MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Health Care Bill is More About Getting Something Done Than Getting it Perfect

March 21st, 2017 Viewed 1913 times, 1 so far today

One of my bosses once told me that the perfect is the enemy of the good. When it comes to our health care solution, what we have now is terrible, what Rep. Ryan is proposing is in the right direction, and the GOP has a tendency to never get things done. So when I read Politico’s article discussing Trump telling the GOP to get in line, what I hear is someone that’s trying to get wins, to get them fast, and get people united in the same direction. I also hear someone who is being tested as being a “famed negotiator” and who wants to prove that it’s not just Executive Orders that he can do, but also the stuff that has to get through Congress.

While I appreciate the argument of Rand Paul– I like the idea of straight repeal and then go through a bunch of replacement bills– I think it has a severe optics problem of having repealed the bill and then they can’t agree to replace. They should have gotten Rand and the group on board behind the scenes with a plan, but I think that getting something done (especially if you risk the tax cut and other things by not getting this done) is better than doing nothing at this point.

Imagine if Pres. Trump Shuts Down the Government Because He Can’t Get the Cuts He Wants

March 17th, 2017 Viewed 2879 times

I mean, Pres. Obama shut down the government because he couldn’t get the spending he wanted. How would the Republican’s respond?

It would be interesting to see them argue against what they campaigned on.

Raise Taxes or Increase Participation?

April 9th, 2015 Viewed 1011 times

It’s easy to ask someone else to pay the debt, hard for us to pay it ourselves.  If increasing taxes is not the answer to our debt problem, what is?

What Happens to Government Money That Is Not Spent?

April 2nd, 2015 Viewed 1227 times

If anyone has ever budgeted, you know that sometimes you’re over and sometimes you’re under.  Now, having been around government companies and former employees, you know that many try to max out the budget even if they are under, but you have to imagine that $702 billion available in 2011, there has to be some every year.  So where does this money go?

Should The Congress Let the Democrats Have Whatever They Want?

December 8th, 2012 Viewed 1658 times

Capitol Place 2Rand Paul is in the news, with many others, that think that the GOP should just give the Democrats whatever they want, so they can own it:

I have yet another thought on how we can fix this. Why don’t we let the Democrats pass whatever they want? If they are the party of higher taxes, all the Republicans vote present and let the Democrats raise taxes as high as they want to raise them, let Democrats in the Senate raise taxes, let the president sign it and then make them own the tax increase. And when the economy stalls, when the economy sputters, when people lose their jobs, they know which party to blame, the party of high taxes. Let’s don’t be the party of just almost as high taxes.

[Real Clear Politics: Rand Paul: We Should Let Dems Raise Taxes and then Let Them Own It]

Seems stupid to me.  You were elected to do what was best for the country, and if you believe the Democrats plan is not good for the country, shouldn’t you go down fighting?


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Sen. Schumer and I Agree

September 23rd, 2011 Viewed 1759 times

They say that one of the most dangerous places to be in Washington, DC, is between Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and a microphone.  And what he’s said recently has found me actually agreeing this him—to a point:

Menendez, Lautenberg and Kirsten Gillibrand support eliminating some or all of the Bush tax cuts. Schumer said the $250,000 limit is unacceptable since it will hit the metropolitan area disproportionately because of the high cost of living here.

“$250,000 makes you really rich in Mississippi but it doesn’t make you rich at all in New York and there ought to be some kind of scale based on the cost of living on how much you pay,” Schumer said.  [Democrat Want to Pick and Choose Which Millionaires Get a Tax Hike]

Would a Fat Tax Do Anything?

April 12th, 2010 Viewed 1869 times

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The great state of New York has a problem.  Like most other liberal states with a high number of metropolitan areas, when times were good they decided to create all sorts of programs and have all sorts of benefits, not planning for the bad times1. So the governor and the legislature are trying to come up with options.


  1. It seems they didn’t learn the lesson of Joseph and Pharaoh—saving during the good times to have during the lean times. []

Are You Ready for $7 a Gallon?

March 4th, 2010 Viewed 1543 times

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I don’t think that anyone disagrees that we need to cut our dependence on foreign oil.  President Obama (and Al Gore) mixes this goal with the goal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to “save the planet”1.  To that end, he’s set emission targets, and some Harvard researchers say that it’ll take $7 a gallon gasoline to do it.


  1. Which I believe is silly, but that’s a topic for another time. []

As If We Weren’t Taxed Enough

June 15th, 2009 Viewed 1963 times

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One of the signature reforms that was on the lips of the politicians last fall was the health care system.  Whether it was Sen. McCain’s gimmick of allowing insurance companies to go across state lines or then Sen. Obama’s plan to nationalize a bit of the health care system, both of them believed that the health care system was broken and that adding government was the best solution.

Of course, we’ve already discussed this, and know that it’s not, but that doesn’t stop the geniuses that run our government and who are looking to control our every breath deciding that they know better.

Really? Under $250,000?

October 29th, 2008 Viewed 2055 times

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One of the things to remember when listening to a liberal is that definitions and perceptions matter.  That’s why, when you hear Sen. Obama say “tax cut” you need to think “redistribution”.  The funny thing is, who knew that when he said “$250,000” or “quarter-million” he really meant “$50,000”.

Yet Another Fun Numbers Game

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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.