Friday, September 24, 2010

Unleash the Ivory Knights, Republican Plan Part 2

This is a follow up post to Part 1, in which I analyzed the GOP plan for job creation.

After reading the remainder of the Neo-Contract-With-America, here are the remaining low points, I'll have a follow up with the high points soon. 

Low Points:
Reform the Budget Process to Focus on Long-Term Challenges: We will make the decisions that are necessary to protect our entitlement programs for today’s seniors and future generations. That means requiring a full accounting of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, setting benchmarks for these programs and reviewing them regularly, and preventing the expansion of unfunded liabilities.

What is so saddening about this is the presumption that Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid should still exist in the future, regardless of their fiscal feasibility or the morality of their existence. Future generations will continue to pay for the bloated growth of these programs, regardless of the sham of congressional oversight. 

Ensure Access For Patients With Pre-Existing Conditions: Health care should be accessible for all, regardless of pre-existing conditions or past illnesses. We will expand state high-risk pools, reinsurance programs and reduce the cost of coverage.We will make it illegal for an insurance company to deny coverage to someone with prior coverage on the basis of a pre-existing condition, eliminate annual and lifetime spending caps, and prevent insurers from dropping your coverage just because you get sick.We will incentivize states to develop innovative programs that lower premiums and reduce the number of uninsured Americans.

Ah, yes. Because the muddled hand of government intervention in this marketplace has had such stellar results in the past, let us reach forth and do so again. I thought the republicans intended to repeal Obamacare, yet they seek to retain what is one of the more damaging components, direct mandates upon insurance providers. 
Simple question that will clarify much of this issue:
What kind of customer would select an insurance provider who will expel the customer upon a customer's illness? 
There is no market for such a plan, and will never be so. Allow us the luxury of dealing with problems we have, rather then idling with concrete solutions to imaginary problems. 

Keep Terrorists Out of America: We will prevent the government from importing terrorists onto American soil.We will hold President Obama and his administration responsible for any Guantanamo Bay detainees they release who return to fight against our troops or who have become involved in any terrorist plots or activities.

It is the outrageously specific and splendidly hyperbolic points such as these that make my heart warm brightly for a return of a republican establishment. 

Require Tough Enforcement of Sanctions Against Iran: The Iranian regime is a state-sponsor of terrorism, has actively worked to harm our deployed troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and violates the rights and will of its own people.It has declared its determination to acquire a nuclear capability, which threatens its neighbors and the security of the United States.We will work to ensure the government aggressively and effectively implements the sanctions tools Congress has provided

Has this party even looked at a map? We have Iran surrounded by nations swimming with US presence on both its east and western borders, and its solitary maritime outlet is dominated by the might of the US Navy. The reason for its persistent quest at gaining power in the region is because it feels threatened, and what reason have we given them to feel unthreatened? Escalating the situation is a nothing more then a persual of continuing war in the region. 

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