Many conversations on the right involve people with one priority arguing with people with another priority. The result: folks often talk past each other because they are not talking about the same subject.

In general, there are three criteria by which to judge policy proposals: politics, economics and conservative principles.

Take politics. Pete Sessions (R-TX) is the member of the House of Representatives who is most responsible for the fact that Republicans are in the majority in that body. Sessions has been consistently saying for the last two years that the health care issue could cost Republicans the House.