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19 / November
Tipping Point

Mitt Romney's explanation for his loss is impolitic but not necessarily incorrect. He should probably keep his mouth shut, for the sake of his party and his reputation. Any observation a loser makes on his loss inevitably strikes hearers as sore loserdom. And blaming the voters, rather than the losing candidate, works oh-so well for the losing candidate. It doesn't work well for the losing party. They have to face those same voters again. But like Romney's derided 47 percent comments, Romney's idea that Obama gave goodies for votes--health care, student loans, contraceptives, never-ending unemployment benefits, etc.--is heretical if mostly true. Appealing to the what's-in-it-for-me mentality works better than basing a campaign on a what's-good-for-America platform. The makers outnumbering the takers resulting in a tipping point has reached its tipping point as a meme. A lack of originality doesn't undermine the truth of the idea, though. As a Wyoming voter told the New York Times today, "The parasites now outnumber the producers. That's why Romney lost, and I think it's going to get worse." Me too. And the worse big government performs, the bigger the calls for bigger government become.

posted at 09:03 AM
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And Robert Samuelson - not a Republican zealot - appears to agree:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/robert-samuelson-its-the-welfare-state-stupid/2012/11/11/e392868a-2ab0-11e2-bab2-eda299503684_story.html

Posted by: Michael on November 19, 2012 10:06 AM

I disagree. I'm glad that Romney was up front about this and I'd say it's about time he said it. Especially as he was right and in my opinion it wonít matter what he says as most of the voters that might take offense are lost to the Republican Party anyway.

The GOP can not pander. They are not good at it and their brand will ever be tainted by the opposition and parroted in the media anyway so they need to be up front and in faces with a consistent message.

I thought Romney did a good job but if I were to have any criticism of his campaign it was that he played it too safe.

For the usual GOP suspects to be in high dudgeon because now he speaks the truth seems frivolous to me.

Posted by: asdf on November 19, 2012 10:16 AM

Demographically, the GOP has no way to win national elections, although they have successfully gerrymandered their way into control of the House. Their only hope is to abandon certain elements of social conservatism, as their economic arguments are generally accepted by mainstream elements of both the right and the left. Obushma will slash entitlement spending and public investments at a time when it should be significantly increased to deal with the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and to compete with the Dutch, the Germans, and the Chinese in the burgeoning renewable resources energy sector. This will be done with both tacit and full throated support from almost everyone in the Democratic party establishment.

The private health care system in the US is horribly inefficient, and with the exception of emergency care, performs very poorly compared to the rest of the world. The US is also terribly unhealthy, with one of the lowest life expectancy rates in the industrialized world. Yet Teabags like Flynn and asdf think that this private, for-profit industry is screwed up by big government, when it's precisely the lack of public funding mechanisms and publicly enforced cost controls that contribute to the poor performance of the system. Go figure.

Small businesses and entrepreneurs claim their greatest worry and impediment to growth is low aggregate demand and rising health care costs, not taxes and regulations like Teabags claim with no supporting evidence. Per capita spending in the US is $9000, compared to an average of about $4500 throughout the rest of the world, and 63% of bankruptcies in the US are due to medical debt.

Posted by: PMA on November 19, 2012 10:32 AM

Demographically, the GOP has no way to win national elections, although they have successfully gerrymandered their way into control of the House. Their only hope is to abandon certain elements of social conservatism, as their economic arguments are generally accepted by mainstream elements of both the right and the left. Obushma will slash entitlement spending and public investments at a time when it should be significantly increased to deal with the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and to compete with the Dutch, the Germans, and the Chinese in the burgeoning renewable resources energy sector. This will be done with both tacit and full throated support from almost everyone in the Democratic party establishment.

The private health care system in the US is horribly inefficient, and with the exception of emergency care, performs very poorly compared to the rest of the world. The US is also terribly unhealthy, with one of the lowest life expectancy rates in the industrialized world. Yet Teabags like Flynn and asdf think that this private, for-profit industry is screwed up by big government, when it's precisely the lack of public funding mechanisms and publicly enforced cost controls that contribute to the poor performance of the system. Go figure.

Small businesses and entrepreneurs claim their greatest worry and impediment to growth is low aggregate demand and rising health care costs, not taxes and regulations like Teabags claim with no supporting evidence. Per capita spending in the US is $9000, compared to an average of about $4500 throughout the rest of the world, and 63% of bankruptcies in the US are due to medical debt.

Posted by: PMA on November 19, 2012 10:33 AM

I would slightly agree that demographically the GOP may have difficulty winning national elections in the near future because the demographics cut out by the Democrat Party are based on a majority of the takers and those vested in identity politics. I disagree that abandoning social conservatism is the way to sell the Party as we should stand for something and offer an alternative to the failed and destructive policies of the left that will get us to abyss faster and, in turn, will do nothing to improve the GOP brand.

But it wonít be demographics that will change things for Republicans. It will be when Democrat policies have so completely hosed up the social and financial fabric of this country that it all comes tumbling down for the Party of Corruption because itís all quite unsustainable.

One thing that interests me in much of what you write is that you appear to not have learned from things that have actually occurred in real time. Obama slash entitlement spending and public investments? What evidence do you have that this will happen? Recent observation seems to indicate that he has no intention of changing his Marxist ideology and will increase those and continue to move in that direction at the peril of printing more de-valued dollars and borrowing creating more Trillion plus deficits. So we have that going for us.

And do you have an example of ANYTHING that big government does that is efficient or cost effective? So government being in charge of 1/5 the economy and managing healthcare for 300 million plus Americans is going to work? Good luck getting that hip replacement when your 70.

Posted by: asdf on November 19, 2012 03:05 PM

This is a monster that will never be satisfied. It will continue to exhaust all sources of revenue until everything is under its control.

My only hope is that the eventual seizure of the Catholic Church for not paying its taxes (where such payment will be required very soon), and the eventual imposition of a requirement to chose loyalty to the state or to the Church (which I assume will happen if history is any guide) happens quickly. Because, happily, I will not be able to watch the horror that will follow with my head cut off.

Posted by: HomerJFong on November 20, 2012 08:14 AM

After suffering all Summer with missiles raining in from Gaza, Syria and the newly minted terrorist state of Egypt, Israel is getting a visit from our defrocked Secretary of State to see what can be done about the hostilities. Mostly because NOBODY from the Muslim states will talk to her. So she'll try to leverage a sane reasonable 'ally' and give a pass to the perps.

Iím not sure if most folks get that the ongoing skirmishes we see in the Middle East have a world wide objective: Destruction of Israel today; the rest of Western Civilization next and ongoing.

In the United States itís a passing story, nothing to see here. And even though we had a taste of what will be on 9/11/01, many in this country are just whistling past the graveyard that is the World Wide Jihad.

I believe the move is afoot in this country to pave the way for such Jihad and I would say that the inevitable push to take down the Catholic Church will be a good start. If we allow it.

Posted by: asdf on November 20, 2012 08:50 AM
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