Townhall Review – February 15, 2020Read More »
Presidential candidates Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg and Mike Bloomberg all claim they’re proposing a moderate, less disruptive approach to health-care reform called the “public option”—a government policy offered as an alternative to private health insurance.
These have been presented as more modest solutions relative to Medicare for All.
Don’t believe it.
A public option could increase the federal deficit, destabilize the market for private health insurance while threatening overall health-care quality and choice.
By 2049, the public option could be the third most expensive government program in the nation—behind only Medicare and Social Security.
Of course, the public option would also quickly displace employer-based and other private insurance. The result: Longer wait times, narrower provider networks and reduced consumer choice.
Policymakers may yet find the middle ground in health care reform. But don’t be fooled: A government-run public option is NOT it.Read More »
New York Times columnist David Brooks wants Democrats to drop their impeachment gambit.
His colleague Bret Stephens wants Democratic presidential candidates to pare down their essentially socialist proposals that would Venezuela-ize the American economy.
And the brothers Emanuel—my former mayor, Rahm and Ari—don’t think it’s a good idea to tell 150 million Americans that even if they like their private health insurance they don’t get to keep it.
And what’s the response?
Elizabeth Warren continues to push her complete set of Marxist fantasies.
Joe Biden calls for fossil fuel company executives—yes—to be imprisoned.
And Pete Buttigieg wants to decriminalize all illegal drugs in the face of the opioid crisis.
As we enter the election year, Democrats are divided into two camps.
One wants to defeat Trump at the ballot box.
The other just wants to exact vengeance on Trump voters.
All the candidates to this point are in the “vengeance” camp.Read More »
To balance their four leading contenders over age 70—Sanders, Bloomberg, Biden and Warren—the Democrats also offer 37-year-old Pete Buttigieg. He’d be by far the youngest chief executive in our history, easily beating 41-year-old Theodore Roosevelt and 43 year-old-John Kennedy.
Mayor Pete’s defenders note that both TR and JFK used their youthful vigor to become successful presidents, but Buttigieg can’t compete with them in leadership experience. He’s won two terms as a small city Mayor, while Roosevelt was State Assembly minority leader, New York’s Police Commissioner, Assistant Navy Secretary, Governor of New York and Vice President. JFK served two terms in the House and two in the Senate, while writing a Pulitzer Prize-winning history book.
The young candidate’s limited life experience raises inevitable questions about his preparation for the presidency.Read More »
Recently, Democrat presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg, decided to try his hand at Bible application. He argued that the federal government should prohibit any wage lower than $15/hour.
And he quoted the book of Proverbs: “Whoever oppresses the poor taunts their maker.”
When it comes to failure, that’s what we call a two-fer: It was both bad theology and bad economics.
First, bad theology: The Bible is a very long book and it does not specify a specific wage level, ever. The New Testament parable of the workers seems to argue in favor of mutually agreed upon wages, not mandated wages.
And then we have Mayor Pete’s bad economics: There is no doubt that a $15/hr. minimum wage would create a spike in unemployment, and the hardest hit would be the children of the working class and the poor.
Let’s hope the nation is not fooled by either bad economics or bad theology.Read More »