Monday, February 15, 2010

The Game

The gridlock in Washington is great theater.  Unfortunately, most Americans don't understand that what was once an honorable citizen's volunteer duty has become an ever untrustworthy, promise-breaking, Baby-kissing, smarmy profession of bad actors.  Jumping on stage like attendees at some mad midnight matinee are the political pundits and main stream media personalities.  And, tossing crap at the crowd from the balcony are the Christianists.  Me thinks, the theater is really a circus.

And, while the actors make certain that their antics are You Yube'd and their inactions ignored, the rest of a very real America continues to worry about paying their bills, holding the jobs they have, and providing their families with health care.  Too many worry that they are one paycheck away from disaster if someone gets sick or injured.  Too many are finding themselves in the line at food banks.  The cost of everything has gone up and no one's wages are keeping pace.  And, now they tell us the insurance companies that have been spending millions of dollars over the last year fighting with our Congress over heath care reform have  made huge profits this year? --- in the middle of the great recession?  Is it possible that it helped that insurance company's profits when your neighbor lost his health insurance?

It seems that as the media has joined this grand old production the only folks left to write a review of this play in D.C. are the bloggers and internet pundits.  Alas, we may never get past our partisan rhetoric...

For another view from the not-so cheap seats read John Amato's take on the gridlock in Washington, D.C. --- Elections

Money quote:

If Democrats in Congress behaved like the Republicans have after being trounced for the last four years, the media and the Village would be screaming bloody murder at them. The Washington Post led by David Broder would be lashing out every day: 'How dare they be such obstructionists," Broder would say, and all of his colleagues would follow suit.
And like clockwork, the Dems would be afraid of a backlash from voters and would once again pass legislation like Medicare Part D, the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and the bankruptcy bill, to name a few.
They must pass health care to get the ball rolling on their side. You want a commission? I got one. They should put together a Procedure Commission to investigate every nook and cranny that is available to them to pass legislation.

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