Saturday, January 16, 2010

Unions Get the Taxpayers Dough But Brown May Get Massachusetts

The Intellectual Activist has a great article on the suicide of the Democratic party - at least for now. They are totally bankrupt (not that the Republicans aren't bankrupt as well) and they don't seem to realize it. With Obama giving cash and favors to those that vote the right way, it is truly obscene what passes for politics today. Fortunately, regular Americans do seem to realize it as the upcoming election Massachusetts is showing us. Scott Brown has come out of nowhere and is ahead in the polls for the Senate seat left open after Ted Kennedy's death. Maybe the people have had enough of Washington corruption and we can kick the bums out.

...That brings us to the latest on the health care bill. The unions had objected that an excise tax on generous health insurance plans would hit some of their workers. So the Obama administration agreed to eliminate the tax—for the unions. According to reports on the compromise, "In a significant victory for unions, the 40 percent excise tax would not apply to policies covering workers in collective bargaining agreements, state and local workers and members of voluntary employee benefit associations through Dec. 31, 2017."

This is the key to the economic system President Obama wants to create: a system in which economic benefits go only to those with the right political connections—which is always the real meaning and end result of a socialist economy, anyway.

In less than a year in power, the Democrats have exposed themselves to the public as the party of massive, open, brazen corruption. In return, I suspect that they are about to be dealt a string of devastating political defeats.

The latest poll on the special election in Massachusetts shows Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown ahead by 50-46. This is significant, not just because of Brown's numbers, but because it is the first poll showing Democrat Martha Coakley below 50%. For the incumbent, or in this case the presumptive leader in the race, to slip below 50% is usually an indication that voters are inclined to take a chance on the challenger.

A few weeks ago, nearly everyone—myself included—described Scott Brown's candidacy as a shot in the dark, with nearly impossible odds of succeeding. He is quickly becoming the favorite. Read at

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