Would it be too much to ask for the towns to turn off the blinking school zone lights during spring break? I'm all
for doing 20 mph when there are kids around but when schools out could you please turn off the lights. Nothing starts your day quite like being
stuck behind a Cadillac with a handicap plate doing 15 through the empty school zone.
Now that I've gotten that off my chest let's get on to business. Our dear president has decided the best way to deal with those pesky folks
who think health care was a bad idea is to make fun of them. Some people have called the passing of health care "Armageddon" and Barry O has repeatedly
told us how he looked around after signing the bill and didn't see asteroids crashing down or cracks in the Earth opening up. I'd like to introduce our dear President to a new concept, its called a metaphor. From Dictionary.com: Metaphor(noun) - A figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance, as in ?A mighty fortress is our God.?". Mr. President, Saul Alinsky
would be very proud of you.
Now that we've straightened that out I'd like to take issue with the Armageddon metaphor as not being a very good one. A better metaphor for the health care bill's passing would have been cancer. The bill is like a cancer in that it will slowly attack the engine of our economy, businesses and
the wealthy. The steady increase of taxes aimed solely at businesses and the wealthy will rob them of what they need to grow, profits. Several large
companies have already stated that the immediate tax increases of this bill will cost them millions in profits and so now congress is forcing
them to come to Washington and testify about why they saying these things. Does that sound like America to you?
Some may try to make the argument that the money that is taken from the rich will go to provide medical benefits to lower income people and
that ultimately it will end up in the pockets of doctors and hospitals. People who could not otherwise afford to go to the doctor can now go
and the government will pay for it. Problem is the government pays the doctors and hospitals less than it costs to treat these people so the
more people the government gives health care too the more money doctors and hospitals lose. Sounds like a winning plan for being the first country to
As a conservative, I think President Obama has done exactly WHAT he said he'd do which is to drive this country off the socialist cliff. He's been amazingly consistent on that front. The disturbing part is HOW he's been doing it. Any reasonable person would agree that he campaigned on a message of transparency then slammed the door shut when he got elected. Even the few honest democrats left admit that Reps weren't allowed to participate in crafting the healthcare bill.
Just don't whine when your paycheck is thinner and the unemployment rate is in the 9% - 10% range and GDP growth barely hits 3% for years to come.
As a CEO friend of mine said to his employees recently, "After the passage of ObamaCare I can't afford to keep all of you on. I need to let go 90 people". So he went to the parking lot and found 75 Obama bumper stickers and those were the first 75 he let go. Hey, they wanted CHANGE right? HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA
The reason the Republicans opposed Obama in block is because it became abundantly clear Obama's plan is not to build consensus, but to take every darn inch he can get, to insure that ultimately the government fully controls our Medical system, top to bottom, thoroughly and completely. His "efforts" to work with Republicans were an illusion, just as was his "bi-partisan" attitude. (Go back and look at his voting history in the Senate. No one there was more radical.) He will accept any and all ideas as long as they don't prevent the complete Government takeover of our medical system. Look at Chuck Schumer's remarks to BBC less than an hour after the vote: "This is only the beginning! This bill finally gives us the real POWER to start making real changes."
It is like what Henry Ford told Americans about his cars: "You can have any color you want, as long as its black."
Obama is a good actor. He tricked a lot of people into believing he is a moderate, inclusive legislator. He is not.
Eventually Americans will understand that the battle they are witnessing in congress really is over the question of whether the US will be GOVERNED, or GOVERNMENT RUN. By that time, however, it might just be impossible to buy back out of his European Socialism - which I am sure will Obama suit just fine.
I am sure that will be fine with many Americans, too. However, for many of us it has been an unpardonable act of deception and betrayal. I am willing to accept that America no longer wishes to be the nation of limited government - but not until we have that debate out in the open. It is not acceptable to have Pelosi steamroll us to that decision with a 50.8% majority.
For Pete's sake, Social Security passed Congress with an 86% vote!