she had the reins of government in her hands… <shudder>

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Hillary: still zigging and zagging

Posted by Richard on June 1, 2006

Back in December, I commented on Dick Morris’ contention that Hillary Clinton faced the "insoluble dilemma" of trying to appear strong and hawkish on national security without alienating the increasingly anti-war Democratic base. I revised my earlier opinion (that she’d move decisively leftward) and concluded that she’d have to tilt toward the mainstream, not toward the moonbats in her party:

The more I think about it, the more I believe I was wrong, at least in the long run. Hillary may have briefly flirted with moving left on the war, but I think she’s going to decide to remain hawkish, while desperately trying to figure out how to get the nomination without pandering to the anti-war crowd.

New York Democrats just had their convention, and it’s clear that Hillary still faces the same dilemma and is still trying to be on both sides of the war issue:

New York State Democrats who nominated Hillary Clinton to run for a second Senate term on Wednesday closed out their convention by passing a resolution calling the war in Iraq "illegal."

Though media reports insist that Mrs. Clinton remains supportive of the war, Democrats gathered in Buffalo this week were seething with anti-war fever. …

During her acceptance speech, however, the former first lady felt compelled to insert the line: "Stand with me as we put pressure on both the administration and the new Iraqi government to get behind a real plan for the Iraqis to assume a growing responsibility for their own security and safety so that we can begin to bring our troops home."

And what a godawful line it is! How rabid a fan of Hillary would you have to be to cheer such an awkward and mind-numbing call to arms?

The Clinton team managed to prevent Jonathan Tasini, her anti-war challenger, from gettting enough delegate votes to make the primary ballot. But he’s vowed to petition his way onto the ballot, and could still give her heartburn (emphasis added):

A Zogby poll released on Tuesday may explain why Mrs. Clinton is suddenly running away from the war. While 38 percent of New Yorkers in both parties said they’d back Clinton, 32 percent said they’d prefer an openly anti-war candidate like Tasini. 

So I guess she’ll continue to zig and zag — and to utter leaden, soporific, practically content-free statements about the war. Algore is probably loving it.

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