Why do we have to have to have a piece of bad legislation shoved down our throats just because the Democrats feel obligated to pass something?
For a short time I was delusional enough to think some members of Congress had actually come to their senses and realized the Health Care reform bill now open for debate is just that.A bad piece of legislation. Not just the government option part of it, but the lack of tort reform, the lack of ability to buy across state lines, the medicare reimbursement cutbacks, just to mention a few. Then came Mary Landrieu.
She is one I had hope for then came the $300 million bribe. She even had the gall to point out that the originally reported $100 million was incorrect. No cheap date this Senator! The price has been set for the buying of votes. Granted, these figures aren't going to add to the cost, just shift money around. Being in the Republican state of Idaho, I'm somewhat miffed. Some of that pocket change that will be fattening Louisiana's coffers may well be coming out of ours! How fair is that?
Why is this happening? Because no one has any convictions any more. Oh, I know, this is politics as usual. Bribing members of Congress for their votes. I don't have to like it. And I don't have to vote for the incumbents next go round. The trouble is, no matter who runs, once in Washington, it will all be the same. If the freshmen don't play the game they'll get none of the spoils!
What about the Blue Dogs? They only have clout if they stick together. It isn't going to happen. They are about as close to the center as anyone we have right now and there aren't enough of them.
Moderates don't seem to be able to gain a foothold any more. We're being manhandled by the far left at the moment and the vocal opposition is coming from the far right.
Well, who are the moderates? On the Democratic side can you name one? On the Republican side? Those who are no longer welcome under the big tent? Name one who might be a contender in 2012. Not Palin. Not Huckabee. Who?
Come out, come out wherever you are! We need to see you're still among the living. More than that we need to hear from you! Or are you like the dinosaurs that came before you? Eternally mired in the tar pits.