Sowell: Tea party at the crossroads (II)

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Sowell: Tea party at the crossroads (II)
Sowell: Tea party at the crossroads (II)
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  Well the republicrats have no one to blame but themselves. Everyone that looked into obamacare knew this was coming. So why try to shut down the government??!! If they would have just let it alone this would just fell into their laps. When will the people learn?? Republicrats,and democans. They're one and the same,and they are playing a well orchestrated scam on the American people.

  They're like having pepsi,and diet pepsi. At the end of the day all you have is...Pepsi!
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Bazooka, you are missing the point. The government shut down has caused no real problems. It has been forgotten by most.

The real issue being discussed is the primary challenges of Republicans by Tea Party candidates. Sowell is concerned that it will lead to the election of more Democrats, as it did in Indiana, with the election of Donnelly over Murdoch. I'm not convinced that it will.

The Indiana case was not a true test. The Tea Party agenda is an economic agenda against high taxes and increased government spending. Not rooted in social issues. Indiana became a fight over abortion.

If the Tea Party candidates work within the Republican primaries, than the result will be the Republican candidate. The choice will be clear between either big government(Democrat) or some candidate that is for some degree of more limited government.

The problem may come when a Tea Party Candidate or a more traditional Republican candidate loses the primary and then instead of getting behind the winner, either runs as an Independent or pouts as Lugar did, and not give any support to the winner.
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 Posted 11/13/2013 6:16:47 AM
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Good analysis Patriot.  There is little push-back from the Tea Party, by design.  There is no national spokesperson and nearly all the fear and trembling from the Left, which has led the Blame Vilify and Demonize Strategy against the Tea Party, has gone unanswered.  It seems to me that the Tea Party has been the main group against the harm they forsaw coming at everyday citizens via this healthcare debacle.  They arose over that issue and they are as correct today as they were in 2010.  I wonder how those Town Hall meetings will go over the holiday break?  
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 Posted 11/13/2013 7:03:19 AM
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2014 elections will be about Obama, not the shutdown

2014 ELECTION: November 5, 2013

The media frenzy over the relatively short, 16-day budget war led to widespread forecasts that it would result in massive Republican losses in the 2014 midterm elections. Don’t bet on it.
To be sure, the fallout is still being measured across the country by election handicappers. But it seems doubtful that Democrats are going to win a lot of seats on the basis of a transitory event. Not when public opinion polls show far more important issues weigh much more heavily on the minds of most voters.

