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Ashcroft Passes on Opportunity to Deny Medicaid Expansion Fix

Last week, I wrote about the Missouri Republican Establishment’s plan to win a windfall for lobbyist Kit Bond via Senate candidate Jay Ashcroft. Not that the Establishment cares about Bond, but they want Medicaid expansion passed before they beg for money for 2016 from the Missouri Hospital Association and Chamber of Commerce.

Well, the St. Louis Post Dispatch asked Ashcroft about the deal, and he couldn’t quite bring himself to deny that he would pass Medicaid expansion if elected.

Noting Bond’s lobbying role, Tea Party leader Bill Hennessy alleged in a recent column that Ashcroft has already committed “to help push Obamacare in the Missouri Senate.”

Ashcroft laughed at that accusation.

“I haven’t agreed to anything with regard to Medicaid expansion,” he said.

If helping people get quality medical care is the goal, “Medicaid expansion is one way to do that, and I’m open to talking about that. But I’m afraid we’re focusing on one of the potential solutions instead of saying, ‘Here’s the problem, what are the whole myriad of solutions we could use?’”

So a Medicaid deal is still in play, Jay?

For the record, none of the Missouri US Congress Republicans who attended a fundraiser for Ashcroft have denied Kit Bond’s influence in the event. Or on Ashcroft’s last-minute decision to run.

I understand it will be difficult to fill John Lamping’s shoes, but evading questions about backroom deals on Obamacare is a step in the wrong direction for Ashcroft.

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I was talking about defunding Obamacare before it was cool

Okay, I’m fired up. I’m fired up about Obamacare.

I don’t know what got me onto this, exactly. I talked to Jim Durbin tonight, so maybe that was it.

I’ve been looking for video of a speech I gave at the Million Med March in Clayton, MO, in 2009.  Two-friggin-thousand-and-nine. (I’m a quarter German, so I hold a grudge.)

I found it. Here’s the clip I’ve wanted to show Congress since last August. Again, this is November 21, 2009–four months before the House finally passed Obamacare.

Man, I wish I’d found this last August. I knew in 2009–before the damn thing became law–that we’d eventually be fighting over funding.

And I know now that promoting defund was the right thing to do. Here’s why.

Obamacare is a nightmare. Very few previously uninsured people have obtained insurance under Obamacare. Most of the enrollees who’ve actually paid a premium were already insured. They lost their insurance because of Obamacare.

The uninsured ante Obamacare are uninsured post Obamacare. The big change is that those who lost their pre-Obamacare insurance face much higher premiums and deductibles now than before.

Plus, the CBO says Obamacare will reduce the workforce by 2.5 million. And it will cost trillions more than Obama told you when he was lying about “you can keep your plan.”

At some point, young people are going to ask Congress, “Did you do everything in your power to stop this travesty?”

Rand Paul, Mike Lee,  Ted Cruz, and a few others can say, “Yes! I used every weapon at my disposal to spare you the horror story you’ve experienced.”

But 90% of Republicans can’t say that. Senator Roy Blunt has to admit, “I folded up like a cheap suit.”

Leadership often requires standing for something uncool and sticking with it until it becomes cool. Like birth-control glasses and stubble. Now that people see the horrors of Obamacare, Republicans who wanted to be cool in the moment look like parents who teach their kids the dangers of heroin by giving them clean needles and an ounce of Mexican Brown.

Guest Post: An Open Letter to Millennials from Bob the Retiree

Submitted by Bob, the retiree:

To the Millennials of America,

All you sniveling, whining, crybaby Millennials need to quit your complaining and get signed up with Obamacare as soon as possible.

We really don’t care what it costs you. I am retired now and drawing my Social Security and will sign up for Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and any other Social program available, as soon as I can qualify. I’m entitled, you know!

We need you bunch of sniveling crybabies to get on board so you can pay for these programs. How else am I going to be able to siphon off your wealth? You do believe in wealth redistribution don’t you? You don’t deserve all that wealth you have now or will earn in the future. It’s your obligation to share it with us. We’re entitled to some of it.

Quit griping, quit sniveling, quit complaining and get signed up now, you hear! That’s an order.

