Tuesday, January 4, 2011

11 Things I've Learned from Tamron Hall and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz

During an all-too-short lunch break today, I happened to catch part of Tamron Hall's interview with Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) on MSNBC. Though I was only able to watch a portion of it, those few moments were profoundly enlightening. Here are just 11 of the many things I learned:

1. The Republican majority that will control the U.S. House of Representatives starting tomorrow is talking like they are an actual majority that will control the U.S. House of Representatives starting tomorrow. Clearly, the Republicans have misread last November's election, in which, as President Obama explained shortly thereafter, the GOP's historic gains were simply the American people's way of saying they want everyone in Washington working together to make more electric cars.

2. Once Congress has passed a law, it's simply absurd to waste time and effort trying to repeal that law. After all, just look at "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

3. Hooray for ObamaCare!

4. ObamaCare will reduce the federal deficit, bring down the cost of health insurance and health care, and create jobs.

5. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is one of the few elected officials left who can still make Point 4 with a straight face.

6. Tamron Hall is one of the many journalists left who can hear an elected official make Point 4 and not respond with a challenging question.

7. Hooray for ObamaCare!

8. The Republican attempt to repeal ObamaCare is simply an effort to embarrass President Obama and the Democrats. After all, it's not like the Republicans just made historic electoral gains after campaigning on this very promise.

9. The Republican attempt to repeal ObamaCare is simply the Republicans taking their eye off job creation and the economy. Now truth be told, I doubted this one, at least until I realized that the cost of providing health benefits to employees has absolutely nothing to do with the cost to employers when creating or maintaining jobs. Because if it did, President Obama and the Democratic Congress certainly would have jammed through a massive and unread reform bill full of fuzzy budget math, burdensome new 1099 reporting requirements on small businesses, and other unintended economic consequences to address this very issue, which the Republicans would then campaign on repealing.

Hey, wait a minute...

10. Unlike Democrats, Republicans are hypocrites. For some reason.

11. Hooray for ObamaCare!