Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Obama Surprised at Angry Americans

Last Sunday, President Obama appeared on five shows for interviews. It was a blitz and the media was all slobbery about it. Only George Stephanopoulos had the integrity to ask real questions and hold the President accountable. Obama repaid George by chastising him for using a dictionary definition of the word "tax".

That is how we know Team Obama is slowly becoming aware they have lost the American people. Slow to the party, this new administration came in on a head of steam. They believed their own press, their own talking points and thought all this massive governmental change was going to be a snap. Why, the American voters voted for change, right?

Well, good morning, Mr. President. The American people voted against President Bush and the Republicans. After eight years of constant media drumming that Bush and the Republicans are evil, warmongering, racist homophobes who want children to go unvaccinated and old people to eat cat food while living on the street, they said enough is enough. The economy crashed last fall and that all but guaranteed a Democratic President. Remember, last September John McCain was still ahead of Obama in the polls.

So, what's everyone so ginned up about now? The administration came in and immediately closed Camp Gitmo without a plan as to where the prisoners would go and no country stepping forward to take them. The administration said they would investigate CIA interrogators after Obama pledged to 'move on' and not look back on the campaign trail - and the reported incidents had already been investigated. The administration pushed through the largest piece of legislation that would produce the highest national deficit in history without even being read by politicians. No Republicans voted for it. Now Blue Dog Democrats are having regrets after a summer of town hall meetings where their constituents have let their opinions be known.

We were promised unemployment would not rise above 8% if the stimulus/spending bill was passed. It is almost 10% now. We were told all about all of these shovel-ready jobs just waiting for the go-ahead to begin. Hasn't happened. The administration continues to measure success in the form of 'jobs saved' which is gibberish and impossible to measure. It's a stunt.

And now health care/health insurance reform is the topic of greatest concern. Obama want control of 1/6 of our national economy with solely Democrats writing the legislation. They won, you see, so they get to call all the shots. Americans are scared and outraged at the same time. Obama has yet to clearly state what his plan is. He has no plan. He farmed out the bill to the House and the Senate. He has thrown under the bus Doctors, Drug Manufacturers, Hospitals and demanded they all trot up to the White House and go along with the extortion of deal making to survive when the 'reforms' are made. The medical insurance companies are all that are left. Originally the favored comrades, now they are the enemy. Yes, reform is needed in insurance coverage and delivery. There is much waste in government run Medicare and Medicaid. The government run VA hospital system is a mess.

People of common sense ponder why we don't fix the abuses and overages first, then go from there. Assure all are able to receive insurance that want it and no denials for pre-existing conditions. If someone becomes terminally ill, coverage cannot be dropped.

And, most importantly, tort reform. States like Mississippi and Texas have shown great strides in cutting insurance costs due to tort reform.

The hypocrisy is emerging, too. Last week, Speaker Pelosi arrived in a caravan of darkened windowed SUV's (carbon foot print!) to speak for a few minutes to a group at a privately owned - doctor owned - hospital here in Houston. Pelosi visited North Cypress Medical Center long enough (45 minutes) to pick up whatever checks she was there to pick up. A group of 200 assembled quickly - the event was not publicized for obvious reasons - and protested her arrival along the street she traveled. They were not allowed on hospital property. My friend was among them with her husband and she reported that even the Constables - out in big force at taxpayer expense - were grinning at the protesters. Mounted officers were on site and bomb-sniffing dogs, too, she reported. Passing cars and trucks honked support to those standing in protest.

Then MoveOn decided they would call for protests in front of insurance offices around the country. They called on their friends at SEIU, AFL-CIO, and Van Jones's Color of Change to produce warm bodies for the protests. They were called "Big Insurance: Sick of It". Clever, huh. Houston Tea Party got wind of this and a quick protest was organized in front of an insurance company in a busy spot of town.

Getting the picture? Town halls and meetings with Congress people all summer were dismissed by Team Obama as angry mobs, racists, Nazis, and gasp, 'organized'. Ironic coming from the man who bragged of being a community organizer. And, Sen Barbara Boxer wanted to know why they were all so 'well-dressed'? She, you see, is used to a different kind of protester out there in California.

