Harry Truman Speaks…

Harry Truman was an ‘every man’ President from Missouri.  He had the reputation of being a no nonsense tough talking fellow who called them as he saw them.  I stumbled across this as I dug into something said by someone about Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) along the lines of this:  “When you go into politics poor and come out rich, you’re stealing”.  While that seemed appropriate in this case, that actually was among the pearls of wisdom attributed to Harry S. Truman.  More of his wisdom follows based on the President Truman Library.

The following, from the book “Truman Speaks”, are attributed to President Truman and are found on the Internet if you Google President Truman Library:

What was the most difficult decision that you had to make when you were President?

President Truman: Korea. The reason for that was the fact that the policies of our allies and the members of the United Nations were at stake at the same time as ours. We were in the position where we had to enforce the situation; a great many of those friends of ours in the United Nations came in and helped. But that decision on Korea had to be made on the basis of world requirements; it was not entirely a decision of the United States, and every one of the allies approved it. So did the Congress, until they got it into politics. (Truman Speaks, p. 26.)

What principles guided your career?

President Truman: You have to let your own conscience be your guide. My father used to say, that is all you can do. One comment was on a tombstone I saw in Arizona: Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damnedest. What more can a man do? Do the best you can. Sometimes you come out successfully, sometimes you don’t. You have to have luck and ability and be ready to meet the situation as it comes. All this happened to me. I never thought I would go to the United States Senate, but then I never thought I would go to the White House either. (Truman Speaks, p. 81.)

What are your personal feelings about women?

President Truman: …I’ve always thought that the best man in the world is hardly good enough for any woman. (From a letter to Bess Wallace, postmarked November 4, 1913.)

I’m a damn fool I guess because I could never get excited or worked up about gals or women. I only had one sweetheart from the time I was six. I saw her in Sunday School at the Presbyterian Church in Independence when my mother took me there at that age and afterwards in the 5th grade at the Ott School in Independence when her Aunt Nannie was our teacher and she sat behind me. She sat behind me in the sixth, seventh and High School grades and I thought she was the most beautiful and sweetest person on earth–and I’m still of that opinion after…[many] years of being married to her. I’m old fashioned, I guess. (From Truman’s diary, June 5, 1945. President’s Secretary’s Files.)

I was always afraid of the girls my age and older. (From Truman’s Memoirs, I, page 115.)

“More hearts are broken and mended between the ages of sixteen & twenty than all the rest of life.” (From Truman’s high school English theme book for his senior year, Independence High School, 1900-1901.)

What was it you said about prima donnas and Potomac fever?

President Truman: There are more Prima Donnas per square foot in public life…in Washington than in all the opera companies ever to exist. (From a letter to Martha Ellen Truman and Mary Jane Truman, October 23, 1945. Post-Presidential Papers.)

…Potomac fever [is] a peculiar disease that those mortals…who come to Washington to become >important’ people in Government get. Woodrow Wilson said some people come here and grow up with responsibility. Some come and just swell up. (From a letter to Mary Ethel Noland, July 7, 1950. Mary Ethel Noland Papers.)

“I always made the distinction between the office of the President and the person of the President. That may seem to some a fine distinction, but I am glad I made it. Otherwise I might be suffering today from the same kind of ‘importance’ complex that some people have come down with. Washington is full of big shots whose already inflated egos go up with a touch of ‘Potomac fever.’ I tried very hard to escape that ludicrous disease.” (From Mr. Citizen, 1960.)

Please tell me about the private prayer that you said all your life.

President Truman: [This] prayer…has been said by me–by Harry S. Truman–from high school days…as a bank clerk, as a farmer riding a gang plow behind four horses and mules, as a fraternity official learning to say nothing at all if good could not be said of a man, as a public official judging the weaknesses and shortcomings of constituents, and as President of the U.S.A.

…Oh! Almighty and Everlasting God, Creator of Heaven, Earth and the Universe:

Help me to be, to think, to act what is right, because it is right; make me truthful, honest and honorable in all things; make me intellectually honest for the sake of right and honor and without thought of reward to me. Give me the ability to be charitable, forgiving and patient with my fellow men–help me to understand their motives and their shortcomings–even as Thou understandest mine! (From Truman’s diary, August 15, 1950. President’s Secretary’s Files.)

What did you do when you heard the shots of the men who were trying to assassinate you on November 1, 1950?

