The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

The man who could be con­sid­ered a found­ing fa­ther of ten­able pub­lic health­care pro­grams is still shak­ing his head.

“In the years since the Mas­sachusetts health care law went into ef­fect noth­ing has changed my view that a plan crafted to fit the unique cir­cum­stances of a sin­gle state should not be grafted onto the en­tire coun­try,” Mitt Rom­ney said just as Pres­i­dent Obama ar­rived in Bos­ton to give a speech about the Af­ford­able Care Act - on the his­toric spot where Mr. Rom­ney, as gov­er­nor of Mas­sachusetts, had once in­tro­duced his ver­sion of state run health­care.

“Had Pres­i­dent Obama ac­tu­ally learned the lessons of Mas­sachusetts health care, mil­lions of Amer­i­cans would not lose the insurance they were promised they could keep, mil­lions more would not see their premi­ums sky­rocket, and the in­stal­la­tion of the pro­gram would not have been a frus­trat­ing em­bar­rass­ment,” Mr. Rom­ney said.

“Health re­form is best crafted by states with bi­par­ti­san sup­port and in­put from its em­ploy­ers, as we did, with­out rais­ing taxes, and by care­fully phas­ing it in to avoid the type of dis­rup­tions we are see­ing na­tion­ally.” as craven as he seems. A fraud, a wacko bird, a fool, an am­a­teur, Jim DeMint with­out the charm - yes, all the names his fel­low Repub­li­cans are call­ing the se­na­tor from Texas bear the st­ing of truth. But you have to give the man this: he has the courage of his con­vic­tions and the nerve to use a diver­sity of tac­tics to ad­vance them,” points out Richard Kim, ex­ec­u­tive ed­i­tor of The Na­tion.

The pub­li­ca­tion, founded in 1865, has been de­scribed as the ‘flag­ship of the Left’, in­ci­den­tally.

It ap­pears that the left lean­ing fac­tions may be search­ing fro a stan­dard bearer.

“Democrats should, of course, push back against the GOP’s lies and sab­o­tage, but is it too much to ask that at least one Demo­crat in Congress use this oc­ca­sion to make the ob­vi­ous point that a sin­gle-payer sys­tem would have been sim­pler and bet­ter? I know what a left-wing ver­sion of Ted Cruz would do,” Mr. Kim con­cludes. Mo., with his han­dler and a jump­mas­ter. Yes, the dog had an oxy­gen mask and a nifty jump­suit.

The mon­u­ment is now open to ad­mir­ers at Lack­land Air Force Base in San An­to­nio, where the mil­i­tary has trained all of its work­ing dog teams for the past 45 years. Leg­is­la­tion to au­tho­rize de­sign and con­struc­tion was spon­sored eight years ago by Rep. Wal­ter B. Jones, North Carolina Repub­li­can, and signed into law by for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush in 2008. The mon­u­ment was funded by pri­vate and cor­po­rate do­na­tions.

There’s a ton of dogs alone here. The main gran­ite pedestal fea­tures the bronze like­nesses a Dober­man pin­scher, Ger­man shep­herd, Labrador retriever and Bel­gian Mali­nois. Each stands 5-feet tall and weighs 500 pounds. And the bronze han­dler? He stands 9 feet tall and weighs in at 1,500.

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