Saturday, March 12, 2016

Welcome to today's edition of, "Who's the Bigger Socialist?"


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That half a point difference between Kasich and Trump will make all the difference in the world.

OK the delta could be bigger than that but its going to spun as a huge (or yuuge) victory for whichever comes out on top no matter by how many.

Might Cleveland in 2016 echo Chicago of 1968

4:33 AM, March 12, 2016  
Blogger ColumbusGuy said...

Oh, a Kasich victory will be a much, much bigger show than a Trump victory. A Trump victory is just another one, but a Kasich victory will mean Jesus has arrived on earth and we should have expanded Medicaid more.

5:03 AM, March 12, 2016  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Trump victory would be big because it would be the death of all "reasonable" alternatives

7:55 AM, March 12, 2016  
Blogger ColumbusGuy said...

Perhaps as a matter of substance, but not as a matter of dominant Manhattan press narrative. Kasich wins here, I expect a YUGE push, basically anointing him the "only one" who can defeat Trump. It's nonsense, obviously, but essentially all their narratives are nonsense.

BTW, I was a little disappointed to see Cruz attached to criticizing Trump for the Chicago fascists, but then I see Cruz did blame Obama (and remarkably, at least one press outlet put a little squib that effect in a story that was otherwise all about the criticism of Trump; the usual practice would be to skip that detail altogether).

9:05 AM, March 12, 2016  
Anonymous Denver Guy said...

CG, you'll be interested to know that Colorado is facing a $137 Million dollar budget shortfall, in major part due to the added expense of expanded Madicaid. Here we have the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, so even though marijuana taxes have given the state significant extra funds, the state is barred from increasing expenditure of tax dollars faster than the rate of population growth, and when tax revenues grow to fast, the taxpayers get a rebate, pegged this year at probably $190 Million.

Medicaid expenses grew faster than expected, and faster than the rate of population growth overall. So now the legislature is getting ready to cut the fee schedule for doctors, clinics and hospitals that accept Medicaid. Already low to begin with, this will disincline more medical professionals to sign up to accept Medicaid (except those who take seriously a "Pro Bono" obligation as part oftheir profession).

Colorado's State-run insurance exchange has also collapsed (though our online market worked better than the Federal one at the outset). All around, the ACA has caused ridiculous headaches in this State, including the decision not to raise State employee salaries, despite the Marijuana windfall.

For my part, I give great thanks for the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, because it forces government and the population to realize that expenditure increases have ramifications. Coloradans could fix the "problem" by referendum by granting an exception to the expenditure caps for Medicaid, but Democrats are loath to try, because they know it would fail with the elctorate.

And now, health care is roughly 43% of the State's entire annual budget! I personally wouldn't wouldn't want it to become even more.

Maybe this will force our State to actually come up with an efficient, price considered solution to providing basic health care to the poor, instead of stuffing health care tax dollars into the pockets of insurance companies and wasteful medical cooperatives. Of course Democrats pointtheir fingers at the Constitutional expenditure caps, which they would love to see repealed. They bring to mind EPA dude Walter Peck from Ghostbusters, ranting that the Ghostbusters were to blame for the explosion (of ghosts), even though they warned him in no uncertain terms that his orders would reslut in an explosion.

8:35 AM, March 14, 2016  

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