We need good Republicans, not bad Americans
By Jack E. Lohman
When Rush Limbaugh or Mark Belling says something stupid we can write it off. But the Cato Institute, a right-wing Libertarian outfit, had a very clear agenda when they wrote that Blocking Obama’s Health Plan Is Key to the GOP’s Survival, and the message is frightening.
Think about it. That’s our democracy they are playing with!
The title says it all, essentially that universal health care will help economic recovery and the Republicans must block it to ensure that the Dems don’t get a win. But as well, it will be very popular with the voters and give the Dems an edge in future elections, and therefore, Republican obstructionism must block health care reform and Obama success at all costs.
Of course, they can’t do that without having a few Democrat turncoats, but the insurance industry knows who can be bought. Sen. Max Baucus is high on their list.
Importantly, obstructionism is not a tool to get better legislation, as politicians claim. It is to provide the necessary political cover for killing good bills so the majority party has limited successes. Whichever party, in this case the Dems.
Is two or four more years of chaos really worth that much to the Republicans? In today’s blogoshere, the public will know who’s standing in the way, thus the R’s should join forces with the Dems and be seen as part of the solution and not as the problem!!!
That the Republicans would trash Obama’s economic recovery and health care reform, all calculated to get themselves back in power, would be reprehensible but not surprising. Going forward this puts a totally new light on obstructionism.