I love our government. I really do. I don’t know if I could live under a king/queen/magistrate rule and reign.
Hmm, the type of government doesn’t seem to affect the influence of power, though.
Last night, with the Republican, he talked to us about power in the Senate and House, and that staying power increases the chances of your ideas becoming reality.
How a bill becomes a law has become a giant Gordian knot, where all the turns and confusing tauts are secondary, tertiary, even quaternary clauses to appease a party’s contingent for issues that aren’t even relevant. Before the other party will agree to the bill, the originating party will have to build more schools in x district; more police in y district, and so forth. And then when it finally gets to the president for pass or veto, it’s supposed to make sense? It should not take years and years to pass legislation in the federal government. I don’t know if anyone in Congress is willing to concede that. It’s a ridiculous standoff between the parties; they’re content with making (minimal) effort pushing/not pushing their issues; they put all of their energy into campaigning and fundraising. No actual legislation will have been passed, but at least they get to keep their office.
It should not take years and years. How long has the Senate been sitting on the healthcare issue? Why has nothing really been done about it? To date, healthcare is not a right. If it’s that important in this republic, why can’t Capitol Hill try harder to get this on the Constitution? Also, what of the country’s priorities? If the Iraq war is quiet, then healthcare no longer becomes marginal. Neither does gay marriage. Or abortion. Or education. Or crime. I’m not saying any of these issues should trump the others. It’s just that thousands of communities have very different ideas of what’s important to them, regardless of media spin, and while I’m not a fan of the current president, I have to believe he’s doing the best that he can, and I’m skeptical enough of the media to believe it won’t let us see him at his best.
Why does socialized (is it the same as universal?) healthcare work in other countries? It would have to work in countries that are thoroughly poor, who have no one to tax, that are not fundamentally capitalistic. If doctors are all getting paid the same, then it shouldn’t matter if they have 4 patients or 400. Are there regulations in these countries in this regard? The immediate ramifications of an immediate implementation of universal healthcare are not pretty. To reach a close to desirable degree of evenness among all social stati, we’re gonna get taxed. Not lightly. Countries like Denmark who get taxed 60% or so of their income don’t have at least 300 million people whose upper tier — whose help we most need — that might be exempt. Their (Denmark’s) citizens are leaving for Sweden and surrounding countries to go work for Ikea. Who stays? The abject poor. Because they have no choice.
Also? I am inclined to compare a socialized healthcare system to our country’s welfare program. See how well that is doing? There HAS to be a better way of going about this without fostering a sense of entitlement and deservedness in America’s lazy, uninspired leeches.
Any solution presented isn’t going to make everyone happy. For now, a compromise has to be made. Leaders can’t expect Americans to comply right away with pipe-dream agendas. As wonderful as they sound, it’s going to take a long, long time to become reality. So, vote for the issues you are passionate about, but then you can’t complain when all the junk gets chipped from the cracks and the dirties your shoes.
Or, your issues may not fruit at all; they may be volleyed back and forth in Congress, where no one really says anything if someone drops the ball, at least with all the lobbying and pork barrelling going on.
This is our government, folks. I know it works when all the variables happen to be favorable. It’s a brilliant system. The people running it are sometimes dorks, is all. We can’t give everything to our government; that’s not how it was set up. It would be giving up our agency. This is not tyranny; it’s democracy, but it is starting to look like a joke.