Monday, September 23, 2013

To What End?

That's my question for most Republicans lately.

Shantel Krebs wants to help Republicans win every South Dakota election. Would South Dakota's government really do things differently with a Democrat on the PUC or serving as the state auditor? Would a Democrat in the secretary of state's office expose deep, secret corruption? Gant seems far too incompetent to be efficiently corrupt. What do voters gain with Republicans in every state office?

On a national level, Republicans are promising to defund Obamacare. Will defunding do anything to stop implementation? Will it stop the IRS from producing a new tax form that requires citizens to self-report whether they have insurance just like they self-report their income? It's unlikely that defunding will remove the individual mandate that roused the tea party ire. Once Obamacare is defunded or repealed, is there any plan proposed to replace the program?

We always hear that elected politicians are public servants. That appellation holds only if they seek to serve the common good not merely destroy their political rivals. Since Republican candicates at the state and national level seem more interested in the latter, I'll have to keep asking the same question: "to what end?"


Troy said...

To what end: Sustainable economic growth so people can have good paying jobs, with good benefits.

Kal Lis said...

If "sustainable economic growth so people can have good paying jobs, with good benefits" hasn't happened now in South Dakota, Republicans have only themselves to blame. They've controlled the Governor's mansion forever. They have had majorities in the legislature for most of the 80s, 90s, and 00s.

I'm really agnostic on Obamacare, but I'm quite certain that the doom and gloom warnings are greatly exaggerated. Businesses claim to want predictability and this plan seems more predictable than the status quo.

I know recessions take a long time to build, but Republicans had the White House for 20 of the 28 years prior to the bust of 2008. I'd have to double check but I'm betting they had one house of Congress for nearly half of that time.

The in-state effort seems a bit of silly overkill. Nationally, I want to see the replacement plan. HSAs aren't a real plan.

Finally, I have gone after in-state Dems for being politically inept in several other posts. I wouldn't have had to write the first paragraph if they had an effective party