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Cackle Now — You’ll Be Eating Crow Soon Enough

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Monday, March 22, 2010, 11: 50 AM

Paul Rahe, Hope and Change — Had Enough?

    “Back in 1946, an ingenious advertising executive named Karl Frost suggested a simple, straightforward political slogan to the Massachusetts Republican Committee: “Had Enough? Vote Republican,” it read. This slogan was soon found on billboards all across the country, and in November of that year the Republicans picked up fifty-five seats in the House and twelve in the Senate, seizing control in both chambers.

    “Were I in the shoes of Michael Steele, I would buy up billboard space all over the country and slap up the same slogan – for something similar should be possible this November.”

Gary Hubbell: The Redneck Tree Hugger, Barack Obama Has Awakened A Sleeping Giant

    “Barack Obama is the best thing that has happened to America in the last 100 years. Truly, he is the savior of America’s future. He is the best thing ever.

    “Despite the fact that he has some of the lowest approval ratings among recent presidents, history will see Barack Obama as the source of America’s resurrection. Barack Obama has plunged the country into levels of debt that we could not have previously imagined; his efforts to nationalize health care have been met with fierce resistance nationwide; TARP bailouts and stimulus spending have shown little positive effect on the national economy; unemployment is unacceptably high and looks to remain that way for most of a decade; legacy entitlement programs have ballooned to unsustainable levels, and there is a seething anger in the populace.

    “That’s why Barack Obama is such a good thing for America.”

Paul Hsieh, Obamacare — The Coming Battles

    “America was founded on the principle of individual rights, including the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The first round of the political battle over health care has gone to those who would violate those rights. But this is still our country. If Americans commit to fighting for their lives and their freedom, then the final victory can still be ours.”

Bill Bennett, We Will Show Them in November What Liberty Means

    “ ‘Liberty, when men act in bodies, is power,’ Edmund Burke wrote. Let good men and women now, then, get to work on behalf of liberty and show this current crowd what the true power of this republic is.”

Editors at NRO, Obamacare Isn’t Inevitable

    “It is possible, for example, that the results of the legislation will turn out to be unpleasant more quickly than most observers realize. The bill requires insurers to charge people with pre-existing conditions the same as everyone else, and the only reason for people not to game the system — dropping their insurance until they get sick and the insurer has to take them — is because the law requires them to buy insurance or pay a fine. For many people, the fine will be a cheap price to avoid paying high premiums.

    “The effect of the legislation could be to cause the number of healthy people with insurance to fall dramatically — and for premiums to rise, which would cause more people to drop their insurance. If this happens, we can expect liberals to agitate for a single-payer system; but we can also expect the public to blame the Democrats whose health-care system it will now be. A less lopsidedly Democratic Congress is not going to respond to this chaos by enacting single payer or strengthening the fines.”

Rich Lowry, Dem Win Is Built On Sand:

    “If the enactment of a program for universal coverage fulfills a long-standing goal of the Democrats, this wasn’t how it was supposed to happen — with public opinion firmly opposed, with protesters chanting just steps away from the Capitol, with procedural contortions and brazen deals, with blatantly dishonest accounting, with a wave of popular revulsion threatening to undo their work.”

Jane Hamsher at Fire Dog Lake

    “Real health care reform is the thing we’ve fought for from the start. It is desperately needed. But this bill falls short on many levels, and hurts many people more than it helps.

    “In addition, there is already a booming movement across the country to challenge the mandate. Thirty-three states already have bills moving through their houses, and the Idaho governor was the first to sign it into law yesterday. In Virginia it passed through both a Democratic House and Senate, and the governor will sign it soon. It will be on the ballot in Arizona in 2010, and is headed in that direction for many more. Republican senators like Dick Lugar are already asking their state attorney generals to challenge it. There are two GOP think tanks actively helping states in their efforts, and there is a booming messaging infrastructure that covers it beat-by-beat.”

CNN poll from over the weekend, question 20:

    20. As you may know, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate are trying to pass final legislation that would make major changes in the country’s health care system. Based on what you have read or heard about that legislation, do you generally favor it or generally oppose it?

    Mar 19-21 2010

    Favor 39%
    Oppose 59%
    No opinion 2%

Comment on the CNN Poll at Instapundit:

    “This is pretty extraordinary. I don’t think there has ever been a time in American history when such an unpopular piece of legislation has become law by such a narrow, and completely partisan margin. The political consequences could be very interesting.”

We should not think Obamacare is forever. Speaking of the land of the free and the home of the brave, Edward R. Murrow said, “We are not the descendants of fearful men.” We can repeal this monstrous intrusion on our liberty. We will fight. We will win.

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