I try not to post much about politics, for a number of reasons. For one thing, there are way too many out there already. I prefer to stick more to philosophical and theological issues – issues that are around for the long haul, so to speak.
But, I am finding the dynamics surrounding the current healthcare debate quite interesting (for one slant that I won’t go into here, read my post at my other blog). Consider that a year ago, Obama was seemingly unstoppable, generating the kind of manic following we haven’t seen since the Beatles landed in 1964. Within days of being sworn in, he began swinging his liberal axe, beheading as much of Bush’s legacy as he could. The House and Senate Dems were lockstep behind him, and he seemed even more unstoppable.
Today, of course, the story has changed. His fiscal policies have, for the most part, failed. The deficit is several times higher than ever before (and he can’t blame Bush for that). His poll numbers are dropping steadily according to every poll; today, 52% disapprove of his handling of healthcare. Over 50% disapprove! Yet, he keeps trying to steamroll his program through. Even long-term Democrats have turned against him.
Why? What doesn’t he understand about “we don’t want it?”
It’s even more interesting for those in Congress: Poll numbers show that a very large % of voters would vote the whole lot of them out if they could. According to a poll taken last week, voters will act in November based upon how their elected officials vote on healthcare.
With Obama’s numbers continuing to drop, he’s fast becoming a liability. Why side with the President when it could cost you your career? And what’s to be gained by gaining favor with a President who could very well be a lame duck in his first year in office?
Besides, what about representing those you swore to represent?
I am truly astounded that it is Obama’s hope this evening to “gain momentum” for a plan the majority of voters are against. For that matter, just who the hell does he think he is? Is he a servant of the people, or does he see himself as a modern-day Caesar?
Perhaps tonight he should simply play the fiddle.
O for the good old days.
If some people did not have access to nutritional meals, would Obama want to take over the food industry?
We saw what happened when the govt. got involved with lending to people that would not normaally qualify for loans.
We will all be paying for that fiasco for a long, long time.
But the govt. run cash for clunkers program was a real success. Unless you are one of the many car dealers who hasn’t received a dime from the govt. yet, of the money they were supposed to receive.
Healthcare won’t be so complicated as that multi-faceted car buying scheme.
I’m sure the govt. can give everyone better healthcare and reduce costs and it won’t cost anyone anything.
I never thought I’d see the day that we had so many gullible Americans. But it is here. Thank God we haven’t all drunk the Kool-Aid.
Mike, a couple of points:
1) you’re in the minority about wanting public-funded healthcare.
2) Bush overspent (or failed to veto Congress’ overspending) and we yelled and screamed about it. You apparently weren’t paying attention.
3) Obama has overspent Bush several times over. He can’t blame Bush for that. He’s not trying to solve a problem, he’s exacerbating it. This years’ omnibus bill was astounding. His stimulus bill was astounding. Even the Democratic congressmen are asking him (finally) to explain how on earth we can pay for this healthcare thing.
4) it’s not just conservatives who are upset.
Who’s not thinking?
Perhaps the reason that his numbers have slipped is because so many people are screaming socialist and calling him a nazi at whatever he tries to do.
What don’t you understand about “We do want it?”
As far as the deficit is concerned, where were all of you fiscally conservative and responsible people when George Bush and the Republican Congress were simultataneously cutting taxes and raising spending. Nobody promised a quick fix to a long standing problem and to call him a failure after only 5 months following the passage of the stimulus package is sheer nuts.
Or you were never willing to give him a chance in the first place. We didn’t elect him to be a conservative, btw, so “representing everyone” doesn’t mean giving in to the way things you want them to me.
Spend a little time thinking. It’s a good thing you rarely wander into politics.