WHILE POLLS showed voters blamed Republicans more than Democrats at the time, many also blamed Democrats as well as President Obama for the government shutdown.
Politics can be a fickle business, and yesterday’s battles soon fade as the focus shifts to more important bread-and-butter issues that affect people in their daily lives.
As the memory of the shutdown recedes, the attention of the voters has furiously turned against Obama and the issues they identify with the ruling Democratic Party.
Widespread anger over the problem-plagued rollout of the Obamacare law and its harmful impact on millions of Americans who’ve lost their jobs, or have seen their health insurance policies canceled, is going to have a big impact on next year’s elections. But more on this in a moment.
First and foremost is the weakening Obama economy and lack of jobs, issues that are likely to intensify as we move into the 2014 election year. Economic growth continues to be slow, and with it a steady decline in full-time jobs.
On Thursday, the administration will announce its third-quarter economic growth rate, which is forecast to come in at an anemic two percent increase, down from the 2.5 percent gain in the second quarter. That’s not good.
On Friday, the Labor Department will report the jobless rate for October, which was expected to push unemployment up to 7.3 percent from September’s 7.2 percent.
What do Americans think of the Obama economy? The Gallup Poll reported Tuesday that its Economic Confidence Index precipitously tumbled 16 percentage points last month.
“That’s the sharpest monthly drop since Gallup began tracking economic confidence daily in 2008,” the polling firm said.
At the same time, Gallup’s daily nationwide tracking poll shows Obama’s job approval score dropping to a 40 percent low — with a 53 percent majority of all Americans surveyed now saying they don’t like the job he’s doing. That is, if he’s on the job at all.
In recent weeks, his critics, including some in his own party, have pointed to his notorious inattention to detail in making executive decisions. He gives a lot of speeches, but in policymaking and governing, he’s been a bystander.
William Galston, who was a domestic policy adviser to President Clinton, recently suggested that Obama doesn’t seem to like getting involved in the details of governing — in “the legislative process or the implementation process or the administrative ... process.”
That’s when things can go amiss, as we’ve seen on so many occasions in his presidency, the latest one being the Obamacare disaster. And when things start to go wrong, Obama “gives every appearance of being blindsided by the flow of events,” Galston told the Washington Post.
That’s when “people start wondering if he’s in charge, if he’s a strong leader,” he said, as they are doing now in the latest Gallup polls.
Hubris, the exuberant belief that one knows everything, is a dangerous quality in a president, and Obama is all hubris.
The most stunning example of this was reported this week in the Post about how Obama rejected the advice of his top advisers who, just two months after Obamacare’s enactment, gave him a four-page memo with an ominous warning.
THAT DOCUMENT, written by a trusted outside adviser on health care, told him no one in the administration was “up to the task” of putting the complicated 2,000-page law into practice and building a massive, smoothly run, nationwide bureaucracy to run it.
Debate raged for weeks, with senior advisers begging him to seek an outside, heavyweight executive with a lot of experience in “business, insurance and technology.” In the end, Obama rejected that advice and put his own team of insiders in charge, led by Nancy-Ann DeParle, director of the White House Office of Health Reform.
Obama’s insular decision led to taking a law that was unworkable to begin with and turning it into the emerging financial, technological and economic mess we see now.
“They were running the biggest start-up in the world, and they didn’t have anyone who had run a start-up, or even run a business,” David Cutler, a Harvard professor and health policy adviser to Obama’s 2008 campaign, told the Post.
Next November, the American people will go into the nation’s voting booths to decide which party will control Congress for the next two years. It’s unlikely that they will be voting on last month’s shutdown.
Far more likely, they will be voting on Obamacare, which was unpopular before its rollout and is even more so now that people are experiencing its unintended — and maybe its intended — consequences.
They will be voting to express their deep disapproval of Obama’s inability to strengthen the economy and make it work by creating good-paying, full-time jobs.
Republicans now have a 234-201 majority in the House, and the Democrats will need a net gain of 17 seats to take control again. That’s very unlikely.
In the Senate, Republicans would need a net gain of six seats to win control. Just before the shutdown ended, top handicapper Stuart Rothenberg saw a likely GOP gain of “between three and six seats” but acknowledged that “the damage to the national Republican Party is considerable.”
But there won’t be a replay of the shutdown next year when the budget deal expires, because the focus will be on the Democrats and their Obamacare law — just where the GOP wants to keep it throughout 2014.

OBAMA WON’T be on the ballot next year, but it will be a referendum on his presidency and everything Americans dislike about his economy — and the health care law that has robbed them of their freedom to keep the medical policies they like and want to keep.
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 Patriotsteve. Murdoch shafted himself. Granted he was given a loaded question about rape,and the will of GOD,but his answer should have been more thought out. I think if he would have asked the moderator "Do you want this to turn into a theological debate" the moderator might have rephrased the question.

  Murdoch had that election wrapped up. That's why I think that was a loaded question.
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I am really glad that The Truth syndicates Sowell's opines.  

As Richard Leib rarely covers local issues - They could just replace his slot with Sowell on Sunday mornings and still cover the most prime time staff Opinion with someone equally as mainstream Republican in their approach.

Resources could then be freed up to hire another local part time reporter to investigate local government practices for example.

Sowell is much better than the most banal of propaganda artists as he truly does treat the reader as if they are not an ignoramus and actually provide some historical context and facts.

Make no mistake about it - The all out no holds barred attack on The Affordable Care Act was not an accident.  The Republican party does not want to see Socialized medicine work as it does in the rest of the civilized world and will make America join the ranks of the uncivilized in order to do that.

For a truly enlightened independent intellectual view - Check out Malcolm Gladwell:
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Tom, Obama lied and Health Plans Died.

And that will be the real issue in 2014.

The only problem with the Taxed Enough Already folks is they have been much too polite.

Even the King of England did not try to tax the colonies if they did not buy his tea.

And we all know the history of how taxation without representation worked out for that King.

It is time history was repeated.
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TomButler1 (11/13/2013)

Make no mistake about it - The all out no holds barred attack on The Affordable Care Act was not an accident.  The Republican party does not want to see Socialized medicine work as it does in the rest of the civilized world and will make America join the ranks of the uncivilized in order to do that.


Socialized medicine work?

This may be a news flash for you, we already have mostly
Socialized medicine.  About 66% of the healthcare spending is government spending.

We need to get the governmnet out of it as much as possible.




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