To the editor:
I found myself in agreement with Dave Potter’s letter dated Dec. 26 until I got about halfway through it. That’s when the blame game started and I began to lose interest.
Everything would be bliss in Washington if it weren’t for those nasty Republicans, he argues. It wasn’t that long ago when it was the Democrats who were the obstructionists and stood in the way of everything George W. Bush tried to accomplish. Remember when Bush tried to partially privatize the Social Security retirement system? I seem to recall every Democrat in Congress was against the idea and did everything they could to squash it.
Democrats wanted no part of it and that’s fine. It went against everything they believe in -- the idea that the individual might do a better job investing at least a small portion of their retirement savings rather than leaving it in the hands of the government. This is the same government that manages to lose one out of every three dollars it collects through either waste, fraud or abuse.
Fast forward 10 years and that same philosophy still applies. Democrats somehow believe the government would do a better job running the health care system in America and Republicans don’t. It’s that simple. Republicans have every right to block, delay, or repeal Obamacare. They don’t believe in it. The Republicans, who by the way were completely shut out of the process of creating the law, are now being asked to forget what they believe in and just go along and support the law for the good of the country. It’s a law that barely squeaked through Congress on a strictly partisan vote passed only because of some very sleazy maneuvering by some very sleazy characters in Congress.
Obamacare isn’t failing because of Republicans. It’s failing because it’s a bad idea and it was sold to us by a partisan president who went around the country for two years lying through his teeth about it. The president has absolutely no interest in working with the other side to solve the country’s problems.
We should all be grateful that we have “the other side”. If Mr. Potter and his friends had their way, we’d have a one-party-rule system and in no time at all you wouldn’t even recognize this country.