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Governor Rick Scott of Florida, after initially turning down the idea of Obamacare in Florida, eventually gave in, raising eyebrows in all conservative communities.
However, instead of the Medicaid expansion to a million new recipients, Florida legislators are calling for some skin-in-the-game and an eventual withdrawal from ALL Medicaid.
"Sen. Joe Negron says he hopes the state can eventually exit from the Medicaid system entirely and called this proposal the beginning of a transformation. Lawmakers also discussed using state funds to help with co-pays.Oh Snap.
Following up on this, Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement praising Florida Senate and House committees that have killed Governor Rick Scott's proposal to expand Medicaid:
"Both these Senate and House committees have saved federal taxpayers some $20 billion from 2014 to 2019, and Florida taxpayers another $1 billion by 2022 by not following Governor Scott's ill-advised proposal to expand Medicaid by 1 million people. This should set the stage for other state legislatures, like Arizona, Michigan, and Ohio, to break ranks with their governors by refusing to implement Obamacare.Indeed.
Long term damage for short term perception of gain.
As I suggested earlier, Michigan lawmakers need to think about letting go of the curious things in the hole, or risk becoming trapped and used.
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By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
I remember well a certain story told about Chuck Yob and the 1992 Republican National Convention. During the 1992 Republican Presidential Primary Campaign, Pat Buchanan had finished better than expected in state primaries (frequently a strong second), even though President Bush, sr., had won every single statewide contest. Nevertheless, Buchanan's campaign wanted to use their "victories" as a reason to exert some influence over the national platform, obtain some delegate seats, and receive a few favorable speaking slots.
That year, Yob was the chairman of the credentials committee, and during one of their meetings was invited into a side room into a conference with Rich Bond (then the RNC Chairman) and President Bush. Bay Buchanan, Pat Buchanan's sister and campaign manager, was expected to be making an appearance at the meeting, and the president had some instructions for what he thought needed to be done.
What Bush wanted Yob to do was to let Buchanan lay out her entire case, put all her cards on the table. After that, he was to spend the next 5 hours picking apart all of her arguments, and keep her in that room arguing her case for the rest of the afternoon. And then, at 4 o'clock, he was to give up and let Buchanan have whatever she was still asking for. She'd take the story back to her people that they'd fought all day with the establishment, and at least got them to give ground on what really mattered. The story that would go back to the Bush supporters that they'd negotiated all day with the challenger's team, and finally given them their way on some positions that really didn't matter . . . for the good of the party.
I think that there is a lesson taught here that really should have been applied to the 2012 Republican Presidential Primary Campaign . . . and the 2012 Republican National Convention (especially when viewed in light of the 1964 campaign).
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Bottom line, don't expect a squishy Republican to have your back.
Michigan House and Senate Republicans have found this out. Between vetoing some of the new voter rules, ignoring legislative will with the bridge, and making it clear he would not be signing on to RTW once it appeared to have broader support, Snyder has been as squishy as a Halloween pumpkin left on the porch till April. Add to this an almost eager demeanor (promoting it early 2011) on the (Obamacare) healthcare exchange and its about as rotten too.
He makes the arguments for team Obama. He's made the argument for Team Granholm.
So what happens when Rick gets primaried in 2014?
It may not be like the RINO loser Charlie Christ who lost in 2010 to Marco Rubio, and has since shown his true colors:
Former Republican Florida governor Charlie Crist, writing in Sunday's Tampa Bay Times, endorsed President Obama, calling him "the right leader for our state and the nation."
Cough .. Cough .. GAG... OMG Charlie, this is NOT Venezuela!
And now he will be a speaker at the Democratic Convention next week in Charlotte. Continuing:
Crist lost a bid for the Senate two years ago to tea party favorite Marco Rubio in a bitter battle that divided the state's Republican Party. The moderate Republican ran as an independent in the general election after polls showed him losing the GOP primary to Rubio.See what happens when you steal candy from a baby?
NO, I don't expect Snyder to go all out and pick up his toys and go home like Crist. But the pandering to the left, and trying to appease them on THEIR issues is unproductive and teaches no lessons. Shaking the non conservative elements out of our party can only help when insisting OUR message is correct. We cannot endure the acceptance of platforms crafted by the other team.
A primary MUST happen in 2014.
Recall that Snyder got 36% of the vote in the 2010 primary, during a year when the Dem crossover into Republican territory was at its peak. Its time to stop the Crist-crossing of political moderation.
If we cannot stand for our message, and cannot stand by it, we cannot teach it.
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By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
Promoted for Ruth Johnson mention
To anyone with whom I've been in regular contact for the past eight months or so, what I'm about to say won't come as a big surprise: My wife, Christie, is about 33 weeks pregnant.
I mention that to say this: I was with my wife in the doctor's office a couple of weeks ago, and the USA Today headline caught my eye. Evidently, there are some republican controlled state legislatures that are taking steps to crack down on the most dangerous form of fraud in any free society. Pay attention to the map available from the National Conference of State Legislatures, we'll be referring to it after the break.
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By JGillman, Section News
Often the argument against Right-To-Work laws is a flippant "Oh yeah .. Right to work for less" type of response. Many of those who say that might actually believe it, but the truth is far different.
Yessiree, employees in Right to Work states enjoy higher personal income per capita than in Michigan.
Per recent census data:
Source: 2010 U.S. Census: Personal income per capita
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By JGillman, Section News
Regulars know I am pushing for Freedom to work (right to work) in Michigan. Part of the argument going forward in this state will be to present the data for all to see. For this installment, we look at the top Job creating states versus the bottom.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
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