Stanley Feld M.D.,FACP,MACE
The political climate is changing in America. It is clear that politicians of each party are not paying attention to the will of the people. It is unbelievable that 500,000 people showed up at Glenn Beck’s 8/28 rally at the Lincoln Memorial. It is a sign of change.
Our elected officials are only influenced by special interests and lobbying groups. They are the ones that make the donations to permit televisions ad that win elections.
Dr. Don Berwick, Director of CMS, told us the people are not smart enough to understand the healthcare system. It is too complicated. It is up to the government to know what is best for the people. President Obama has acted as if he knows best despite the fact that every issue is getting worse.
People are angry and frustrated. The Tea Party is a symbol of their frustration. The Tea Party might not yet have enough political clout but it is certainly an expression of how “People Power” can start to influence the political process.
"Americans don’t want to be governed from the left or the right," Scott Rasmussen tells the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conference of 1,500 conservative and moderate legislators. "They want, like the Founding Fathers, to largely govern themselves with Washington in a supporting—but not dominant—role. The tea party movement is today’s updated expression of that sentiment."
There are at least 14.5 million Americans searching for work. Two million have not found a job in 99 weeks. President Obama’s solution is to extend unemployment insurance. It is not going to create job. Employers with incentives and a certainty about the future will create jobs and not outsource them overseas.
“Pessimism is on the increase, and people are losing confidence in the president. In health care, while 39% of people believe Barack Obama’s performance is up to expectations, 55% say that he has fallen short. Regarding our economy, it is 29% positive and 66% negative. And the budget deficit? Only 25% of people think the government has done well controlling the deficit, while 67% believe it is too big and will not be cut.
Neither Democrats nor Republicans get it. The Republicans have offered nothing creative or positive. Republicans have not shown Americans a common sense plan. All Republicans are saying is we must extend the Bush tax cuts.
President Obama is not leveling the playing field for the middle class. His has not shown respect for middle class intelligence. Neither has either party. It is politics and political influence as usual.
None of President Obama’s promises have been met. America did not sign up for the change he is providing. Cynicism is mounting. America does not need a bigger government to make bigger mistakes.
Hayak said in the “Road to Serfdom”, “We do not need a government that controls our freedom we need a government that preserves our freedom.”
Americans are getting ready to throw the bums out. Americans are not as dumb as our politicians think.
A reader sent me this take off on Dr. Suess. It expresses the sentiment and cynicism mounting in the nation.
I do not like this Uncle Sam,
I do not like his health care scam.
I do not like these dirty crooks,
or how they lie and cook the books.
I do not like when Congress steals,
I do not like their secret deals.
I do not like this speaker Nan ,
I do not like this ‘YES, WE CAN’.
I do not like this spending spree—
I’m smart, I know that nothing’s free.
I do not like your smug replies,
when I complain about your lies.
I do not like this kind of hope.
I do not like it. nope, nope, nope!
Go green-recycle Congress in 2010!
President Obama has asked us to change to green. We should listen to him..
Another reader sent this video expressing the frustration of the people.
“Mr. Rasmussen has a partial answer for Mr. Emanuel’s confusion, and it lies in a significant division among the American public that he has tracked for the past few years—a division between what he calls the Mainstream Public and the Political Class.”
Mr. Rasmussen did a survey asking three questions.
Whose judgment do you trust more: that of the American people or America’s political leaders?
2. Has the federal government become its own special interest group?
3. Do government and big business often work together in ways that hurt consumers and investors?
Those who identify with the government on two or more questions are defined as the political class.
“ A majority of Democrats, Republicans and independents all agree with the mainstream view on Mr. Rasmussen’s three questions. "The major division in this country is no longer between parties but between political elites and the people," Mr. Rasmussen says.
The political class overwhelmingly supported the bailouts of the financial and auto industries, the health-care bill, and the Justice Department’s decision to sue Arizona over its new immigration law. Those in the mainstream public just as intensely opposed those moves.
President Obama insists he is doing what is right for America. The statement has a similar sound to Nancy Pelosi’s statement that “we will understand the healthcare reform bill after it is passed.”
One last reader comment.
Let me get this straight. We’re going to be "gifted" with a health care plan we are forced to purchase and fined if we don’t,
written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn’t read it but exempts themselves from it,
to be signed by a president who also smokes,
with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes, to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese,
and financed by a country that’s broke.
What the hell could possibly go wrong?
There you have it. I suggest President Obama start listening to the people and stop ignoring the expression of their feelings.
The opinions expressed in the blog “Repairing The Healthcare System” are, mine and mine alone.