Socialized health care in the United States comes by incrementalism. Obamacare and its exchanges preserve the illusion of a free market for insurance coverage, but we’re inching ever closer to the left’s dream of “single-payer,” a system of one-size-fits-all medical treatment organized by the government.
Czars are not usually retiring fellows. They travel with many hangers-on, accompanied by big men with machetes, or at least clubs, to clear the way. Czars are no-nonsense guys who walk with heavy tread.
Saudi Arabia is no longer king of the oil patch, and the United States can put the 1970s oil shortage down the memory hole and act again like the world’s No. 1 producer.
Four years ago, President Obama urged Hispanics to vote to “punish our enemies.” The strategy didn’t work, and the Democrats lost 63 House seats. Rep. Gerald “Gerry” Connolly of Virginia, a Democrat, nearly became No. 64.
Whether it’s the Republicans or Democrats holding their heads high after the election results are tallied late Tuesday night, there will be important work to do when Congress returns from the battlefields at home. At a minimum, Congress must renew the government funding resolution that runs out Dec. 11.