You are probably up to your ears in ObamaCare and the Supremes by now — and it ain’t going to stop for a while. But our thoughts on it were probably best expressed by Dr. Charles Krauthammer, when he points out that Chief Justice Roberts did not want this big decision to be considered political. So he came up with some original idea, beat back the Commerce Clause, and said, “You elected Obama and the Democrat Congress. You don’t like the law? Elect someone else.”
Of course, making a decision like that means he actually made a political decision instead of one based on the law. But oh well, whatcha gonna do now? Well, as Governor Dave says, you gotta elect Romney.
But as many have pointed out, the Republicans will need to come up with their own plan going forward after a repeal. There are many good ideas to address — most of which got tossed to the wayside once the ObamaCare train began barreling down the tracks.
But as Congressman Lee Terry said,
I will work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to work towards fixing these problems… We need to give the power back to the patient and allow them to make their own health care decisions with their physician. We need to lower the cost of health care.
You know, as opposed to imposing the giant new tax.
Oh, and though Mr. Non-partisan Bob Kerrey will tell you he’ll meet the Republicans for drinks to hold hands through this process — we all know that’s as likely as someone mistaking Dundee for Greenwich Village.
Kerrey pushed Ben Nelson to sign-on to ObamaCare. (And we have no evidence one way or the other, but we STILL never got out of Nelson whose idea the Cornhusker Kickback, and the dollar amount, really was…) But Kerrey was never really happy with ObamaCare, because if didn’t go far enough! Kerrey is a single-payer guy. Get rid of insurance companies. A full-on government run health care plan. Post office style.
Though we have a feeling that now that Kerrey is vacationing in Nebraska for the rest of the year, he won’t tell it like that.
Not to be missed in the Thursday excitement was Jean Stothert’s announcement that she is running for Omaha Mayor.
Sure we noted it two days ago, but not for nothing that she had the full roll out. She has a full website up (JeanStothert.com) and a professional introductory video on it as well (which is very well done).
And…she has a new campaign logo too (which you know we always enjoy reviewing):
We can live with that. Not positive about that lowercase “m”, but we’ll think about it.
And we would just note that Dan Welch was somewhat shrewd in essentially getting his name in every Stothert roll out story by announcing his intentions on Wednesday. But we would also point out that it seems that Dan has not put much thought into an organization, campaign, etc. yet. Obviously there is plenty of time, but if his plan was to hurry things along, he will need to step on the gas much more at this point.
And you know, sometimes in politics you still get surprised. Like by this clap-trap from Bob Kerrey on his website.
Get a load of this:
In spite of the TV ads suggesting I have become more liberal during my time in New York, the opposite actually happened. The things I have done during my time away from politics the past ten years have given me a view of the world that has made me much less the slave of some defunct economist (and of paid political advertisements). I have come much more firmly to believe in the wisdom of the masses. I do not believe that a million people making the same decision (what am I going to wear this morning) will all make the right choice. Maybe 10% will make a terrible choice. Maybe 10% will make an inspired choice. Maybe the rest of us will do OK. We’re all better off making the decision on our own than we would be having one person make that decision for all of us in order to keep 10% of us from making a mistake. Besides: I am much more likely to learn from my mistakes anyway.
Wow. Sorry, but that seemed to have been written right after a giant exhale in his buddy’s dorm room.
So first of all, “In spite of the TV ads suggesting I have become more liberal”? Is he kidding?
There is a YouTube video of HIM saying he has become more liberal during his time in NYC.
(But by the way Bob, you don’t have to say you live in Greenwich Village. It’s Manhattan. You act like The West Village is Sodom and Gomorrah…)
So now he walks away from it, pretending that it never happened?
He’s like the kid who you see throw a baseball through the window.
“Hey kid! Why’d you break that window!!!?”
“I didn’t break any window. I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Thank Al Gore for inventing YouTube and cell phone cameras, or Kerrey could theoretically get away with this garbage. And another reason why we’re more than happy to see the UberPACs put up ads including that video.
But how about the rest of that prattle?
“I have come much more firmly to believe in the wisdom of the masses.”
Uh, so he’s into crowd-sourcing?
But wait, no! He doesn’t want the crowd picking out his ties.
We’re all better off making the decision on our own than we would be having one person make that decision for all of us in order to keep 10% of us from making a mistake.
Wait, so he’s not into the “wisdom of the masses” then? Or only for some things?
Or maybe he just meant, “Hey! Dude! Don’t bogart that, m’kay?”
Because the irony (ohhhh the irony) of his little statement at the end is, that is EXACTLY what he wants to do with ObamaCare or his own single-payer health care plan! He exactly DOESN’T want the individual to make their own choice.
He himself said:
“How else are you going to get rid of the uninsured problem unless you bring a little more Government into the transaction?”
And a little more. And a little more. And a little more. And voila! Welcome to Greece!
Honestly though, Kerrey is obviously into this, “hey, just let me be me and the people will join me, man” phase of his campaign. And hopefully he will keep going for a while before Paul Johnson pulls his choke chain.
But not too soon.