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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Commentary: Peter Wehner: The Recalibration of Conservatism

The Recalibration of Conservatism: pI heard from a couple of prominent conservatives yesterday who mentioned to me the pessimism, and even depression, they sense among conservatives throughout the land. That’s understandable, given the results of the 2012 election. Because unlike 2008, this is an election Barack Obama should have lost and that the right fully expected him to lose. [...]/p

The lets say renewal of American Conservatism should be about limited government and getting back to Goldwater/Reagan Conservatism. Which is what made this movement a powerful force in American politics in the 1970s and 80s and something that could compete. Against Liberalism and Progressivism, the Republican party and American Conservatism looked dead in 1965, 77 and 1993. After one Democrat got overwhelmingly reelected in LBJ in 1964 with huge Democratic majorities in Congress. When Republican Presidents lost reelection in 1976 and 1992 to Democrats and two Democratic Congress's. Being reelected in 1976 and 92, but by 1966 and 68, Conservative Republicans were back as players in Congress. And Richard Nixon gets elected President in 1968, the Republican party went through similar periods in 1978 and 80. Again picking up seats in both the House and Senate in 1978 and winning back the White House in 1980 with Ron Reagan. And electing a Republican Senate.

After losing the White House in 1992 and to go with another Democratic Congress, Republicans did comeback. In 1994 by electing a Republican Congress but this comeback was different, because the instead of Goldwater/Reagan. Conservative Republicans being elected to the House and Senate, the religious right became such a powerful force in the GOP. That they could literally costs Republicans seats and fundraising, if the GOP doesn't do what they want, so this is where the. GOP became more of a religious Conservative party, rather then a politically Conservative party. The religious right is not going to get the Republican party back in power to the point that they control Congress and the. White House again but Goldwater/Reagan Conservative Republicans could get the GOP back into power. Because with a real Conservative philosophy, the GOP could simply bring in new voters.

Republicans need a message that reaches out to voters across the board and be able to communicate economic. And fiscal Conservatism in a way that tells Americans that this is the path forward, limited government and economic freedom. Without sounding like a Big Government party when it comes to social issues and no longer be that party that. Looks intolerant towards non Bible Belt Republicans and Americans who aren't Republicans and be a party that believes. That free Americans should be free to live their own lives, rather then government trying to tell them how they should live. And what it means to be an American, economically Conservative and socially Moderate-Libertarian, a classically Conservative. Party and the GOP will always be strong.

Heritage Foundation: Nina Owcharenko & Robert E. Moffit: Securing a Down Payment on Medicare Reform

Securing a Downpayment on Medicare Reform

As a Liberal Democrat there's not many times I find agreement with the Heritage Foundation, just like there aren't. Many times that a Conservative would agree with the Brookings Institution a Liberal think tank thats my favorite think tank in Washington. I tend to like and agree more often with the Libertarian Cato Institute , doesn't mean Heritage doesn't do a good job. But they just tend to be way to the right for me on social issues and foreign policy and I see them more as Neoconservative then Conservative. But on entitlements and fiscal policy overall, as well as poverty related issues, Heritage and the Progressive think tank. Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, they both do an excellent job, they both take these issues seriously and. See them as the huge problems that they are, if they aren't addressed and Medicare being a perfect example of that, which is what you see with their new piece about Medicare.

Medicare looks like a huge problem and it is if you look at the problems that relate to it as far as its future financing. But the good and bad news about these issues, is that they relate to our overall problems with our healthcare system. And whether you support single payer Medicare for all or doing something short of that, that would bring down our healthcare costs. And make health insurance affordable for every American, you know the current system that we have is not affordable. And not sustainable, Heritage understands this and even though they clearly are not in favor of the Affordable Care Act. They know the status quo is not acceptable, the good news about our Medicare challenges, is that they relate to our. Overall healthcare system, which presents both a challenge and opportunity for us in how we reform Medicare. Because we could go a long way in bringing down our Medicare costs, by simply bringing down our overall healthcare costs.

Simple things like preventive care, eliminating overpayments to Medicare and Medicaid, the 2010 ACA already. Made a lot of progress in those areas, so our seniors would be healthier by the time they are on Medicare and stop subsidizing. Hospitals and doctors based on how much healthcare they deliver and instead subsidize those institutions based. On how healthy their patients would be, another words start subsidizing quality healthcare, rather then quantity of healthcare. And another thing we could do which is what Liberal Democrats attempted to in 2009-10, is to turn Medicare into a public option. Not single payer but allow non seniors to use Medicare at their cost, as their main provider for health insurance. So we would have younger, healthier as well as wealthier people use Medicare, instead of just having. Medicare for older people who now have to consume more healthcare as they get older.

Turning Medicare into a voucher system, where seniors in the future would be forced off of Medicare and. Into the private health insurance market, is not the way to reform Medicare because we would be cutting back in choice. In health insurance rather then expanding it but allowing more people into Medicare at their costs, especially. Younger, healthier and wealthier people, would bring down our Medicare costs, especially as we eliminate overpayments. And bring preventive care into our healthcare system.

Washington Times: National Security: Miles YU: Inside China: Defense of Japan

Inside China: Defense of Japan - Washington Times

Japan the third largest economy in the World, with an economy of over 4T$, should be defending themselves. And America should pull out, we have our own problems to deal with, especially as it relates to economic and fiscal policy. And if Japan wants to pay us for their defense, then that would be a different issue, but Japan a country of 130M people. With a economy this large, should be defending themselves, they have the resources to do so.