Dems Are Damned If They Do, And Damned If They Don’t!
Why Are The Dems Still Pushing The Health Bill?
You’ve most likely wondered, or are still wondering why the Democrats are seemingly about to commit political suicide by forcing through a health bill of some kind, regardless of whether or not it’s the one that they want, and in spite of growing and very strong public opposition to it.
At the time of writing Americans oppose the national health care bill by a margin of 53% to 38% and that’s not just one poll, but an average of several polls by several pollsters.
Well the Dems are smart enough to know that they’re going to do themselves a whole lot of harm by passing the present bill but many of them now feel that they’re too far down the road to back off, and that setting the bill aside would do them even more damage than passing it.
Hence they’re like bank robbers that have entered a bank, alarm bells are ringing, and they can hear the sound of distant sirens, so they figure that as they’re going to have a hard time escaping, that they might as well try to escape with the money.
Three Different Democratic Perspectives
1) In the In House of Representatives, both California Rep. Henry Waxman and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi know that getting the health care bill passed will cost the democrats between 20-40 seats, but the two of them believe that this is the closest that they’ll ever got to what Franklin Roosevelt wanted and they will push it through in almost any form and then attempt to make changes later.
It should be noted that Waxman and Pelosi both come from safely liberal districts, and will be very unlikely to lost their seats as a result of ramming the bill through.
2) The folks at the White House also believe that this is the best chance that they’ll ever have of getting the bill passed, and they have the luxury of having another 3 years in power and run no chance of getting ousted in the 2010 interim elections.
3) Vulnerable Democrats in the Senate such as Christopher Dodd and Majority Leader Harry Reid believe that they will most likely get ousted anyway and that voting for the bill will give them a place in history, and many other senators believe that they will be pretty much unaffected by voting for the bill.
So What’s The Bottom Line?
There would seem to be no better answer than that the Dems believe that their job is to lead, and that they know what is best for the public.
The alarm bells are ringing, the sirens are wailing, and they apparently feel that they might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb.