Positions v. Solutions

It’s been about 8 months since I’ve been paying attention to politics on a serious level (again). During that time, both America and the State of Tennessee have been through some rough patches and some seriously dividing legislative matters.

In America, our Congress passed a bill to “reform” Health Care in America. There were two big promises made that were hotly debated around the country. The first was that the bill would make coverage available for people that had been denied by insurance companies for “pre-existing conditions.” From what I have read of the bill, it does that. Second, the bill was supposed to save the American taxpayers, which is not all of us, $950 billion over the next ten years. In reality, the CBO recently release number that the bill could actually cost the American taxpayers over $1 trillion. So, it appears that won’t happen; rather we’ll spend what we hoped to save for a $2 trillion swing. Excellent work ladies and gentlemen of the Congress.

*For the sake of full disclosure, if I wanted to read a 2200-page anything, I would read Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead again. I never finished reading the full bill. I tried. Twice.*

In Tennessee, we are currently waiting for our State House and Senate to pass a budget that is balanced. The single issue threatening the passage of the legislation is a fish hatchery. Seriously. It’s not , it’s not flood relief spending, it’s not levee building around the Cumberland, Harpeth or Red Rivers. It’s a fish hatchery. Kent Williams, 4th District Representative, wants one built and refuses to pass the budget without it. As a political traitor, he’s looking out for his own power as opposed to looking out for the State of Tennessee.

I’m ready for solutions. I’m absolutely fed up with the bickering that goes on behind closed doors and in public. Our political processes in Nashville and in DC have become so maligned that the people in power will do whatever they can to remain in power, even if they betray the oath they take in taking the job. This doesn’t just mean Democrats o just mean Republicans. Both parties are guilty, and they should be ashamed.

I have a hard time believing that Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner spent any time together working to build a reform bill that neither party liked all that much, but contained enough good things for American that it could have earned some bi-partisan support. The facts are there, but BOTH sides chose to ignore them. Instead, we got a bill that essentially makes things worse. Political positioning provided zero solutions. All it did was create an additional problem.

Kent Williams, you should be ashamed of yourself. Jim Cooper, you should be ashamed of yourself. Politicians like you waste the money and time of the people paying you to be responsible for watching out for the best interests of the American people. I know it might be a lot to ask of you, but please, do the right thing.

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