Apr 04 2011
The GOP finally got smart and let one of its young guns lose as Field General in the all important budget debate. It has become quite clear to America that the economy will never right itself while DC spends massively more than it has AND continues to insert lame public solutions where private industry solutions reign. Rep Ryan’s plan to change course (and I mean ‘change’ we can really believe in) is comprehensive, serious and compassionate.
But before I get to the plan let’s review how the idiotic Democrats are going to misplay this historic point in time. We are going to get an ear full of claims about how the GOP plan is imperfect. Keep this in mind because this is the tired old political ploy to attempt to freeze progress. It never provides a solution, just a fear to take any steps forward. And it won’t work this time around.
Once upon a time our government and leaders looked about to find that 10% of ideas that can really make a difference. We used to debate, assess, monitor and demand success. Then the intellectually lazy left (who have an inordinate amount of ego energy) changed the paradigm. Instead of working to find that 10% and avoid the 90% of wasted time and money associated with the much more voluminous wrong ideas, the left went to their shotgun approach.
Now, instead of finding a real solution, the left pours billions after billions of dollars down immature and untested concepts in the hopes 10% of it may bear fruit. This is not a theory of life, but a fact. One of the feature wannabe characteristics of the left is to be the next Thomas Edison. But Thomas Edison exemplifies the rule that most ideas are dead ends and it takes time to find the right path before we spend a nation’s treasure pursuing results.
Edison had to try out numerous potential solutions for the light bulb before finding the solution that would change humanity forever. But if he was a modern Democrat he would have run off half-cocked spending trillions of tax payer funds DEPLOYING his failed ideas one after another, leaving a wake of havoc and suffering. This is what we saw with the lame Stimulus Bill put out by the Dems, and is the model we see in Obamacare – a bunch of half baked ideas thrown together to see what works. Classic liberal thinking (or lack thereof). This is what we see in our broken education system and the useless windmill farms that have blighted the landscape. All half baked ideas which have been proven to be wrong paths only after wasting billions.
So we will be handed the most foul of false choices in the coming weeks and months. Possible (but highly improbable) imperfections in the GOP plan as argument to retain the completely dysfunctional and broken existing policies. Policies that got us into the economic rut we are in the first place. Libs will attempt to claim their broken approaches that killed the world’s premier economic engine of all time is better than some hyped and exaggerate risks.
It won’t work. I for one look forward to being one of those who will be on the forefront of a new Medicare/Medicaid system that leaves me in charge of deciding my health care – not some Obama-appointee with a serious lack of real understanding and compassion:
Though Rep. Ryan based the Medicare portion of his budget on a previous plan created in collaboration with a Democrat, Alice Rivlin, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and long-time budget expert, the current plan isn’t likely to get much Democratic support. …
The plan would essentially end Medicare, which now pays most of the health-care bills for 48 million elderly and disabled Americans, as a program that directly pays those bills. …
Mr. Ryan’s proposal would apply to those currently under the age of 55, and for those Americans would convert Medicare into a “premium support” system. Participants from that group would choose from an array of private insurance plans when they reach 65 and become eligible, and the government would pay about the first $15,000 in premiums. Those who are poorer or less healthy would receive bigger payments than others.
Perfect. No more stupid one-size-fits-all crap. No more subsidizing the rich. No more deciding what is effective for each patient as if the biological bell curve for health and disease was some nice thin peak which covers everyone. The other hidden misstep in Obamacare is that biological diversity in the human species is incredibly broad, especially when it comes to diseases and treatments. Good health is almost always a balance of chemical and environmental factors each individual possesses in a unique mix. It is the genetic diversity required of a vibrant species. That is why once-size-fits-all usually turns out to be one-size-fits-few.
To pretend we fit a narrow mold of bio-chemical parameters, strengths and weaknesses is really just effort by lesser minds to grasp complex issues. We see this time and time again from liberal ‘science’. They boil complex systems down to one index to discern some forces and responses, but then are surprised when they have to migrate back into the complex and non-linear systems of reality and their theories crash and burn (note: this has happened in global climate where they tried to hide the contrary data that broke their theories, and in economics where their simpleton government trickle down approach crashed and burned, to mention just two examples).
There will be no support for the left and their cries of imperfection in the GOP proposals. There will be no alternatives offered by them but to continue on our disastrous course over their cliff. There will be nothing but the usual cries of the Chicken Little party. And there will be fear in the government employee unions as the true force of this recession finally hits them. None of this will carry the day.
Paul Ryan’s road map is a good one. He does not require those too far into the Federal gilded cage to take risks. He only requires those with plenty of time to adjust to do just that. It is better than the alternative, which is pretend nothing is happening and we all hit the cliff without warning or preparation. I would rather have to time to adjust than crash and burn. It is a simple and powerful logical conclusion.
Ryan’s plan cuts government down to levels we have flourished under before. We have let too many dumb shotgun ideas see the light of day and endless public funding. No more. Without hard proof of results (past or future) everything the government does should be on the chopping block until each validates it reason to exist. Guilty until proven of value.
We will once again be looking only for that 10% of ideas that have a prayer to produce significant results. No more throwing billions at the wall to see what sticks. We The People can do that on our own just fine without the government overhead and arrogance-based incompetence that ensure failure after failure. Government is going on a serious diet – no more excuses.