Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Does Obama really believe that fixing the economy depends on health care reform?

Byron York:

Meanwhile, the president is taking every opportunity to argue that real recovery won’t be possible unless we spend hundreds of billions of dollars to enact his so-far-unspecified health care reform plan. “I’ve said repeatedly that getting health care costs under control is essential to reducing budget deficits, restoring fiscal discipline, and putting our economy on a path towards sustainable growth and shared prosperity,” Obama said at the White House on Monday.

Jeff at Protein Wisdom:

Unlike York, I don’t have sources inside the beltway, but nevertheless I’m going to disagree with him and say that it is unlikely Obama is betting an economic recovery on the passage of universal health care. Instead, I’m guessing that Obama — always one to take advantage of historic symbolism — simply wants to be the one who brings about the total overhaul of the US economic system, to be the man responsible for pushing (or forcing, depending on your point of view) anti-capitalist progressive policy into the political mainstream, where it will become difficult to roll back.

The president's logic--if logic is involved--confounds me. it's like building a house with the roof constructed first, then the actual structure under that, and last, the foundation. Very innovative--but it doesn't make sense.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Characteristically leftist thinking - of a lazy kind that slacked their Marx Economics classes.

I had a former friend (speaking of former friends), an extensively educated guy, who knew roughly 17 languages. He and his wife moved from NY to a small town in MA, and I visited them once. I asked about their new place of residence, and he explained that in the past most of the town was employed at some plant, part of a military complex, but since the big Co decided to move manufacturing someplace else, the town suffered economic downturn. "Until now", triumphantly stated my ex-friend, "since for a few years more and more artistic people moved in; they write, paint, sculpt and play in a local theater productions, and spend their earnings in small local businesses. That's the economic model for the future!"

When I asked what would happen if nobody from outside of the town would want to buy these people's paintings and books, he got slightly upset and hinted that I'd been brainwashed by neocon propaganda...