Bob, The Retiree

William F. Buckley clipped from http://granitegrok.com/blog/2013/07/notable-quote-william-f-buckley

What Would Buckley Do?

I wanted to be William F. Buckley Jr. All I lacked was his intellect, education, and unique experiences.

Well, I didn’t want to be him. I wanted to be the next one.

Every day, I wrote a 750-word piece. Poorly. I believed that practice would improve my writing.

It didn’t.

One day, I realized, as long as I tried to be the next William F. Buckley, I was destined for frustration and failure. The same would have applied had I chosen to be the next Wayne Gretzky or the next George Carlin.

In the pantheon of great political writers, a William F. Buckley comes along precisely one time. The “next one” will be as different from Buckley as Gretzky was from Howe or Daniel Tosh is from Carlin.

And I won’t be the next one. No one will.

I didn’t know at the time, but trying to be something inhibits progress toward that goal. The writer who wants to be the next anyone mires himself in the bog of his present ineptness.

Success comes from practice, but from an instructive practice. It comes from a desire to improve. Improvement comes from a desire to learn. To learn, one must take risks and make mistakes. And he must be humble enough to recognize his mistakes. Or to accept as instructive the criticism of others. (See, I can still channel Buckley for a sentence or two.)

All of that humility stuff goes against my nature.

I tend toward opportunities to prove my skills, not to improve them. I seek the judgment of people who, I know, will skip the flaws and praise the (scant) successes. Like mom and dad. I gravitate toward activities I do objectively well. And I tend to satisfy myself with mere competence; reaching excellence takes too much work.

With Buckley’s birthday approaching (November 24) and the events of the day, I was pleased to see so many Buckley references in my Twitter timeline today. No human being so influenced America’s right thinking. No human being so elegantly bridged the chasm between high-brow intellectualism and bare-knuckle political brawling. And no person earned more of my admiration. After all, I wanted to be him.

Of all his accomplishments, Buckley’s role in founding Young Americans for Freedom might be his greatest achievement. With the present mess in Washington and Obamacare’s sword dangling precariously above our national head, we’d all do well to review the Sharon Statement, the organization’s founding manifesto, released from Buckley’s home in Sharon, Connecticut, on September 11, 1960:

IN THIS TIME of moral and political crisis, it is the responsibility of the youth of America to affirm certain eternal truths.

WE, as young conservatives, believe:

THAT foremost among the transcendent values is the individual’s use of his God-given free will, whence derives his right to be free from the restrictions of arbitrary force;

THAT liberty is indivisible, and that political freedom cannot long exist without economic freedom;

THAT the purpose of government is to protect those freedoms through the preservation of internal order, the provision of national defense, and the administration of justice;

THAT when government ventures beyond these rightful functions, it accumulates power, which tends to diminish order and liberty;

THAT the Constitution of the United States is the best arrangement yet devised for empowering government to fulfill its proper role, while restraining it from the concentration and abuse of power;

THAT the genius of the Constitution – the division of powers – is summed up in the clause that reserves primacy to the several states, or to the people in those spheres not specifically delegated to the Federal government;

THAT the market economy, allocating resources by the free play of supply and demand, is the single economic system compatible with the requirements of personal freedom and constitutional government, and that it is at the same time the most productive supplier of human needs;

THAT when government interferes with the work of the market economy, it tends to reduce the moral and physical strength of the nation, that when it takes from one to bestow on another, it diminishes the incentive of the first, the integrity of the second, and the moral autonomy of both;

THAT we will be free only so long as the national sovereignty of the United States is secure; that history shows periods of freedom are rare, and can exist only when free citizens concertedly defend their rights against all enemies…

THAT the forces of international Communism are, at present, the greatest single threat to these liberties;

THAT the United States should stress victory over, rather than coexistence with this menace; and

THAT American foreign policy must be judged by this criterion: does it serve the just interests of the United States?

I feel a great temptation to expound on each paragraph, but I’ll home in on one.

THAT when government interferes with the work of the market economy, it tends to reduce the moral and physical strength of the nation, that when it takes from one to bestow on another, it diminishes the incentive of the first, the integrity of the second, and the moral autonomy of both.

And there lies the “eternal truth” that Obamacare hopes to frustrate and corrupt.

