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 coming vote on the health care reform bills of both the House and the Senate continue to cause a lot of "ink" to be spent; and rightfully so. This issue carries with it significant issues that will exacerbate our problems rather than resolve our problems with health care and health care financing.
A commenter calling him or herself "TaxPro" delivered the following comment on The Hill Blog on this subject, and it echoes many of my sentiments so I'll not waste time trying to improve upon the message:
"Too bad there are no adults in Congress. Here are some of the consequences of this terrible bill...
- Substantial limits on medical innovation and access.
- Government debt we'll never be able to pay off.
- Double digit interest rates because investors in U.S. Treasuries will want higher returns because of our debt.
- Inflation (Hey, we're not really going to pay this off anyway.)
- Because of inflation, a substantially degraded quality of life.
- Millions of jobs lost because of the new taxes on small businesses and business owners' decreased ability to compete internationally.
- The best and brightest minds fleeing medicine and becoming lawyers and investment bankers.
- Another sector of the U.S. economy becoming government owned or hyper-regulated. It has worked so well with Fannie Mae, Social Security, Medicare and our automakers...let's increase it to 48% of the economy!
Future generations of Americans will curse the ignorant people who voted for this act."
The simple truth about this debate is that the people who are involved in the debate have to be able to discern between fact and fiction, yet they seem to choose to ignore the facts and compound the fiction. That leaves one of two possible answers: either they are not smart enough to be in Congress, or they knowingly are pushing our country and its health care system into the ash heap along with other economies that have national health care. There simply is never enough money to provide all that health care demanded when it is free.
Our job now seems to be that of remembering each member of Congress who votes yes, and removing them from office if they are among the people for whom we vote. They all know that less than half the people (42% according to Rasmussen yesterday) in the country favor this grotesque act, and yet they persist ideologically.
The Curmudgeon Blog today is titled "Republican Party Schism?".