Blunt’s quote went up online late yesterday evening: “We clearly have principles; we could have language, but why start diverting attention from this really bad piece of work they’ve got to whatever we’re offering right now?”
TPJ: Why start diverting attention?!! Are you kidding me?!! Because there is a health care crisis you dolt!! Thus, If you seriously think you have superior ideas to solve the very serious, life and death problems of America (which I firmly believe they don't but they certainly think so) then why would you worry about diverting attention? Wouldn't you REALLY want to divert attention??? Unless you're plan isn't much of anything but a few thoughts jotted down on a napkin (which from what I understand it is) and because it's easier to attack the president's plan than offer your own solutions.
Yet here's the other thing to consider, most of the Republicans have been claiming publicly that Obama's plan will destroy America by (according to them) turning it into a Socialist country. Speaking of, which the downpayment on the public plan is an investment and what good investment doesn't require a lot of money up front? If you could win big on minimal investment then everyone you bought just one share of Google would be billionaires right now. The fact of the matter is that it takes big amounts of money in investment to see a pay-off.
So given that gloom and doom argument, why wouldn't the Republicans want to push their plan even more and thus "divert attention" away from what they perceive to be as destructive? If the Democrats are going to destroy this country once and for all with this evil, scary health care plan then why back off? You'd think they'd want their plan boomed from every tall building in America. As well as bombard everyone with it in t.v. spots, interviews and non-stop on the talk radio markets they often dominate. Yet they don't but what they do say is just the same old Republican scare tactics and trash talk about Obama.
This isn't about Obama or the Republicans and Democrats on Capital Hill. It's about US--the American people and most of these Republicans seem to have forgotten that very important part. Because they have been using and overusing scare tactics up until now but their rhetoric slipped in this instance and with the Jim DeMint incident we see the real reason for the gloom and doom is to attack Obama on the politics--not to actually solve the health care crisis.
That and they're looking out for their good ole boys in the insurance racket and unsuccessfully trying to veil it in populist rhetoric despite basically being the party of rich, white, males who say "No" to anything Obama tries to do. So their claims of gloom and doom are lies and many of us have known that for some time but I have even more conviction now after hearing what Roy Blunt said. It is clear that the Obama plan indeed WON'T make America into the Soviet Union. It's clear that it WON'T make our health worse in the long run but rather help it because as I said, if not then they wouldn't be releasing such a passive statement as the Blunt comment. Well, at least he's living up to his name, being honest with what their real motives are and being, well, blunt!!
Oh by the way, the market is looking good today as it ends the day up 200 points and passes the 9,000 mark for the first time since January. True, the market isn't an accurate measure on its own of how the economy is doing but it is very important and the psychological effect of climbing up back into the 9,000's can't be under-estimated. Yes, unemployment is still going up but it's going up slower than before and any economist will tell you that unemployment is a lagging indicator. Meaning it's not an accurate depiction of the economy in and of itself either as jobs are always the last indicator to bounce back. I'm confident by the time Obama is up for re-election that the economy will be doing well. Also, if you missed the President's primetime address you MUST watch it. He did an excellent job I though of explaining both the economy and his health care plan: