Friday, October 2, 2009

Why we can’t seem to pass Health Care Reform

“Politics is more dangerous than war, for in war you are only killed once.”

Winston Churchill

“Politics is the diversion of trivial men who, when they succeed at it, become important in the eyes of more trivial men.”

George Jean Nathan

How do we take pride in a representative government when the strings of the individuals we elect to represent us are controlled by the parties with whom they are associated and the special interest groups that put them there? It’s little wonder that Washington is so screwed up when the majority of votes cast are because voters don’t like the other guy. They don’t always like the person they vote for, but they are confident in their assessment that the other guy would be worse.

The health care system is in trouble. Everyone in congress knows it. The problem is that those in congress don’t want to upset the Health Care System that is financing their campaigns. And they don’t know how to pass responsible bipartisan legislation without giving some credit to the other party. It seems they would rather do nothing and campaign on “I tried to do something, but the other guy wouldn’t let me,” than having to give credit to the other guy. Those who cry the loudest, and call the President a Socialist are taking a line straight from Mao Zedong’s playbook, “Support whatever the enemy opposes, and oppose whatever the enemy supports.” Politicians have very short-term goals. They can’t think beyond the next election, and in the process of getting laid, don’t care who they screw along the way. I vote that come the next election, we dump the whole bunch.