Commentary on current events, politics, government, and popular culture from John Sheirer, author of the book, Make Common Sense Common Again.

Friday, February 28, 2014

If Bush had created "Bushcare," Republicans would already have his face carved on Mount Rushmore.



  1. Actually we conservatives were against many of the Big Government initiatives and spending under GW.
    And, no, we would not be in favor of Government Mandated Healthcare. Healthcare is not a right.
    Healthcare was left to the States under the Tenth Amendment by the Founders, especially James Madison:

    “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation and foreign commerce. ... The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives and liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement and prosperity of the State.”
    ― James Madison

    1. Actually, you're wrong about several items in your comment. 1) Most "conservatives" in Congress voted for Bush's spending programs without hesitation, including unfunded and mismanaged wars that he kept off the budget. "Conservatives" also voted for his deficit-busting tax cuts during that time of war. 2) Conservatives in the Heritage Foundation actually created the idea of government-mandated health insurance back int he 1990s. President Obama just improved on their ideas. 3) Polls of Americans show that they consider healthcare a basic human right. 4) Healthcare involves interstate commerce, so it's under the authority of the the federal government. Your "states-right" argument doesn't apply.


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