Giuliani said two things today at the Conservative Leadership Conference that lit this blogger up:
First, he said: "I’ll be darned if I’m going to concede that Democrats care more about poor people than we do." This is a message that was awkwardly put by Bush in 2000 as "compassionate conservatism." But what Giuliani is angling at is that conservative/free-market types want to quibble with the idea that a) government can help people more than free individuals can (social entrepreneurship), that the liberals have cornered the market on benevolence in general, and that government programs actually help the poor rather than trap them in poverty. (Besides: it’s easier to be generous with other people’s money.) And if Rudy has in mind compromise measures to aid the poor? They’ll be more about helping them with credits and tax breaks than handouts and new programs. (Note his record in NYC.)
Second, Giuliani said: "They’re moving toward socialized medicine so fast, it’ll make your head spin." And he’s right. They’re doing it at the state level and national level. If they don’t do it incrementally through the expansion of SCHIP (Medicaid), they’ll do it by enacting a single payer system at the national level. Single-payer is codeword for socialized Medicine. I’ve raised my concerns about it here, here and here. It will do nothing but displace the costs of routine care, and make you wait in line for months for a broken leg–all while paying more in taxes. Is that really what we want?