The Squire uses his plenipotentiary powers to invoke the Law of Unintended Consequences. (And reserves the right to amend and extend his remarks. For instance, just added “Epic Fail” to the headline, which it is.)
Repeal and Replace just scudded into the ground like the frozen contents of the chemical toilet on an overbooked Airbus. The promise that elected ever-more Republicans in four straight elections after ObamaCare’s passage eight years ago turned out to be a chimera. Lucy pulling the football.
What a joke!
Had Paul Ryan’s fractious house of squalling cats actually repealed and/or replaced, the Mainstream News Media would have broadcast/cablecast/printed hours of heart-rending images of poor working families on their rhetorical deathbeds. Replacing anything always dislocates. But Republicans would have been pilloried.
If ObamaCare really is failing, if a thousand counties really do have only one provider, if premium costs actually have spiked by 25% — the program will die of its own accord. Or it won’t. The other way around is to amend it to death over the next two years. Permit across-state health insurance, remove the penalties for the uninsured, et cetera.
Even so, the Republican brand took a direct hit. Typical is this Facebook acquaintance:
Did I just hear Trump tell a big fat lie? He said his first day in office he would repeal and replace!!
Maybe now some of us are learning that civics lesson we skipped in high school. Y’know, the thing about three branches of government: the President, Congress, the Courts. Plus, Republicans are an ornery bunch.
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Whaddaya do when you don’t get the police union’s endorsement? If you are incumbent Barbara McKinney, you put out campaign lit picturing yourself standing in front of the West precinct station. Caveat emptor!
County Exec Joe Parisi is in a dither over Trump’s proposed deep-sixing of the Community Development Block Grant program, otherwise known to the local officials who get to play with it as “free money.”
“The CDBG fund is crucial to our efforts to help people succeed to provide affordable housing to help get businesses off the ground and create jobs,” Parisi moans.
Like the $200,000 loan to the Mustard Museum so it could move out of Mt. Horeb and into Middleton? The Mustard Museum defaulted on $124,000 of it.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Democrats from Nancy Pelosi to Mark Pocan and Tammy Baldwin are jeering at Republicans. Drink it in, my Republican friends (for you ARE my friends), and grow strong from it. You earned it.
Now see if you can reform the tax code. I have my doubts.