10 Questions for a Liberal after Mothers Day

Lady Marjorie and I went to lunch on Mothers Day with an older liberal couple. You don't want to have a political dogfight on Mother's Day, but I thought to myself about the questions I would like to ask my liberal friends five years into the administration of America's First Black President.

What do you think about ObamaCare? I read a cute piece the other day about ObamaCare patients driving down to Mexico for health care because the care south of the border was cheaper and faster. It rather ties into the idea that the now-banned “mini-med” plans weren't so bad after all.  A lot of people just want a bit of help reducing the cost of routine medical expenses.  And how are your grandchildren doing on the health-insurance front?

What do you think about the economy?  I know that the Great Recession was all the fault of Bush and the greedy bankers, but what would you propose right now?  Is Obama's proposal to hike the minimum wage the answer?  Or something else?  What would you suggest regarding Fannie and Freddie, and the whole question of subsidizing home ownership, given that the Crash of 2008 was all about mortgage loans gone bad?

What do you think about Benghazi? Suppose a Republican president had been prepping for a presidential debate the night that terrorists attacked a U.S. diplomatic compound and then lied about it? What sort of investigation would you recommend then?

What do you think about race relations? It was pretty exciting when America elected its First Black President. But it seems that race relations have gone downhill since then, what with the Tea Party and all. What would you suggest we do about those racist Tea Partiers? I know! How about we rag on their employers and shame them into firing all the Tea Party racists!

What do you think about the Eich/Sterling/Ali/HGTV flaps? You see, we conservatives are rather sensitive about this. We've seen liberals dining out on McCarthyism for half a century, regaling us about the fascist outrage of firing teachers and Hollywood types for the sin of their unpopular progressive beliefs. Now it seems that liberals are playing the same game. Or is it different when a TV network cancels an upcoming home-improvement show featuring a couple of enthusiastic Christians with extreme social views from Liberty University?

How's that global warming coming? I know that global warming means the end of the world unless we act now, but don't you think that there's a little bit too much money going to Democratic Party contributors and rather too many birds getting killed by wind turbines?

Got through Piketty's Capital yet? I'm manfully wading through all 685 pages and blogging each chapter as I go. Piketty thinks we must increase taxes on the rich because low growth in the 21st century means a return to the rentier hell of Jane Austen and Balzac. How do you feel?  Nassim Nicholas Taleb tweets that the rich are one Black Swan away from indigence. No such risks for the permanent academic-bureaucratic elite.

How about that Lois Lerner? Imagine the IRS in a Republican administration ragging on MoveOn.org and the Center for American Progress. I wish you would help get me straight on that, because I have this crazy vision of a national run on fainting couches as the entire NYTWPCBSNBCPRABC apparat runs non-stop #StopTheFascists tweets until MoveOn.org gets out of jail free.

How about Islam and those kidnapped schoolgirls in Nigeria? It's a shame about Hillary dropping the ball on that one a year or two ago. But we bitter clingers are still wondering when we are going to see the rollout of the Obama strategy vis-a-vis radical Islam. I voted for Obama in 2008 to encourage the Democrats to Move On from Bush-Is-To-Blame to a real coherent global security strategy. It's now 5.5 years and counting.

How would you compare documentaries: Gasland and Gosnell?  Talk about moral equivalence: the hell of flaming faucets versus the joy of abortion.

Of course no conservative would think of asking such rude questions of a faithful liberal on Mother's Day of all days. But still, there are an awful lot of things going wrong on Obama's watch, and inquiring minds would like to know what a honest liberal thinks about it all -- before she reaches for the liberal talking points.

Here's a cunning plan for you liberals. Vote by secret ballot for the Republican in 2016, but don't tell your liberal friends what you did. Then spend the next 50 years raging about the cruelties and the injustice of the Cruz/Rubio/Paul Recession and the budget cuts and grandmas thrown off the cliff and the extreme weather and the Koch XL pipeline right through the Black Hills taking Bakken oil to the Gulf. I won't tell if you won't.

Christopher Chantrill @chrischantrill runs the go-to site on US government finances, usgovernmentspending.com. Also see his American Manifesto and get his Road to the Middle Class.

