I missed the State of the State last night — perhaps some of y’all would like to share your observations about it — but I read the newspaper story this morning, and the headline struck me as really ironic:
Haley: Look to SC, not DC, for answers
Really? Did she say that with a straight face? The woman who hardly had a word to say about South Carolina when she was running to be governor of it, but went on and on about “Obama, Obama, Obama,” seeming to forget that her opponent was named “Sheheen”?
That Nikki Haley?
But of course, for her and other Tea Party politicians, the “look not to Washington” meme is yet another way of saying, Obama, Obama, Obama…
If it weren’t, I’d be on board with the message on so many fronts. I dig subsidiarity. I think the state should fully assume the responsibility of providing an education to its citizens, for instance. Just as long as we’re willing to tax ourselves enough to get the job done properly, of course. The same goes for many other public functions, such as running a prison system, and enforcing state statutes.
But under the principle of subsidiarity, one recognizes that there are some tasks to which the smaller government is inadequate, so they properly become the responsibility of the larger entity.
Defense is one such task. Another is health care reform. The best solutions in health care are national, and far more likely to be effective on that scale. And in any case, our state has little interest in effectively addressing the problem.
When Haley and others reject Obamacare, they are really rejecting the idea of health care reform — if we understand “reform” to be finding a way for health care to be accessible and affordable for all of our citizens. I’ve seen no indication that the naysayers are willing to do what it takes to address that effectively. Have you?
That makes rejecting the imperfect solution offered by the federal government unconscionable. The governor of Arizona, no Obama fan, understands that, at least when it comes to Medicaid expansion. I’m sorry that our governor does not.