Is the press seems to have woken up and is asking some decent questions at the press conference.
I thought I would try my hand at some live-blogging –
It looks like the GOP is off to a good start; 1 pickup for the Senate in Indiana, holding the seat in Kentucky.
Rubio projected to win -sweet
O’Donnell and McMahon set to lose.
GOP Senate pickup in Arkansas
Mancini wins in W. Virginia; this may put the Senate out of reach for the GOP
Looks like Nanci Pelosi is now the first female Ex-Speaker of the House.
On a sad note, Barney Frank will retain his seat.
Feingold is down – that’s gotta hurt.
Nikki Haley wins – big win there.
New Mexico has just given us our first Female Hispanic Governor – Republican.
California decided to stay in the toilet with Boxer and Brown – a sad end to a once great state.
Mark Kirk wins in Illinois, giving Obama’s old seat to a Republican. Priceless.
Reid wins in Nevada – bad for the country, worse for Nevada.
LePage wins for Governor in Maine, largely due to efforts of Lefties popularizing his ‘tell Obama to go to hell’ statement, and atheists freaking out over his stance on creationism.
I don’t normally pay much attention to Betty McCollum, the Congressional Representative of Minnesota’s 4th District because I live in the 6th District (where Michelle Bachmann is currently grinding her rival Tarryl Clarke into oblivion) and because McCollum has traditionally been thought of as a ‘fixture’ in the traditionally Democratic 4th District.
But this year in Minnesota, as in the rest of the nation, the electorate is shifting, so people are finally paying attention to Ms. McCollum. A recent video I think defines the kind of person she is. In a recent debate before the League of Women Voters. When asked by the moderator the question, “What should the cost be to re-build Iraq and Afghanistan?” McCollum gave as part of her response this strange statement – “Al Qaeda no longer poses a threat to the United States”
It can be seen in the video below at around 1:44:
This statement is astounding. With the recent arrests, parts of Europe on high alert, travel warnings being issued to Americans and recently released statements by the leaders of Al Qaeda threatening the West it is unbelievable that a sitting Congressperson would make such a foolish statement.
Such ignorance is not only unacceptable, it’s dangerous. McCollum needs to go – time to vote for Teresa Collett.
The narrative of the Democrats this elections season appears to go as follows:
“The previous Republican administration created this mess through policies and programs that produced an economy crushing debt. We have sought to remedy this situation by advancing more policies and programs creating significantly more debt. The Tea Party is bad because it actually seems to want to eliminate or reduce these policies and programs to reduce said debt. Vote Democrat!”
Is it any surprise this strategy isn’t working?
Politicians are remembered in part not only by what they did, but just as often by something they said. Often, they are remembered for a statement made that later proved to be untrue – either because a promise was broken, or because they intentionally attempted to mislead. A few notable examples come to mind – George H. W. Bush’s now infamous statement “Read my lips, no new taxes” would be one example. Bill Clinton’s claim, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” would be another.
During the course of the recent healthcare debate, our current President also promoted a falsehood. This particular deception differs from the others in that was not simply designed to get re-elected or protect from political attack, but to advance a program which will have an impact on the lives of every man, woman, and child in the US.
The particular lie was this, that despite the sweeping and intrusive nature of Obamacare, “If you like your current plan, you will be able to keep it. Let me repeat that: if you like your plan, you’ll be able to keep it.” This statement was made most notably at a White House address in July of ’09, but was repeated by the President and many others leading up to the passage of the healthcare plan. It was obvious to most at the time that this could not possibly be true, but it was a lie that was necessary to pass the plan, so the President and others advanced it.
Now the plan has advanced, the reality of the situation has set in – a number of companies including 3M and Caterpillar are dropping various health plans. Principal Financial Group has decided to stop selling health insurance all together. Others, including McDonalds, Cigna and various teacher’s unions have sought one year ‘wavers’ to be exempted from certain Obamacare requirements in order to be able to continue their coverage for employees. This last result is particularly troubling because it is corruptive to the rule of law, particularly as it treats various institutions differently under the law depending on their size and particular impact on the political fortunes of the Democratic Party.
The reality of all this is that many, if not most, will not be able to keep their current healthcare plans. Many will eventually be dumped into government run exchanges that will severely limit their options. Many will have to pay considerably more for their insurance plans – and many doctors will simply leave the system all together, depriving their clients of their skills and expertise.
It has been a little over six months since the plan passed, and already one of the primary claims that allowed it to be adopted has been shown to be a complete and utter lie – this next election affords the electorate a rare, perhaps unique opportunity to reverse the expensive deception before it becomes entrenched and immutable as so many entitlement programs have.