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“Mal-Distribution of Income”

Friday, March 26, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Democratic Senator Max Baucus –who as chair of the Finance Committee was in a position to know the real agenda behind Obamacare– let us in on the secret yesterday in remarks on the Senate floor.

The transcript and video of those remarks are here, as is the audio of the reaction to them from columnist James Lileks.

Mark Steyn’s reaction from our conversation yesterday is here.

Lileks and Steyn represent, I think, the great majority of Americans who were already opposed to the substance of Obamacare, and whose disgust with the process used to jam it through is bound to deepen as they learn that Democrats all along were pursuing an agenda not of covering the uninsured –tens of millions remain uncovered by the bill– or of lowering costs which the bill doesn’t remotely achieve, but of taking wealth from some and giving it to preferred constituents. Although the bill does indeed soak the upper-middle class and above, it also sideswipes many millions of seniors on fixed incomes that are relying on dividend income and of course is a direct assault on the millions of seniors that subscribe to Medicare Advantage.

The reality of the bill, nicely summed up by Senator Baucus, is that it is a giant tax hike and benefit cut imposed on disfavored constituencies in order to benefit favored constituencies, led primarily by unions and government employees.

That is why “repeal and replace” is the very powerful rallying cry moving forward, and why the National Republican Congressional Committee has been the beneficiary of so many thousands of donations this week as the goal of ousting Nancy Pelosi and her ruinous policies and staff from their position of influence become the primary driver of the fall vote. Because every Democrat in the House voted for her to become Speaker, none are going to be able to campaign as a “moderate” or a “blue dog.” There are no moderate Democrats in the House. They are all supporters of Nancy Pelosi.

Similarly every Democratic Senator is a supporter of Harry Reid and Max “Mal-Distribution of Income” Baucus. The National Republican Senatorial Committee will be the beneficiary of voter anger at the Democrats as well.

The NRCC needs to do only one thing, which is publish a comprehensive list of the 50 to 75 targeted seats in November. Not only do voters want to invest in such campaigns, they want to connect with them and volunteer for them. This is a moment of great momentum for the GOP, and it needs to capture that momentum, and not just the cash it is generating. Hopefully that list will appear soon, along with key data on the Democratic incumbents and, where there is a clear GOP frontrunner, a link to his or her campaign. (The NRCC like the NRSC has to stay out of contested primaries when there is more than one would-be nominee with significant backing.)

This is the weekend to support the national committees. You can donate to the NRCC online here, and to the NRSC here. Please send me an e-mail if you do so: hugh@hughhewitt.com.

If the Democrats are not ousted from their majorities in at least one of the chambers this fall, the assault on the private sector and the astonishing and deeply damaging growth of government will continue, as well the sky-high deficits and the danger of a sudden, national fiscal stroke. Please give generously to allow the campaign to begin from a well-funded position of strength.

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Democrat Max Baucus Gives The Game Away

Thursday, March 25, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Max Baucus is the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and the Democrat most responsible fo Obamacare’s final shape other than Nancy Pelosi.

In an unusual speech on the Senate floor moments ago, Max Baucus declares that the “healthcare bill” to be “an income shift, it is a shift, a leveling to help lower income middle income Americans.” Baucus continued, “[t]oo often, much of late, the last couple three years the mal-distribution of income in America is gone up way too much, the wealthy are getting way, way too wealthy, and the middle income class is left behind. Wages have not kept up with increased income of the highest income in America. This legislation will have the effect of addressing that mal-distribution of income in America.”

Baucus’ candor is appreciated, though the fact that he waited until the bill passed to announce the real agenda behind the massive tax hikes isn’t a profile in courage. And the seniors on fixed income who are about to lose Medicare Advantage would laugh at Baucus’ pseudo-populism.

UPDATE: James Lileks had a wonderful rant on my program Thursday about Max Baucus. It’s too good to miss, so here you go.

On The Ethical Obligation of Universal Health Care

Thursday, March 25, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

From Professor John Mark Reynolds.

And here, from the Cleveland Plain Dealer of all places, is a great column from Kevin O’Brien urging repeal.

Until I read the O’Brien column, I was unaware of any reason other than the sports page to read the PD (though Pluto and company are reason enough to subscribe via Kindle, as I do.)

Which reminds me, as we draw closer to the Cavs triumph, the perfect Easter gift is the book on LeBron James by Pluto and his colleague Brian Windhorst. I have given three of these as gifts and to very different people, each one of whom has been thrilled.

Lebron James: The Making of an MVP

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