Allow me to begin this post with an important qualifier: I’m not a Republican. I am a Jeffersonian. And, a patriot. Most of this colored by my views as a heterodox. So, I read between the lines for the truth. I use historical precedent for my clear-eyed perspective.
There is a good amount of sophomoric chatter permeating the internet these days around an election year being a great opportunity to influence policy-makers.
However, I think the truth is more likely found in the harsh light of reality when you understand that lobbyists for behemoth interests such as banking and health care prefer status quo. Billions of dollars have been spent pinning down incumbent members of the House and Senate to steer legislation in favor of bigger business.
In other words, incumbents are going to focus more on filling their campaign war chests with lobby money so they can stay in office (and, keep their own platinum benefits and pay checks) than focus on the mundane needs of ordinary citizens.
Here is something of an example:
There are grandstanding headlines the last 48 hours around Barack Obama bravely fighting an uphill battle for a last-ditch effort Health care reform Bill.
Making a last-ditch effort to save his health care overhaul, President Barack Obama on Monday put forward a nearly $1 trillion, ten year compromise that would allow the government to deny or roll back egregious insurance premium increases that infuriate consumers.
The White House immediately demanded an up-or-down vote in Congress on the plan, or something close to it. But it’s highly uncertain that such sweeping legislation can pass. Republicans are virtually unanimous in opposing it, and some Democrats who previously supported a health care remake are having second thoughts in an election year. After a year in pursuit, Obama may have to settle for a modest fallback version of what once was his top domestic priority.
“Last ditch effort”?
That’s it? After all the talk and the promised change? The most amazing thing, in terms of “change” and speed has been poor Obama’s unique ability to use Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Dream as a door mat.
Mind you… It’s not actually Obama’s fault though. He was set up, and never really had a fair chance.
Read the next few paragraphs carefully. I’m putting it this way because this is where truth sheds it’s glaring light…
Release of the plan on the White House Web site comes just four days before Obama’s one-of-a-kind, televised health care summit with Democrats and Republicans. The White House said the plan would provide coverage to more than thirty one million Americans now uninsured without adding to the federal deficit.
…without adding to the federal deficit. Those are key words.
On Capitol Hill, Democrats cautiously welcomed the proposal, while Republicans gave a thumbs down.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement she looks forward to reviewing the plan and discussing it at the summit. She told me: “We must pass comprehensive, affordable health insurance reform, and I am hopeful that Thursday’s meeting will help us achieve this goal”.
House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio dismissed the proposal, saying, “…the president has crippled the credibility of this week’s summit by proposing the same massive government takeover of health care based on a partisan bill the American people have already rejected.”
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said it was “disappointing that Democrats in Washington either aren’t listening, or are completely ignoring what Americans across the country have been saying.”
It takes some real effort, but you can read the eleven page plan in advance. It likely represents Obama’s most detailed proposal since he took up the health care overhaul effort a year ago. At the time, he sought to avoid the problems former President Bill Clinton encountered when he issued Congress a detailed prescription in the 1990s – a plan that was driven by Hilary, as you recall, and ultimately failed and contributed to the Democrats catastrophic loss of Congress in 1994.
Now, ironically, Obama is being criticized for having been too deferential to lawmakers.
White House spokesman Dan Pfeiffer said the plan is an: “opening bid” going into Thursday’s summit. It would cover more Americans – but also includes a new tax on investment income that Republicans object to.
So… That’s the hidden scam. This has been naught but a set up. A sleight of hand for the Democrats to tax the crap out of everyone else that actually works for a living. They will take fat government jobs and then bring in friends and family and pillage entrepreneurs.
I repeat my opening statement for this post: I’m not a Republican mind you. I am a Jeffersonian. And, a patriot. Most of this colored by my views as a heterodox. So, I read between the lines for the truth. I use historical precedent for my clear-eyed perspective.
“The president is coming into the meeting with an open mind,” said Pfeiffer. “If the Republicans do, too, our hope is that we can find some areas of agreement. If the Republicans bring good ideas to the table we will find ways – look for ways to incorporate those into our proposals.”
In summary, health care reform, fashioned under a plan to benefit the majority of Americans will be scuttled because heightened taxes are the only way we can pay for it. However, I believe what most of the people on Capital Hill don’t want you to understand is that the banking industry is actually, and inadvertently, undermining those efforts. Banks are taking away Lines-of-credit and unhinging small business. This makes big business maintain a market-share advantage. This makes stocks go up. That makes Wall Street Barrons powerful (with inside trading that Capital Hill pretends to take umbrage over and then quietly bury change legislation). They fund lobbyists – who don’t want change. So, we are going to pay a lot more taxes while getting reduced benefits. Along the way, corporate America will continue to get tax benefits to subsidize their efforts to outsource jobs to India. The banks will take your house in foreclosure and then make up the difference with other subsidies financed under The TARP plan.
Feel free to prove me wrong. …but, I’d rather you helped me start rallying thought leadership around reducing an incumbents sustained influence on Capital Hill. If they only have two years to make a difference, they won’t care about simply trying to stay there. Our Founding Fathers, led by Thomas Jefferson, meant for citizens to take a short break from their personal lives and business and serve briefly in government to drive change and progress. We need that type of person back in office.
Then you can keep your house, pay less taxes, and live a happy balanced life.
That’s what Jefferson built the Constitution around.
Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.
Brian Patrick Cork