President Truman: I stuck my head out the upstairs window [at Blair House, across the street from the White House, Truman’s temporary residence while the White House was being renovated] to see what was going on. One of the guards yelled “Get back.” I did, then dressed and went down stairs. I was the only calm one in the house. You see I’ve been shot at by experts and unless your name’s on the bullet you needn’t be afraid–and that of course you can’t find out, so why worry. (From a letter to Mary Ethel Noland, November 17, 1950. Mary Ethel Noland Papers.)

What would your advice be to a young person who wants to go into politics?

President Truman: If a young man chooses politics as a profession he’ll find it to his advantage to study the lives of all the great leaders throughout history starting with Greece and the great leaders of the city republics and…the Roman Republic….

He should carefully study the lives of the leaders of the Continental Congress, the Constitutional Convention, and he should know the lives and motives of every President of the United States. Congressional leaders in every Presidential Administration should be carefully studies along with their ethics and their motives. Then he should know his State History from its colonial or territorial beginnings as well as his county history. If he lives in a town or city he should know his city government and its workings….

It takes a lifetime of the hardest kind of work and study to become a successful politician…. A great politician is known for the service he renders. He doesn’t have to become President or Governor or the head of his city or county to be a great politician. There are mayors of villages, county attorneys, county commissioners or supervisors who render just as great service locally as do the heads of the government.

No young man should go into politics if he wants to get rich or if he expects an adequate reward for his services. An honest public servant can’t become rich in politics. he can only attain greatness and satisfaction by service….

I would much rather be an honorable public servant and known as such than to be the richest man in the world. (From Truman’s diary, April 24, 1954. Post-Presidential Papers.)

Why do you have so much trouble spelling correctly?

President Truman: The English language so far as spelling goes was created by Satan I am sure. It makes no difference how well educated or how many letters a man can string to the back of his name, he never learns to spell so he is exactly sure I shouldn’t be e or a, o. (From a letter to Bess Wallace, February 13, 1912. Papers Relating to Family, Business, and Personal Affairs.)

What sort of person should we pick to be President?

President Truman: Well, the first thing you’ve got to be sure of is that you have a man who is honorable and who has broad experience in government…. But you can’t tell what’s inside of a man until you put him into office. if you take a man from a minor position and put him into a job of responsibility, sometimes he will turn out to be a success and sometimes he’ll turn out to be an utter fool. There is no way you can tell how the mind of a man is going to work. You have to take a chance on a person…. Experience shows many make good and a great many don’t. That’s the difficulty. It’s the human animal all over again, and you do the best you can in trying to find the right man.

…One thing I am certain about, there’s nothing in our history, so far as I am able to find out, that shows that a man can be trained to be President of the United States…. (Mr. Citizen, 1960,
pp. 147-148.)

What do you think of politicians?

President Truman: The good word “politics,” which really means the science of government, has been abused in our time, and has been given a definition meaning “dishonest management to win an election for a party or a candidate.” The use of the latter definition by newspapers and those who like to turn up their noses up at everyday people has obscured the real meaning of the world “politics.”

A politician is a man who is interested in good government. There is a saying in the Senate that a statesman is a dead politician. A statesman must be an honorable man and he must be a good politician in order to become a statesman under our form of government. If you will study the history of our country you’ll find that our greatest presidents and congressional leaders have been the ones who have been vilified worst by the current press. But history justifies the honorable politician when he works for the welfare of the country.

I would risk my reputation and my fortune with a professional politician sooner than I would with the banker or the businessman or the publisher of a daily paper! More young men and young women should fit themselves for politics and government. (From a handwritten manuscript in the President’s Secretary’s Files.)

Do you think money and special interest groups have become too important in politics?

President Truman: I’ve just been informed that the Democratic Party…has gone high hat and is charging one thousand dollars for the privilege of sitting with the President of the United States at a dinner! The President of the United States represents 180,000,000 people who have no other person to look after their interests…. When the Party of the People [the Democratic Party] goes high hat on a cost basis, it no longer represents the common every day man–who is the basis of the Democratic Party. (From a handwritten manuscript found in Truman’s desk after he died. Post-Presidential Papers.)

