Paralysis on the Hill
Manny Prays for Action
Good Morning, Breakfastpopper. Today is Sunday, March 26, 2017. Our pious friend, Mantis Manny, is at the breakfast table this morning, The chaos and vitriol in Washington and across the country is upsetting his digestive system. Manny has prepared a simple breakfast of tea and toast to help settle his stomach and probably yours. Please join Manny and me to vent a bit about those we elected to represent us, because we can't be in two places at once.
The People Piñata
Thanks so much for joining us this morning. It has been a very discouraging week on Capttol Hill, and I don't expect the chaos to end any time soon. We, the people, represent the piñata to the right. Our wishes are in there in the form of healthcare that actually works, taxes we can deal with, jobs we need, veterans who are cared for and safety from those entering this country who want to harm us. It's all inside, but the first hit brought repeal and replacement of Obamacare to the floor without passage. I do not understand the rush to produce a bill that even the House Republicans couldn't agree on. The Democrats will never vote for anything put forth by the opposition party, so we must forget about them for the next four years and hopefully longer. It's the Republicans that carry the ball, and in this case they punted. This bill should have been as perfect as it could be. Meetings should have been held to iron out the differences, and concessions should have been made. The bill has to do with our lives and our future. Health care is paramount. Without it we suffer and die. Obamacare is the devil we know. It doesn't work. Just paying for insurance doesn't mean you have coverage if deductibles are sky high. That is Obamacare. Obamacare's myriad regulations caused premiums to rise uncontrollably. The new bill must allow people to cross state lines to seek insurance. We need competition to drive down prices. The new bill did not address that need. The need to repeal and replace has suffered a setback, but it is not dead in the water. It is impossible for this bug to believe that a sensible bill can't be crafted. Take some time House members, act like adults, give a little, take a little and work it out!
Not So Fast Democrats
The Democrats are celebrating Trump's defeat. Their glee is way too premature, because a bill will be drafted, Obamacare will go the way of the covered wagon, and Americans will receive the coverage they need. The New York Times, who can always be counted on to do the wrong thing, called this a "spectacular defeat for Trump on the first legislative showdown of his presidency." They referred to the bill's defeat as a huge victory for resistance, believing that they have Trump's agenda on the run. If I were celebrating this defeat, I would strap on a pair of running shoes, because "it ain't over till the fat lady sings." Trump is not the kind of man who gives up easily. He'll be back, and his party had better get it together, fix what's wrong and get it done.
You Work for Us
A reminder to those in Congress from those who sent you to Washington. You work for us. You have a job to do, and you are expected to do it well. To those of you who are entrenched in the muck of Washington, it is time to get off your self inflated pedestals and remember the voters. Health care is about us and our families. Presumably, you have enough brain power to remember what your role is. This is not about you and this is not about power. It is the power of the people you represent that should fuel your desire to work hard and get rid of this abomination known as Obamacare. If you can't get it done, you should hand in your resignations along with all the Dems who are in Washington for no other reason than to obstruct progress and hurt the American people. Roll up your sleeves and give us the best you have.
Today's song is short and sweet...
"Let Us Pray"