Valentine’s Day

Here we go again. Obama is reaching out to Republicans one more time, convening a health care summit in hopes of crafting a bipartisan bill with a party that wants nothing to do with bipartisanship. If anything, Republicans, emboldened by Scott Brown’s surprise victory in Massachusetts, see obstructionism as the way to success at the polls. They’re going along, of course, because they have to at least pretend to want to work across the aisle. Their modest proposals for health care reform, which, if enacted, might extend coverage to about 5 percent of the nation’s uninsured, and which do nothing to contain costs, are so at odds with the president’s more sweeping proposals there is little chance that this summit will be anything but political theater.

Obama still seems reluctant to call the GOP out. The party that loudly demanded up and down votes on the Senate floor for Bush’s nominees now holds all of Obama’s hostage for months on the flimsiest of grounds–the latest being Richard Shelby’s hold on 70 nominees if he didn’t get an earmark for his state. It now takes 60 votes to accomplish anything in the Senate, thanks to the GOP’s filibuster of everything and anything. In the bizarre math of the current political paralysis, 41 votes defeats 59. And the inability of Democrats to accomplish anything in this environment appears to imperil their majority in November. President Obama, Mr. Cool, still refuses to raise his voice. The only people who seem to be genuinely angry, for all the wrong reasons, are the Tea Party loonies. Meanwhile, the country suffers.

19 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day”

  1. Hopefully in November the people will remember that the Repugnicans are the ones responsible for nothing being done and will boot all of them out. I still voice my opinions to friends and acquaintances, but after seeing the popularity of the teabaggers in the news, I fear that the vocal minority will get most of the TV time and will be able to convince much of the simple minded public that they are actually good for the country. Sorry, but I just don’t have much faith in the intelligence of most of the voting American public.

    1. I certainly agree with you about the intelligence of the voting public – just look at what we have in power at the present time.

      1. Don, I’m beginning to think you just like coming back every once and a while to sir the pot.

        After watching them at the Health Care Summit, I just can’t imagine how anyone would buy a used car from Rep. Boehner, Sen. McConnell, Rep. Cantor or Sen. McCain, let alone want to seem them “in power”. That is truly a scary thought! If that happens, I think we should just tell them we need to start the election process all over with a plain sheet of paper.

        1. LOL, I knew that comment would bring you out, Jerry. Like you say, I only did it to stir the pot. I was beinning to feel sorry for Ed, he makes all these beautiful, left wing cartoons and not even you have been commenting on them.

          After watching that dog and pony show yesterday, I think our President should go back to using his teleprompter, his arrogance doesn’t show as much when he is reading.

          1. I guess we each see what we want to see.

            Just curious, though, how many of our 44 Presidents do you think were not arrogant. I’ve often wondered what kind of personality it took to think that you should be the President of the U.S.

  2. I think you would have to be an arrogant person to run for any political office that involves policy making. The President that I would consider being the least arrogant in my lifetime, would be Harry Truman. His firing of General Mac Arthur probably required a certain degree of arrogance, what do you think?

  3. I agree on self confidence being virtually a requirement to run for higher office. It is a fine line between self confidence and arrogance. Once someone is the Prsident, it is a bit tough to “overstate one’s importance”.

    Over the years, I think almost all of the great President’s were arrogant. Virtually all the Founding Fathers, the Roosevelts, Kenndy, Reagan , LBJ (I am personally ambivalent about LBJ because of Viet Nam) could be catagorized as such. Some of weakest Presidents (Buchanan, Pierce, Harrison, Harding, Filmore – inoffensive personalities that made many friends) could be considered as not being arrogant. My pick for the least arrogant, in my lifetime, would be Ford, who really backed into the job by way of Agnew and then Nixon. I think Harry had plenty of self confidence.

    1. I had forgotten about Ford and I do agree with you. He is one of only three votes that I have ever lost for President.

      I guess that my ego is involved when I chose Harry, I had the priviledge of meeting him in person many, many years ago.

      1. Now that’s hard to believe or you missed voting quite a few times? You didn’t vote for Obama so that only leaves one othr loss since Truman. During that time we had JFK. LBJ, Carter and Clinton (twice). Assuming you didn’t vote for Clinton at least once, you voted for JFK, LBJ and Carter?

        1. My first vote was for Eisenhower in 52 followed by J.F.K., Johnson, Nixon, Bush, and Bush. The three I lost were Carter, Clinton and Obama.

          1. Hmm. You voted against Nixon in 1960 but for him in 68 and 72 (when we knew he was a crook). You voted for LBJ against Goldwater.

            You lost 4 though, since you voted against Clinton twice.

  4. Negative, I voted for Clinton in 96 but I hope my wife never finds out. After the mid-term election in 94, Clinton moved to the center and did a good job for he next six years. So, I have only lost three votes as I stated previously.

    1. Yes, I voted for J.F.K. over Nixon in 60 and yes, I voted for L.B.J. over Goldwater. After five years of Johnson, I would have voted for any Republican, it just happened to be Nixon. I can’t remember who ran against Nixon in 72 but apparently I figured Nixon would be the lesser of two evils.

        1. Thanks, I am going to sign off for now. When the Health Care Bill fails that President Obama, Pelozi and Reid are going to try to jam through against the wishes of the American people, I am sure Ed will have a cartoon and I will have the opportunity to stir the pot again.

          1. Take it easy – don’t watch too much Fox News.

            I’m not sure your definition of “jam through” is but don’t forget that two bill have already passed, one in the House and the Senate bill with 60 votes after over a year of debate.

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