The Democratic Party is the peoples party. It is dedicated to the service of all the people and not just the [service of] the special interests of a few. The record of the Democratic party is blazed across the face of the nation…in a story of better, healthier, happier life for the common people in this great country…. Special interests never let up in their effort to control this free government of ours. It is just as important now to prevent that from happening as it was in times of the great Presidents–[Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, and Franklin Roosevelt]. (From a handwritten manuscript, Definition of the Democratic Party, found in Truman’s desk after he died. Post-Presidential Papers.)

What is the proper role of the courts?

President Truman: The courts should be strictly judicial and not dabble in policy–except interpretation of the Constitution. It is not at all proper for courts to try to make laws or to read law school theories into the law and policy laid down by the Congress. (From a handwritten manuscript, May 12, 1945.)

Everybody thought you were going to lose the election in 1948. What made you think you would win?

“…I had come to the conclusion that when the people know the facts and they know that you are telling the truth and stand for the things that are for their best interests they will vote for you, and I was very well assured that if I could see enough people and talk to enough people I could be elected, and that is what I did and this is the way it came out.” (From a televised interview on “Person to Person,” CBS, May 27, 1955.)

What is more important to a man in public life, money or honor?

“Since a child at my mother’s knee I have believed in honor, ethics and right living as its own reward. I find a very small minority who agree with me on that premise.” (From a handwritten manuscript, about 1931, from the so-called “Pickwick Papers.”)

“I almost believe that money or the goods of this world, whether it be stone clubs and caves or gold and palaces is all that we struggle for after all. But according to Plutarch, Moses, Buddha and the other ethical enthusiasts it isn’t all. I wonder.” (From a handwritten manuscript, about 1931, from the so-called “Pickwick Papers.”)

“I always did let ethics beat me out of money and I suppose I always will.” (From a handwritten manuscript, May 1934, from the so-called “Pickwick Papers.”)

How very, very refreshing!

Colorado & Marijuana: $$$$$$

Colorado has collected a whopping $506,143,635 in taxes from marijuana sales since legalized sales began in 2014.  That averages about $12,650,000 per month.  The average is, however, misleading since the sales rate today is much, much higher than it was over the first many months.  It took some time to get to the point Colorado is at today.  I wonder what the monthly sales rate is today?  What will it be a year from today?  Ten years from today?  The tax rate on medical marijuana is 2.9%, so the vast majority of this money came from recreational use.

51% of this tax goes toward education needs in the state.  That is noble BUT what percentage of those educated kids in Colorado will end up using marijuana?  What will the future human cost end up being, if that is ever going to be known?  The human cost is likely incalculable before the real cost is incurred, and that is the greatest issue I have with this whole make-it-legal thing.

Think about the human and societal cost of the use of alcohol.  I suspect that will pale by comparison to this in as short a time as a decade; maybe even sooner given the hard stuff this leads people to use. I know that supporters claim that marijuana is not an entrance drug, that it doesn’t lead to future addictions on the really hard stuff.

I simply cannot accept that.  I fear we are opening a door that will equate to Pandora’s Box as the years tick by.  If I’m wrong, I’m wrong.  But, if I’m right and marijuana is an entrance drug inviting people to use more and more and that is heroin, where will Colorado be?  Maybe the school systems will have nice new buildings, but at what cost?

The total sales last year in Colorado and this is just the beginning, amounted to more than $1 Billion…that is $1,000,000,000!  That is no doubt great for the state’s budget at this point, but at what future cost?  Will the citizens not involved get fed up with the detritus left behind and bail out?  There is already push back and this has really only just begun.

Given the states lining up to tap this vein of ‘easy money’ no matter the ultimate cost, this will very soon be a truly national problem.  I can tell you that our local law enforcement and emergency responders are seeking significant increases to budgets for Narcan (naloxone) given the rate of heroin use increasing in our suburban Milwaukee area, and we are not close to a legal marijuana state.  Somehow these heroin users got their start, maybe not everyone started on marijuana but I’ll wager the significant majority did.  The idea that marijuana will not prove to have been a significant entrance drug inducement is not carrying any weight with the people at the point of contact when it goes bad.

As time passes, I suspect I’ll be proved to have been correct about the ‘entrance drug’ issue, but I will not be happy to have been proven correct.  My grandchildren and their children and so on will be paying the price as the future unfolds if we continue to ‘pooh-pooh’ the link between nice little recreational marijuana and nasty old addictive heroin.

There is a very real dichotomy involved when we are expected to believe marijuana has no effect on people who now use hard drugs.

