Watching the slow-motion train wreck that is ObamaCare has been instructive regarding the state of our republic in the early 21st century. And what it tells us is not good. How in the world can we be at the point where supposedly there is an agreement in the Senate on health-care reform when there isn't actually a bill to read, and the CBO hasn't scored it, so nobody actually knows what's in it or what it will cost, and yet supposedly 60 Senators have signed up to vote for it? The world's greatest legislative body in action? Only in bizarro-land.
Washington D.C. is broke folks. And only we can throw the bums out. All of 'em. Democrats and Republicans. Elephants and Donkeys. Start over. This has been building for over a decade but the time has come to break the iron triangle of Big Government - Crony Capitalism - Main-stream Media/Academia.
Anyway, here's the article I was reading this morning as I was catching up on my blog reading after a week on the road that prompted this little rant... The Health Care Bill No One Can See.
Two-thirds of a year into our intense national debate, and it’s pretty amazing that there are no details for the public to read, analyze, or debate on health care reform.
So without a real bill, senators have been reduced to shadowboxing over the complex 2,000-page bill that doesn’t exist. The process is such a non-process that it has produced a surreal environment.
and more from the article...
After eight years of screaming about President Bush’s secrecy, it is interesting that the mainstream media is largely mum about the legislative abuse now underway.
Even in small town city councils, most bills have to be read three times and public meetings convened before a bill becomes law. This principle has died on the national scale.
For PJTV, I tried to pin down where the secret Democratic Senate meetings were being held on health care. They turned out to be a movable feast. Some were announced; many never were. No one knows who sat in what meetings and on what topics.
We don’t know how AARP fared in influencing details of the bill. Or how SEIU shaped the bill. Or what Big Pharma was promised for its endorsement of an early Obama plan.
Citizens cannot see who authored which provisions, who won big federal favors, or who will get new privileges in the Brave New World of Big Brother delivering health care.
No one knows … yet.
A penchant for secrecy is a style of governing that is well known in many authoritarian countries. We don’t have to stretch our imagination to see these governing styles on display in Iran, China, Venezuela, Cuba, and North Korea.
Thankfully America isn’t Venezuela. And Obama has not become Hugo Chavez.
I suspect the face of authoritarianism here may arrive with more benign faces. It may emerge with subtle velvet hands like those used by regulators out of the European Union’s faceless bureaucracy. There, regulations are hatched in private among elites, then paternalistically dispensed to their citizens. The EU model is driven by an impenetrable bureaucracy that has little accountability, protects special groups, and informs the public in a genteel way about what it is they can and cannot do.
This may be more in tune with the Obama administration and so-called “progressives.” As they stand in awe over Europe for its many “superior” ways, they may be looking at a neo-European governing style as a role model.
Rather than assume their penchant for secrecy with the health care bill is an aberration, this could become their governing norm.