Self-Fulfilling Prophesy: GOP Works to Make Government Unworkable

By: Sunday February 13, 2011 3:00 pm

It’s not just an article of faith among many in the Republican Party that the government by some rule of nature/psychology/economics can’t be a solution. This idea has morphed into a commitment to make it impossible for government to properly function, preventing it from ever being a solution. The conservative philosophy about the role of government has transitioned into an active effort to realize a self-fulfilling anti-government prophesy, as the proposal for smaller single-issue bills and the RIENS Act demonstrate.

If It’s Smaller, Single-Issue Bills You Want, End the Filibuster

By: Thursday February 10, 2011 4:38 pm

Wyoming’s two Republican senators, Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, are pushing for a rules change that would only allow an individual bill to deal with a single issue, in order to prevent the current practice of Congress passing massive omnibus bills. From Politico: Enzi, Barrasso and their co-sponsor in the House, freshman Rep. David Schweikert [...]

What Real Health Policy Compromise Would Look Like: HSAs Combined with Automatic Enrollment in Public Catastrophic Insurance

By: Tuesday March 2, 2010 2:18 pm

The White House Blog has posted a new letter that President Obama sent to the congressional leaders in both parties about the recent health care summit. To show that Democrats have incorporated Republican ideas, Obama pointed to four examples. I’m going to highlight the last: 4.Senator Barrasso raised a suggestion that we expand Health Savings [...]

Why Doesn’t John Barrasso Have a Universal Catastrophic Insurance Bill Then?

By: Friday February 26, 2010 9:39 am

President Obama and Sen. John Barrasso (R- WY) got into a very interesting back-and-forward during the bipartisan health care summit. Barrasso tried to defend catastrophic insurance saying it makes people the “best consumers of health care.” Obama thought that was insufficient for many lower middle class Americans. The important thing is that this is not [...]