We can’t claim credit for the analogy but truly, the mainstream media acknowledge creditable actions by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker “about as often as the Titanic sails,” so this week credit is due both the Governor and the Racine Journal-Times.
Effectively dismissing the self-serving complaints of every left-wing pressure group and elected Democrat in the state, the Times straightforwardly credited Walker for making the right decision in declining to accept Obamacare money to expand Medicaid.
What Walker really declined to do—and it wasn’t lost on the Journal-Times—was put Wisconsin taxpayers on the hook for limitless future costs in exchange for money the federal government doesn’t really have, the promise of which could be withdrawn at any time.
How big a problem would that have been? Check the MacIver Institute’s analysis of the current state of Wisconsin’s Medicaid program. It’s improving, which is a pleasant way of saying it’s not as badly over budget as it used to be. In short, it’s not a program you want to expand unless your goal is to enlarge government at any cost.
Do not permit yourself to doubt that certain people have that goal. Expanding government is the only way Democrats who hold a little power in Wisconsin or a lot of power nationally can keep it. Especially relevant in this case is Peggy Noonan’s insight in the weekend Wall Street Journal.
In Obamacare’s “like your doctor/keep your doctor” rhetoric, Noonan perceives not empty political blather but methodical, knowing deception: “The White House…seems to have understood what the bill would do, and lied in a way so specific it showed they knew exactly what to spin and how.”
The Journal-Times editorial describes a governor with the good sense to demur when that sort of person comes bearing gifts.