Copyright Vladimir Kagan 2010
I was taught: if you want to get on in this world, never discuss politics, sex or religion! So here goes:
…I like President Obama!…I think that he is a decent man. Yes, he was groomed for the job in one of the most politically corrupt districts in America: Chicago. He is ambitious…(every politician is). Vain. (He has a right to be.) Driven. (That's what it takes to get thing done.) The rest of the rhetoric is B.S. I believe he has the ability to lead and squire us through the most difficult times in this country's history. Is he doing a good job? It's a tough new world out there. (…He's trying his best.)
So, what's up? The enemy in the woodpile is Congress…A self centered, body of men and women. There they sit…elected for two or six years. Their purported job is to legislate a government for the people and by the people…. It is also one of the cushiest jobs in the country. The perks are endless: Free office space, staff, transportation, the best free healthcare insurance package in the world, full salary retirement after one term… (I'd like to be in the congress just for those perks) the list is endless! Small wonder, we can't get rid of them…they stay and stay and stay. They rig their electoral districts to assure the vote. They control their local political machines to perpetuate themselves. Money flows toward them from all sources: vested interests, local agendas, (not at all in tune with the best interest of the country)…. The Insurance lobby, the Bankers, the Medical Profession, the Legal Profession and of course, the Gun Lobby. Foreign interest groups like Israel, Saudi Arabia and China. They all have their fingers in our pie. It is a wonder that anything gets done in the interest of the People. Even the best of legislation is filled with Pork in order to get the votes. Just ask Nancy Pelosi, she doles it out daily.
All Legislators share one thing in common: A glib tongue. Listen to them and you might think you are hearing the Sermon on the Mount.
Want good government? Start term-limits for the Congress.
Take the much touted Health Care Bill, now in closed-door conference between the congress and Senate, passed by the Democrats only Every Republican (save one brave soul…Senator Snow of Maine) voted against what started out as a reasonable concept to bring medical security to ALL the people of this country…They sat on their hands and did NOTHING…not even offer constructive advice on how to make this overdue concept a reality. This summer they riled the poorest and most needy in this country, to rally to their battle cry! This tactic is not new. Take the historic Boston Tea Party of 1773. A spontaneous act? Hell no, it was stirred up by the rivalry between two wealthy ship owners: Both from Nantucket - But it was billed as a patriotic act!
Don't even think that the Democrats are blameless…Not a by a long shot. In order to squeak the health bill through, countless addendums and special interest agendas were added to the bill. No one knows what the end result will be…certainly not what it started with.
I have one equalizing solution. What's good for the Goose, is good for the Gander. What ever the Health package will be….Let it be ALL inclusive. Let every member of congress join Us the People, and be protected by the same coverage!.... Ha ha ha!!!