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The Lesson of Dunkirk

curtmilr Wrote: Feb 21, 2014 9:00 AM
Absolutely correct!
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The Lesson of Dunkirk

curtmilr Wrote: Feb 21, 2014 8:59 AM
The analogy is somewhat apt, but should be that the senior captains of the team want to put the brash young QB on the bench rather than showing them up by rallying the team on the playing field.
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The Lesson of Dunkirk

curtmilr Wrote: Feb 21, 2014 8:54 AM
Don't be so harsh with DR. Sowell. He may be wrong in this case, but he is doing so in the hope that the GOP establishment truly aspires to the return of constitutional governance. I fear he is wrong in that hope, but don't blame him for holding it out.
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The Lesson of Dunkirk

curtmilr Wrote: Feb 21, 2014 8:50 AM
Amen!
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The Lesson of Dunkirk

curtmilr Wrote: Feb 21, 2014 8:49 AM
But the GOP establishment got nothing! Did not TRY to get anything! And in fact gave BHO more than ANY President deserved by giving him an UNLIMITED debt ceiling for the next year. Sorry, this was abject surrender and abandonment of principle with NO long term strategy apparent. The establishment didn't even attempt to slow the headlong rush into debt! There is no other honest way to look at it! BTW, I don't listen to talk shows or FOX News, so those insults don't fly!
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The Lesson of Dunkirk

curtmilr Wrote: Feb 21, 2014 8:43 AM
But Richard, that was not the ONLY choice, as I suggested below. To accept that the legislative process must be abandoned to avoid a potential defeat IS defeat itself. Both you & Dr. Sowell are, in this case, accepting surrender, ostensibly to fight another day. But this was the "another day" specifically cited LAST time! A tactical victory, however small, COULD have been exacted from the Dems, but the GOP establishment showed cowardice, not wisdom, in refusing to even try.
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Cruz Aims at His Own Side -- Again

curtmilr Wrote: Feb 21, 2014 7:30 AM
The play from Boehner should have been to grant a real debt limit increase, paired with repeal of the Medical Device Tax that allegedly has bipartisan support. Would Reid have Dem. Senators fall on their swords in an election year over that? Would BHO veto the debt limit increase over that? If so, the GOP challengers are handed a weapon! If not the GOP wins a tactical victory, the government is funded, with a real limit, and conservatives stood up for something. This type tactic is something the GOP base could support, instead of the abject continuing surrender by GOP establishment leadership..
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The Lesson of Dunkirk

curtmilr Wrote: Feb 21, 2014 7:16 AM
The concession that Cruz could have sought might not have been a partisan divide. Instead of Keystone XL, request the repeal of the Medical Device Tax, something allegedly with bipartisan support. If Sen. Reid order the Dems to vote it down, or BHO vetoes it, it hands the GOP Senate challengers a well honed weapon. If it is passed, it is a GOP tactical victory, and further undermines the financial solvency of Obamacare. I usually love Dr. Sowell, but he is simply wrong about abandoning the field in surrender. Agreed we need more soldiers in the Senate, but you don't get that by having vacillating leadership wave a white flag. You get that by showing your colors! Wisely of course, but a bold delineation to show a plain choice for the low information voter must be made. You don't beat something with nothing, and without making stands regularly, you stand for nothing!
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The Real Reaction to Obamacare

curtmilr Wrote: Dec 15, 2013 7:55 AM
You're right, and wrong, Bert! There ARE "Market Oriented Solutions" such as the one you mentioned. Others that Bruce mentioned are portability, national markets for insurance, MSAs, and tort reform which will all increase transparency, and bend the cost curve down. The current business-type tax advantages should be made available only to individuals as well, empowering them to be able to afford top quality insurance on a level playing field. And we lift the dead weight hand of government dictates and bureaucratic expenses. What is lacking is a visionary spokesman to champion these, and other, reforms which are desperately needed, as the administrative State is grinding the free enterprise system slowly into the ground under the studded boot of their good intentions. He or she is out there, and we need to focus support on them, once they arise, and end the circular firing squad on the right.
As a Life Member of the RNC for over 30 years, I can honestly say that the GOP has "left me" philosophically. Oh, they mouth the required words, as do those like Ms. Charen, but they never actually stand for anything. Wimps! Now that the House is standing up, the RINOs are gleefully stabbing them in the back while the Dems are slashing them from the front. Far too few recognize the importance of the current battle! For the House to capitulate without significant concessions from the Executive Branch at this point will eviscerate the control of the purse by the House of Representatives, at least for the rest of this presidency, and perhaps forever. This is now a matter of institutional survival. The battle must therefore be waged on that ground!
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