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Deem me up Scottie March 17, 2010

Posted by WillardWhyte in angry rants, Politics.

Where to begin.

With the honest admission that if someone backed me up to a hot stove and said I had to cast a vote on “The Thing” pending before the House, I would have to side with the Ayes. Which, you know, should have been the point. Healthcare in this country right now is a God-awful, expensive mess and fixing it — ultimately — is very important to the general welfare of the nation, in human terms and to rebuild toward a prosperous future. And how to do that should have been a top-shelf endeavor for each of the folks elected to Congress. That was a big part of the 2008 mandate, though I doubt any in the millions who voted could honestly have said they knew how to go about it. Most  really didn’t care who came up with the fix.

How did it all turn into two testosterone poisoned freshman wrestling over who gets to hold the pretty girl’s stuffed bear while she rides the Cyclone, ending up ripping it limb from limb? One side petulently stamping its foot on the Constitution and the other side scooping it off the ground to make a paper doll out of the remains?

And is there no one in the Democratic camp paying any attention at all to what anyone on the surface of this piece of the Earth is saying about honesty, transparency and — at the very least — giving a good ball fake toward treating the rest of us like we’re ready for shoes you have to tie up?

“Deeming” the bill to be passed so your vote doesn’t have to be stamped on it — even though everyone knows that’s just Step 1 in a Two-Step process? You’re so pure that you simply can’t have your name attached to a “yeah” on a bill with even the slightest thing in it you can’t abide, when you know perfectly well before you vote that your next breath will be “yeah” on a bill getting rid of that very same yucky stuff? You just can’t eat if  the gravy leaks down the plate from the turkey and taints your peas? That’s a principled stand? So, to allow yourself to assume that beknighted position, you cook up a spectacular Pretzel guaranteed to smear mustard all over your best TV tie?

You think anyone, anywhere sent you to Congress to witness that act? You think they wouldn’t have understood why you voted as you voted — if you took the time to explain the final result? Here’s one character who really wants to hear you explain why this particular Hot-Dog dismount was:

A — Necessary.

B — Good strategy.

C — Something you were able to do with a straight face.

D — A strong argument supporting Darwin’s Theory.

Let me make it simple for you: You have turned a debate on something serious, important and really hard to grasp in the first place into a laugher about whether or not you, too, are a liar, a scam artist, on drugs or just the south end of a northbound mule. Nice work, Butch. Way to frame the debate.

And then you also have to rope in the “saved money” from the student loan bill in order to make the overall legislation “revenue neutral.” Another trick, this one roping in some of the wonderfully creative accountng standards that made Lehman Brothers a name we shall cherish til death do us part.

 Whatever happened to:

 “I firmly believe this is the best bill we could win agreement on and it is a good start.”

“I think we need to use the process we are using in order to bring this matter to a decision made by the majority vote the Founders wrote into the Constitution.”

Then you trot home, defend those two statements to the hilt with facts, persuasion and faith — and then stand for an up-or-down verdict from us.

Is that really too much to ask for God’s sake?

Goodnight Gracie.



1. anne nakis - May 15, 2010

Bravo — The best bill we could win agreement on. And again, your satire is delightful.

WillardWhyte - May 15, 2010

anne — After just a quick cruise at your site, I take any praise from you to heart. I wish I could paint thoughts as well.

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