I wrote this statement some time ago:
To rely on the government for anything long-term is stupidity at best and insanity at worst. – Equal Diversity
I think this video proves a growing cynicism on the capabilities of government and the people running it:
In case you were not able to follow what the lady said, here’s a transcript:
"I look at this health care plan and I see nothing that is about health or about care. What I see is a bureaucratic nightmare, Senator. Medicaid is broke, Medicare is broke, Social Security is broke and you want us to believe that a government that can’t even run a cash for clunkers program is going to run one-seventh of our U.S. economy? No sir, no."
Specter’s response was shouted down when he said that lawmakers divide up the bills into sections and have their staffs read portions because, "We have to make judgments very fast." So Congress sees it’s role as passing bills as quickly as possible without reading or understanding for themselves what they are voting on. Isn’t it their jobs to carefully evaluate what is in the American public’s best interest? Again, what are the politicians really doing?
But why pass legislation quickly? Shouldn’t such far-reaching and potentially economic crippling legislation be debated and scrutinized so that the impact upon the country be minimized or at least have the risks evaluated? The speed at which this Administration and Congress have pushed legislation and reform is mind-boggling if not an understatement, a sentiment shared by IBD Editorials:
The trademark political tactic of the Obama administration is speed: ramming legislation through Congress as fast as possible — too fast for anyone to subject the bills to scrutiny, search for objectionable provisions or develop effective arguments in a public debate.
They push the bills through so fast, even President Obama and his allies in Congress don’t have time to read them and don’t know what’s in them.
And then over the weekend, it sounds like another Obama campaign promise is going to fall by the wayside because of all the spending this Administration and Congress . Tim Geithner announced that strengthening the economy depends on reducing the deficit. From CNN Politics:
Both Geithner and Greenspan, appearing on the same show, insisted that the economy would not collapse. They said, however, that emergency steps, including the bailout plan last year and the economic stimulus bill this year, are expanding the federal budget deficit to unsustainable levels.
"We will not get this economy back on track, recovery will be not strong and sustained, unless we … can convince the American people that we’re going to have the will to bring these deficits down once recovery is firmly established," Geithner said.
Geithner refused to rule out future tax increases, saying President Barack Obama’s administration would take whatever steps were necessary to reduce the deficit once the economy recovers. Greenspan said he believed the government eventually will impose some kind of value-added tax to raise revenue.
So hold on to your wallets – if the health-care fiasco doesn’t break us, then the tax hikes will while we’re turning in our clunkers.
Too bad we can’t turn in our politicians for a refund…