Sunday, August 16, 2009

OK, so you waved the religious symbol at the vampire...

by Smitty

Let Freedom Ring sounds a healthy note of caution regarding the purported death of the public option (emphasis mine).
"I think there will be a competitor to private insurers," Sebelius said. "That's really the essential part, is you don't turn over the whole new marketplace to private insurance companies and trust them to do the right thing."
  • If private insurers were engaging in anti-competitive practices, wouldn't that be a Sherman Anti-trust Act violation?
  • What's this "new marketplace" doo-dad? When I hear the M word, I think actual competition and capitalism.
  • "trust them"? I don't even trust my understanding of anything coming out of this administration. Obama's policies are like having the word inconceivable stretched across an...inconceivable number of reams of paper:

LFR continues:
If we want to win this debate, it's important that we highlight the Democrats' next attempt at single-payer. It's also important that we insist that H.R. 3200 be scrapped, along with the Baucus bill and the Kennedy-Dodd legislation. The premise for the Democrats' health care reform legislation has been faulty from the outset.
Amateurs talk about tactics. Professionals talk about logistics. Buffy talks about getting it done.

While I don't dispute there is a tactical battle against The Congress That Shall Live in Infamy which must be fought, keep in mind that this is an ideological struggle for the soul of these 50 States United. Your enemy hates you, despises your love of liberty, and will cheerfully appear to concede semantic firefights in the name of its ultimate goal. Yes, the vampire has been chased off. It is undead. It can wait.

The Federal government is overpowered at the moment. Tell me what we're doing to put a stake in the heart of the horror and yank its fangs.


  1. Exactly. This isn't a victory, although it's a small step forward. History shows that incrementalism, stalking horse tactics, and word manipulation are sure to follow.

    Just as they are sure to change tactics, we need to be thinking about what to do next. I suggest recall procedures. Even if recalls are unlikely to succeed, a legislator forced to defend against a possible recall is a legislator who is bound to be more attentive to his/her constituents, and less likely to blindly follow the dictates of Pelosi and co.

  2. 'It is undead. It can wait.'

    Spot-on. The Wacht Am Obama must be ever vigilant. Vampires, like Muslims, think in terms of decades, not months, not years.

    Quoted from and linked to at:

  3. Co-Ops: the "public option" in disguise.

    The vampire polls better.