You would think the single most conservative Senator (possibly in modern history) would deserve a little room and encouragement not only for his past service, but for his new gig at the Heritage Foundation. Instead, Libertarians (whom I'm heavily now embracing in many ways) decide to not only smear DeMint's new organization with the old "healthcare mandate" misinformation - but decide to write like a bad rightwing version of MediaMatters pretending that they were somehow pushing Universal healthcare.
I speak of Economic Policy Journal (to which I've become daily addicted by the way) who again, seem to use zero perspective or strategy in their analysis. So they get mine:
I love Economic Policy Journal. I really do. But your reporting and accuracy is pathetic. Perhaps you were too busy smoking weed you try so hard to get legalized - I don't know.
In the early 90's, thanks to Gingrich and many policy papers, advocacy and lobbying by Heritage - we not only had zero tax increases, we balanced the budget for the first time in 50 years. All with a DEMOCRAT President. There was no easy argument saying we were "too much" in debt such the majority of Americans were fine with their current (Reagan/Gingrich) taxes and a soaring economy. In fact, they were so happy - they were willing to allow a rapist/serial woman abusing President who sells our military secrets to the Chinese to do so.
Prior to the advance of the mandate for healthcare - the Democrats had a NEARLY 70% APPROVAL FOR UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE. If you think RINO's are bad today - just imagine how it was in the middle of a soaring economy with a conservative Speaker who wouldn't bring a SINGLE TAX TO THE HOUSE FLOOR that would appease the marauding MSM.
There wasn't ANY political room to argue AGAINST socialized healthcare AT ALL. The Democrats kept playing the "heartless corporate Republican" tune, and with the country clearly already behind some form of "help" - the question then became HOW DO WE STOP HILLARY?
In fact Heritage's individual mandate was brilliant arguing "if we're going to have govt healthcare then EVERYONE SHOULD PAY". It wasn't so much that they wanted Government healthcare. It was more of a question of how do we look just like naysayers, and give the simplistic American MTV mesmerized masses something that looks like we are "for."
Hence the (unconstitutional) mandate.
And furthermore, many of the conservative arguments (like opening up insurance beyond state borders to allow free markets) WAS in the Heritage plan. It wasn't ANYTHING like ObamaCare.
And guess what? It frickin' worked. Although Americans have a big heart (and no foundational constitutional education), they even more believe that there is "no free lunch" and hence the Welfare reform measures.
Libertarian purists keep believing that there is some magic pixie dust somewhere that just makes all the elected Democrats and Republicans wiling to suddenly learn, embrace and courageously stand for constitutional freedoms if only there embraced their views. The reality is that even Reagan with his communication skills STILL had to raise taxes and barter with Democrat (and RINO) forces compromising to get even the most meager conservative reforms done. Gingrich brilliantly understood this and packaged 10 of 'em that ALREADY HAD popular support together and had a mandate to use their '94 win to get them through before the steady trickle of MSM naysayers could start eating away at the American resolve.
You people had better grow up and start reporting accurately if you want to be taken seriously. Heritage DID abandon the individual mandate too late of course - but I suspect it was due to a leadership that was out of touch with the current mindset of the nation. DeMint is a good guy and I suspect (pray) he'll do a fine job.
But the reality is you aren't going to EVER get an American sentiment to throw out every unconstitutional law and operation in government. You have to take what you can get, and try to keep educating while overriding the massive MSM doublespeak/socialist propaganda.
While EPJ has nominated a lifelong Congressman (almost) who never passed a single significant piece of legislation, Gingrich (who they constantly disdain) did and he left with a 60% approval rating of Congress. And the Republican forces STILL couldn't stand him trying to inch us closer to a true Constitutional Republic. Imagine what they would have done with a racist Texas congressman who looked and acted like Dr. Kevorkian.
But all you guys want to do is argue Monday morning quarterbacking like some fat Titan hillbilly slob fan with your case of Budweiser who never played a down of pee wee football much less anything else.
Good luck with that.