President Barack Obama and the Democrat leaders in Congress are once again at the level of desperation for the healthcare insurance reform bill that has been going through Congress for about a year. Perhaps soon, we can get to the point to where the current bill will finally be defeated. Then, we can start over using bipartisan ideas of real reform that America will want and agree with.
Democrats still seem determined to shut this down the throats of an unwilling population for their own selfish interests. If this is such a good idea, why do we need all the payoffs? Why all the rides for the congressional votes? The administration is seeking passage of this bill purely for their own narcissistic views. They want a political victory. They want a political victory at any cost.
The senators from Wisconsin both have their heads up their butts. Herb Kohl is more worried about the basketball season than he is about any legislation. Surprisingly though, he takes the time to vote. Russ Feingold is equally spineless. He holds listening sessions throughout the state of Wisconsin but clearly does not listen to his constituency. He makes statements to the fact that he does not agree with the provisions of the health care bill. He does not agree with the exemption of the Medicare cuts for Florida, he does not agree with the pay off to the Louisiana senator, and he does not agree with Senator Nelson of Nebraska who got free Medicaid reimbursement for his state forever. Yet, Feingold has voted every time in favor of the healthcare bill. Is he representing Wisconsin? Undeniably, the answer is no. When Feingold photos in favor of this legislation, he is more in tune with the citizens of Florida, Louisiana, and Nebraska. Why is he looking for votes in Wisconsin?
Obama himself is trying to develop every trick that he can think of to pull wool over the eyes of the American citizenry. First, he says that economic recovery is dependent upon the passage of a health care bill. Then, Obama says it is morally right to pass a bill that will ensure all Americans. That statement may have some merit but it is not the bill that is in Congress now. Now he is saying that Americans should have the decency to pass a health care or insurance reform bill. What is decent about all these backroom deals? What is decent about his own selfish interest of scoring a political victory? What is decent about Obama and his only concern about putting a feather in his cap saying that he did something in his administration?
If this healthcare bill fails, it will bookend a year of failure for the Obama administration. Time and again, the American people have sent a message to politicians in Washington that the main concern in America today is getting the economy to recover and to create jobs for those who do not have one. Yet, the administration and Congress have devoted just about the entire year to health care reform and the deals and bribes surrounding it. Oh, we mustn't forget about that fabulous stimulus bill passed in February that has yet to create jobs. The administration comes out again and again touting how it has saved government jobs. Saving jobs cannot verifiably be quantified, but the administration has done whatever it can to pay back unions and trial lawyers. It has done this without regard for fiscal responsibility, or taxpayer interest.
Well, we can see that the Obama administration and this year of Democratic control of Congress has not been a memorable year for many Americans. It is been a year when the United States has emptied its treasury and is gotten very little if anything in return. The good news is this; America's resiliency will return. Even if it has to take three more years to do so.