Wednesday, August 19, 2009

What is Bipartisan?

The Obama Administration and Liberal Democrats continue to hammer conservatives, especially Republicans, and label them as trying to kill health care reform and maintain the status quo. A NYT article that was likely written to help in that cause actually says some things that I think help the opponents of the current reform legislation the Democrats are trying to ram through Congress. Republicans have repeatedly offered ideas that would lead to true reform and true cost savings in the health care industry. Regardless of your political position, torte reform, interstate sales of policies, and tax changes allowing people personal choice with government assistance are not attempts at killing reform or maintaining status quo. They are valid ideas that deserve debate. However, Liberal democrats have one thing on their mind, the public option. Their idea of bipartisanship is everyone agreeing with them and letting them have what they want. If you do not agree, you are not being bipartisan and are ultimately an obstructionist. You obviously don't care about reform. You are opposed to the change so many people want and need. Really? Then why are the numbers against them. Public opinion is against them. And they are even faced with the task of convincing Moderate and Conservative members of their own party to side with them in order to have a chance at "going it alone" and cutting the Republican party out of the debate. I am not convinced yet that they won't be able to do it. But I feel very strongly that if they do, it will be political suicide and be the one thing that would likely cause them to lose control of the House and the filibuster killing margins in the Senate. When there is so much opposition, why not scrap the current plan and redraw it with all of the concerns of the majority of Americans being taken into account? Because, at the end of the day, a government plan that increases their influence on us and limits our freedoms another step towards socialistic reform is the ultimate goal and all they can see. So who is really killing bipartisanship? Who is really the obstructionist? Once again, the pot has called the kettle black.

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