Skip to comments.Geithner confession: Plan? We don’t need no stinkin’ plan… and thanks for not noticing
Posted on 02/19/2012 5:12:51 PM PST by Starman417
Now that Obama has successfully shifted the GOP campaign off of the economy, jobs, debt and spending, and into a bizarre form of acceptance of federal intrusion into national health care criteria, events that should be good news for the GOP are getting buried under passionate rhetoric. I'm not sure if any one has spent time, pondering the convenient timing of this contraceptive mandate's rise to prominence, two years after it's creation and in a hot election year. But does the usual Alinksy bait and switch maneuver come to mind? How convenient to steer the conversation away from Obama's past and looming future fiscal failures, and into a predictably divisive conservative arena.... to the exclusion of most everything else.
That's not wise...
The contraceptive mandate that insurers include birth control and emergency contraceptives as part of their prescription plans was specifically laid out in the O'healthcare legislation almost two years ago, and already implemented in more than half the states over the past decade via their 10th Amendment powers. Some of these state mandates do not include any exceptions for religious or conscientious objection and - considering the passion it inspires - quizzically remained unchallenged in all that time. But the overlooked state battles are not the point on a federal level.
The point is that when the GOP argues that the contraceptive mandate should not apply to the religious, they are simultaneously admitting that the feds, indeed, have the right to mandate insurers minimum coverage nationwide... just as long as they include some religious exceptions.
Arguing that perspective differs little from the old adage, "We have established what you are, madam. We are now merely haggling over the price."
Instead the GOP is getting bogged down in details, and allowing Obama to frame his performance as being the compromising adult in the room by "accommodating" for religious exemptions - all for a mandate the feds have no Constitutional authority to implement in the first place. He's like the savvy flea market barker who wants $10 for a stolen, defective lamp, so he asks $20. The gullible buyer wanders it, and walks off feeling like he got a bargain - half off the asking price. It never occurs to him that the barker never had the right to sell that lamp, or that when he gets it home and plugs it in, he'll find out it doesn't even work.
Forget religious exceptions and compromises from Obama. Do not be lulled into false victories for wide religious exceptions. The feds do not possess the constitutional authority to demand *anyone*, religious or not, acquire or provide coverage including contraceptives. Nor do they have the right to tell insurers nationwide that their prescription packages contain that benefit.
The contraceptive mandate ties into the larger issue that O'healthcare, in it's entirety, is a costly and defective overreach of stolen federal powers, and needs to be repealed and replaced. And part of that replacement is reform of the entitlement programs doomed to bankrupt this nation.
Considering that the largest issue on all voters' minds- both parties - is the economy, jobs and out of control debt/spending, the GOP needs to seize upon the largest gift that will keep on giving throughout the campaign season... Treasury Secretary, Tim "tax cheat" Geithner has made an unapologetic confession to the House Budget Committee chair, Rep. Paul Ryan, that not only did Obama and his admin *not* have a "definitive solution" on the out of control long term debt, but the only thing they *were* definitively sure of is that they didn't like the GOP solutions.
(Excerpt) Read more at floppingaces.net...
The republicans are in on the destruction plan or they’re damned idiots. Either way they all need to be replaced.
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Not surprising ... the guy couldn’t even operate Turbo Tax. A budget plan for reducing the deficit is way too far out there for someone like him with limited (or is it PC to say challenged) intellectual capabilities!
I am so tired of hearing how “smart” this Administration is. Please someone tell me one area of the Federal Government where something is moving in the right direction!
Hello? Hello? Anyone?
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