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Let's stop the political bleedingPosted Friday, April 2, 2010, at 9:32 AM
I'm not going to debate the pros and cons of the massive healthcare reform bill -- which I personally think is an unconstitutional disaster that will do little to improve an already broken medical industry while mounting millions and millions of dollars in debt for generations to come to our already ailing economy.
My opinion that our national economy is on the third shock from the defibrillator paddles just ready to flat-line is not politics, just an observation.
Is adding a $938 billion package of healthcare reforms over the next decade a prescription to better national economic well-being?
One week after President Obama signed the healthcare bill into law, 54 percent of the nation's likely voters favor repealing it, according to a new Rasmussen poll.
Am I the only one who was downright dismayed about the way our distinguished bunch of representatives and even our president have acted in recent days?
Remember when President Obama stated a desire to create an atmosphere of bipartisanship in the halls of Congress?
How is that working Mr. President?
To be real honest, Congress members from both political parties have been acting like a bunch of bullish brats.
The president and his "backroom deal brokers" are not much better.
I guess the one thing that disgusts me more than the reams of unknowns in the healthcare law itself is the way it was rammed down our throats. Come hell or high water the president's men and woman were going to quickly pass the bill no matter what.
Wouldn't a more prudent plan have been to carefully write a bipartisan bill with more than token language and amendments from the minority party?
The whole national political process is rather nauseating to me and I'm someone who enjoys observing politics probably more than most folks.
I frankly think we should seriously consider throwing all of the bums off of Capitol Hill and start over with a fresh bunch of freshman senators and representatives who are resolved to represent the views of the citizen voters back home -- not special interests or the whims of the party leadership.
I'm not sure we need to go as far as gather everyone together and re-enact the Boston Tea Party, but we have to do something to get the attention of these over-paid political hacks and get this country headed down the right path again.
I'm not alone in my frustration.
Only 26 percent of U.S. voters say the country is heading in the right direction, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.
The latest finding is up just one point from the previous two weeks when voter confidence in the country's current course fell to 25 percent, the lowest level measured since just before President Obama took office in January 2009.
A sizable majority -- 68 percent -- still believe the nation is heading down the wrong track.
The latter finding was the highest level of pessimism measured in 14 months.
Leading up to Obama's inauguration, the number of voters who felt the country was heading in the right direction remained below 20 percent.
The week of his big inauguration party, voter confidence rose to 27 percent and then peaked at 40 percent in early May 2009.
Confidence has nose-dived ever since.
There was a short-lived burst of enthusiasm at the beginning of this year when 32 percent said the country was heading in the right direction, but that quickly tanked.
The vast majority 91 percent of Republicans and 71 percent of voters not affiliated with either major party think the nation is heading down the wrong track.
These findings are a sharp contrast to how Democrat voters feel.
Forty-eight percent are now confident in the nation's current course.
That's in contrast to May 2009 when 68 percent of Democrats said the nation was headed in the right direction.
So what's the solution?
I would be real interested in knowing how to put a Band-Aid on this political mess and stop the bleeding.
You'd think after more than 230 years of practice we might have this democracy process a little better fine tuned.
Nick is the assistant editor for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at 847-4487 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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