Get over it. That's essentially what Bill Kristol tells conservatives who are kvetching over the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell": "Our fine servicemen and women won't quit, they won't whine, they won't fret, and they won't cause a scene. Conservatives owe it to them to conduct ourselves with the same composure and dignity."
Get used to the unintended consequences of federal health-care regulation. "Members of the Screen Actors Guild recently read in their health plan's newsletter that, beginning in January, almost 12,000 of its participants will lose access to treatment for mental-health and substance-abuse issues." The guild plan and others are "scrapping such benefits for their enrollees because of a 2008 law that requires that mental-health and substance-abuse benefits, if offered, be as robust as medical or surgical benefits. By dropping such coverage, providers can circumvent the requirements."
Get real about the Russians, say voters. "A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 27% of Likely U.S. Voters trust Russia to honor the nuclear weapons agreement. Half (49%) do not trust the Russians, and another 25% are not sure."
Get the idea that low taxes attract growth? Michael Barone writes, "Seven of the nine states that do not levy an income tax grew faster than the national average. The other two, South Dakota and New Hampshire, had the fastest growth in their regions, the Midwest and New England. Altogether, 35 percent of the nation's total population growth occurred in these nine non-taxing states, which accounted for just 19 percent of total population at the beginning of the decade."
Get rid of me, and violence will occur! That's what George Mitchell, who in two years accomplished nothing, seems to imply: "U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell said on Thursday in an interview on The Maine Public Broadcasting Network that the United States government would not terminate its involvement in the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, as a lack of U.S. involvement in the region could lead to an outbreak of violence."
Get ready for the not not-Bush anti-terror policy. "Language contained in the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act passed by the House and Senate on Wednesday bars the use of Pentagon funds to transfer any Guantanamo prisoner to the U.S. for any reason, including a trial. Some supporters of plan Obama announced on his first full day in office to close the prison said the passage of the legislation signals near-complete capitulation by the president."
Get what Obama is saying? "One thing I hope people have seen during this lame-duck, I am persistent. If I believe in something strongly, I stay on it." So he's not all that dedicated to immigration reform, opposing the Bush tax cuts, funding ObamaCare, or killing the death tax. The left is celebrating the demise of its own agenda. Whatever.
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