2010 was supposed to be the year that the Obama administration turns their main focus to job creation and economic recovery. After a couple of weeks, the focus was again shifted towards the passage of a government run health care bill.
Obama has staked his presidency and the success of his presidency on the passage of a health-care reform bill. After spending all his political capital in 2009 over the passage of a health-care reform bill, President Obama came out earlier this year saying he was going to slow down and concentrate on a good bill rather than trying to ram through the monstrosity that the original bills had become. But, seeing that that looked too much like hard work, Obama is again trying to pass the Senate bill.
This time is different though. Obama has actually put out an 11 page bill highlighting some of the points he wants in a reform bill. Then, he is going to hold another beer summit in Washington inviting Republicans over with the illusion that he is going to make this bipartisan. As was seen in the past, Obama is going to listen to the Republican ideas and then categorically dismiss them. Then, his administration will again claim that the Republicans have no ideas. He will claim they just want to be obstructionist.
The way the Obama administration sees it, the only way to have your own ideas is to bring in a wheelbarrow with about 3000 pages of confusing, licit worded documents that will spend about $1 trillion and raise taxes at least that much, and call it a bill that creates jobs and saves lives.
The support for health-care reform has fallen off dramatically as more Americans find out what is actually being proposed by the members of Congress. Obama claims that the American people are just a bunch of dumb dumb dummies and can't understand what is being proposed. It is being sold as a free lunch and if there's one thing that Americans know, there is no free lunch
the Democrats view bipartisanship in Washington as Republicans invading their own ideas and principles and signing on with the Democrats. If they don't, the Democrats will claim victory that the Republicans are in fact obstructionists and will be passing the bill on their own ramming it down our throats through the process of reconciliation. If Americans did not want this bill through the regular process, why would we want it this way? Again, the Democrats think that the American public is just too dumb to know what's good for us. Americans are too dumb to welcome a bunch of new taxes. Americans are too dumb to put two and two together and only come up with 3 1/2. If we came up with four, we would not have that extra half to put towards deficit reduction.
Even earlier this year, I thought the Congress and the ministration were finally going to figure out that spending trillions of dollars that America does not have, is not going to be as popular as it was last year. However, we see the progressives in Congress ready willing and able to keep spending trillions of dollars adding to the deficits that are becoming burdensome and feeling absolutely no responsibility to control government spending. After everyone is broke, then what will we do? It looks like we're going to find out.