After we pass the “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act” Can We Then Pass The
“Repealing the Job-Killing Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act Law”?
But, IYAR, I guess, you just choose not to believe inconvenient news.
Or you get all hot and bothered over the fact that repeal would ZOMG!! reduce spending!! And that deficit reduction thingie? It comes from bad things like increasing taxes on corporations and the wealthy. Can’t have that. No indeed.
Even if, as Steve M points out, the incentives in the law for small businesses to provide health insurance coverage are actually working, health care reform is still a bad thing. As Steve points out:
Do right-wingers want to increase health care access? No. Do they want to reduce the deficit? No. Do they want to protect well-off people and big corporations from any tax increase for any reason, ever? Yup.
And is it more important to them to scream about “killing jobs” than to care about killing, through lack of access to affordable health care, actual people? Again, yup.
All together now: THANKS, PROGRESSIVES!
Posted by marindenver on 01/07/11 at 07:55 PM • Permalink
This “thanks progressives” meme you all have going on here at RR is getting kind of old. It’s also pretty silly since there isn’t some group of progressives somewhere that got together and derailed the Dems. The Dems lost the last election in large part because their voters stayed home. Staying home is the default position for the vast majority of voters. It does no good to bitch at voters for staying home. This was a failure of the Obama Administration and the Dem. Party to do their jobs to inspire, enthuse and motivate their base.
It is possible to do that without giving the base everything they want. In fact, if you do it right, your base will even eat the occasional shit sandwich. This admin has failed miserably at the care and feeding of their base. While there haven’t been a lot of out and out shit sandwiches, everything this admin serves up is covered in a little shit gravy or has a side of shit fries. And served not with a smile but a snarl. After a while, it’s not surprising that people lose interest.
My bet is that if he continues down this path of preemptive acquiescence to the GOP in hopes of being first to the center and first in the hearts of the precious independent voters, he will likely have a damaging primary challenge but will be a one term president regardless. I fervently hope that is not the case. I also fervently hope that he stops this “let me compromise first” thing he’s got going on.
I am not optimistic about either hope.
If the 2008 base staying at home was to blame, how come the only groups where the Dems gained in 2010 were among liberals and Democrats, and the lowest loss was among African-Americans? If liberals and African-Americans, and more specifically Democrats more widely, aren’t the base, then who is? Unless, of course, ‘the base’ suddenly = the loudest, most ideologically pure wing of your party.
Also, youth turnout was ‘typical for a midterm year’. If anyone’s likely to stay home in a strop because Obama didn’t suddenly reshape America, it’s probably young people.
Comment by Foregone Conclusion on 01/08/11 at 01:04 PM
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