Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Conservative Reform Agenda

Yesterday I was feeling a bit sorry for myself, so I wrote about the dreadful record of liberals, starting with 50 years since Moynihan's "Negro Problem" and things have just gotten worse for the Negro family. I was talking about the fact that nothing happens when liberals screw up. They keep on keeping on, wrecking and sabotaging, and nobody holds them to account. Where's the conservative Hope and Change?

But now comes Peter Ferrara at The American Thinker to tell us about the secret conservative reform agenda being cooking up by Paul Ryan and others, what we may all hope will be "The Post-Obama Triumph of Conservatism."

First of all there's a plan to balance the budget, starting with the House and Senate budget resolutions for FY 2016.
But the prospect now is that new House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) and new Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) will propose identical budget resolutions that will balance the federal budget within 10 years.
Oh yeah? But Ferrara says that the budget will include "careful, politically sensitive entitlement reform" of Medicare and welfare. That means moving Medicare more towards Medicare Advantage and the remaining 79 welfare programs towards block grants, like with TANF in 1996.

But not Social Security Reform. Not yet.

Then there's tax reform.  Paul Ryan has a plan over at House Ways and Means.
[It] would apply a 10% federal income tax rate to family incomes up to $100,000, and 25% after that.  Under that plan, close to 90% of working families would be subject to only the 10% rate.  The federal corporate income tax rate would be reduced to 25% as well.

Then there's Obamacare. Here, Peter Ferrara is talking about "shoulds" so I suppose that the "repeal and replace" he proposes is just his idea. Anyway, Ferrara has a two point plan:
(1) targeting public assistance to help the poor buy essential health insurance, and (2) providing means for those uninsured who have developed highly expensive pre-existing conditions, such as cancer or heart disease, to obtain essential health insurance.
The poor would get subsidized insurance plus subsidized HSAs. The pre-existing conditions guys would pay on a means-tested basis.

It all sounds great. But now we need to sell the ordinary middle class on these ideas: people that don't want to change their Medicare and don't want to change their Social Security and don't want to pay for pre-existing condition health insurance, and don't want to give up their mortgage deduction.

The thing is that conservatives don't get to bully the American people into accepting their agenda like liberals do. Liberals can call everyone that disagrees with them racists, sexists, and homophobes, and it works.

But conservatives have to persuade, and I wonder just how persuadable people are, even after eight years of Obama's fundamental transformation.

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