Likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney agrees with Blue Virginia – and many others – who have pointed out that the “individual mandate” (the one so hated by Ken Kookinelli) actually was a conservative idea. According to Romney:
It was seen as a conservative idea to say, you know what? People have a responsibility for caring for themselves if they can. We’ll help people who can’t care for themselves, but if you can care for yourself, you gotta take care of yourself and pay your own bills.
And guess what? Romney’s right. Any further questions?
P.S. Oh yeah, let’s not forget that “cap and trade” was also a conservative idea, as was pretty much the entirety of what Republicans now like to lambaste as “Obamacare.” In addition, Republicans were the ones who voted throughout the 2000s for increased government spending and massive deficits, leaving Barack Obama a $1 trillion+ deficit the day he took office. Oh, and the bad economy Republicans rail against, attempting to blame Democrats for? We inherited that as well – from the Republicans. Same thing with Solyndra, by the way, which got going in the Bush Administration. Same thing with the way the Obama “stimulus” was structured, heavily weighted towards tax cuts, per the Republicans’ and “moderate” Democrats’ preference. Same thing for spending on “shovel-ready” projects (aka, roads), which Republicans and the Chamber of Commerce always supported in the past. Etc, etc. Sensing a pattern here?