Lady Marjorie and I went to lunch on Mothers Day with an older liberal couple. You don't want to have a political dogfight on Mother's Day, but I thought to myself about the questions I would like to ask my liberal friends five years into the administration of America's First Black President.

What do you think about ObamaCare? I read a cute piece the other day about ObamaCare patients driving down to Mexico for health care because the care south of the border was cheaper and faster. It rather ties into the idea that the now-banned “mini-med” plans weren't so bad after all.  A lot of people just want a bit of help reducing the cost of routine medical expenses.  And how are your grandchildren doing on the health-insurance front?

What do you think about the economy?  I know that the Great Recession was all the fault of Bush and the greedy bankers, but what would you propose right now?  Is Obama's proposal to hike the minimum wage the answer?  Or something else?  What would you suggest regarding Fannie and Freddie, and the whole question of subsidizing home ownership, given that the Crash of 2008 was all about mortgage loans gone bad?

What do you think about Benghazi? Suppose a Republican president had been prepping for a presidential debate the night that terrorists attacked a U.S. diplomatic compound and then lied about it? What sort of investigation would you recommend then?

What do you think about race relations? It was pretty exciting when America elected its First Black President. But it seems that race relations have gone downhill since then, what with the Tea Party and all. What would you suggest we do about those racist Tea Partiers? I know! How about we rag on their employers and shame them into firing all the Tea Party racists!

What do you think about the Eich/Sterling/Ali/HGTV flaps? You see, we conservatives are rather sensitive about this. We've seen liberals dining out on McCarthyism for half a century, regaling us about the fascist outrage of firing teachers and Hollywood types for the sin of their unpopular progressive beliefs. Now it seems that liberals are playing the same game. Or is it different when a TV network cancels an upcoming home-improvement show featuring a couple of enthusiastic Christians with extreme social views from Liberty University?

How's that global warming coming? I know that global warming means the end of the world unless we act now, but don't you think that there's a little bit too much money going to Democratic Party contributors and rather too many birds getting killed by wind turbines?

Got through Piketty's Capital yet? I'm manfully wading through all 685 pages and blogging each chapter as I go. Piketty thinks we must increase taxes on the rich because low growth in the 21st century means a return to the rentier hell of Jane Austen and Balzac. How do you feel?  Nassim Nicholas Taleb tweets that the rich are one Black Swan away from indigence. No such risks for the permanent academic-bureaucratic elite.

How about that Lois Lerner? Imagine the IRS in a Republican administration ragging on MoveOn.org and the Center for American Progress. I wish you would help get me straight on that, because I have this crazy vision of a national run on fainting couches as the entire NYTWPCBSNBCPRABC apparat runs non-stop #StopTheFascists tweets until MoveOn.org gets out of jail free.

How about Islam and those kidnapped schoolgirls in Nigeria? It's a shame about Hillary dropping the ball on that one a year or two ago. But we bitter clingers are still wondering when we are going to see the rollout of the Obama strategy vis-a-vis radical Islam. I voted for Obama in 2008 to encourage the Democrats to Move On from Bush-Is-To-Blame to a real coherent global security strategy. It's now 5.5 years and counting.

How would you compare documentaries: Gasland and Gosnell?  Talk about moral equivalence: the hell of flaming faucets versus the joy of abortion.

Of course no conservative would think of asking such rude questions of a faithful liberal on Mother's Day of all days. But still, there are an awful lot of things going wrong on Obama's watch, and inquiring minds would like to know what a honest liberal thinks about it all -- before she reaches for the liberal talking points.

Here's a cunning plan for you liberals. Vote by secret ballot for the Republican in 2016, but don't tell your liberal friends what you did. Then spend the next 50 years raging about the cruelties and the injustice of the Cruz/Rubio/Paul Recession and the budget cuts and grandmas thrown off the cliff and the extreme weather and the Koch XL pipeline right through the Black Hills taking Bakken oil to the Gulf. I won't tell if you won't.

Christopher Chantrill @chrischantrill runs the go-to site on US government finances, usgovernmentspending.com. Also see his American Manifesto and get his Road to the Middle Class.

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