Obamacare is, in its conception, incubation, and emergence, an abomination. An affront to freedom, to the individual, and to the moral philosophy of natural rights. America cannot exist without deference to natural rights, making Obamacare an existential threat to our nation.

By that measure, those who support Obamacare are, unarguably, anti-American. Their hearts might be in the right place, but their bodies are on the wrong continent.

So, John Boehner said a lot when he said on ABC’s This Week:

“I and my members decided the threat of Obamacare and what was happening was so important that it was time for us to take a stand. And we took a stand.”

The stand Boehner and his colleagues took was to stand athwart the dismantling of the American Experiment, yelling, “STOP!”

With Obamacare, Barack Obama seeks to undermine and destroy the moral autonomy of every American. That’s a big ambition, on par with Khrushchev’s promise that the Soviet monster “will bury you.” Obama’s dream of a Soviet America fulfill’s Tocqueville’s warning:

the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.

Put aside your petty grievences against Speaker Boehner and his leadership team. This is a war for America’s existence against the most formidable foe we’ve ever faced. Obama is more ruthless than Hitler, more crafty than Tojo, more brutal than Stalin, and more arrogant than King George.

This menace, this threat, to America is not a foreign enemy risen in a distant land from which the Americans escaped; Obama is a monster raised among us. Obama threatens to fulfill Khrushchev’s other famous boast:

We cannot expect Americans to jump from capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans small doses of socialism until they suddenly awake to find they have Communism.

In this present battle, we have no enemies who fight that monster hunkered down at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. And in this battle, for now, John Boehner is our Patton.

At the risk of putting words in his mouth, Buckley would agree.

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Shutdown Week Could Turn Into Big Win for Republicans

“I shouldn’t have to offer anything.”  Barack Obama on why he’s shutting down the government.

Obama keeps forgetting he’s not a dictator. Or maybe I keep forgetting he is.

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Democrat Speaker Tip O’Neill shut down the government 12 times.

Did you see that list of government shutdowns?

1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1995.

Those first four shutdowns came with Democrat majorities in both houses of Congress.

And none of them affected the next election. None.

John Boehner just gave the speech of his life on the floor of the House. He demonstrated what a belligerent, spoiled child Obama is. He explained what fair means. He described the numerous concessions and attempts to negotiate initiated by the Republicans.

And every single outreached Republican hand came back slapped by Obama and Harry Reid.

Why?

Because Obama and Reid want a shutdown.

Let them have it.

Just don’t stop reminding people that the House has passed three bills to fund the government. All three bills reflected the will of the people. All three bills were less than conservatives wanted.

And all three bills were rejected by Harry Reid and Barack Obama.

Tell @BarackObama to stop acting like a tin-horn dictator and start acting like a man.

BUT . . .

If the House caves and passes a “clean” CR, 2014 could look like 1974.

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I’ve Learned the House GOP Is A Lot Tougher Than Senate

I was wrong.

As the continuing resolution fight approached, I expected House Republicans to cave. I expected Boehner to make a half-hearted attempt to use debt ceiling, instead of continuing resolution, as leverage to stop Obamacare. And I expected Republican Senators to make a stand.

But that’s not what happened.

In reverse order, Senate Republican leadership ran away from confrontation like schoolgirls spying a snake. Led by Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, and Missouri’s Junior Senator Roy Blunt, the GOP attacked Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz instead of Obamacare.

I’ve already written how despicable, lame, and cowardly Senate Leadership has been. Frankly, I don’t want a Republican majority in the Senate if it’s a bunch of self-serving pansies. I’d like to see McConnell, Blunt and crew visit their Obamacare-exempt doctors for testosterone replacement therapy before the UN gun control treaty comes up for debate.

Strategic Thinking Says Stay Away From Debt Default

Based on several boneheaded moves by Boehner in the past, I expected the House to punt on the CR and, instead, fight Obamacare with the debt ceiling. While I’m not a fan of increasing the debt limit, I’m not a fan of defaulting on debt, either. Two thumb rules of strategy tell us why.

