The Democratic National Committee is now running ads pressuring Democrats to vote for the president’s health-care plans, including new ads in the districts of House Ways and Means Committee Democrats who have raised questions about the health-care bill. It is hard to think of a more obvious sign of weakness than attacking members of your own party.
Team Obama was rushing to pass health care before the August recess out of fear that allowing members to go home for an extended spell before voting on the bill would give them an opportunity to hear from their constituents. They fear that the 300 protestors who showed up at a town hall meeting in Panama City, Fla. held June 30 by Democrat Rep. Allen Boyd shortly after he voted for the cap and trade energy tax) are only the start of a larger backlash.
Democratic leaders, including the president, are now backing away from a vote on health care before August. But that’s not likely to decrease voter angst. Americans for Prosperity and others are already organizing voters to attend public meetings with members of Congress this summer. My guess is that members of Congress are about to hear a lot from their voters on the government takeover of health care, new energy taxes, the failed stimulus, record deficits, and growing joblessness.Don't you love how Team Obama is listening to the American public on the issues. Kinda makes you feel all warm inside....from your righteous anger.
Ben Smith, will you marry me?
The appearance was striking by its absence of a move that’s long characterized Obama’s political career: When in trouble, go big. Faced with a crisis of confidence or with a political furor, he’s repeatedly shown an ability to rise above the storm, and to broaden the playing field, as when he turned a flap over his pastor into a meditation on race in America.
Joe Asness, will you marry me?
Nope, it's not. But we are at the nuclear bomb of the discussion. The one guaranteed to get me yelled at or perhaps picketed by a mob waving signs printed up with George Soros's money. Those advocating socialized medicine love to scream "health care is a right." They are loud, they are scary, but they are wrong about rights (as the 1980 kid in me resists the temptation to type "TO PARTY" - you had to be there).Joe's article reminds me of my friends at Commentarama (under my Badass list, cause, well, they are). Read Joe's article and then zip over to Commentarama and read theirs. There ARE solutions the the health care issue (NOT A CRISIS) that doesn't entail a power grab for #1) your cash #2) your choice BUT most importantly #3) your freedoms.
Roger Simon, will you marry me?
In the present, “if we don’t act, 14,000 Americans will continue to lose their health insurance every single day. These are the consequences of inaction. These are the stakes of the debate that we’re having right now.”