Of course the Slaughter solution was once 0pposed by--Slaughter. And Obama might be skinny but he's tough and comes from Chicago:
The president will refuse to make fund-raising visits during November elections to any district whose representative has not backed the bill.Change we can believe in, or else! The president has now broken the record for tossing allies under his bus. That says something.
Here's my view on all this, for what it's worth. The baby boom generation is retiring. There is soon going to be a crisis with Medicare, Social Security, and pensions (across the board). Obama is correct that health care prices ARE spiraling out of control and if left unchecked only the rich will be able to afford care in the future--businesses will not be able to provide it anymore without something changing. Meanwhile our increasing federal and state debt is becoming crushing and shows no signs of reversing as the Chinese dangle us on strings while barbarian terrorists chuck explosive underwear at our gates.
The Democrats and Repubs both see all this very clearly but have different ideas on how to handle it. Obama and company seem to believe the only way to protect all the entitlements/unions/power is to grab as much control of the government and industry as possible. This is likely what Obama means by 'change' and what Pelosi sputtered out in an interview the other day:
“Kick open that door, and there will be other legislation to follow,” she said. “We’ll take the country in a new direction.”She also said we are basically at a crossroads and they are giving people a choice--and she's correct. The Dems are now clearly offering up socialism as their solution, which means confiscatory taxation on the 'rich' to pay for ALL the entitlements, which will be regulated by the government to ensure fairness (think death panels, etc).
So what's the GOP solution? Apparently they would roll back federal spending and decrease the size of government as espoused by Tea Partiers--apparently--since they really haven't offered anything in concrete yet and have no history of effectively doing much on that front aside from Gingrich. The only thing they're united in is stopping Obama before the America we know and love is gone, but at some point they've got to offer some ideas. And there you have my view, complete with a money-back guarantee..
WHATEVER IT TAKES 3/17/10
So Kucinich is onboard, after going onboard AF1 and getting a replica toy plane. This one's really a no-brainer, isn't it? After being pointed to Obama's You Tube video where he said single payer was a process that would take time and a few winks he was a convert.
They will not be denied, not matter what the people say.