John McCain…

I am saddened by the news of John McCain’s cancer and the prognosis.  He is a tough man as he proved while imprisoned in a POW camp during his years of service in that capacity to our country.  He has obviously given more of himself to us than almost anyone else you or I might know personally unless we have lost a loved one in military conflict.

Senator McCain has taken positions that I simply could not understand.  It is almost like he was a conservative on this day and a liberal on that day given his voting record.  We know that he voted his heart and mind rather than his party affiliation in most cases.  I suspect there are those moments, likely more than one would like, when serving in a political position that a person might have to ‘take one for the team’, so to speak.  I suspect that Sen. McCain has been a difficult member to convince that he ought to vote a position contrary to his personal belief system.  Has that happened?  I cannot imagine that it hasn’t happened, but I’ll bet it didn’t happen often.

He is 80 years old and was going strong up to this moment.  The pressures and the travel have to take a toll on those who go to Washington on our behalf.  The families involved also pay a significant price for the service of their loved one.  Even when home in their District, County or state, the needs of voters continue to ring loudly, even more loudly since there are those open sessions when they are invited to commingle with the official.  Once a political position outside of community or county is occupied, the time with family comes at a higher and higher price.

I expect that his time in the District of Columbia has changed from the first day to today.  I believe, unfortunately, that we have more and more people with less and less honor about them in high office today.  We don’t often find that person with the stature of a Sen. McCain.  The time in such a position has to take a significant toll on the person.  Travel and time away from family are two things, but the pressure exerted on these people is almost unbelievable to us who’ve never had the experience.

If you find it in your heart, take the time to say a prayer for him and his family.  Things political become absolutely unimportant in times such as this.

Repeal & Replace…

The Republicans are now approaching the ObamaCare issue from a different perspective.  Rather than to work to repair the current law, the Republicans are now working on replacing it in its entirety while simultaneously repealing ObamaCare.  It is apparently intended that this approach will be put together and rolled out by January 2018.  That is quite soon, so work will have to be started immediately if this target is to be met.

The Odyssey we’ve been on might just end with a result we can actually be pleased to see considering where we’ve been already.  I would expect that, since this is being put together by Republicans, it will have “free-market” features rather than “single payer” features.

That would mean a choice rather than an edict.  It is difficult to imagine that we’d be confronted with simply a different version of “single payer”.  That would also likely see several levels of coverage being available so that there would be a choice of that nature for us taxpayer/users.

I am viewing this as a person who has worked in the health insurance/HMO world for many years.  It makes sense that some level of choice would be involved.  Not everyone needs heavy duty coverage so long as a catastrophic level of coverage is available to handle bad situations that typically hit us ‘out-of-the-blue’.  That would mean the plans can be priced accordingly.

The advantage is obviously that this would look like what many of us have become accustomed to having offered to us through an employer.  It would be a natural evolution versus an overnight change of some magnitude.  I expect that insurers would be happier participating in this kind of marketplace since that is what they are used to doing.

If this does proceed as it appears it will, then ObamaCare will have been good, at least, in that it served as the catalyst for something better to evolve.  That was not Obama’s intention, but we will have resurrected something from the ashes.

Will politics enter into this process?  Does the sun rise in the East?  There is no way that this politically-driven process will not have ‘politics’ involved.  Will the politicians be wise enough to see this as the best solution after they’ve already mucked up the approach with ObamaCare and the first effort to change it?  If they don’t, they ought to be ‘unelected’ at the next opportunity.  Who might want to tinker?  Politicians that are of the liberal bent.  Politicians of the conservative persuasion will have seen the beauty of this middle-of-the-road approach that will actually work, and they have the votes to make it happen, barring a maverick or two feeling he or she has to show-off for constituents.

If we can move this quickly enough, the conservatives will have the power to push this to the finish line.  If RINOs have the audacity/stupidity to get in the way of this solution, they will deserve to be ousted from office at the earliest possible moment.

It is, frankly, time for the politicians to forget politics, as difficult as this might be, and to remember it is us voters who need this resolved.  Maybe the party with which they are affiliated can bring pressure to bear since they might lose campaign dollars if they’re support is insufficient.  The likely lead party is the Republican Party.  Republicans need to sign on quickly, and in mass, in order to pressure Democrats to avoid getting in the way.

We, you and me, are in the driver’s seat today.  If you are a Democrat and want this mess resolved to the benefit of your constituents, let your party know you expect it to avoid getting in the way.  If you are Republican, let your party know you support this solution and want your elected officials to forget posing for ‘holy pictures’ by promoting changes that just won’t fly.  The time for intelligent action is upon us and we will remember, for a long, long time, anyone that demonstrates they’re simply too dumb to be re-elected by fiddling with what is practical and workable trying for perfect.

No more posing for ‘holy pictures’.  Get it done!

ObamaCare Original Vote…

‘YES’ Votes on original ObamaCare HR3590 (Entirely Democrats)

(a/k/a The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act)

Ann Kirkpatrick AZ   Ed Pastor AZ   Harry Mitchell AZ    Raul Grijalva AZ

Gabrielle Giffords AZ    Vic Snyder AR   Mike Thompson CA  Doris Matsui CA

Lynn Woolsey CA  George Miller CA  Nancy Pelosi CA    Barbara Lee CA

John Garamendi CA   Jerry McNerney CA  Jackie Speier CA   Pete Stark CA

Anna Eshoo CA  Mike Honda CA  Zoe Lofgren CA  Sam Farr CA

Dennis Cardoza CA   Jim Costa CA   Lois Capps CA    Brad Sherman CA

Howard Berman CA   Adam Schiff CA   Henry Waxman CA   Xavier Becerra CA

Judy Chu CA  Diane Watson CA   Lucille Roybal-Allard CA   Maxine Waters CA

Jane Harman CA  Laura Richardson CA    Grace Napolitano CA      Linda Sanchez CA

Joe Baca CA  Loretta Sanchez CA   Bob Filner CA    Susan Davis CA

Diana DeGette CO    Jared Polis CO   John Salazar CO   Betsy Markey CO

Ed Perlmutter CO  John Larson CT  Joe Courtney CT     Rosa DeLauro CT

James Himes CT   Christopher Murphy CT     Allen Boyd FL  Corrine Brown FL

Alan Grayson FL   Kathy Castor FL    Kendrick Meek FL   Ron Klein FL

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz FL    Alcee Hastings FL   Suzanne Kosmas FL

Sanford Bishop GA   Hank Johnson GA    John Lewis GA   Jim Marshall GA

John Barrow GA   David Scott GA     Mazie Hirono HI    Walter Minnick ID

Bobby Rush IL  Jesse Jackson IL    Daniel Lipinski IL    Luis Gutierrez IL

Mike Quigley IL   Danny Davis IL    Melissa Bean IL    Jan Schakowsky IL

Deborah Halvorson IL   Jerry Costello IL   Bill Foster IL   Phil Hare IL

Peter Visclosky IN   Joe Donnelly IN   Andre’ Carson IN     Brad Ellsworth IN

Baron Hill IN   Bruce Braley IA   David Loebsack IA   Leonard Boswell IA

Dennis Moore KS   John Yarmuth KY   Ben Chandler KY   Charles Melancon LA

Chellie Pingree ME   Michael Michaud ME    Frank Kratovil MD    D. Ruppersberger MD

John Sarbanes MD   Donna Edwards MD   Steny Hoyer MD     Elijah Cummings MD

Chris Van Hollen MD   John Olver MA    Richard Neal MA    Jim McGovern MA

Barney Frank MD   Niki Tsongas MA   John Tierney MA   Ed Markey MA

Michael Capuano MA   Stephen Lynch MA   Bill Delahunt MA    Bart Stupak MI

Dale Kildee MI   Mark Schauer MI     Gary Peters MI     Sander Levin MI

Carolyn Kirkpatrick MI   John Conyers MI    John Dingall MI   Timothy Walz MN

Betty McCollum MN    Keith Ellison MN    Collin Peterson MN     James Oberstar MN

Travis Childers MS   Bennie Thompson MS   Gene Taylor MS    Lacy Clay MO

Russ Carnahan MO   Ike Skelton MO    Emanuel Cleaver MO     Shelley Berkley NV

Dina Titus NV    Carol Shea-Porter NH    Paul Hodes NH  Rob Andrews NJ

John Adler NJ     Frank Pallone NJ     Bill Pascrell NJ   Steven Rothman NJ

Donald Payne NJ   Rush Holt NJ   Albio Sires NJ    Martin Heinrich NM

Harry Teague NM     Ben Lujan NM     Timothy Bishop NY   Steve Israel NY

Carolyn McCarthy NY    Gary Ackerman NY   Gregory Meeks NY   Joe Crowley NY

Jerrold Nadler NY   Anthony Weiner NY    Ed Towns NY     Yvette Clarke NY

Nydia Velazquez NY    Michael McMahon NY    Carolyn Maloney NY

Charles Rangel NY    Jose’ Serano NY     Eliot Engel NY    Nita Lowey NY

John Hall NY     Scott Murphy NY    Paul Tonko NY    Maurice Hinchey NY

William Owens NY      Daniel Maffei NY      Brian Higgins NY     Louise Slaughter NY

