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Memo to 2014 GOP Senate and House Candidates: Think Walmart, Target and Sea Bags, Not

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Did you see those Black Friday crowds, those Thursday and Friday numbers? The crowds will continue in the brick-and mortar stores and online through Cyber-Monday and beyond.

The four-day Black Friday weekend in 2012 racked up $59 billion in sales, and this year’s promises to be larger, perhaps by double-digits.

Americans know how to shop.  American businesses know how to serve customers.  On yesterday’s radio show, Fran Philip of offered my listeners a 10% discount through December 15 if they use my name “Hugh.”  That’s called generating traffic, getting an edge, making a sale –the market. It is underway at millions of businesses across the country.

Nobody told the customers where to go or what to buy or limited their choices.  Nobody told WalMart and Target what to stock, Sea Bags to offer free shipping, or where to advertise.

But after four years and now who knows how many blown deadlines, Obamacare won’t be ready as promised –again– by the president.

And this is the message for every GOP candidate, incumbent or challenger for ever Senate and House race: What we could do, what we could be, if we just got the government out of the way of productive people.  And not just in helaht care, but especially in health care.

Those people, under that Dome, God bless ’em, but they don’t have a clue how to make or sell a car, much less a replacement hip, a dialysis machine or Varithena, Olysio, Luzu, Imbruvica,Aptium, Gazyva, Zohydro ER, Vizamyl, Opsumit, Zorvolex, Novoeight, Otrexup, Adempas, Duavee, Clinolipid, Brintellix, Valchlor, Mirvaso, Trokendi XR, or Epanded –which are all new drugs approved by the FDA in the past three months.  Approved, not made mind you, by the government, but invented by the private sector.

The market works, candidates, and the Democrats destroy markets.  The market for health insurance needed freeing up –interstate sales of policies, for examples– not hyper-regylation of mandated benefits and grossly incompetent bureaucratic management of websites by careerists who flee from the media and issue self-congratulatory declarations of victory even as their  alleged model exchanges fail to serve even one tenth of the people whose policies were cancelled. (For a sober assessment of California’s rocky start, see Dan Weintraub’s reporting here.)

The free market swirls and produces, delivers and enchants and where it fails is punished from Thanksgiving through Christmas with a visibility that it never achieves the rest of the year.  Never is the contrast so sharp with the government as right now.  Make that point, candidates, and keep making it.

What we could do, what we could be, if the government just got out of the way 9 out of the 10 times it blocks the way forward.




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