A fellow blogger, who I frequent regularly, had this to say about the recent Health Care summit between the One and the half’s and the Republicans. This was initial reaction to the summit:

Today Barack Obama showed that the Republicans are not interested in increasing ACCESS to health care. They talk a great line about tort reform and cost cutting (with penny ante foolishness like eliminating paperwork) but when it comes to making insurance coverage available to MORE people, they come up completely empty. This is now clear to the American people. The GOP has got nuthin’.

Now, Rutherford is the epitome of liberal and I am by now use to his hyperbole, but I couldn’t help at wonder how he could have possibly come to this conclusion.

Of course, after a second of thought, I remembered that Rutherford (R) lives in almost constant denial at this point, so it really wasn’t much of a surprise. At one point, R made this comment:

My God was this summit a Rorschach test or what? The right wing sees their total public humiliation as some kind of triumph.

Now, for those who don’t have a the faintest clue, Wikipedia (I know, an authority source) says this:

The Rorschach test (German pronunciation: [ˈʁoɐʃax]; also known as the Rorschach inkblot test or simply the Inkblot test) is a psychological test in which subjects’ perceptions of inkblotspsychologicalalgorithms, or both. Some psychologists use this test to examine a person’s personality characteristics and emotional functioning. It has been employed to detect an underlying thought disorder, especially in cases where patients are reluctant to describe their thinking processes openly [emphasis mine].

So this test sounds like just the thing to use when talking to a liberal. I mean, we’re talking about a political group of people who rely on emotion, as opposed to reason, and who regularly struggle when asked to explain their delusional premises.

So, with that in mind, I submit my one and only ink blot vis a vis health care reform.

National Job Approval- Barak Obama Health Care

I’ve tried to get R for some time now to explain to me how he can justify doing something- in the name of the people mind you- without either the consent or will of the people. Needless to say, I’m still waiting for his response.

Or am I? According to R:

The Dems will get their house in order. The bill will pass. The country will find out that the world did not come to an end. And the GOP will look like the losers they are come November.

Let me focus in on The country will find out that the world did not come to an end comment. From this, we can conclude that while R recognizes that the people emphatically do not support the current health care reform effort, they’ll eventually come round to their betters beliefs and accept their lot in life, as dictated by R and his ilk.

I think maybe another definition is in order here…

Elitism is the belief or attitude that those individuals who are considered members of the elite — a select group of people with, intellect, wealth, specialized training or experience, or other distinctive attributes — are those whose views on a matter are to be taken the most seriously or carry the most weight or those who view their own views as so

Sean Hannity had Frank Luntz on his Fox News show to discuss the public reaction to the summit.

Another comment my liberal friend has made is:

Let’s understand this. They were not gathered there yesterday to discuss process. They were there to discuss policy.

It is convenient for R, and liberals in general, to lament the discussion of process. I mean, it sounds so much better to cast aside our troubles in this journey, and at this juncture it is most valuable to discuss the vehicle taking us forward rather than the road we came on. We Conservatives take umbrage at that since we are essentially riding in a stolen vehicle and we’d just assume not be party to this crime. By ignoring the process to here, we would be tacitly accepting that said process was somehow legitimate, which it was not by any measure.

Furthermore, he contends that, “The GOP brought ‘clean slate, step by step, start over’. That’s not ‘other ideas’.”

I’d be curious then, to hear him explain this to me:

An overwhelming majority of Americans, 73%, prefer that Congress either start from scratch (48%) or stop work completely on health care reform (25%).

Rut ro raggy…

As for policy, the One and the half’s didn’t do so well on that either. The fact that you have Obama calling his own bill a prop says something. I’d be willing to guess that if we showed the stack of money it’ll take to pay for this monstrosity, he’d call that a prop too.

What’s interesting is this, of the comments made by the Republicans, I think Paul Ryan’s were the most damaging to the President, the Dems and the current health care reform initiative, and I’ve yet to hear any one proponent of the current health care reform plan refute his points:

• “This bill does not control costs (or) reduce deficits. Instead, (it) adds a new health care entitlement when we have no idea how to pay for the entitlements we already have.”

• “The bill has 10 years of tax increases, about half a trillion dollars, with 10 years of Medicare cuts, about half a trillion dollars, to pay for six years of spending. The true 10-year cost (is) $2.3 trillion.”

• “The bill takes $52 billion in higher Social Security tax revenues and counts them as offsets. But that’s really reserved for Social Security. So either we’re double-counting them or we don’t intend on paying those Social Security benefits.”

• “The bill takes $72 billion from the CLASS Act (long-term care insurance) benefit premiums and claims them as offsets.”

• “The bill treats Medicare like a piggy bank, (raiding) half a trillion dollars not to shore up Medicare solvency, but to spend on this new government program.”

• “The chief actuary of Medicare (says) as much as 20% of Medicare providers will either go out of business or have to stop seeing Medicare beneficiaries.”

• “Millions of seniors who have chosen Medicare Advantage (Medicare through a private insurer) will lose the coverage that they now enjoy.”

• “When you strip out the double-counting and … gimmicks, the full 10-year cost of the bill has a $460 billion deficit. The second 10-year cost of this bill has a $1.4 trillion deficit.”

• “The ‘doc fix’ (restoring cuts in Medicare reimbursements) costs $371 billion … a price tag (that) made the score look bad. (So) that provision was taken out, and (put) in stand-alone legislation. But ignoring these costs does not remove them from the backs of taxpayers. Hiding spending does not reduce spending.”

• “Are we bending the cost curve down or are we bending the cost curve up? If you look at your own chief actuary at Medicare, we’re bending it up. He’s claiming that we’re going up $222 billion, adding more to the unsustainable fiscal situation we have.”

The Dems will likely try to use Reconciliation to get it passed in the Senate, provided the new bill will pass in the House (which is by no means guaranteed). They will do this in spite of the fact that the American people are adamantly opposed to the procedure for this issue. They will pass a bill that the American people are adamantly opposed to in substance. And, as such, they will collectively commit political suicide this November.

Liberals are contributing to many negatives in this country, but this is probably the best measure yet of how out of touch the Dems are with the American people.

CNN Poll: Majority says government a threat to citizens’ rights

The survey indicates a partisan divide on the question: only 37 percent of Democrats, 63 percent of Independents and nearly 7 in 10 Republicans say the federal government poses a threat to the rights of Americans.