Often times it can be difficult to be a conservative Republican living in a blue state, especially when that blue state contains the city of Madison, which is sometimes referred to as the Berkeley of the Midwest. The reference, in my opinion, is spot on.
I lived and worked in Madison for a good many years. It always provided me with the opportunity to sharpen conservative arguments under the duress of foaming-at-the-mouth leftists who would eventually decry me a racist, or a Christian Crusader, or a sexist, or a capitalist pig, or a war monger, or . . . sometimes on a good day . . . all of those aforementioned labels in one spittle bedecked grimace/sneer.
One of my favorite targets was the student communist organization at UW-Madison. Each year during the first week of the fall semester, they and other student organizations would set up booths on library mall where they would accost students to join or sign petitions. Talking with them really was like taking candy from a baby, and now that I’ve had actual experience taking stuff away from genuine babies (e.g. choking hazards), I can honestly say that the reactions of the student commies were hauntingly similar as well.
Ah, the memories . . . but that’s not the reason for this post. The reason is to send out a thank you, one helluva an ‘attaboy’, and a ‘keep-up-the-good-work’ well wish to Wisconsin’s own Paul Ryan who decimated Barack Obama during his dog and pony health care summit, and to the Dane County, Wisconsin Republican Party who released an absolutely priceless statement (it drips Moxie) concerning Obamacare.
Via Troglopundit, I read the following release from the Dane County GOP:
Republican Party of Dane County Apologizes For Its Opposition To Obamacare
We at the Republican Party of Dane County would like to publicly apologize for opposing the Obamacare health care bill. We have now seen the light and support it. There are a few reasons for our change of heart:
The Democrats are correct that the health insurance companies don’t make enough money. Obamacare will be the largest transfer of wealth to the health insurance industry in history. The Democrats are also correct that our budget deficit isn’t large enough. Moody’s has warned that passing this bill will likely cost the United States its AAA bond rating – and we agree with the Democrats in saying “good riddance!”
The Democrats are correct that it’s ridiculous that all Americans now have access to health care. Obamacare will dramatically decrease the number of doctors, and will dramatically decrease the amount of medical innovation in this nation. Who needs new cancer drugs anyway? More than 6% of United Kingdom citizens have reported pulling out their own teeth because they can’t get access to a dentist, despite “universal” health care. That’s the spirit!
Finally, we agree with Democrats that the electoral chances of the Democratic Party in 2010 are far more important than whether a new unfunded entitlement system that we’ll be stuck with forever is good for this nation. They have argued incessantly that even Democratic congressmen who hate the bill should vote for it because of the electoral consequences in 2010 and 2012. Absolutely!
So we applaud the Democratic Party. It takes a great amount of courage to simultaneously put aside the US Constitution, the laws of economics, the negative effects of a bill on the quality of health care in this nation, and the will of the people. Open the fridge and crack open a cold one, Democrats. You’ve earned it!
In my probably biased opinion, that’s a damn nice summary and delivery . . . especially in the age of John Stewart. Well done my fellow Wisconsinites.