I’m going to start this without an apparent title or even a clear cut idea of where it may lead me. There’s no doubt it will be political in nature since a great deal of my thoughts these days concern the subject.
A few questions that seem to pop up come to mind:
1) Is it just me or did I miss the speech Mr. Obama gave that said, -"since we, the democrats, were victorious in our national campaign, there no longer is any reason to listen to anything a conservative has to say. They’re just sore losers." - ? Really?
2) I did hear Bill Mahr say something to the effect that Mr. Obama doesn’t need to listen to anybody, he should just drag us all kicking and screaming into whatever it is he wants to do. But of course that’s Bill Mahr,,,a comedian, and not that great of one really. But, he sure seems correct in his advice. We all seem to be getting dragged and screaming into programs that we aren’t entitled to discuss, not even rank and file Democrats. All Obama’s programs need to be passed, without discussions and many in the dark of the night. Is this how we really conduct business under this new regime? Really? Mr. Obama surely knows this is the United States, right? What exactly does leading with transparency mean? You know, if you can’t talk about it first. Tell me Bill Mahr, Please.
3) Can anyone name, for me, anything that has raised prices for national healthcare that isn’t the direct fault of the government already? Tell me why the government will allow a state like California to have only six insurance companies to compete for the business of nearly forty million people? Especially when the government is fully aware there are over thirteen hundred insurance companies doing business in the United States, nearly half of which can provide competitive pricing to drive prices for insurance down, and eventually medical charges. Do you wonder why insurance companies are so strictly regulated they can’t go into other states because they might compete with the governments choices? Do you think the government’s politicians are benefitting from this arrangement personally? -- think State and Federal-- If you think not, better think again.
4) Do you believe the politicians of the United States would be forcing us into this healthcare box if they themselves had to give up their own healthcare plan and settle for what we’re going to get? Explain to me why they are exempt, please?
5) Can you tell me why, every time the president or one of his administration is called out on something questionable the questioner is labeled as a racist? Bill Cosby you surprise me, I would not have expected you to get caught up in this sort of vitriol. I don’t care what color Obama’s skin is, his idea of the US’s place in the world falls far short of that of a leader, doesn’t it? Tell me why we should bow and scrape to oil emirs who treat their citizens as slaves, or European countries who didn’t mind us putting up the man power to save their countries from disaster during a few wars, tell me? And tell me why Iran is allowed to call us and our former Presidents ‘evil’ people and Mr. Obama says or does nothing? If our president condescends to this garbage, why do we need to do his dirty work? You know, like sacrificing our mediocre health care– which, by the way, no other country in the world can come close to. And for those of you who believe Cuba has a better system than we do, like Michael Moore does, I invite you to become Cuban citizens so you can take advantage of such a system. Do you see any of our elite Demo celebs going to Cuba, or Venezuela, or Russia, ad infinitum, for their medical needs?
6) My opinion is that Mr. Obama’s policies are far enough left to make him a socialist. He may not be a socialist, only because he hasn’t yet entirely destroyed capitalism in the US. Now you may feel entirely different, but would you want to build a successful business and then be forced to comply with rules and regulations that assert that you can’t give an employ a bonus even if they have performed at a rate higher than their peers? (Think unions, think teachers) Or vice versa, supposing your employees decided they wouldn’t work unless they were all given a raise, and the best among them was barely meeting minimal standards? Or, how about being forced to provide the medical plan Mr. Obama tells you you need, even if your insurance coverage is better and less costlier than his? And don’t tell me, please, that is simply not true . Remember just a few short months ago Mr. Obama saying he wants a heaqlth-care system, just as efficient as the Postal system, you know the one that just yesterday announced it was bankrupt. Why don’t you tell me one system or program the Federal government does efficiently? You can’t, that’s why. Oh, yes, how about him saying they're going to cut five-hundred billion dollars in waste if we pass the healthcare bill. Do you mean to tell me Mr. Obama, you know of a half a trillion dollars that can be saved from government spending right now and you're doing nothing about it?
Now, I am ready and willing to listen and answer the questions you Democrats, or anyone else wearing rose colored glasses about anything you think the government can handle better than capitalism. I will grant you that some regulation is needed, but not so much that it squeezes out the ingredient of competition. That ingredient is the item that many despicable businesses have lobbied to eliminate, such as the insurance companies in California. The problems with our banking and investment industries are not the lack of regulation as much as they are the Fed not enforcing what’s already there. We need less politicians getting in bed with these mammoth companies– That means, lobbying and pacs should be limited or better banned, in their influencing of politicians who seem to think they work for the wealthy lobbyist rather than We The People.
D. Kenneth Ross