A brief history: Obama promised that the health care debate was so important, it would be carried on C-SPAN. That did not happen. Obama promised that any proposed bill on health care would be placed on a website for public comment far in advance of the vote. That did not happen. Obama promised that he would wait at least 72 hours (is that right?) before signing any health care bill into law. That did not happen.
What did happen was that Nancy Pelosi promised that the only way to learn about what was in the bill was to pass it, a reasonable promise given the number of congressmen who conceded that they personally had no idea what was in the 2000+ page monstrosity for which they voted. In sum, our Democratic government took over 1/6 of the American economy without public input, without debate, and without even any idea of what it was doing.
Congress is now trying to take over Wall Street. If Congress was merely trying to impose a “few rules but unbreakable” (a quote from one of my favorite books) in order to keep Wall Street honest, I’d be there. But this is a Democratic initiative, so that’s not what’s going on.
What’s going on, instead, is political grandstanding along with some power grabs and market control. You and I won’t be benefiting any time soon, but it could prove very costly and damaging to the vitality of the American marketplace.
The Republicans, having figured out that Obama legislation invariably means wasted money and increased government control (i.e. less individual freedom), is refusing to be pushed into a rushed decision on something so important. Obama is irate. And this is what an irate Obama says:
“The American people deserve an honest debate on this bill,” Obama told the crowd. “You should not have to have to wait one more day.”
Obama said Senate Republicans “unanimously blocked efforts to even being debating reform.”
“They won’t let it [the bill] get on the floor to be debated,” Obama said. “It’s one thing to oppose reform, but to oppose just even talking about reform in front of the American people and having a legitimate debate? That’s not right.”
From someone else, this might have been a reasonable question. Coming from Obama, however, it amounts to an insulting slap in the face of the American people. He has no interest in an open politic process. This is just more of Obama’s governance by insult. Really, what a dreadful little man he is.