Now's the Time For Saying 'No'
The liberals are becoming quite predictable in their efforts to thwart the storm of dissatisfied voters as we head toward Election Day. First is the head-shaking smirk they place in front of the cameras when the opposition is speaking. It's their not-so-subtle smile of denial.
Then, of course, is the constant accusation that it is all Bush's fault. No matter that their typical tax-and-spend tactics have plunged us into a debt load we may never escape, while accomplishing nothing to offset a deepening recession with dark unemployment and no relief in the housing crisis.
Calling it Bush's fault is a convenient side step. Their most prominent tactic is to call conservatives "the party of 'no'." Conservatives, to hear the liberals tell it, offer no solutions; they simply say no to the great bills proposed by the current administration and Congress. They accuse us of wanting to return to those terrible days of the Bush presidency. They warn us that this would be a catastrophic step backward.
These might be clever ploys if they were not so kneejerk. They are used in lieu of logic and reason and good old-fashioned debate. But let's be fair. John Boehner's chronic sour expression does give impact to the "no" accusation. If he becomes speaker of the House soon, he would help the cause if he lightened up.
Nor do I think George W. Bush was our finest president. He was, however, far from our worst. Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama are viable candidates for that honor. No, we don't long to return to Bush times, but Ronald Reagan looks better every week.
It is true that we say no a lot, but there are good reasons for nay-saying when you look at bills like that highly touted health care law. It isn't that conservatives are opposed to doing something about our health crisis; it's just that this bill doesn't begin to cut it. Everyone is in agreement that part of the cost of health care lies in the cost of malpractice insurance, yet nowhere does the bill mention tort reform. Liberals just love those trial lawyer lobbyists.
Nor does it address Medicare fraud, which is openly rampant. Medicare was conceived to help provide health care for those over 65; it was never designed to line the pockets of scooter manufacturers. The health bill overlooks that one, too. Another tip-off can be found in the vast array of commercials by drug manufacturers, lawyers and people seeking to tap the Medicare till. They are pushing federal health care into bankruptcy. The bill ignores this.
The Democrats profess to be for the "little guy," but have you ever known bigger elitists than Nancy Pelosi, with her big jet (paid for by us taxpayers) used to tote her and her associates back and forth to San Francisco, or the Obamas, with $2,500 per night rooms in Spain and multiple expensive vacations? We can hardly wait to get to the polls and say no to those two.
There is no sin to great wealth, and no one should be penalized for being rich. I have never been even remotely wealthy, but in my roller-coaster career, I did have some good years. I also know what it means to be poor and out of work; I remember those days well. That's when we learned how to stick a table knife into the piggy bank for enough quarters to buy groceries. That's when we learned to take a "beneath you" job to pay the rent. No government bailed me out in those dark days, but our family survived nonetheless. We had to learn to pay for our own bad decisions. We had to learn to say no. It's a lesson everyone should learn: Saying no is not a sin.
Fifty-one days to saying, not no - but hell, no - at the polls.
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