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Scott Walker: Hope Among America’s Political Class

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 11th, 2012 11:08 pm by HL

Scott Walker: Hope Among America’s Political Class
Roger Kimball, PJM
By Roger KimballBioA week or two ago, I wrote a brief column about some signs of hope among America's political class — a perverse undertaking, you might think, given the tawdry, preening, grasping character of most American politicians of both parties today. But there are, thank God, some exceptions.In that earlier column I mentioned in particular Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey and the Indiana senatorial candidate Richard Mourdock. Today I'd like to mention one other: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.Thanks to his spectacular victory in Wisconsin's preposterous…

Storm Coming for American Patients and Doctors
Marc Siegel, NRO
There may be a debate over whether Obamacare's individual mandate is a penalty or a tax, but there is no debate among doctors and their patients about the fact that Obamacare will be bad for America's health.The climate in my medical office is changing; my patients sense that a storm is coming. They are worried, and there is little I can do to reassure them. They are used to my office manager getting approvals for the CT scans, mammograms, PSAs, and MRIs I order, and they realize that many of these tests will no longer be covered by insurance once Obamacare's committees…

GOP to the Uninsured: Drop Dead
Matt Miller, Washington Post
The House is voting (again) to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday. Meanwhile, six Republican governors (so far) say they won’t go along with the law’s planned Medicaid expansion for 4 million uninsured people in their states, even though the feds would pick up nearly all the tab.See the pattern here?The Republican message to uninsured Americans in the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling couldn’t be clearer: You’re on your own.

California Demon: Our Version of Greece
John Fund, American Spectator
A state fast becoming America's version of Greece.THE LATEST UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS show the economic recovery stalling. But as weak as the national economy is, it's nothing compared to the condition of some states whose policies are guaranteed to scare away jobs and investment.Call it the European Disease: Run up spending and debt, raise taxes in the name of balancing the budget, and then watch as jobs flee, deficits rise, and credit ratings fall. 

Romney’s Summer Reading Assignments
Ross Douthat, New York Times
Last week, on the assumption that neither he nor Mitt Romney has anything better to do between now and the conventions, I offered a summer reading assignment to President Obama. Now it’s the Republican nominee’s turn to get his recommended reading.Let’s start with a book about foreign policy, traditionally an area of Republican strength but not — barring unexpected events — this time around. The Republican Party’s reputation for competence is still damaged by the Iraq era, Osama Bin Laden is leagues deep in the Indian Ocean and…