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How I Stopped Fearing the Tea Party Apocalypse and Started to Love It

I wish my Democrats were half as brave and principled as the Tea party "crazies."

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I have to ask at this point, is the Left so incapable of running a rational debate, it has to paint the other side as a bunch of hicks and loonies and Jesus jumpers in order to win?

Then there’s the horrible crime the Tea Party has supposedly committed against God and the Republic, in conditioning lifting the debt ceiling and/or approving the new budget (that was due October 1) on killing or postponing the health coverage act aka Obamacare.

Well, for one thing, as a Democrat, I believe Obamacare stinks. It creates a captive consumer base for insurance companies which still don’t need to do a thing about reducing their inflated operating costs and their cruel and callused treatment of their clients. I was saying from the start that all Obama needed to do was offer access to Medicare to all Americans. No need for all the bureaucratic nonsense associated with the program, just come in and for a $100 a month you’re covered by Medicare. Then let the insurance companies do the running around and begging and pleading.

As to holding the program “hostage” – we’ve had roughly 50 debt ceiling increases over the past 40 years or so, and every time, or almost every time—especially when the White House and the House of Representatives were under opposing management teams—it was an opportunity for re-negotiating already signed and delivered deals. Why not? It’s the oldest and most meaningful weapon in the hands of the parliament in its clashes with the king – the purse strings. You want something from us? We want something from you.

Why is that the most elementary part of the workings of parliament, and the fundamental power invested in Congress by the framers of the Constitution – why are they presented as a kind of treason?

I differ from the Tea Party on many, vast ideological issues–although it is so varied and colorful, there might be some over there with whom I agree on a lot of things. But I wholeheartedly support and applaud their right, their duty, in fact, to maximize the power given them by the voter to influence the American Republic as they see fit.

Again, I wish my Democrats were half as gutsy as those folks.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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10 Responses to “How I Stopped Fearing the Tea Party Apocalypse and Started to Love It”

  1. WOW I think this says it all.

  2. Dan Silagi says:

    You're missing one minor detail about putting everyone on Medicare. Those folks who get Medicare paid into it over the years. If there were a simgle-payer system like those in France, Germany, and Belgium, all of which work extremely well, those who would enter it would have to pay for it by folding premiums into tax withholding from paychecks, just as Medicare and Social Security do now. I'm not opposed to this at all; it would probably cut the cost of medical care in this country by more than half, as the hospitals won't be able to charge $3 for a single Tylenol pill as they now do, and the rate of births by C-section will drop from the current 30% to less than 10%, as is the case in Europe. But taxes will go up, a lot, while health insurance premiums will drop, perhaps to zero for most people. And it'll cost far more than $100 a month for folks not on Medicare. Triple that, even with the massive cost savings resulting from a single-payer system, er, socialized medicine.

    As for the Tea Party, I personally want 5 minutes with Ted Cruz in a steel cage.

  3. Shemayah Shiloh Phillips says:

    Oh, hell no!

  4. Nathaniel James Warshay says:

    How about this? Just get rid of Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. Lower the age of Medicare to, say, zero, so that everyone has the same benefits and opportunity. Until you've lived without health insurance, healthcare or health, for that matter, you don't understand how debilitating bad health is, how costly it is, and how one is unable to really do much about his or her own situation while unhealthy.

    In line with the third of President Roosevelt's Four Freedom's, the freedom from want, we should not allow this to hinder our brain power, creativity, humanity.

    And the overall cost of healthcare in this country, where the government is relatively involved, is nearly twice what it is in Europe and Israel, and with worse results.

  5. Charles Jones says:

    WE MAY BE ”CRAZIES” BUT WE AIM TO STAY FREE

  6. Gil Gilman says:

    It's not treason…it's hostage negotiation.

  7. Sorry to disturb you here on this thread attached to this piece: I'm right-wing, patriotic, soft-nationalist anti-Obmama, anti-Democrat big time and am not even American, but a Hungarian Jewish man of 35. Again, sorry to butt in, but all i wanted to say is that Shakespeare like most English at the timer and also today, gee the world neevr changes but stayss the same!, was a rotten antisemtie, a base low-life Jew-hating bigot, which is a fact. Thought help to clerar this up against the oh so great writer…

  8. This article is beautiful. I think the abuse by CNN and, most surprisingly, the Huffington Post, has been completely unwarranted. It's about time somebody stands up to Obama.

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