Back to the Dark Ages
My take on the recent election is opposite to that of Robert Levy. He sees policies favorable to big oil and pharmaceuticals, made easier by a right-wing U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow unlimited campaign funding, as a positive step. I see it as a return to the Dark Ages.
The most recent Republican administration took us from a federal surplus to the brink of economic and moral disaster. Two unfunded wars, scandalous care for returning soldiers at Walter Reed and other VA hospitals, Katrina, Jack Abramoff, Karl Rove and Dick Cheney outing CIA agents for political reasons and other misguided actions are strangely forgotten by Levy.
For all their talk of fiscal restraint and small government, the GOP is generally a pitiful administrator. A huge and sustainable budget surplus was squandered with unseemly haste. The unfunded drug plan pushed through Congress over Democratic dissent due to cost and a structure guaranteeing Americans pay the highest drug prices in the world, caused more debt than the bailout and medical reform combined.
For some reason, requiring health insurance to control costs is tyranny. Requiring auto insurance to drive a car is not. Go figure. For me, as a self-employed person, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of NC went up 33 percent this year. I welcome health care reform. The insurance companies and their GOP allies do not.
For two years the GOP has fought to keep American workers unemployed and frightened. Unfortunately, keeping unemployment levels high was a good move politically. Mitch McConnell stated that his No. 1 goal is ensuring Obama is a one-term president. He cares nothing about putting people back to work or fixing the economy. Unfortunately Levy will be marching in lockstep with him and the country will suffer.
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