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Sticking With the Paul Ryan/Health Care Theme

Posted in Economy, Health Care, Politics with tags , , , , on March 22, 2010 by Cannon

Here are some new comments from Congressman Ryan via National Review Online:

“We need to establish a set of metrics and benchmarks to measure the sector going forward, keeping a close eye on all of the Democrats’ claims,” Ryan says. “From cost to quality, we will need to be vigilant in making sure that their assertions are actually substantiated with facts, and I have every reason to believe they won’t be.” Repealing Obamacare should be the goal, he says, “but with the political plurality you need to do that — a new president, 60 senators, and a majority in the House — that is a pretty tall order.”

“Our offense will be hammering them for wrecking the health-care system, their demonization of the insurance companies, and their push for government control. That is the future fight,” Ryan predicts. “They’ve got a president here until 2013 and the votes in the Senate to support this for a few years, but it’s not over. As we work to repeal, we must recognize that we’re fighting a different and distorted progressivism. They want to hook people up to entitlements and delegate more power to unelected bureaucrats and technocrats to micromanage the economy — a government full of Peter Orzags. Yet their fatal conceit is also a rational gamble to establish a new culture of dependency.”

Obviously, I’m on board with all of this.  I’m happy to see that Ryan and I are on the same page, but that’s really no surprise.  It’s just the same old thing out of the “progressives.”  Ironically, progress isn’t part of their plan.  It’s important that all those who cringe at these types of government power grabs stay in the game, and prove, in the end, that this is not the course our great country should take.  There are ways to achieve real progress without an oppressive federal government actively involved in making personal decisions for its citizens.  Another state-sponsored Ponzi scheme will fail to yield the results which Democrats claim.  It’s now time to prove that this unfortunate piece of legislation was, in fact, a mistake.  Though many types of manipulation were utilized to sugarcoat Obamacare for the public, the truth is all that will be needed to bring it down.

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Cowardly Action: The NFL’s Repudiation of Rush Limbaugh

Posted in Conservatism with tags , , , , , on October 15, 2009 by Cannon

The Wall Street Journal hits the proverbial nail on the head:

What happened here, and is happening elsewhere in American life, is that Mr. Limbaugh’s outspoken political conservatism is being deemed sufficient reason to ostracize him from polite society. By contrast, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, who fires off his own brand of high-velocity, left-wing political commentary but lacks Mr. Limbaugh’s sense of humor, appears weekly as co-host of NBC’s “Football Night in America.” We haven’t heard anyone on the right say Mr. Olbermann’s nightly ad-hominem rants should disqualify him from hanging around the NFL. Al Franken made it all the way to the U.S. Senate on a river of political vitriol.

But Rush Limbaugh gets hung out to dry by someone of Roger Goodell’s establishment prominence, and barely a soul from that same fastidious establishment has the courage to step forward to criticize it.

Personally, I find Olbermann absolutely contemptible.  He and MSNBC are obliterated night after night by Fox News and that network’s lineup of conservative commentators.  Yet, we’re force-fed this third-rate talking head every Sunday night of the NFL season as part of the NBC sports team.  The NFL is fine with Olbermann slandering a former President of the United States and the second woman to be nominated for Vice President by a major party, among others.  There’s no doubt that Limbaugh is a controversial figure.  But holding a small ownership stake in one NFL franchise is not equivalent to being the face of the league.  Olbermann’s presence would worry me more if I were NFL commissioner.

This entire matter is about posturing.  The players association is using Limbaugh as leverage in the negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement.  I don’t think that’s the whole story, however.  The NFL, as the above excerpt alludes to, doesn’t want to fight the mainstream media.  These people foam at the mouth when they hear the name “Rush.”  Not only have Limbaugh and others in conservative talk radio survived without the help of the media elite, but they’ve flourished.  Old media detests what right-wing talkers like Limbaugh, Hannity, and Levin stand for.  It’s as if the mainstream media is more about controlling the message than freedom of speech.  The problem for them is that they’re fighting a losing battle.  Technology has rendered relics like the New York Times and the major networks incapable of monopolizing the news.  Regrettably, the NFL lacks the intestinal fortitude to stand-up to the leftist blowhards inappropriately described as “mainstream.”  Although in the broad scheme of things, the NFL’s convenient application of its high standards doesn’t matter, because there’s real, significant demand for the products Rush Limbaugh and others are selling.