"Obama, who, by any historical definition is a socialist..."
We should be skeptical about any "privatization" plan that comes from a socialist. What's the goal?
"TVA's artificially low power rates cause over-consumption ... Changing that model could dramatically reduce electricity usage."
Okay, there it is. Remember this quote from Obama: "Under my plan ... electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket."
Where better to try to launch electricity prices skyward (and reduce energy usage and economic growth) than in a Red State that's chock full of Obama's political enemies?
Taking a boondoggle created by the federal government and dumping the heavily regulated burden on local governments is no tip of the hat to the free market. But it could serve as a way to punish taxpayers in a conservative state while ostensibly hoisting Republicans by their own "private enterprise" petard.
Obama's health care bill will place crushing burdens on middle class taxpayers, the states, and ultimately, on the Federal Government.
Americans don't know that there is an attending physician on call exclusively for members of Congress, or that Congress enjoys VIP access and admission to Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Medical Center. Is Congress going to provide us with "precisely comparable" VIP treatment?
Want to talk about hypocrisy? Ok, let's talk about hypocrisy. Bureaucrats in Washington are telling us that they need to change the rules of the health care system to make it more fair and to make health care more accessible. Fine. But isn't it interesting that our Congress will be EXEMPT from the new rules they are creating for us?
(And isn't it interesting how making the system more "fair and accessible" invariably translates into giving Washington Bureaucrats more power?)
The author of the article above claims that the public insurance plan would be "precisely comparable" to the government-organized insurance members of Congress themselves receive. I'm not sure what "precisely comparable" really means, but Congress has access to a giant package of health care options, vastly superior to the plan they intend to foist upon the American people. And Congress apparently intends to keep it that way.
"Under the current draft of the Democrat healthcare legislation, members of Congress are curiously exempt from the government-run health care option, keeping their existing health plans and services on Capitol Hill."
Congressman John Fleming has offered a resolution that will give members of Congress "an opportunity to put their money where their mouth is, and urge their colleagues who vote for legislation creating a government-run health care plan to lead by example and enroll themselves in the same public plan."
Fleming's resolution has over 40 cosponsors — but not a single one of the cosponsors is a Democrat. http://tr.im/HRes615
I'm not interested in defending the GOP, but if you're looking for hypocrisy, why don't you examine the hypocrisy of the Democrats who are currently in control of Congress and the White House?