Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Reaction to Senate healthcare vote offers a preview of 2010 campaigns

Reaction to Senate healthcare vote offers a preview of 2010 campaigns; The Los Angeles Times

Next year's congressional elections weigh heavily in partisan comments. Republicans say healthcare vote shows Democrats' devotion to big government; Democrats say the GOP is merely the 'party of no.'

With the Senate's 60-39 vote to proceed to debate, after Thanksgiving, on a healthcare bill that the president is seeking by year's end, the debate of the 2010 midterm elections has been joined.

Democrats, in control of the White House and Congress, will present the congressional elections as a question of fulfilling an agenda of progress and change and keeping "the party of no," the intransigent GOP, in check.

Republicans will frame the midterms as a chance to reclaim at least part of Congress from a party trying to take over not just healthcare and imposing big government, big spending and taxation on every aspect of life -- "socialization," a leading Republican senator calls it.

If President Barack Obama is unable to sign a healthcare overhaul into law by the midterm vote, the GOP will be painting a picture of a president unable to work his will with his own party in control. If there is healthcare reform and more to present at the polls in 2010, the GOP will be cast by the people in power as an obstructionist, no-solution party. ...

Comment: Let's face it, both labels could be applied to either party. How about a party of "freedom and liberty," or a party of "state's rights."

When one considers repealing the 17th Amendment, serious consideration must be given to removing the power that has been created, through legislation, for the two main parties. Having power consolidated in Washington benefits not only the statists and special interest groups, but the two main political parties.

This is the very reason our state legislators haven't moved toward affirming the 10th Amendment, repealing of the 17th, nullification, or even secession; they are beholden first to their political party. Many prefer to say they are beholden to the contributors first, but the reality is above all the party comes first. And it's because the vast majority of people that get involved in politics have aspirations for national office, and the only way to get to national office is through the two main political parties. Simplistic...sure, but tell me otherwise if you disagree. But I haven't met one politician yet that was only concerned with their community and didn't actually think about going to Washington. I'm sure there are some out there, but politics, as the say, is the candy store of the narcissist and DC is the prize in the Cracker Jacks' box.

Break the bonds of the two political parties and the 17th might be a thing of the past.

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