Chicago-Style Politics

The three major Sunday Morning Talk Shows demonstrated no one I could find who thought the White House  attacks on Fox News was a good idea – liberals and conservatives appear to agree.

Liberal Al Hunt (Bloomberg News): “I would not want to get in an alley fight with Roger Ailes.”

But of course it is more than FOX news – it is The U.S. Chamber of Commerce (more than 300,000 businesses), and HUMANA, and Rush Limbaugh. and Wall Street, and the pharmaceutical companies, and the hospital association, and the private medical insurers, and…

The White House may thereby anchor their active left base, but the vast middle is employed by companies in the Chamber, and has private medical insurance they are satisfied with, and takes a lot of medicine, and (dare I say it) – watches FOX News.

The White House already overplayed their hand, and had their heads handed to them by the Washington Press Pool when the White house had tried to have Fox News excluded from the pool. Heavy handedness in press circles in trying to cut one part of the press corps out of the herd runs counter to the press herd mentality.

Worse is the simple number of individuals in readers, watchers, or employed that the White House takes on simultaneously, and at what political risk.

Not smart.

Liberals vs Conservatives

One of my great joys is participating in Blogs, and it is interesting to watch and occasionally participate in the exchanges.

Conservatives (rightly) blame liberals for Obama takeover of US Auto companies, the healthcare system, the financial system, and dithering on the Afghanistan War reinforcements.

Liberals (rightly) counter with taking over a Bush-inspired (un)economy, a Bush-initiated and unneeded war in Iraq, a failure by Bush to properly push the Afghan War…liberals then mention Bush actions on Katrina…

Conservatives counter with Democrats in Louisiana in positions of New Orleans Mayor and Governor…and condemn the current lack of H1N1 flu vaccine…

Both sides apparently miss the common denominator – government. All of the problems mentioned above, and more, are the responsibility of – government.

Both sides suffer from the same problem that communism/socialism suffers – the belief that their system is correct – it is the failure of the managers of the system.

No, it IS the system. Conservatives want to seize the  reins of government power to gain entry into citizen’s personal matters. Liberals want to seize the reins of government power to seize the corporate world so as to redistribute the wealth.

Making the system available to either side in an unbridled manner, is a serious mistake. In theory, the Constitution was written to limit the power of government so that it made little difference who held the reins of power, but the Constitution has been “interpreted” so as to loosen the meanings, and this mess is what we are left with.

Facts Are Stubborn Things


 WASHINGTON (AP) – Quick quiz: What do these enterprises have in common? Farm and construction machinery, Tupperware, the railroads, Hershey sweets, Yum food brands and Yahoo? Answer: They’re all more profitable than the health insurance industry. In the health care debate, Democrats and their allies have gone after insurance companies as rapacious profiteers making “immoral” and “obscene” returns while “the bodies pile up.” Ledgers tell a different reality. Health insurance profit margins typically run about 6 percent, give or take a point or two. That’s anemic compared with other forms of insurance and a broad array of industries, even some beleaguered ones.