Quote of the day

Rick Perry:

It’s [ownership of personal property]  in jeopardy because of taxes; it’s in jeopardy because of regulation; it’s in jeopardy because of a legal system that’s run amok. And I think it’s time for us to just hand it over to God and say, “God, You’re going to have to fix this.” …

Wow.  That’s political leadership.  Hey, things are a mess, lets just let God fix it.  Seriously?!  Good thing FDR never tried that.  And, if Rick Perry wasn’t busy biding his time, I think he’d be the instant Republican front-runner.

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Chart of the day

Via Ygleias:

As always, let’s note that those other 19 countries have managed to do this while guaranteeing health care for all citizens.  And the secret is not that they spend months waiting in lines, either.  And somehow, Republicans seem to think all we need to do is cap malpractice and allow citizens to buy insurance across state lines from whichever state sets up the least regulation to provide the crappiest policies.

Obama’s “Big” obsession

So, one thing that’s clear in this debt ceiling mess, is that Obama wants to cut a big deal.  In fact, it is so obvious that he wants to cut a big deal that he seems entirely willing to piss off his base and present a position most amenable to that of average Republican voters.   I’m not generally into psycho-analyzing presidents and such, but it seems to be Obama is, dare I say “obsessed” with accomplishing something big.  Maybe there’s good and plausible political and policy reasons for cutting a deal that is so overwhelmingly tilted towards what the Tea Party wants, but I think mostly Obama sees himself as someone who accomplishes big things.  And he wants to do that, even if the details of the big thing suck in many ways.  Maybe I’m totally wrong, and the answer lies in one of the none psycho-analtyic scenarios Ezra lays out.  They are at the link if you care to read them.  Suffice it for me to say, these are plausible and reasonable, but I still cannot help believing that part of this is just about Obama’s basic psychology of the presidency– go big or go home.  Alas, I’d much rather go medium and not cripple domestic discretionary spending for the long term and giveaway the set-to-expire Bush tax cuts.

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