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Let's stop the political bleeding

Posted 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 schneider.nick@gmail.com .


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Nick,

You say you aren't going to debate the pros and cons....and can't finish the sentence without throwing out negatives to the law.

For almost every person who is for or against the law, I ask, "Can you explain all aspects of the law to me?" Without exception, people say no.

The response is always I heard this on Fox News or this on MSNBC.

I don't know if the law is as good as the Democrats tout or as bad as the Republicans demonize....Let's see what happens.

As a side note, Rasmussen is a conservative-leaning poll....There are polls out (probably Democratic-leaning) that show support for the new law. Rasmussen als

-- Posted by THE END on Fri, Apr 2, 2010, at 1:29 PM

The End, he said he wasn't going to debate the pros and cons, and he didn't. He just pointed out all the cons and ignored the pros, so he was honest.

I would like to point out that this bill and the Republican bill of 1994 are basically the same bill, and the Republicans then thought there bill was the greatest thing ever. David Frum who used to write speeches for George W. Bush even acknowledges this and says the Republican party should have worked with the Dems to create reform instead of dividing the country by over-exaggerating how bad the bill was for political gain. So I staunchly deny that this bill was not bipartisan. It just didn't have a bipartisan vote.

Also Nick, you mention that this was rammed down the throats of Americans too fast, and we should've taken more time on it. So, I guess a year is going too fast. We should've taken three years to slowly build a plan that Republicans still probably would have agreed with but not voted for in the end.

-- Posted by DonCon on Fri, Apr 2, 2010, at 2:15 PM

Well said Mr. Coleman. I don't mind a good political debate and enjoy the growth from it, but it seems too many people ignore the 10 points you made.

-- Posted by GCC on Fri, Apr 2, 2010, at 10:43 PM

If anyone can make it completely through this article without becoming physically sick, then I commend them.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/04/02/pfi...

In a nutshell, what's wrong.

-- Posted by GarthHudson on Sat, Apr 3, 2010, at 12:12 PM

Mr. Coleman

1. Stop complaining...about the Goosepond

2. Stop being negative....about the Goosepond

3. Stop pointing out negatives...about the Goosepond.

4. If you have no ideas speak not...about the Goosepond.

5. Spend time thinking of solutions, not complaining....about the Goosepond.

6. Find common ground and start from there.

7. Look openly at the other sides views when it comes to the Goosepond

8. Realize you may be wrong...ABOUT THE GOOSEPOND

9. Do your homework, google the problem, read all you can about it

10. Have an open mind....about the Goosepond.

seems that thou preacheth and not practice!

-- Posted by on the Blood trail on Sat, Apr 3, 2010, at 8:56 PM

Goosepond? Since that is the direction this seems to be going. I wouldn't mind seeing some nice walkways through the area. I noticed a couple sports cars with out of county license plate and an out of stater during the marsh madness...maybe if those people found a reason to walk around...they would stay longer and spend more. Observation tower sound nice as well.

In regards to the whole Goosepond dilemna...it reminds me of a quote from one of my son's favorite cartoons, Meet the Robinson's.... "Master, I'm not sure how well this plan was thought out...Master?" I'm not saying it is good or bad, but it does seem that it could fulfill as a wetland and tourist attraction. I'm not sure it is the second...yet.

-- Posted by GCC on Sun, Apr 4, 2010, at 12:26 AM

My post above was a vain attempt at humor. It made me laugh when I was writing it, so I guess it worked to some degree. I will quit bringing the dead horse to the sale if you quit trying to ride it! Not sure why you keep trying to ride this horse when you have a street-legal inspected golf cart to drive. And since you mentioned it...this ordinance was a great use of tax money and I am glad that the city of Linton is so "crime-free" that its Chief of Police has time to inspect golf carts. You need to be careful though, since Michelle Obama thinks we need to exercise more and golf carts contribute to obesity, she may use Linton as a photo-op for proof! I am sure that masonjim49 and GCC would love for the Obama train to roll through the City of Linton. Free Kool-aid anyone?

My apologies to Nick....this is way off topic!

-- Posted by on the Blood trail on Sun, Apr 4, 2010, at 5:33 PM

If we don't get a tea party for Greene county, then attend the next meeting at Bloomington. It is lead and attended by people who like personal freedom, constitutional conservatism, and financial responsibility. Who would disagree with that?

-- Posted by cow rancher on Sun, Apr 4, 2010, at 10:27 PM

Is federally mandated healthcare more or less constitutional than federally mandated retirement benefits?

-- Posted by corbinsa on Mon, Apr 5, 2010, at 8:34 AM

Kool-aid? Really, I'm more of a water guy...maybe a Southside fountain Pepsi on occasion. I don't own a golf cart, nor do I have any plans to. I have two legs that work just fine, a bike(although it needs a new tire), and a van(and no it isn't parked near any river). I would love to see Obama(or any other President) roll through town. It would be a historical event for this area. I personally like to think for myself. Sometimes this requires time to see how things develop. I have major concerns in regards to this administration...but that isn't much different than the 8 years prior to Obama.

-- Posted by GCC on Mon, Apr 5, 2010, at 8:50 AM


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