Many lawmakers are making their way home and looking forward to closing summer days with family, catching up on summer reading and mingling with their constituents – at least some are.
If you are a member of Congress or Senate and you favor the Obama health care bill, greeting the voters may not be so fun. Voters are good and mad.
The White House added even more bait to the feeding frenzy by telling Jake Tapper of ABC that the so-called anger about health care is manufactured. Really?
Rather than listen to the voters at these town hall meetings or falling poll numbers, the White House decides to refer to the discontented voters as angry mobs.
“I hope people will take a jaundiced eye to what is clearly the Astroturf nature of so-called grass-roots lobbying,” Robert Gibbs, White House spokesman said.
Again, rather callous words for someone who is clearly out of touch with what everyday Americans are thinking. Current tracking polls from Rasmussen show a majority of American’s disapprove of Obama care, 49-46 percent. The poll numbers continue a downward spiral for the White House.
Of those polled, 78 percent say health care reform will lead to much higher taxes for middleclass families, not saved money as touted by the President. American’s realize you can’t insure close to 50 million new people without any increased spending. Where are the new doctors, nurses and facilities going to come from to cover this?
However, it is the politicians who seem to think they know what’s best for the average taxpayer. None have read the bill, Congressman John Conyers of Michigan is on record for saying he would need two lawyers to read and explain the bill. He is a lawyer.
So why is Washington pushing to pass a 1,300-page bill they have not read and many clearly do not understand? That is what the anger is all about.
The arrogance continues with Illinois Senator Dick Durbin. “Health insurance companies and people like them are trying to load these town meetings for visual impact. They want to show thousands of people screaming Socialism, trying to overcome public sentiment which favors health care reform, that’s like flooding the switchboards on Capitol Hill it doesn’t prove much, except our switch boards have a limited capacity. We have a much more balanced approach as members of Congress.”
Gee, Mr. Durbin must be really working hard on reading the health care bill and not reading the newspapers that point out more people DO NOT want Universal health care.
Again, it’s not much of a surprise that main stream media is not covering these types of interviews or polling numbers. Once the enabler, always the enabler.
As August unfolds and lawmakers make their way to public events, one of two things will happen. They will either realize they’d better listen to what their constituents are saying, or they will dismiss the hoopla and seal their fate in 2010.
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