Monday, March 22, 2010

Do Nothing Dems

With the passage of the medical insurance industry welfare bill one thing was proven. The democratic party can pass legislation without the help from the republican party of which not one voted in favor of this legislation. The excuse has always been that without pandering to the far right nothing can be accomplished which is regarded by many as a realist view of American politics yet this supposed victory seems to disprove that assumption.

In other words if the democrats had chosen to do so they could have passed real health care reform legislation rather than welfare for the insurance industry. The democrats could end the wars in the Middle East but they choose not to do so. It’s not that the republicans force them, it’s what the democrats choose to do, to continue and expand the wars even as jobs evaporate and the U.S. slides ever deeper into another great depression.

So let’s stop saying all these things are inevitable every time the wealthy throw us a crumb from the rich man’s table. It wasn’t inevitable that U.S. manufacturing would transplant itself to China. It isn’t inevitable that we must eat dirt and like it. It isn’t inevitable that we cannot have single payer health coverage. And it isn’t inevitable that the U.S. needs to be engaged in three or four different wars concurrently.

So as the democrats pat themselves on the back with a little smirk pasted on their face let’s keep in mind that despite having everything going for them they still won’t accomplish anything not because they cannot but because they simply don’t want to.

5 Comments:

At March 22, 2010 12:03 PM, Blogger Charles F. Oxtrot said...

Home run!

 
At March 22, 2010 3:41 PM, Blogger Mimi said...

Funny, I can't always tell the difference between the dems and the repugs lately. You'd almost think they were owned and operated by the same corporations.

 
At March 22, 2010 5:01 PM, Blogger rob payne said...

Charles,

hey, thanks.

Mimi,

It's all a Coincidence.

 
At March 24, 2010 3:28 PM, Anonymous Brian M said...

Not sure I agree with this one...partly because Mimi is so right. Anything more "progressive" would have been deserted by conservative "democrats" That's the one thing the Repubs have...party discipline.

 
At March 24, 2010 4:12 PM, Blogger rob payne said...

Hi Brian,

I hear you, it's just my opinion and I don't expect everyone to agree. I guess my view is that congress never intended to pass health care reform so anything that comes out isn't going to be health care reform. And indeed the idea was that people wanted a single payer plan but instead got the opposite with people now forced to purchase insurance that they cannot afford and is likely a lousy product.

 

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