First, if you have to take a risk, take it early. The best demonstration of this was Tom Oborne’s famous fail in the 1984 Orange Bowl. In that game, Nebraska needed two touchdowns and three points-after to win. That meant, if Nebraska scored two unanswered TDs, Osborne must go for two point conversion after one of them. It didn’t matter mathematically which touchdown was followed by the two-point attempt.

What did Osborne do?

He chose to go for the one and then the two. If both attempts were made, the order in which they were made becomes irrelevant. If the one-point conversion was missed but the two-point was successful, here too the order is irrelevant and the game ends up tied, with Nebraska getting the championship. The only difference occurs if Nebraska misses the two-point attempt. Under Osborne’s plan, that results in the loss of the game and the championship. If, instead, they had tried the two-point conversion first, then if it failed they would not necessarily have lost the game. They would have been behind 31– 23. When they scored their next touchdown this would have brought them to 31– 29. A successful two-point attempt would tie the game and win the number-one ranking!*

Source: Dixit, Avinash K.; Barry J. Nalebuff (1993-04-17). Thinking Strategically: The Competitive Edge in Business, Politics, and Everyday Life (Kindle Locations 832-838). Norton. Kindle Edition.

Since the debt limit deadline is after the CR deadline, gamble with CR.

Second, take risks you know over risks you don’t. We’ve been through budget-based shutdowns at least three times in the past. We have never defaulted. No one knows how a US default might go. It could be a meaningless blip. It could trigger global depression and war. No one knows.

House Republicans Show Their Mettle

My last of three big errors in predicting how the Obamacare fight would unfold embarrassed me. I grossly underestimated House leadership resolve. Or maybe I underestimated the influence of Ted Cruz. Or the power of grassroots when backed by groups like Heritage Action.

But here we stand. After the Senate punted, the house boldly asserted its solidarity with the majority of Americans who want Obamacare stopped.Tonight, the House will pass a continuing resolution that delays Obamacare for a year, restores military cuts, and other wonderful things.

Just two weeks ago, many of us were bombarding House members, including my Representative Ann Wagner. I thought at the time the House was wink link.

As I said, I was wrong.

Boehner and crew have stiffened while the Senate Republicans softened.

So this post is a long way to say “thank you” to House Republicans. They realize that a government shutdown hurts less than Obamacare. In fact, the worst thing about the shutdown will be the anticipation. That shows courage, consistency, and compassion.

Now, send a thank you tweet or call to @RepAnnWagner.

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How Lonely Is Roy Blunt?

Imagine how isolated Roy Blunt must feel.

Senator Blunt is a party man. He believes in following leadership. He doesn’t rock the boat.

And his leader, Senate Minority Leader Slick Mitch McConnell, has decided to help Harry Reid get the 60 votes needed to invoke cloture on the continuing resolution. Once debate closes (via cloture), Reid will strip the House’s defund language from the bill and pass it.

Senate Republican leadership wants defund language stripped.

But if Roy Blunt doesn’t do everything in his power to stop Obamacare—including joining Ted Cruz’s filibuster—he’ll be a pariah in Missouri.

Think about it. Missouri:

  • Passed Proposition C
  • Blocked Obamacare Exchanges in the Missouri Senate
  • Blocked Medicaid Expansion
  • Blocked Obamacare Exchanges a second time

Missourians want nothing to do with the law that will destroy America’s world class healthcare system.

  • We want bold leadership like we see from Cruz, Paul, Lee, and Rubio on this issue.
  • We want a Senator who will stand against funding Obamacare—the way our House Republicans stood against it last week.
  • We want to cheer Roy Blunt next Saturday at CPAC St. Louis.
  • We don’t want to have to boo him off the stage.
  • We want him to rise up and lead this fight.

But Senator Blunt’s a party man.

To join our fight, to fight with us against funding Obamacare, Blunt would have to break from his habit. A habit of avoiding risk. A habit of following orders.

That won’t be easy.

And I don’t know how to make it easier for him.

Yes, Blunt joined a group of House Republicans to repeal the law in 2010. But that effort had no consequences. Taking a stand today does entail consequences.

So is Senator Blunt the kind of man who takes a stand only when there’s no risk?

That’s not leadership. It reminds me of a line from Catcher in the Rye.  Something about “getting tough with myself in the mirror.”

