Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Letting liars linger

I'm becoming convinced the American body politic is sadomasochistic.  How else to explain its penchant for getting mad with how the government insults its intelligence, then going and reelecting the same charlatans over and over?  I just had to shake my head in disgust at the confluence of headlines I skimmed in my reading session today:

Exhibit A:
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) gave the clearest indication that proponents of comprehensive immigration reform may make their final--and strongest--push to get legislation passed next year after House Republicans make it through their primaries. 

This is classic cynical Republicanism: convince the rubes at home you're tough on border security, national defense, small government, etc, then once secure in office drop the pretense.  And McCain ought to know: he's a master of this RINO game.

The Old Guard GOP establishment realizes it has a serious insurgency in the form of the "Tea Party," whose supporters have largely awoken to this game.  That a sitting U.S. Senator can vocalize out loud in the press such an arrogant disregard for voter wishes (i.e. "we can't do what we want until we're safe from Tea Party challengers...") says a lot about the sorry state of our 'representative' system of governance.  Every GOP incumbent up for reelection this cycle should be roundly defeated in the primaries just on principle.

Exhibit B:
MSNBC's Ronan Farrow: "The Clintons Represent a Style of Honesty That the Public Craves Right Now"

Granted, this is MSNBC, home of the most rabid alternative universe reporting on cable TV, but still...
Obviously, they're beating the rush on welcoming the prospect of another presidential run by what Vox refers to as The Lizard Queen.  And that's their choice, of course.  But let's say they're even remotely correct, and America is now nostalgic for the days of Bill's finger wagging or parsing what the meaning of "is," is.  What does that say about the levels of misdirection and subterfuge today?

And finally, the main event:
President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it.   But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.  Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC News that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a "cancellation" letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don't meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience "sticker shock."

Over the course of two centuries, we've gone from a small, unobtrusive Federal government combined with a general public expectation of honesty and accountability, to an all-reaching Leviathan that everyone simply expects to play false with the public it allegedly serves.

... and 'they' call this progress?????


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