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D-Day and Obamacare

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An angry letter objected to a Wall Street Journal column in which I urged Republicans to fight for positive reforms rather than making doomed gestures with no chance of success. “It’s a good thing Michael Medved wasn’t advising General Eisenhower on D-Day, or he would have called off the attack,” one woman from Florida wrote.

Actually, the Normandy Landings involved 156,000 Allied troops against only 10,000 Nazi defenders. Had the numbers been more evenly matched, or if Germans out-numbered the Allies, Ike would have delayed or aborted a suicidal mission.

Republicans would need 67 Senate votes to defund Obamacare after the president’s veto, so there’s no reason to pursue assured failure.

General Patton said, “No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.”

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  1. Peter Euler  •  Oct 4, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    I think that you have fixed the debate by defining the objective. You have said that the objective must be to defund Obamacare, which I agree is unlikely to happen. But the Cruz filibuster and the House votes have highlighted the Republican opposition to Obamacare and defined the issue of contention in next years mid-term elections. I believe that putting off the affects of the A.C.A. is a bad idea. Let the people experience it’s ill affects and vote for conservatives,as opposed to Republicans, in next years mid-terms. I’d prefer we did as the Democrats did in Wisconsin. We should start petitions in states with sitting representatives that supported Obamacare and put them up for election in the mid-terms. Take advantage of the anger that Obamcare is sure to produce and hopefully obtain a veto proof majority after the midterm elections. Then put the U.S. in reverse. I do not know if you are right about having the Republicans give in. Defaulting and raising the debt ceiling are almost equivalent evils. In one case you feel the pain sooner than in the other.

  2. Paul G. Marks  •  Oct 4, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    A couple of things here. First, with the Democrats in charge of the Senate there is no way anything is going to brought to a vote unless Harry Reid gets the okay from the White House which the Republicans have control of 1/2 of one branch of government. The Republicans will never have the capability of bringing any spending bill up for vote much less a passing vote as long as Obama controls Reid and the Senate Democrats. The only alternative is to cave on any request from the Democrats. There is no compromise unless it is the Democrat’s way. Secondly, there is enough revenue coming in to pay the interest on the national debt so no default is necessary and then priorities would have to be made as to what to fund next. The Senate has not produced a budget in five years and continuing resolutions have been used which is also not constitutional. Back to point one. How can the Republicans get any budget through when Harry Reid will not bring it to a vote? Reid will not even allow a vote on any of the spending bills sent to the Senate now. Thirdly, when Wendy Davis gave her filibuster in the Texas legislature she was wildly applauded for it but somehow Ted Cruz is seen as a stumbling block for his stance. Please! The Democrats control the Senate and the Presidency which 1 and 1/2 of the branches of government. Compromise? Really? You have to be able to negotiate with someone for a compromise to be possible and Reid and the president both say that is not going to happen.

  3. Phil Broms, 10/4/13  •  Oct 4, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    In all due respect from a long time listener Michael, the response to the Normandy Invasion comparison was questionable, though Mr. Euler’s letter should find itself in the national media train.

    Sincerely, Phil Broms

  4. Bernard Wolff  •  Oct 8, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Senator Cruz should be applauded by bringing attention to the ruinous impact of Obamacare on the financial health of our country, and the damage it will inflict on medical care for the average citizen.. According to the CBO, the monstrous expense of Obamacare will cause continued, massive deficits that will lead to the problems Greece has caused for itself. If we don’t speak out about this now, when will we, Michael?

    The elephant in the room that I hope Michael will come to see is the absence of a Republican alternative in this debate. HR 2300 exists, but absolutely no mention is made of it by Republicans, or it is effectively censored by the news media. Have you seen ANY highly paid pundit mention any alternative?

    In absence of a sensible alternative, one concludes that defunding Obamacare will leave us with the broken system we now have. Who wants that?

    What’s wrong with fixing our current, broken system that was set up by FDR? Why not unchain & properly regulate the private sector in the manner proposed by Dr Benjamin Carson? I.e. each child at birth is set up on a high deductible health insurance policy that the child owns for life, a Health Savings Account for minor medical expenses not covered by insurance, and a credit card used by health care providers for medical expenses paid from the HSA or Insurance Policy. The insurance payments & initial HSA investments for low income individuals can be augmented by the government or charities (including private insurance providers in anticipation of the individual’s eventually becoming financially self sufficient & doing continued business with the provider).

    Dr Carson’s elegantly simple alternative offers minimum government involvement, solves problems getting insurance protection if “pre-existing conditions” are present, and addresses high “end of life” expense via individually owned policies with life long payment of insurance premiums. Voila!, problems solved by private businesses, no ruinous deficits, no IRS intrusion, no government seizure of 1/6 of the private economy, and the generation of tax revenue from the service providers.

    Instead, Michael has expressed support for “good elements” in the broken Obamacare asset seizure. Won’t this wind up being a Trojan Horse for the IRS & authoritarian Washington insiders?

    Perhaps Michael will use his powerful intellect to consider the private sector as the better means of addressing our Country’s needs.

    • jguy  •  Oct 20, 2013 at 5:07 am

      Thank you for your elegantly written response….food for thought. It seems to me, at first
      glance, that such a program would be advisable in a world where most people have a
      secure income train…like many professionals possess…but such is not the case in todays
      America. It seems to me that many of the persons who might benefit from obamacare are
      the very people who could afford no Medical Savings Accout ….or have medical problems
      that are outside current affordable healthcare possibility. People can adapt to most economic
      problems through lifestyle modification…..a health problem modification oftenincludes death. No insurance,,,,No care…No life.

  5. Joseph A. Hamilton  •  Oct 12, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    There are basically three stages to human life. First, we are conceived and born (YOUNGER years). Second, we advance to our productive stage (MIDDLE years), and, if fortunate, we retire (OLD AGE years). Abortion legally places a death sentence on the first stage. Bad luck may deprive us of all or part of our second stage. In your opinion, is there any jeapordy regarding the third stage thru the wording in the Affordable Care Act? I understand that it is a confusing law to begin with. Sincerely, and best of wishes in your up-coming debate w/ Ms Miller in November.

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