Update at bottom –
Tonight, President Obama appears before a joint session of Congress to pitch Health Care Reform. Since Congress has made a mess of things, and ordinary citizens have protested this bill, our Campaigner-In-Chief feels that he needs to appear before the Congress and browbeat them into ignoring their constituents. The problem is, the House of Representatives is up for re-election in 2010, and if they vote for the bill in any form, they risk not being re-elected. After all…
In case any of you didn’t know, a typical politician’s primary job is not to serve the people who elected him. His primary job is to get himself (or herself) elected or re-elected. Second is to reward all those contributors that gave $$ to help him get elected. Third is to get as many perks & benefits as he can while he is in office. Last on the list is the common person like you & I. – A Politician’s Job
The other problem that I see is an out and out revolt by the populace over the proposed bill trickling up to the President. It just could cost him re-election in 2012, especially if passed and people get hosed by the provisions of the bill.
It’s going to be a tough sell to the Representatives and the voters. Change enacted by Congress and the President has been fast, bewildering, and expensive. People are reading HR3200, and not liking what they read – more bureaucracy, questionable savings, and no clear explanation how this is better than what the voters already have (and just to cover the 15% of the populace that don’t have coverage which includes personal choice not to have it). And let’s not forget the gaffes not only by VP Biden and various Congresscritters, but by President Obama himself.
Government is not the solution to life’s ills, no matter what the politician’s may say or promise. Rather, it is the personal choice and responsibility of the individual which will ultimately lead to the right of the individual to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Joe at Jo-Jo Politico found this jewel that pretty well states what most of us responsible adults are thinking: