Republicans, Democrats, it doesn't matter. None of these politicians are working for the American people. And I have a sneaking suspicion that this has been the case for a long, long time.
Multiple choice pop quiz: Who do you suppose has more influence over political policy?
a) a drug or pharmaceutical company and their lobbyists
b) a health insurance company and their lobbyists
c) Moe, the exhausted overnight stock boy at Wal-Mart
d) both a and b and never c
The answer, of course, is “c.” Just kidding. No offense, Moe.
A depressing but probably true opinion of the leaders of our country is that they've all been cherry-picked by the most powerful corporations and interest groups long before the average American has ever even heard their names. This is not to say these men and women weren't idealistic once upon a time, but once they've reached the national political stage it's the powerful elite pulling the strings.
Enter the “Blue Dog” Democrats. Or as I like to call them, the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Dog Democrats; prepackaged “Liberals” standing up for for-profit health. They are supposed “fiscally conservative” Democrats who have decided to fight real, substantial health care reform tooth and nail.
But why? They say because of the potential cost of such an endeavor. But even we know that the scary cost of real health care reform (including single-payer or a true public option) is just a red herring. America has the dough, people. We can afford to cover everyone in this country if we really want to. Maybe just shave a percent or two off the bloated defense budget? That right there would be enough to take care of all Americans.
No, the “Blue Dogs” are fighting universal coverage because they are simply this: bought and paid for by the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries. Want proof? Here's a clip from The Rachel Maddow Show.
And Fox News junkies, take note! This is investigative journalism with substance. Ms. Maddow wants to inform the American people about things that really matter, and not just moan night after night about some entry-level employees of the evil and nefarious ACORN acting under-trained and moronic.
Bravo, Rachel. Fair and Balanced means you actually report the wrongdoings on both sides of the aisle. But to Fox News, there's the Right side of the aisle and there's...well, Hell itself I guess.