How the GOP failed to embrace the ideas that they pretend to embrace.
Think about how clueless the GOP is. They keep on trying to cling to this idea of the “free market” and yet they keep on demonstrating that they don’t know a single thing about how the free market operates. They fail to utilize it and incorporate it into their plans of action. In wanting to see the ACA/Obamacare fail, it would have been the perfect opportunity to rely on the power of the market to disband the albatross law, but they failed to realize this possibility or they don’t actually believe in it. In fact, the GOP went the complete opposite direction and tried to unilaterally shutdown the government and force people’s hand. That’s as far from their ‘free market principles’ as you can get.
Don’t get me wrong, I like seeing the government shutdown, but I’m no fan of hypocrisy or the tarnishing of such valid ideas as free market economics.
If you want to stop the ACA/Obamacare, you don’t need to enact a coercive government shutdown, you simply need to let the free market kill the ACA (yes, even with all of the tax fines and such). Obamacare will only work if young healthy people pay for insurance that they don’t want or need. This demographic rarely uses their insurance to begin with and their for all of their contributions will go to mitigate the costs of older or more sickly customers who are typically a large burden on the system. Given the high price of insurance that the targeted youth will have to pay, even accounting for the fines they will face, I doubt that the majority from the target audience is going opt in. We’re already seeing them complain about increased costs and many are making the sound economic choice of not purchasing insurance.
And this is exactly why the government had to force tax fines on to people, to force them to buy a product that they don’t want or need. But still, people are opting to not buy in and that’s why, given current projections, the ACA is well on it’s way to failure.
The Free Market, even with all the government bullshit, is still doing what it does best, driving the market.
Obama’s one of the worst presidents we’ve had and there isn’t a single GOP candidate worthy of replacing him with. That should tell you all you need to know about the GOP.
In the House, they have to because the Democrats don’t have the majority. In the Senate, I’m happy not to filibuster it, and I will announce tonight on your show that I will work with Harry Reid to let him pass his big old tax hike with a simple majority if that’s what Harry Reid wants, because then they will become the party of high taxes and they can own it. —
Rand, he’s up and down for me. Still, I guess better him than any number of potential republican senators.
I don’t think positively of this “method”. Sit back and let them ruin it?
I was just saying this last night.
SS: I don’t care about ‘playing politics’ but I’m always down with the ‘let it fucking burn’ option, here’s why:
Americans just don’t understand how fucked we are in regards to fiscal and monetary policies. They think that one side or the other has the perfect plan and that the opposite side is fucking things up. In reality, they are all fucking things up but you can’t convince them of that right now. You can only do that with a clean slate and a clean slate doesn’t come unless there is so kind of financial chaos. That’s the mother of all change.
So if you truly want real economic change to come to America, you shouldn’t fear the impeding chaos. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if Obama and his yes-men aren’t banking on the chaos to push their own type of change. These guys keep upping the ante on the GOP as if they don’t actually want a deal.
Obama had requested $800 billion in revenues a few months ago and the GOP sucked it up and showed up with that exact figure. Obama and his trolls went ahead and shot that down and doubled-down on their request, now asking for tax hikes on the top 2% as opposed to the top 1% and asking for a total of $1.6 TRILLION, twice what Obama requested just a few months ago.
Obama is routing for chaos and I’m on board. It’s going to take chaos to motivate the American public to wake the fuck up and fix this mess because we all know there’s no real change that’s going to come from Washington.
Oh, by the way, none of this made-up Taxmageddon bullshit is even real. We can just let the tax cuts continue, freeze the spending increases and boom, everything is fine. But both sides, especially the Dems, wanted this mess to come to a head so they can leverage it to vilify the, now, 2% and get all of the 98%, including Republicans who oppose tax increases, to turn on their own principles and choose their own financial stability over their ideology.
Obama and his team are a lot of brilliant politicians. These guys have mastered the game better than anyone I’ve ever seen hold public office. They know exactly how to spin things, how to divide factions and how to get what they want without actually asking for it.
Obama is in it for the chaos. If he wasn’t he’d just extend the tax cuts and hold the spending increases.
The real issues are the unfunded liabilities and what we’re going to do when we actually run out of ways to pay the notes that we’ve already promised and we’re left with two options: default or inflate.
So yes, I’m all in on the ‘let it fucking burn’ option because there is no other option left.