No, I can’t make this battle easy for a man who asked to be our Senator. Remember, Rep. Roy Blunt asked to be our Senator in 2010–during the heat of the Obamacare battle.

I will ask him two questions. I hope he will answer in the comments on this blog.

Senator Blunt:

  1.  Do you still believe, as you said in 2010, that Obamacare is the more dangerous law you’ve ever seen?
  2. Do you believe Obamacare will destroy the American healthcare system?

If you answer “yes” to those questions—which would be consistent with your past statements—how can you not put your career on the line to stop it?

Your state, your country, and your legacy depend on how you answer those questions, Senator.

Choose wisely. We’ll see you Saturday morning.

Please tweet this post to @RoyBlunt on Twitter.

Mitch McConnell. Photo by ConspiracyofHappiness

Mitch McConnell Vows To Help Harry Reid Fund Obamacare

Harry Reid needs six Republicans to fund Obamacare. Mitch McConnell signed up immediately.

In a statement, McConnell announced he plans to vote against Obamacare by voting for cloture, allowing Harry Reid to strike the defunding language from the bill.

McConnell will, of course, vote nay on the final bill. But that’s just a gimmick.

McConnell’s slick maneuver is short-sighted. It will bite him. 

Slick Mitch knows as well as anyone that Obamacare is a disaster for the American people. Every day a new story breaks explaining the financial and health destruction Obamacare will bring. Just today, USA Today reported on the “family glitch” that will throw at least half a million children off of medical insurance altogether while increasing costs dramatically.

As more and more families file for bankruptcy or face foreclosure because of the cost of Obamacare’s massive bureaucracy, Americans will remember who fought the law with all their might and who used slick language to let the law proceed.

Slick Mitch McConnell bets you’ll forget he voted to fund Obamacare.

Slick Mitch thinks you’ll forget he deserted when the fighting started.

Slick Mitch is in for a rude awakening.

Please use the button below to tweet this post to @RoyBlunt.

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Eric Cantor and the Trojan Rabbit

Eric Cantor’s latest tactic in the battle to defund Obamacare reminds me of the Trojan Rabbit in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

 

According to Business Insider’s Josh Barro:

It’s a strategy predicated on the idea that Republican activists are stupid. Many of them are stupid. But they’re not stupid enough to fall for this.

(Barro is hard-left, btw.)

From what I can gather, Cantor intends to pass two continuing resolutions out of the House. One funds Obamacare along with some other cuts and increases. The other doesn’t.

House Republican leadership hopes the Senate will screw up and pass the wrong one, defunding Obamacare without a shutdown.

Not really. House leadership actually hopes the Senate passes the bill that funds Obamacare because it also funds some Republican favorites.

I have to give the GOP leaders credit for courage. They’re begging for really nasty primary fights next year.

Meanwhile, over on twitter, Rep. Ann Wagner’s spokesperson is arguing nonsense.

Here’s what Heritage Action for America has to say about that:

According to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), “will incur substantial administrative costs to implement the law’s private insurance reforms and its changes to the federal health care programs.” And while Obamacare provided $1 billion in mandatory funding when it was first enacted, HHS projects that this is largely spent. According to CRS, Obamacare’s, “administrative costs will have to be funded through annual discretionary appropriations.”

Furthermore, discretionary spending bills routinely contain provisions making changes to mandatory spending, and there is no reason that the CR could not have. Unfortunately, the House-passed CR contained no specific language precluding HHS and IRS from funding implementation, and as a result, implementation will go forward.

House leaders don’t want to fight. They want to pass the buck, as Patrick Howell admits:

In other words, “give up.” Stop calling Ann Wagner’s office. Call Roy Blunt, instead.

I’m all for calling Blunt, but Patrick’s tweets do not demonstrate leadership; they perpetuate finger-pointing.

How Ann Wagner Should Commit to Defunding Obamacare

The House GOP leadership has a problem.

The conservative base wants Boehner to use the continuing resolution to force a showdown over Obamacare. Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, and millions of grassroots activists want the GOP to block passage of a continuing resolution because it funds the unpopular healthcare law.

Boehner doesn’t want to. He’s afraid that shutting down the government will hurt Republicans in the 2014 election.

