cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
The Baucus health plan has been released, and I will be reading it today and tonight, if necessary. It is the long-awaited "solution" that has been in the process as the "gang of six" met over the past weeks and months to hammer out a deal that could pass in the Senate. (If you want to read it, simply 'Google' Baucus Health Plan).
The longer this goes, the more it becomes nearly a toss-up as to whether or not something will pass this year. The politicians are, of course, seemingly more concerned with face than with substance. They want to pass something just so they can say they did. We aren't supposed to be too concerned about what is in this package; we are supposed to want it for the good of the country.
Our president is so personally invested that he is in perpetual campaign mode. The leaders of the Democrats are fearful of what they see as a growing backlash. Those who question the plans are attacked personally rather than challenged to define their positions in a civilized manner. The Republicans are not players at this point.
Some politicians have now adopted the position that anyone who doesn't support the national health program must be racist since it is obviously a slap by white Americans at our first black president. Even a former president has jumped on that bandwagon. That is absurd. It is such a reach as to be silly. But, that seems to be where the "debate" has gotten to over the past few months.
I have to wonder where we, as a country, are headed. Are we really acting out the way we appear? If so, what does that say about us? When did we get to the point that we cannot have serious discussions without name-calling and finger-pointing? Have we really come to this point?
The Curmudgeon Blog today is titled "Presidential Embarrassment".