Politics

Obama on the “Logic” of Public Health Insurance

QUESTION: Won’t that drive private insurers out of business?

THE PRESIDENT: Why would it drive private insurers out of business? If private insurers say that the marketplace provides the best quality health care, if they tell us that they’re offering a good deal, then why is it that the government — which they say can’t run anything — suddenly is going to drive them out of business? That’s not logical.

Zing…

Buchanan: McCain Flies Jet Under Golden Gate Bridge

Republican columnist Patrick Buchanan says John McCain’s pick of Sarah Palin is a gamble that will likely win him the election and “shape the future of the United States”. (see McCain Pick is Paying Off Big Time).

In fact, Buchanan said McCain’s selection of Palin was “comparable to the 72-year-old ex-fighter pilot knocking back two shots and flying his F-16 under the Golden Gate Bridge.” An exciting image, to say the least.

Buchanan’s theory is that Palin, “with her youth, charisma and vitality”, will acquire her own power base within the Republican right. He suggests the possibility of an all female election in 2012: Sarah vs. Hillary.

More from Buchanan:

“As Thomas Jefferson said, from time to time, a little rebellion in the political world is as necessary as storms in the physical.

“The Palin nomination could backfire, but it is hard to see how. She has passed her first test, her introduction to the nation, with wit and grace. And the Obama-Biden ticket, having already alienated millions of women with the disrespecting of Hillary, is unlikely to start attacking another woman whose sole offense is that she had just been given the chance to break the glass ceiling at the national level.

“Her nomination, which will bring the Republican right home, also frees up McCain to appeal to moderates and liberals, which has long been his stock in trade.

“With his selection of Sarah Palin, John McCain has not only shaken up this election, he may have helped shape the future of the United States — and much for the better.”

Buchanan’s column is worth reading and considering. With the speeches at last night’s convention (which I finally switched off in disgust as the anti-Obama statement became more strident and hateful), McCain’s campaign has begun in earnest. McCain’s advisers, in the modern Republican tradition, are pushing a vigorous attack on the personalities rather than the issues of the election.

I guess only a Republican would ridicule a person who would choose to help unemployed factory workers instead of pursuing a lucrative legal career.

Zero

I wanted to watch Gov. Sarah Palin’s speech tonight. I tuned in my browser to CNN’s excellent convention coverage. I listened and watched for an hour as the rhetoric became more and more harsh.

I wanted to give Gov. Palen the same opportunity to talk to me as the Democrats had last week.

But the inspiration was missing. The tone, at first silly (such as “eloping as a sign of fiscal restraint”), became strident, then mean, and finally just irritating. I clicked the browser closed.

Zero.

Sorry, Gov. Palin. I’ll catch you some other time when you are able to speak for yourself.

An Irresponsible Choice

When most of us heard that John McCain selected Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate, most of us probably said: “Who?”

But after hearing more about Gov. Palin, I think for most of us “Who?” became “Why?”.

Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor during Bill Clinton’s administration and currently Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, has said succinctly what we are now feeling as queasiness in the pits of our stomachs:

“Sarah Palin has been a governor of state inhabited by more moose than people for twenty months, and before that mayor of a town with a population smaller than two blocks of downtown Manhattan. Although she has barely exercised power, she is already under federal investigation for abuse of it. And while Ms. Palin is perfectly entitled to believe that evolution is a myth, that women should be barred from choosing to have abortions, and that global warming has yet to be proven, these views all run counter to the views of mainstream America.

“In choosing Sarah Palin, John McCain has subjected the nation to an unnecessary risk, at the very time when America can least afford to take unnecessary risks. His choice of vice president should not be mistaken for boldness. It is irresponsible.”

From Robert Reich’s personal blog.