Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Beating the dead horse

I feel like there's so much turmoil going on with the budget. Everyone is throwing their two cents in, everyone is debating points and counterpoints, and arguing over whose rhetoric is right and winning. The problem is that there are no winners when politicians play games with this kind of legislation.

The thing is, our government can't run effectively on uncompromising extremists. It simply doesn't work that way. Our country needs compromise, it needs to have a melting pot of ideas that result in the best outcome to benefit everyone. But people, particularly the conservative Tea Partiers, don't think they need to compromise. They believe that if they stick to their guns that the seas will part and their proposals will simply be accepted by the establishment is practically holy, not to mention the most fiscally responsible. Yet, their proposals are also the most insane, the most damaging, and the most out of touch with common sense and actual progress.

There are no provisions, for example, that allocate money to infrastructure. There are incredible slashes to entitlement benefits, including the very programs that the Tea Partiers use (remember the famous quote "Keep your hands of my medicare"). There is no reasonable taxation, no closing tax loopholes that allowed major businesses to not only pay nothing but actually receive refunds, and increased pressure on middle and working class people to foot the bill for their own care.

And what about the plans for health insurance? A voucher system? But only if your younger than 55, so that the big red block of GOP support that are older than that don't feel the increasingly negative effects of such a system. The voucher system, as has been said before, doesn't eliminate costs, just shifts them to you and I. We don't get anything from this proposal except the promise that we will be able to exist more independently of government support (i.e. "intrusion").

I know I've talked about this a lot lately, but it really bothers me that there are people in this country who actually say this bill doesn't go far enough. They say that, until there are no abortions, no reproductive rights, no public education, public health care, public transportation, or anything else with the word "public," there will be too much government. It just boggles my mind.

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