Wednesday December 4, 2013
Trying to change the subject from Obamacare, President Obama opted to give another speech, this time on the economy. Of course, his main interest is raising the minimum wage, something that has considerable support (until the cause-effect scenario plays out - but more on that later). So, in his speech, Obama said the following:
A broad majority of Americans agree we should raise the minimum wage. That's why, last month, voters in New Jersey decided to become the 20th state to raise theirs even higher. That's why, yesterday, the D.C. Council voted to do it, too. I agree with those voters. I agree with those voters, and I'm going to keep pushing until we get a higher minimum wage for hard-working Americans across the entire country. It will be good for our economy. It will be good for our families.
You see, Americans agree that the minimum wage should be increased therefore we should pass it. Obama made a similar argument last week when Senate Democrats eliminated the filibuster rule in unprecedented fashion. If a majority of people want to vote on something, they should be able to. So my suggestion is this: Republicans offer a grand bargain. A grand bargain that give voters two things they want. After all, what voters want is what is most important.
1) Voters want a minimum wage increase. Fine. Done!
but only if....
2) Voters get the other thing they want: Obamacare repealed. They hate it. They think it is a disaster. They want it gone. As President Obama noted, 20 states have voted for a minimum wage increase above the national average. That's important as it apparently means the rate must be raised nationwide. Well even more states oppose Obamacare and have either passed laws against the law or refused to expand certain portions of the law.
Republicans should introduce the "Give the People What They Want Act of 2014" that both raises the minimum wage and repeals Obamacare. Would Democrats dare hold the pay of Americans hostage to the law that only Obama wants? Would Obama deny pay to millions of Americans while also forcing on them a law they don't want?
Is this a serious proposal? It won't happen, but I'd love to see it. Ahead of the 2014 elections, what would be better than to watch red-state Democrats squirm once more as they both refuse to raise the minimum wage in order to continue to support Obamacare, and reaffirm to their voters their support for the law. As far as politics goes: It. Would. Be. Delicious.
Wednesday December 4, 2013
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Saturday November 30, 2013
Sure, "fascism" gets thrown about often, but usually just as an insult against conservatives. Never-mind that fascism has very little in common with right-wing ideologies and plenty in common with left-wing ones.
But there is rarely ever any real conversation about what fascism (as an economic system) is and where it applies in American society. It would seem that Obamacare is the perfect example of a fascist policy. Look at the capitalist, Socialist, and Fascist approaches to healthcare:
Capitalist Free Market Health Industry - This is what conservatives want. A system of choices and options that limits the heavy (and costly) hand of government and gives consumers choices and buying power. The pre-Obamacare health industry was not a good example of this given the already anti-market regulations of the government.
Socialist Health Industry - Ultimately this is what liberals seek. As President Obama has noted, single-payer is the goal and Obamacare is just the first step towards that goal. This is undoubtedly a socialist goal. But this is not what Obamacare currently is, given that private insurers and private health professionals are still in existence.
Fascist Health Industry - What is economic fascism? A deeper definition is here, but it is essentially where the industry is privately-owned but controlled in nearly every facet by a centralized authoritarian government. What better defines Obamacare? There are private insurers, but they are being told what plans they can offer, who they can offer them to, and what specific items people must buy or must be covered for. Individuals are forced to participate in the national program that is dictated by the federal government and somewhat "owned" by private individuals. And like with economic fascism, those who will do best in the private industry are likely those that decide to play along with the totalitarian regime... err, federal government. Pharmaceutical companies have been mostly silent. Want to guess why?
The term fascist is rarely discussed in a serious manner. It's usually just something not ironically screamed at right-wingers. (Not ironic because it's a favorite term of occupiers and rioters, but the act of occupying and rioting for social reasons is a key tenet of fascism, too.) But what other law more fits the category than Obamacare?
Saturday November 30, 2013
The US Senate races may get all of the glory, but the 36 races for Governor in 2016 may have more impact on people's lives. People are usually more impacted over what happens on a statewide level than on the national level. Meanwhile, the US Congress is already at a stalemate as President Obama has proven unworkable as he has refused to compromise. (Even when it would actually benefit his presidency, such as to delay Obamacare provisions.) And 2014 will also serve as a preview for a number of candidates who are possibly interested in replacing President Obama in 2016.