G.K. Butterfield NC     Bob Etheridge NC     David Price NC       Mel Watt NC

Brad Miller NC     Earl Pomeroy ND    Steve Driehaus OH    Charles Wilson OH

Marcy Kaptur OH      Dennis Kucinich OH    Marcia Fudge OH    Betty Sutton OH

Mary Jo Kilroy OH    John Boccieri OH     Tim Ryan OH      David Wu OR

Earl Blumenauer OR     Peter DeFazio OR    Kurt Schrader OR     Robert Brady PA

Chaka Fattah PA    K. Dahlkemper PA    Joe Sestak PA    Patrick Murphy PA

Christopher Carney PA   Paul Kanjorski PA    Allyson Schwartz PA

Mike Doyle PA     Patrick Kennedy RI     Jim Langevin RI     John Spratt SC

Jim Clyburn SC     Jim Cooper TN      Bart Gordon TN

Steve Cohen TN     Al Green TX     Ruben Hinojosa TX      Silvestre Reyes TX

Jackson Lee TX    Charles Gonzalez TX     Ciro Rodriguez TX     Lloyd Doggett TX

Solomon Ortiz TX     Henry Cuellar TX     Gene Green TX     Eddie Johnson TX

Peter Welch VT      Bobby Scott VA     Thomas Perriello VA       Jim Moran VA

Gerald Connolly VA      Jay Inslee WA     Rick Larsen WA      Brian Baird WA

Norm Dicks WA      Jim McDermott WA        Adam Smith WA      Alan Mollohan WV

Nick Rahall WV     Tammy Baldwin WI      Ron Kind WI      Gwen Moore WI

Dave Obey WI      Steve Kagen WI




ObamaCare: Where From Here?

It looks as though the Republicans will be unable to find sufficient alignment to obtain the necessary votes at present.  The natural temptation is to rail against those who chose not to vote for this approach.  Repeal and Replace had a nice ring to it, but that appears to be off the table unless there is some significant shift amongst the Republicans.

We may very well now be at a place I had hoped we’d never see.  We may simply have no choice but to stand by, disabuse the notion that what is happening is the result of a Republican role; and, permit ObamaCare to crash and burn, as it assuredly will.  That has begun in many states already and can be seen by the dearth of insurers willing to engage under these rules.  Tens, likely hundreds, of millions of dollars have already been lost by insurers in the terrible plan known as ObamaCare…and the promised reimbursement seems lacking.

This will require a full court press by Republicans with a factually-based discussion of why this came to pass.  And that has to be told and retold every week, if necessary, to get the point across.

There were no Republican votes creating ObamaCare.  

There was no Republican input in the creation of ObamaCare.

Republicans have tried to help Democrats fix THEIR MESS to no avail because Dems don’t want any help.

Will people be hurt?  Unfortunately, yes.  Will Democrats try to shift the blame for this to Republicans?  Yes, almost as certainly as the sun will rise in the morning.  Will the press side with the Dems?  What do you think?

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and her crew of willing co-conspirators bear the full and complete responsibility for what is happening.  Everyone voting yes on that original bill, all good Democrats, need to be listed and that list needs to be published weekly from now until ObamaCare crashes and burns.

Every press attempt to twist this into being the responsibility of Republicans must be beaten down since the press will be behind the Dems.  If we think we’ve seen deceptive news, we will be treated to much more deceptive, or “fake” news if you prefer, than we would’ve thought possible.  The left will be apoplectic

The coming political battle will be ugly, challenging, and sickening given the Democrat smear-machine that will assuredly be rolled out, but it absolutely must be fought.  If this battle is not fought and won, our country will decline to a sorry state.  You and I will be leaving this mess to our children, their children and their children’s children.

Hyperbole?  Absolutely not!

ObamaCare: Repeal & Replace?