Boehner could be right. If the House blocked the continuing resolution and later caved, voters would likely punish the GOP. But by committing now to defunding Obamacare, and following through on their commitment, the House would force Obama and the Democrats to negotiate.

Obama knows that politicians are fickle. They want the easy way out. We all do. Obama believes that the Republicans would cave before he’d be forced to negotiate. But Republicans like Representative Ann Wagner (R-MO) could change Obama’s mind simply by signing the Mark Meadows letter vowing to vote against any bill that funds Obamacare.

By committing now, in writing, to blocking funding for Obamacare, the Democrats would know that reneging on an oath would be career suicide for Republicans. Sure, Wagner could sign the letter and later vote for funding bill. But she’d destroy her credibility. Voters would know even her sworn oath is meaningless. I know Ann. I like her. And I’m confident she wouldn’t do that. She wouldn’t renege on a signed commitment. I don’t believe she’d renege on a verbal commitment, but words are flexible. Signatures aren’t.

If a majority of House Republicans swear to stop Obamacare now, once they act on their promise, Obama will have to negotiate. Republicans can list 5 demands before funding the government. They can negotiate away two or three of them, so long as Obamacare isn’t one.

Yes, it’s brinkmanship. It’s hardball. It’s tough. Forcing a rival to negotiate always is.

It’s also noble and courageous.

In 2014, voters will punish the loser. If the GOP caves in the face of danger, it will be the loser by default. If conservative voters believe the GOP House majority squandered its mandate, 2014 primaries could be difficult on incumbents.

Visit Rep. Wagner’s Ballwin, MO office and politely ask her to sign the Meadows letter. Ask her to commit to forcing a negotiation and defunding Obamacare now. By taking your time to actually visit her office, you’ll demonstrate your commitment.

Her office:

301 Sovereign Ct.
Suite 201
Ballwin, MO 63011

hours: M-F 9-5:00pm

Do Not Push

What Can Missouri Legislators Learn From 19th Century St. Louis Politicians?

I’ll let one of my favorite thinkers, St. Louis native Don Peppers, tell about St. Louis in 1850:

My hometown of St. Louis, Missouri was the largest city west of the Mississippi River in 1850, and the second largest port city in the entire country. Only New York handled more tonnage than the riverboats that docked, often more than a hundred at a time, at the St. Louis levee. Among other things, the riverboats supplied equipment, people, horses, and other materials to a burgeoning population of pioneers who rode wagon trains out from St. Louis, pushing westward.

With America expanding west and the Industrial Age springing to life, you’d think St. Louis would become a world-class city and the center of everything in the Midwest.

But that didn’t happen. Somehow, St. Louis became a second-tier city and Chicgo—a much younger town—dominates the middle of America.

Why, Don. Why?

About this time, a variety of railroads began trying to build their own networks to the West, but the St. Louis city government refused to grant the permits required for constructing railroad bridges across the river at their location, even though St. Louis was the logical choice and would have been a perfect place for a rail hub. Apparently, the politicians in St. Louis felt their duty was to protect the riverboat industry, at that time their life and blood, from any and all competition.

Politicians picking winners and loser.

Only politician suck at picking winners and losers. Look at how many Republican politicians pulled their groins in the race to endorse Mitt Romney.

So the railroads turned to Chicago, building immense rail facilities and attracting the businesses that drove Chicago to become one of the fastest growing cities in the entire world throughout the rest of the 1800’s. Today Chicago is the third largest city in the US, almost ten times as big as St. Louis, which still calls itself (ironically) “the Gateway to the West.” St. Louis was indeed a gateway once, but of course in its effort to prolong and protect the status quo, it turned itself into the “Roadblock to the West,” instead.

Missouri’s politicians still like to pick favorites. Some, under pressure from the Missouri Hospital Association and other industry lobbying rackets, want to pave the way for Obamacare by passing Medicaid expansion in Missouri. Missouri–the state the interrupted Obamacare with Prop C in 2010.

Politicians love picking winners and losers.

A couple of years ago, a state rep from St. Louis County called me a “yay-hoo” for opposing the first attempt at healthcare exchanges in Missouri. It happened at the national convention of Pachyderms in St. Charles.