Obama continues to ask for, and be given, lots of air time to talk about health care/insurance reform. He says nothing different, though and frustration grows. He blames blogs and cable news - OK, just FOX News - and talk radio for his problems. He is the Whiner-in-Chief.

85% of Americans say they are insured and happy with their health care. That is a big problem for a man who wants to toss it all out and bring in government run health care. He'll deny it but he lies. He is on video telling audiences for the past 10 years that he is in support of the public option as the only real reform.

There is little else more personal than health care to Americans. It affects each and every one of us. The President thought his election was a mandate to finally, after trying for 40 years, push America to the far left in politics. Whoa! Is he ever surprised at his reception.

Soon, the American press will start to actually act as journalists and not fans of Obama. OK, probably not, but we can hope for some of that kind of change.


namaste said...

"After eight years of constant media drumming that Bush and the Republicans are evil, warmongering, racist homophobes who want children to go unvaccinated and old people to eat cat food while living on the street, they said enough is enough."

so true, karen. americans walked right into it.

Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Sit, Blue Dog, sit! Good, Blue Dog! Nice, Blue Dog! Now be a good little doggy and lie down and play dead! On second thought, lie down and stay dead! GOOD boy!

What gives here anyway? I grew up believing that the Democratic party was the "party of the people"! I was reminded of this again last weekend when I made a little pilgrimage to the FDR Library in Hyde Park, NY. President Roosevelt ushered regular people like you and I into the twentieth century. He brought electricity to the rural south! The middle class that we all now take for granted - which hadn't even existed prior to the New Deal - is now in serious danger of vanishing. Look around you. The signs - ominous and disturbing - are all there. The entire reason for the existence of the Loony Right Wing since 1964 has been to roll back the advantages gained by the New Deal and the civil rights movement. Do you think I'm being an alarmist? Fine. Just keep sending these Right Wing extremists and these Blue Dog Democrats to Washington and see what happens.

The Democrats are not going to distinguish their party by trying to sell themselves as Republican Lite. They're not going to turn America around by foolishly preserving the policies of the last thirty years. They need to educate their constituency by showing them the folly of their abhorrence of things "Left" and "Liberal". Three-quarters-of-a-century ago, American democracy was saved by a government that was decidedly left-of center in all but a few areas. It can happen again. But it's only going to happen if WEEDA PEEPOLE refuse to turn right at the next crossroad. It is only down the road.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

Anonymous said...

"Three-quarters-of-a-century ago, American democracy was saved by a government that was decidedly left-of center in all but a few areas."

Saved Tom? SAVED?

That's when (IMO) it all started downhill.

Anonymous said...

I have been a Democrat all of my life, but I am so ANGRY at how our Politicians have become (AAHs) Arrogant A-Holes and out of touch with hard working Americans. Here's one of my biggest concerns (out of many) about the Healthcare Proposals; taxing "Cadillac Plans" by 40%. My family has made the decision that healthcare is our priority and we have purchased a "Cadillac Plan" through a private policy over 20 years ago. As it turns out, we have had major surgeries for cancer, other health problems, etc. over the last 5 years and would have gone bankrupt if it were not for this healthcare plan. We have made financial choices, including that our healthcare is more important than vacations, for example. So we go on one vacation for a week about every 3 years, which is what we can afford on our budget, when our healthcare insurance premiums and out-of-pocket healthcare costs have cost us over 30% of our wages. What right does Obama, Pelosi and Reed have to take away our once every three year vacation by taxing our healthcare plan in such an outrageous way??? Yes, I am a non-violent, but very Angry American that these three arrogant politicians (among others) have pushed through their bastardized version of healthcare reform in order to further their political agenda, while hurting families like ours who work extremely hard to pay for a little fun and recreation every 3 years. How dare you take a family like ours for granted. This is just one of the many issues that have raised the anger level of Americans like myself. We need real healthcare reform that truly contains costs without ruining the availability of our current excellent health care ; and not by using some BS accounting method that mis-matches revenues and expenses by years, just to make it look like there will be a cost savings during your terms in office. Wake-up and smell the coffee or you will find yourselves out of a job within a few years (of course, then you will get to earn $100,000 per speaking engagement or write books that earn you millions of dollars, etc. after you have taken away my family's every three year vacation), you arrogant SOBs or should I say AAHs.