While Obama hunkers down on posh Martha’s Vineyard, whining about the press coverage of his vacation, here’s an interesting factoid: did you know that sixty-eight percent of Americans are satisfied with their health care coverage?
That’s a figure you won’t hear from the political class, the MSM, or the usual idjits who pontificate on social issues they don’t understand and fail to perform the necessary research that would bring them up to speed.
The MSM loves to invent crises, and the political class loves to pretend to solve them. They both love to pontificate.
On the other hand, it is probably a fact of life that has sunk in to even the hardest Congressional head by now: most people do not trust the junk pages of House Resolution 3200. By page 580, you’re asking yourself if these people are on drugs, of if perhaps they should be taking something, like maybe a large dose of reality.
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The ones brave enough to hold town hall meetings have heard what people think of ObamaCare – and what they think of these patsies for considering the legislation their “leaders” are trying to foist off on them. Wiser Congressmen have decided to take a pass on visiting their home districts during the recess. Who wants to be yelled at for a month by the people who voted for them? Does that endanger their chances for re-election next year? Sure. But who wants to run for public office in the middle of a depression…wait, I take that back. It may be the only job they can get by then.
Better tough it out, your Honorables, or you’ll have to return to lobbying or find a sinecure in some industry whose protective legislation you passed. Come to think of it, there are so many earmarks in the Stimulus attack you already passed that there are hundreds of little cubbies to hide in and draw a salary. Nothing like the grandiose benefits of being a Congressman, but hey, people won’t be yelling at you.
Buyer’s regret is rampant right now, at least in the lower forty-eight states. There is likely to be a groundswell of “throw the bums out” come 2010. Republicans are fortunate to be in a minority because they will not be the main focus of this frontal assault on politicians. Our
Clueless Fearless Leader ought to thank the good Lord he’s not running until 2012. By then, if his health care scare tactics make it past the huge hordes of angry people, maybe he’ll have ummm…eliminated any of the problem old people who won’t ever vote for him again. The man is just plain callous…we had a clue when he didn’t show up for his own Grandma’s funeral.
Then there are his henchmen, our legislators, who are mostly drawn from the lawyer class. This is a generalization; there are a few doctors and businessmen, but they tend to vote along conservative lines. The lawyer class, of whom our Fearless-if-Woefully Misguided Leader is one, don’t understand real life. You have only to look at the outcomes of Obama’s vaunted efforts at community organization to realize that the man is other-worldly.
These Congressional imperialists couldn’t explain basic economics to you any more than they could expound on Buddhist theology. Nonetheless, they’re prepared to spend countless hours making stuff up and putting it in humungous legislative packets that they dare you to read. They have to pass these excrements, but they sure aren’t going to actually look inside the, say, 1,017 pages of H.R. 3200. Instead, they have another plan: attack the voters and bully them into shutting up. Peter Weiner observes, in his essay, “Political Organizing in the Age of Obama”:
As a political strategy, it is highly unusual. Support for President Obama’s health-care plan is dropping precipitously, undone by stubborn facts and a growing realization among many Americans of the damaging effects ObamaCare would exact on their lives. As Democratic members of Congress return to their districts and host town-hall meetings, they are, in many circumstances, being met by concerned, agitated, and sometimes raucous or disruptive voters. Opposition is rising by the week.
Faced with all this, Obama and the Democratic National Committee have embraced a novel approach: attack the voters. These voters are, a new DNC ad tells us repeatedly, a “mob,” an “angry mob,” engaging in “mob activity.” Much of the anger, insists the president’ s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, is “manufactured.” There are hints of a conspiracy. And President Obama, in remarks yesterday, gripes and complains about “griping and complaining” by the American public. (This from a man who, during the campaign, in counseling his supporters on what to do with his opponents, asked them to “get in their face” and celebrated properly channeled “anger” on the part of the American people.)
Public officials shouldn’t be shouted down; reasoned, measured debate is certainly preferable to yelling. At the same time, there is a certain hypocrisy in all this as well. During the Bush era, liberals believed dissent – including loud, boisterous speaking “truth to power” – was the highest form of patriotism. “Not any more,” in the immortal words of Peter Sellers’s character Inspector Clouseau…
Oh, my. The worm has turned and the Left is furious that its own tactics are being used to defeat its cockamamie distributionist philosophy.
But the Democrats are planning like mad, trying to build a work-around the FAIL ObamaCare bill. What they’ve come up with to combat the grass-roots, leaderless Tea Party rebellion is a script from Central Headquarters:
The Democratic National Committee and its grassroots arm, Organizing for America, are helping to organize the effort along with the Health Care for America Now, a group pushing to create government-run insurance plan.
“In these last few weeks of recess we want to demonstrate the energy, passion and commitment that the American people have to health insurance reform so that when members return after Labor Day they know that they can turn their attention to getting this done because they have the backing of the American people,” said DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse.
Supporters have their work cut out for them. Many lawmakers were thunderstruck over the August recess by the anger and outrage expressed by their constituents in town hall meetings across the country. And in poll after poll, support for reform has eroded throughout the month.
For those of you who aren’t aware of “Organizing for America” it is merely an extension of Obama’s campaign cadres. Our Fearless-if-Inept Leader knows how to campaign. He has yet to prove he knows how to govern as an executive but he sure can pout with aplomb. That’s because he’s cool and you’re not.
The fact that OfA isn’t on board with this scheme doesn’t matter to the Democrat National Committee. The paid marchers have their orders and march they will. Anything for their Fearless Etc. What they don’t realize is how lame they’re going to look. I’d say that they’ll learn from this experience, but this group is driven by dogma so I doubt that any form of empirical input will change their point of view.
Do check out Rasmussen’s Reports. They’re more accurate than most polls because they limit their respondents to people who actually vote. Imagine! They don’t take into account all the Obama obeisance that emanates from people who couldn’t find their way to the polling booth. Right now, Obama is in double-digit disapproval for the fourth day running. The confidence rating for P. O. is minus 11 and dropping…not like a stone, but rather like a feather blown by fate and following the inexorable laws of gravity.
A prediction: look for scare-tactic headlines to distract you from the nefarious conduct of this administration and from the scandals of the 111th session of Congress. Anything to keep you from looking at the man behind the curtain, Dorothy.