Is Your Hypocrisy Detector Working?

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Obama’s desire to rise above petty partisanship to bring the country together was, undoubtedly, what won a lot of right-leaning independents to vote for him in the presidential election of 2008. 

Interestingly, it became a problem that he actually practiced this philosophy after being elected because it  failed miserably!  The resulting  legislation was weakened to the point of impotence in the name of “changing the tone in Washington.”  The stimulus bill was loaded with tax-cuts in order to win a few republican votes. (And we all know Obama  never got those votes. ) He then attmpted  to “reach across the aisle” on health care reform, and abandoned the public option

Many believed the public option to be the most important part of the health care bill because it was the seed that would completely change the system… Had democrats stood their ground and not voted for it, the bill might have died, but everyone would have understood which party was responsible for its failure and  that health care still needed to be addressed and that if any president wanted to accomplish anything in the arena of reform there would have to be a public option.  

It’s not really a surprise that the sole mission of the Republican party was to see Obama’s presidency fail, is it?  It should be obvious  that it was never the intention of the Republican Party to work with democratic President Obama.  They had a different plan and stuck to it. On the other hand, the Democratic Party, because it is filled with moderates and centrists, never draws a line in the sand and sticks to it!   

It’s a challenge for the left to be fair-minded when the far right appears to have no such compunction In public policy, the key point is the RESULT. Thus  the lesson…Obama’s take-away should be; it isn’t about changing policy, it’s about presenting the logic of solutions.  It’s hard to argue with logic.  Which is why it’s so much easier to focus on quick fixes and ready results, whether in the form of mid-term elections or quarterly earnings reports.

The American people have developed amnesia and President Obama, as he said,  “took a shellacking” in the mid-term election.  Let’s hope  he learned the importance of communication about  what is being done. 

In other words, results must be spun as positively as possible in relationship to the recent past because it’s not actual results that you’ll be evaluated on, rather the appearance of results!   Obama won the presidency just after an apocalypse.  We came close to witnessing the complete destruction of our economic system.  recovery from such an event will take at least another 18 months.  If it happens on schedule, Obama will float to reelection on a cloud of patriotism even though some people will hate him and call him a communist.  If it doesn’t happen, he’ll repeat the single terms of Bush 1 and Jimmy Carter…and some people will hate him and call him a communist.

There is a viscerally, critically important distinction to be made between what people ARE and what people DO.   In politics, not “doing” constitutes being a failure.  Turning around an economic cataclysm that was years, even decades, in the making will  require years of smart, long-term planning and making tough decisions as well.  Meanwhile, until we all take the long view, we’ll all have to settle for the illusion of forward progress.

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  1. REALITY!!

    As you all know. Had congress passed a government-run robust Public Option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one, our economy and jobs would have taken off like a rocket. And still will.

    The message from these midterm elections is clear. The American people want real healthcare reform. They want that individual mandate requiring them to buy private health insurance abolished. And they want a government-run robust public option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one. And they want it now.

    They want Drug re-importation, and abolishment or strong restrictions on patents for biologic and prescription drugs. And government controlled and negotiated drug and medical cost. They want back control of their healthcare system from the Medical Industrial Complex. And they want it NOW!

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL NOT AND MUST NOT ALLOW AN INDIVIDUAL MANDATE TO STAND WITHOUT A STRONG GOVERNMENT-RUN PUBLIC OPTION CHOICE! AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE.

    For profit health insurance is extremely unethical, and morally repugnant. It’s as morally repugnant as slavery was. And few if any decent Americans are going to allow them-self to be compelled to support such an unethical and immoral crime against humanity.

    This is a matter of National and Global security. There can be NO MORE EXCUSES.

    Further, we want that corrupt, undemocratic filibuster abolished. Whats the point of an election if one corrupt member of congress can block the will of the people, and any legislation the majority wants. And do it in secret. Give me a break people.

    Also, unemployment healthcare benefits are critically needed. But they should be provided through the Medicare program at cost, less the 65% government premium subsidy provided now to private for profit health insurance.

    Congress should stop wasting hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money on private for profit health insurance subsidies. Subsidies that cost the taxpayer 10x as much or more than Medicare does. Private for profit health insurance plans cost more. But provide dangerous and poorer quality patient care.

    Republicans: GET RID OF THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE.

    Democrats: ADD A ROBUST GOVERNMENT-RUN PUBLIC OPTION TO HEALTHCARE REFORM.

    This is what the American people are shouting at you. Both parties have just enough power now to do what the American people want. GET! IT! DONE! NOW!

    If congress does not abolish the individual mandate. And establish a government-run public option CHOICE! before the end of 2011. EVERY! member of congress up for reelection in 2012 will face strong progressive pro public option, and anti-individual mandate replacement candidates.

    Strong progressive pro “PUBLIC OPTION” CHOICE! and anti-individual mandate volunteer candidates should begin now. And start the process of replacing any and all members of congress that obstruct, or fail to add a government-run robust PUBLIC OPTION CHOICE! before the end of 2011.

    We need two or three very strong progressive volunteer candidates for every member of congress that will be up for reelection in 2012. You should be fully prepared to politically EVISCERATE EVERY INCUMBENT that fails or obstructs “THE PUBLIC OPTION”. And you should be willing to step aside and support the strongest pro “PUBLIC OPTION” candidate if the need arises.

    ASSUME CONGRESS WILL FAIL and SELLOUT again. So start preparing now to CUT THEIR POLITICAL THROATS. You can always step aside if they succeed. But only if they succeed. We didn’t have much time to prepare before these midterm elections. So the American people had to use a political shotgun approach. But by 2012 you will have a scalpel.

    Congress you could pass a robust government-run public option now during your lame duck session. You know what the American people want. You already have several bills on record. And the house has already passed a public option. Departing members could leave with a truly great accomplishment. And the rest of you would solidify your job before the 2012 elections.

    President Obama, you promised the American people a strong public option available to everyone. And the American people overwhelmingly supported you for it. Maybe it just wasn’t possible before. But it is now.

    Knock heads. Threaten people. Or do whatever you have to. We will support you. But get us that robust public option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one before the end of 2011. Or We The People Of The United States will make this midterm election look like a cake walk in 2012. And it will include you.

    We still have a healthcare crisis in America. With hundreds of thousands dieing needlessly every year in America. And a for profit medical industrial complex that threatens the security and health of the entire world. They have already attacked the world with H1N1 killing thousands, and injuring millions. And more attacks are planned for profit, and to feed their greed.

    Spread the word people.

    Progressives, prepare the American peoples scalpels. It’s time to remove some politically diseased tissues.

    God Bless You my fellow human beings. I’m proud to be one of you. You did good.

    See you on the battle field.

    Sincerely

    jacksmith – WorkingClass 🙂

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