Margaret Thatcher, R.I.P.

The Erstwhile Conservative has posted here on something that every serious American voter needs to know about the iconic British conservative Margaret Thatcher. It’s about healthcare and taxes. The startling truth is in the last of three video clips in the post.

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She was Britain’s first and only female prime minister and served longer in that capacity than anyone in the twentieth century. If that weren’t remarkable enough, the iconic Meryl Streep portrayed her in a major movie.

On Monday morning, as the news of her death broke, on MSNBC—what some, somewhat overstating the case, call the broadcast home of American liberalism—the Iron Lady’s death brought forth mostly effusive praise of her and her accomplishments. On Morning Joe again this morning, more praise.

I confess: when I was a conservative, she was one of my heroes. Okay, my heroine.

Thus, it is only fitting that the legacy of Margaret Thatcher, as historically important as it is, deserves more than hagiographic commentary, and Chris Hayes, new to MSNBC’s evening programming, did Thatcher’s legacy justice, at least from the point of view of a thoughtful liberal, in two segments:

Finally, as only he can do, Lawrence O’Donnell…

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About Jim Wheeler

U. S. Naval Academy, BS, Engineering, 1959; Naval line officer and submariner, 1959 -1981, Commander, USN; The George Washington U., MSA, Management Eng.; Aerospace Engineer, 1981-1999; Resident Gadfly, 1999 - present. Political affiliation: Democratic.
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3 Responses to Margaret Thatcher, R.I.P.

  1. PiedType says:

    I didn’t have to agree with Thatcher’s politics to appreciate the example she set for women who aspire to be leaders in government (or in any other field).


  2. ansonburlingame says:

    this comment herein is similar to the one I made on the original EC blog on this subject.

    The Iron Lady demanded, with great strength of character, many things from the British people. As well she knew full well as a politician that she had to make things demanded, like going to war in the Falkands, palitable to the voting public. She “heard the message” from the people of Britain that universal HC was just such a demand and she delivered on it, or at least expanded upon what was already in place to deliver better universal HC. Great you as liberals say and we need to do the same.

    BUT….. and this is a big But, MT FORCED higher taxes on EVERYONE in Britain. As well she actually LOWER onnerous taxes on the “rich” as well, from 83% down to 40%, or so, during her watch in government. American would not STAND for a VAT (sales) tax at the national level. Well Britain already had a VAT tax in place but Maggie DOUBLED IT, in order to facilitate paying for things voters demanded, like universal HC and probably a host of other “socialistic” type programs as well.

    NO politician in America today does that, raise taxes to pay for everything demanded, across the board. Just look at Medicaid expansion debate in MO. right now. Democrats want it and the GOP says we can’t afford it. And we get stuck right there with a majority prevailing, democratically, today.

    Have you heard the Governor or any other Dem saying expand Medicaid AND raise MO state income taxes to bear the burden of such expansion in three years. Nope not a word for such an approach.

    My point of course, if you want socialistic type programs, great. But tell us, all, exactly how to pay for them, realistically, on top of that which we already have in place and run $Trillion deficits to pay for today.



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