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Watching the health care debate over the last year has made me almost physically ill. It confirmed all my worst suspicions about our federal government. The lies, the spin, the ignorance, the corruption, the backroom dealings, the phony cost estimates, the buying of votes, the use of government force, the subversion of the Democratic process, the government going against the will of the people, the ongoing taxpayer ripoff, the catering to special interests....it's disgusting.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is the guy who singlehandedly destroyed the Democrats health care reform cost estimates at Obama's phony health care summit. Ryan also has a better health care plan than the one the Dems put forward, and it was ignored and rejected out-of-hand. Obama and the Dems preferred instead to promote the lie that Republicans didn't have a health care plan. That was one lie out of a sea of lies coming from the White House on the issue.
This statement by Ryan pretty much sums up why America is disgusted with the entire process, and why Congress' approval rating is in the dumper:
“And now I want to return to the Health Care Frankenstein. Most Americans understand that government-run Health Care is not free, not cheap, and not compassionate. I think most Americans believe Congress has no idea of what the public demand will be for subsidized Health Care. They are correct. When Medicare was enacted, Congress guessed it would cost about 10 percent of what it turned out to be after 25 years. Heck, Congress couldn’t even figure the cost of the 3-month long Cash for Clunkers subsidy last year, underestimating it on the order of 1 to 9. Most Americans know the Congressional majority are clueless about what their government-run Health Care system is going to cost.
“The drama that brought this creature to life was unedifying … part tragedy and part farce. Ethical categories went out the window. Never in history have the deliberations of Congress been subverted on this scale. The secrecy, the lack of transparency, the half-truths were stunning. The votes called at midnight … the 2 and 3 thousand page bills members of Congress had no time to read before the votes … the sordid backroom deals, the Cornhusker Kickback that shamed Nebraska, the Louisiana Purchase, the ‘Gator Aid’ Medicare privilege for Florida, the additional Medicare dollars for states whose wavering representatives only yesterday were ferociously denouncing earmarks … the federal judgeship dangled for one lawmaker’s brother … the raid on the Medicare piggy bank … the lie that $250 billion for ‘doc fix’ shouldn’t count as a Health Care cost … the double-counted deficit estimate scam that would land any accountant in jail … the proposed Slaughter rule that Congressmen not record a vote on a bill their constituents hate, just ‘deem’ it passed and vote on the amendments…and to complete the farce, the phony Executive Order pretending not to fund abortions when the Health Care bill, as ‘the supreme law of the land,’ does fund abortions. The level of political corruption to buy the votes for this debacle makes all past examples look penny ante by comparison.
“Self-government stands or falls on integrity, not only in those who represent you but in the enactment of law. This indecency soiled our freedom and embarrassed the democracy we promote in other nations. And this may not be the last of it. To enact its transformative agenda, this leadership employs the Machiavellian saying that the end justifies the means. America was born in a revolution against that whole idea. Soon it will be the norm.
“The Constitution and the consent of the people are all that stand between limited and unlimited government power. Zealous ideologues with the best of intentions brush aside the limits on power in order to get whatever they believe is good for the people … no matter what the people believe. Our system of freedom can survive an assault, but it won’t survive if the people are frightened, or angry, or asleep at the switch. A great Democrat, President Andrew Jackson, once said: ‘eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty.’ We can thank our current leaders at least for this: they have awakened the nation to the danger of taking self-government for granted.”
Ryan's entire statement at the above link is well worth reading.
I don't want to get too far ahead of myself, and 2012 is a ways off, but as far as I can see, the GOP doesn't have a real good presidential candidate. Maybe they should give Paul Ryan a look. Ryan's the ranking member on the Budget Committee, and I know I'd like to have a President who can add and subtract for a change.
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