Now Pass the Damn Bill

November 18, 2009 at 5:12 pm | Posted in American politics | 7 Comments

Harry Reid got everything he wanted from the CBO report. Time to pass the bill, Harry. No more screwing around. Give Americans a good Christmas present.

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  1. I would like to see the math where they figured out how a 1 trillion dollar entitlement (splitting the difference between the house and senate versions) is going to reduce the debt (while it cuts medicare coverage, by their own admission). No one denies the need for health care reform. But health care reform doesnt always = universal health care. How about tort reform?

    Soon, we wont even be able to pay the interest on our NATIONS loans.
    http://www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/ir/ir_expense.htm

  2. Tort reform? Piddly stuff.

    The CBO report indicated that the health care bill will be paid for without adding to our national debt. Sounds good to me. Pass the bill, sign it, make it law and let’s improve our health care coverage in this nation.

    As for our national debt, there is a very easy way to fix this. Increase taxes on the richest Americans to 50%, pay off our debt and start living within our means. Previous generations of Americans were willing to do this. Our generation is sadly the most selfish generation of Americans ever. We will not be viewed kindly by future generations.

  3. What is more selfish. Or perhaps what is more un-democratic? When a majority votes to take away something from a minority (graduated taxes)?

    The CBO? And why exactly are they credible?
    Previous generations of Americans were NOT willing to pay 50% taxes. Not that doing so would pay our debt any time soon.
    I find your thought process mildly amusing. Lets tax the wealthiest and most successful members of our society twice as much as our mildy successful people (If you understand the US tax system, poor people dont actually pay taxes, just social security and medicare).
    What would be good advice is to live within your means. Unfortunately that wont happen because there are programs in place to reward bad decisions.
    The reason we will not be viewed kindly by future generations is because of the national debt, and our inability to “tighten the belt.” That, and our unfounded sense of entitlement
    Any sort of new entitlement program is going to end up like the existing ones.
    Do you have any first hand experience with living in a universal health care system? I would honestly be surprised if you have.

  4. you think wealth is a sign of success? heh…

    live within our means? you mean like Bush did for eight years? heh…

    The reason we will not be viewed kindly by future generations is because of the national debt, and our inability to “tighten the belt.” That, and our unfounded sense of entitlement

    No shit. The group of people that I believe will get the most ire is those who supported Bush over the past eight years. See, Bush never actually increased tax revenue or cut other expenses in order to pay for ANY of the programs/wars he proposed. The war in Iraq? A bill on a credit card for our children to pay. Prescription Drug bill? Simply added to the deficit.

    You now have a president (Obama) who has proposed a health care bill that actually pays for itself without increasing our national debt. Based on your overly concern for “tightening our belt”, surely you would be fully supportive of this bill. It actually does what you want it do to. It not only pays for itself, but it also lowers some of our excess cost.

    Do you have any first hand experience with living in a universal health care system? I would honestly be surprised if you have.

    Really? You need to get out some. I was in Romania once about ten years ago. I had a terrible pain in my lower back (a few months later to find out it was a kidney stone). I was taken to the Romanian emergency room. I spent a total of two hours there. Doctors were quickly on the job to help me out, gave me the proper medicine and made sure the pain went away. Do you know what I had to pay for that great service? I’ll let you take a guess. Other times I’ve been in countries that have universal health care I never needed their service as I am generally a very healthy individual.

  5. Hey Dan,

    Great Blog. Granted I, the heathen, may tarnish the “Good” in “Good Democrat” that is you, but I shan’t misbehave on your site.

    Actually I did do a post that mentioned tort reform on my more sedate and Mormon-centric blog mormonroth.blogspot.com — no crudity. I just am curious how the good Christians deal with Mathew 5:40 and tort reform — probably ought to add the Good Samaratin to Health Care reform.

    By the way have you seen the Bob Bennet letter being circulated on “Obamacare?”

  6. Why did you put a link to the pornographic site? You realize it forever tarnishes you in the eyes of Mormons.

    I’ve not seen Bob Bennett’s letter. I think it will kill some brain cells though. 🙂

  7. I’ll make sure my name doesn’t link up to any “porn” sites from now on, especially on your site — I like you.

    I know the Mormon mindset extremely well. They mostly ignore what I say anyway. I’m not attempting to convert any of them, but I do believe most have lost the ability to converse with the publican and sinners, so it is good for them to at least hear what the sinners say.

    I’m going to post a copy on my blog (the “clean” one) in the next couple of days, so I’ll let you know when it is up. You can read it and kill a few brain cells.


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