Friday, May 29, 2009

Rush For President

No, it's not about Rush Limbaugh running for the position of Commander in Chief, sorry.
All throughout his long and extremely expensive campaign for president, Barack Obama promised - and people believed - that he would run the country with complete transparency and measured pace. He vowed that bills sent to him from lawmakers would be posted online at the White House website for review and comment by the people before making a decision on whether or not to sign them. Well, just as he's done with the countries finances, you can take his previous promises and throw them out the window.

Assisted by his congressional accomplices, the president's agenda and plans are being created and implemented at dizzying speed. In the decision to spend roughly $850 billion dollars on the stimulus bill, both houses of congress rushed the bill through without having read its voluminous 1,588 pages. Obama wasted no time in signing it on the Tuesday he returned from his Presidents Day and Valentines Day holiday weekend. (He has since admitted that much of the money, particularly in the case of GM, has been wasted).

When David Souter announced his intention to retire from the Supreme Court, Obama swung into action and nominated Sonia Sotomayor in great haste. He now wants her to be confirmed in the senate by August. Perhaps he's just a product of modern society, which wants everything and wants it now; the generation of instant gratification.

Now he is urging congress to act as quickly as possible to deliver health care legislation so he can sign into law socialized medicine. Yes, I call it socialized medicine but if anyone prefers, it can also be termed universal health care, much to the chagrin of its proponents, who insist on calling it "health insurance for all". Obviously eager to emulate Canada and Europe, Obama is adamant about expediency, saying, "If we don't get it done this year, we're not going to get it done."

Using economic fear tactics, Obama is tying health care to virtually every financial malady afflicting the country. One can only speculate on what may be the rush. Perhaps it's a desire on the president's part to accomplish that which the Clinton's could not. The only thing that matters, however, is that if Obama succeeds in achieving socialized medicine it will be a disaster for the country and like Rush Limbaugh, I want Obama to fail in this regard.

He's clearly misunderstood the nature of his victory in November. Unaware of the euphoric giddiness of the electorate at the mere prospect of finally electing a black man to president as the prime motivation for his election, he instead mistakenly believes that his campaign promises won the day. To quote him: "This is our big chance to prove that the movement that you started during the campaign isn't over, we're just getting started."

"If we don't get it done this year, we're not going to get it done." That should be all the encouragement congressional Republicans need to do everything in their power to ensure it does not happen this year and pray that Obama is right in his assessment of the time frame.

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