reply to post by xpert11
Whatever the merits of Obama or the Dems health care plans it strikes a cord with people in the same way the Nuclear issue does in New Zealand. Once
an issue enters the national conciseness all rationality goes out the _ If Obama’s health care bill does pass into law I dread to think just
what kind of pork projects will be included. Cheers xpert11
I think everyone knows but no one wants to admit that what you say to get a vote is not necessarily what you end up being able to deliver. This gap -
the wished for versus the attainable - makes the setting of benchmarks by outside observers not only plausible but the benchmark often becomes more
important than the goal itself. Recall all the First 100 Days hoopla?!
I prefer the parliamentary form of governance (which can be called responsible) over the American way of fixed terms for its public officials (which
can be called irresponsible). It does benefit any sitting president who fails to accomplish an important objective. Like him or not, he remains the
man for the fixed term.
Americans are peculiarly uninformed of the function of Congress or its history. Schools and mainstream media are much to blame for this dangerous
shortfall. The current model of Congress began as a compromise calculated to preserve the institution of slavery. Whereas our first national
government formed under the 1775 Articles of Confederation had an unicameral legislature, the 1787 replacement document provided for a bicameral
The framers perceived the popularly elected lower chamber - the House - in a far more powerful central government was more likely sooner rather than
later to vote laws impeding or even abolishing slavery. To block that very real possibility, the framers conceded a bicameral legislature with the
upper chamber membership allotted equally to the states, thereby assuring NO anti-slavery meatuses could pass the Senate. In 1787, 11 of the 13
colonies recognized slavery as legal.
It is very difficult for the average American who spends very little time on political matters, to comprehend why Bush could seem to do what he wanted
without Congress, and to successfully defy the 2007-08 Democratic controlled Congress as he did through to the end of his term in ‘09. Yet Obama
with a strong Democratic majority cannot cross the street without the approval of Congress which is not always forthcoming.
Bush enjoyed the luxury and took full advantage of having a Newt Gingrich Republican sycophant congress whereas Obama has a Democratic congress that
really wants to do its job according to law and which Obama respects as Bush did not.
Consider Guantanamo Bay. Bush never sought nor got permission from Congress (per se) to establish a holding place - called a prison - for people he -
Bush - designated to be enemy combatants. People Bush planned to hold for LIFE without TRIAL. (We know 21 of them were totally innocent of
wrong-doing. Nothing new there; Bush probably had 10 or 11 inoncent men executed while he was governor of Texas). Yet Obama who wants to close the
unauthorized facility, cannot get the approval of Congress to do it.
WHY? Although Obama won HIS election by 10 million popular votes, half of the members of Congress hold their seats on LESS than 5% of the popular
vote, district by district or state by state. Note: I said above “per se” about the consent or lack thereof from Congress on the Git-mo issue;
Congress after the fact regularly approved funding in the annual Defense Appropriations bills for the facility.
Obama has already outdone Harry Truman’s puny efforts to get universal access to health care in 1946, and has exceeded even the frequently applauded
Clinton initiative of 1993-1994. The status quo forces still enjoy the limelight at no cost to themselves as they offer NO alternative comprehensive
plan. They are still riding high by using the ‘Just Say No’ approach! Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa is the most disappointing of the NAYSAYERS
as he is repeating lies told by others I know he knows are LIES.
Our next TARGET date is September 15.
[edit on 8/16/2009 by donwhite]