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I haven't made a political post in a long, long time.

I'd make one now, except just thinking about it depresses me. I was not happy about the results of the midterm, needless to say... and I am even less happy, if possible, about this "compromise" that Obama has made with the GOP on taxes. From where I sit, it smells more like capitulation than compromise. Give a lot, get almost nothing.

Obama is the most intelligent president we've had since Jimmy Carter... and, sad to say, he is looking more and more like Jimmy every day. A good man, but not a good leader. At least not so far. He doesn't seem to have the stomach for a fight. We need another FDR, another JFK, another LBJ. NOT Jimmy II. (And, yes, I know, Obama has accomplished some important stuff. But so did Jimmy. Camp David accords, remember?)

Yeats was writing about his own time in "The Second Coming," I know, but sometimes I think he was prescient:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

And could that rough beast whose hour has come round at least be... Sarah Palin?

No, please. Tell me that's just a bad dream. Somebody wake me up.



Dec. 17th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Uh, Really?
The Public option was gone completely from the final package because the blue dog democrats believed it was fiscally unsound. Remember, this was done during the time the Dems had 60 votes, so all they needed to do was get their own party in line. I believe it was a democratic senator from Nebraska that would not budge on the public option and only recanted on the bill as it is when they earmarked a hospital to be built in Omaha as part of the legislation.

I'm sorry but you're just going to have to hope that they snuck enough teeth into the current legislation to put insurance companies out of business in 5-10 years, necessitating a government takeover as I don't see the socialization of medicine coming anytime soon in any other scenario.


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