Episode 122 – Obama Up Medicare In GOP Out

The Democrats turn the tables on Republicans and use health care to their advantage in winning a long-held Republican Congressional seat in New York. Why did things change? What does this mean for the 2012 elections? Are Republicans worried so much about singing to the choir that they’re missing the tone of the electorate? As President Obama continues to climb in the polls, will Republican pot shots continue to pay-off, or will they backfire? With so many candidates leaving the race, what are the Republican prospects in 2012? Always entertaining and informative, it’s Political — the political podcast. Best Friends. Vast Experience. Engaging political talk…without the fighting.

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One response to “Episode 122 – Obama Up Medicare In GOP Out

  1. Michael Dunne

    Good show. Seem like a while since the last one. Some immediate thoughts:
    Agree on the insults from the Israeli Prime Minister. I would say it is not fatigue in America with the Israeli/Palestinian situation, but just no appetite for foreign quagmires anymore, period (especially when it comes with billion dollar price tags).
    As for the 1967 borders, I think Bush may have been a little more generous about the settlements. The main point though is that the 1967 borders are the main frame of reference for negotiations. The much vague and debated resolution 242 indicated in spirit that “occupied territories” had to be largely evacuated. Otherwise, there are tons of Palestinians living in the West Bank that will be difficult to hold down decade after decade.
    I agree with Jeff on the bailout (for industry at least). Now I don’t think we will “never know,” I think it is pretty clear the country would have been hit pretty hard without the bailout. Hence the fact you had actions, however spastic, span two administrations of decidedly different partisan bent.
    Otherwise, wasn’t Paul Ryan culpable in part for the deficits? What did he do for 12 years? Voted on unfunded wars? Voted on tax cuts? Didn’t his plan push tax cuts again? I am not sure he had much of a plan, but more of an irresponsible wish list.
    Medicare will be supported by almost everyone aside from a fringe, regardless of political persuasion. It probably falls in the categories that Ike mentioned: “Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history.”
    No one who is a senior, or near senior, or has old parents, and is in their right mind, would trust a voucher or coupon or subsidy.
    For the fiscal situation to be solved (to some degree): Raise taxes, close loop holes, and reduce spending (farm and oil subsidies, military spending, pushing out eligibility for social security, etc.). Considering two wars have been going on it is a surprise that the curve for the income taxes doesn’t start from 50% and descend from there. Maybe raise tariffs too (say vis-à-vis China)….Just thinking out loud with this last paragraph…

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