What if Republicans continue their internal squabbles over this and that as we look forward to the repeal and replacement of ObamaCare?

We run the very significant risk of losing the lead even with our majority and of helping, as the result, to cement ObamaCare in place as the national health care plan.  There are only so many times at bat, especially in this Congress.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) took the chance of us, the conservatives, losing control of this process, but his effort appeared to have a positive effect, at least for a day or two.  Various people have raised various issues since that point and there seems a very real possibility that Republicans will become unable to bring their majority together.  It has to be tempting to try for just one more change, but there will come a point where that “one more change” will result in the complete inability of Republicans to reach an agreement.

There are, as has been pointed out, schisms that seem one day to have been resolved, only to have reappeared more vividly by the next day or two.  It seems that one person senses he or she might score some points if a moment is seized and if a point is pressed.  Then someone else has the same ‘aha’ moment on a different ‘issue’ and it is back to the drawing board.

In the meantime, the Dems sit back with big smiles on their faces as they watch the seemingly feckless Republicans flirt with political disaster yet again.  Dems have no need to invest political capital at this time.  They need only to sit back and watch and to try to not utter something that would make Republicans coalesce around the ‘final plan’.  They are quite willing to “give the Republicans enough rope with which to hang themselves” figuratively speaking, and so far that seems a pretty good way to proceed if you’re a Democrat.

Republicans have no vote they can afford to lose.  Sen. McCain (R-AZ) needs to have healed from his surgery and returned for the vote, or the Dems will win since they are completely unified, if in name only.  If his healing process takes longer than might be expected, there is the risk that the next “shiny object” will have taken the spotlight and health care reform will have been shunted off to some little-remembered corner in the Senate cloakroom.

I imagine that Republican leadership has been bending a lot of Republican ears in this situation, but there is no evident resolution to the problem, at least that has seen the light of day.  Noone quite has a fix on just how many more steps will prove to have been the move that broke the back of the Republican majority.

We do have one splinter group of the more conservative Republicans that could effectively torpedo this effort in one fell swoop.  There are individual mavericks who could make that choice, as well.  Mavericks tend to be long-time Senate members with a proven voter approval records.  They tend to see themselves as ‘saviors’ of their party who might just need to make their point even if not appreciated at that particular moment in time.

I fear that ‘saviors’ can become the enemy of the common good since they only have to endure the wrath of their fellow members and not necessarily the wrath of their voters.  There is a huge difference in the pressures exerted.   When you’ve been elected and re-elected to several six-year terms, you can easily see yourself as the one indispensable member and to believe you must be right or you’d not have continued to be re-elected.  That has to be a tough member to control or even to move slightly.

Are we seeing that term limits, either written into law or self-imposed, the answer…or one of the answers?  I suspect that would tend to make believers of many more members…but, of course, that would need be approved and would take the agreement of the mavericks so chances might be poor.

By the way, among the issues under-reported in this debacle are the number of states with no insurers participating or with very limited choices of insurers, such as one, participating in ObamaCare.  Had we a robust, middle-of-the-road mainstream media, we’d have been hearing all the bad news…really bad news… that exists regarding ObamaCare.  It is a disaster; it is in what the industry calls a death spiral where premiums cannot be increased fast enough across a broad number of insured members to offset the losses incurred.  And, interestingly enough, the promises made by the federal government to the insurers that they’d be made whole if they were subjected to adverse losses have been forgotten.

The continuing insurers today tend to be smaller less-than-statewide insurers that have only recently been created.  They have nowhere near the financial staying power of an Aetna that has already been forced to leave this marketplace.  The country needs what the Republicans are proposing for ObamaCare reform, but forget the Democrats taking up that mantra.

This is but another example of politics taking precedence over what would’ve been better for the public, and there is no mainstream press sufficiently balanced in viewpoints to bring that news to the fore.

We will just have to sit back and watch.  At the least, the final ‘solution’ will not likely be voted into law at “O-Dark Thirty” as was the case in Nancy Pelosi’s world a few short years ago…when there was still an insurance marketplace in every state.  One might not have thought that marketplace so fragile as to not be able to withstand ObamaCare, but we have seen that was a terribly wrong assumption.  Remember where this slippery slope originated…with 100% Democrat votes and with nothing but a half-baked set of working notes versus a really solidly built workable law.

Thanks, Dems and former President Barack Obama!