“We worked so hard,” she told someone about five feet from me. “It was probably the best bill I’ve ever worked on. But these yay-hoos don’t understand the complexities of insurance.”

That’s right. A Republican legislator telling people the people are too stupid to understand insurance. I’m sure she endorsed Romney, too.

That’s I filled out a testimony form from Ron Calzone’s awesome legislative testimony machine. Generic Witness Form:Witness form link for Medicaid

You should, too. Now. Unless you think politicians are the best people to pick winners and losers. After all, they picked steamboats over railroads and China Hub over existing businesses. They routinely give your tax dollars to Walmart to build supercenters in otherwise pleasant suburban cities.

Fill out the form. You shouldn’t have to, but your country needs you.

And tell me about your experience at The After Party Thursday at Hacienda.

Don’t Let Missouri’s Businesspeople Become Prostitutes in Business Suits

Why would the Missouri Chamber of Commerce want to expand Obamacare in Missouri? Short-sighted pursuit of money.

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The Missouri Chambermaids of Cronyism

Here’s the simple truth: the Missouri Chamber of Commerce is not conservative. It does not exist to advance limited government and fiscal responsibility and free enterprise capitalism. The Missouri Chamber of Commerce has become convinced that it must lie down before government and beg for scraps from the federal table. Like good men and women who go astray once elected to Congress, many business leaders need our help in reminding them that government is not the solution to their problems; government is their problem.

Decades of government coercion have driven many business people away from the idea of freedom toward a sick dependence on government. That behavior is called “crony capitalism,” and it’s as destructive to free enterprise as is socialism. Read what Whole Foods co-founder John Mackey writes about crony capitalism in his fabulous new book, Conscious Capitalism:

Crony capitalists and governments have become locked in an unholy embrace, elevating the narrow, self-serving interests of the few over the well-being of the many. They use the coercive power of government to secure advantages not enjoyed by others: regulations that favor them but hinder competitors, laws that prevent market entry, and government-sanctioned cartels.

While free-enterprise capitalism is inherently virtuous and vitally necessary for democracy and prosperity, crony capitalism is intrinsically unethical and poses a grave threat to our freedom and well-being. Unfortunately, our current system has the effect of corrupting many honorable businesspeople, pushing them into becoming reluctant crony capitalists as a matter of survival. [emphasis added]

Mackey, John; Sisodia, Rajendra (2012-12-25). Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business (Kindle Locations 519-521). Harvard Business Review Press. Kindle Edition.

I urge you to read Conscious Capitalism, which I will review on this blog latter this week.

Unholy Alliance To Take Your Money

Right now, of course, the Obama administration dangles cash before the eyes of states. The name given this bait is “Medicare Expansion.”  Here’s the offer: the federal government will cover the cost of billions of dollars in increased Medicaid coverage for 3 years. After that, states must pick up the tab themselves.

  1. If Missouri goes along with funding Obamacare through Medicaid Expansion, state taxes will increase by about $2 billion  half a billion dollars per year in just 4 years.@  And Missouri tax payers, alone, will have to foot that bill.

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce, though, sees federal dollars they can stuff in their pockets right now. They refuse to look at the future, refuse to plan, refuse to weigh their freedoms. They simply want money now.

Organized labor and organized management—Prostitutes in Business Suits—are spending millions to pressure Missouri’s legislators to trade your economic future for their immediate gratification. Their legs are spread wide before any Tom, Dick, or Obama with a $1.98 in his pocket. And there is no organized opposition to their carnal quest for cash.

Act Now

  1. Write your state rep and state senator.  Make your message short and succinct:  “Do not support Medicaid Expansion in Missouri.”
  2. Next, pick one corporate member of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and write to its CEO. Again, be polite and direct. “I will not support your company if you support Medicaid Expansion in Missouri.”
  3. Finally, let the world know who you contacted about Medicaid Expansion on twitter, facebook, and blogs.  Include the legislator’s @twitter handle and the hash tag #NoMoMedicaid.

The one man fighting this unholy alliance is Senator John Lamping, but he can’t defeat this Jezebel alone. Fight the prostitutes in business suits. They will thank you someday.

@ Update:  My original figures were wrong–I looked at the wrong state.  Please this Heritage Foundation study for more details.