2012 Super Tuesday: Much Ado Over Nothing

2012 Super Tuesday: Much Ado Over Nothing

Generally Super Tuesday marks an awakening to the many who, up until now, have not paid as much attention to the National Political scene as perhaps they should have. Yet I get sense that this year will be much different. Let's face it, President Obama is just biding his time, while collecting obscene campaign contributions, and waiting for the last man standing to emerge from a very splintered Republican Party.

The GOP has more than a small problem this election cycle. Republicans just aren't warming up to the slate of candidates that they have been given and the continuous rancor among them. I doubt, if anyone who normally votes Republican, has a warm fuzzy feeling about November right about now. Independents, meanwhile, aren't overly impressed either.

As a result, the November Election is shaping up as a positive one for an incumbent who should have lost by a landslide.

Naturally the GOP will have no one to blame than themselves because they have allowed the minority Extreme Left of the party control the dialogue for far too long. Why party leaders seem to think that the opinions of a few are more important than the many is anyone's guess, but I think it is a fools game.

I have been saying that the GOP were making themselves irrelevant for some time now and that I believed that the primary reason for that is because of their refusal to accept moderate positions. Matter of fact, the GOP has done everything in its power to put forth a face that not only vilifies moderates within their party but stands dead set against the idea of political compromise. And let's face it, that mindset will not pull in the majority of Independents the GOP needs to win the General Election.

Of course that is just my opinion, but it is not made without some personal knowledge. You see, I have, more times than not, voted Republican in National Elections. But, I have seen a shift that is going too far to the Right and I simply cannot accept the absolute in some of their positions.

For instance, I am not completely or patently opposed to National Health Care because I have seen first hand what the impact of an insurance company's' decision can, and will, have upon the lives of decent, hard-working people. Yet, the GOP has drawn a line in the sand over ObamaCare despite the fact that this healthcare model was originally the brainchild of Newt Gingrich and his colleagues when he was in control of the House. So, why then, are they so against it now?

All I can surmise is that the health industry, as well as its' lobbies and special interests have lined the pockets of willing politicians in order to maintain the Status Quo.

And NO - this is not just about guaranteeing healthcare to those on entitlements or here illegally, which the Extreme Left often blames. This is about the real possibility that  someone who has worked their entire lives and dutifully paid all their insurance premiums finding out that they have been denied a necessary operation or procedure. Or what those who find themselves unexpectedly unemployed and being forced to pay an insane premium for COBRA - can they really afford to pay those premiums for any real length of time while being unemployed? We all know that most people cannot afford that.

It is pretty obvious that we needed health care reform!

But I will say this. National Healthcare must be administrated properly and I think that is where ObamaCare didn't get it right. Insurance companies will still hold too much sway via another layer of bureaucracy. As such there was plenty of need for some meaningful political debate from the onset. The GOP of course refused and instead have given us nearly four years of gridlock! That was just plain wrong and not what ordinary Americans desire or deserve.

Look, I don't think either political ideology has it entirely right. But allowing those on the extremes of either side of the aisle to control the political debate just isn't right either. Clearly the majority Americans want our government functioning rather than being the dysfunctional mess it has become. There should always be room for diplomacy and compromise. And NO - those aren't dirty words.

But so long as the special interest "sluts" maintain their grip over the political extremes, there just isn't anything to get excited about with our politics.

Especially given the choice of candidates -

and more of the same old, same old.

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  • I think you got "far left" confused when you meant "far right." The Far Left are the Occupy people who think they got a victory when the G8 was moved out of Chicago (at least the late news gave them that publicity).

    As far as Romney and health care, it seems like the only distinction he makes is "I would have the states rather than the feds do it," which is CYA on Massachusetts, but I don't think proves anything.

    You might want to look at my comments in "Get Employed" about the real issues. If Publius is a voice for the far right, he sure went off the deep end yesterday--even deeper than Rush was willing to go. If Santorum's point (and apparently Gingrich's) is to appeal to the yahoos who don't have any concept of how the government or Constitution works (similar to the state legislators in other states who try to get publicity by filing resolutions that health care is unconstitutional), we'all is in beeg trouble.

    Finally, what you said in bold is correct, including that being what's wrong with Congress.

  • In reply to jack:

    I think it is like Johnny Cash's song "The One On the Right Is On The Left" and every time I listen to it - it strikes a chord (pun intended). Yeah Jack, you may be right in all this. Like you I fail to see the "victory." The NATO Summit will bring violence just the same and no one wins.

    The idea of States vs the Fed administrating the healthcare is okay by me so long as it isn't on the model of our bankrupt state. In theory, at least, that should be more efficient. However, the idea of Federal mandates to prevent things like discrimination on the basis of pre-existing conditions are necessary.

    I don't remember where you stand on the healthcare issue - but I have always thought most people were one disaster away from ruin and many times that is due to medical bills despite the fact many are insured. Of course there are many ways (and of course reasons) the insurance industry limits their outlay - but often times I have sensed that their "lifetime benefits" were out of whack when compared to the high costs of treatment. I am particularly concerned over the never-ending consolidation of the health industry and the monopolistic result. I think this is a major issue where Americans need to really evaluate the rationale behind universal health care. But, I certainly understand the desire to keep government from getting bigger and more intrusive - it really is a juggling act.

    You are 100% correct about those on the Far Right using misleading rhetoric in order to appeal to the Yahoos. Rush and his knack for controversy attracting even more listeners, though, has always perplexed me. At the end of the day, Limbaugh is nothing more than a mouthpiece for the 1% who, surprise - use the special interests and lobbies to further their greed. Populist he is not.

    Funny thing Jack - we don't always agree but somehow we are able to have some dialogue; sometimes we may even change each others minds - now why our esteemed leaders refuse to do that just amazes me. Of course it all boils down that statement in bold, huh?

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    Having "health" in your post got you spam.

    Basically my position on health care is the current system is all f-ed up; insurance always needs regulation because the business model is otherwise take premiums and pay nothing; despite what the yahoos say, this law is constitutional (and the only thing being contested in the Supreme Court is the individual mandate); and something has to be done about hospital costs because, for instance, no one knows who owns chains like North Shore Univ. HS,but they are hoarding billions of dollars and the FTC once did go after them about mergers, not to mention Lisa Madigan going after several hospitals for not earning their tax exemptions.

    On the other hand, there is no indication whether this bill will be effective, but doing nothing sure won't be.

    As far as your comments about states, either it will be like Illinois and can't afford it, or like most of the other states and not do it.

  • In reply to jack:

    I agree with you totally. I am sure that there will be some unintended consequences, then again anything of this magnitude is sure to have a hiccup or two. Doing nothing, though, is unacceptable. I mean this is America not some 3rd world country - we deserve to have affordable healthcare for everyone. Naturally, I must quantify that to mean legal residents and citizens. Illegals and Sanctuary have added way too much to the burden and as such something must be done in that regard. Illinois' All Kids, for instance, has MORE Illegals than legals - something like 75%?

    No wonder we are broke - between the private party with pensions and support of illegals - that adds up in a hurry.

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