I don’t know about you, but I’m going fishin’. Not with a pole and a tackle box, and certainly not to catch those slimy little underwater creatures. This fishing was recommended by the White House, on their website, where they ask citizens to report “fishy” emails or conversations where “disinformation” regarding the health care reform bill is apparently being transmitted. It’s not a joke. And it comes in the midst of yet another media-driven assault on the “haters” and “GOP plants”, otherwise known as normal Americans, who have been speaking up, rather loudly, at some recent Town Hall meetings with elected representatives. These career politicians, loyal to their higher power, are busy beating the pavement in support of the proposed “overhaul” of our health care system and finding, to their dismay, people with questions.
The plea for citizens to report “fishy” emails, or anything “fishy” for that matter, to the White House is stunning in and of itself. Couple it with the frenzy over some outspoken citizens and the country begins to take on a rather creepy air. Never mind the over-the-top incredulity of the White House, the veritable Queen’s Nest of disinformation for decades, being suddenly concerned with the accuracy of information (this same awakening would have come in handy during the campaign), it strains my imagination to understand their tactics. Mock and insult “regular” Americans who are finally having the temerity to speak up and say “enough”? Decent people who have spent their lives being demure, only to be trampled by government waste and ineptitude, left penniless in the wake of a Wall Street scandal that this same government is supposed to protect them from, now having the unbridled arrogance to actually speak out.
It is both fascinating and heartbreaking to watch, people we all recognize, they could be our neighbors, so aggravated with the chaos that is our federal government that they are willing to address a Senator or member of Congress with such raw honesty. And it’s not just about their diminishing paycheck, for those who are still receiving a paycheck, these are people who are watching their country slip away, presumably forever. They are putting the pieces together and see that the people in control have a much different vision for this country. I share their concern that the country I grew up in may never be back.
Still, what amazes me most is the rush by both the media and the administration, to lampoon these people. To quote Jimmy Stewart from the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life”. as he lambastes Old Man Potter, “these people do most of the working and the paying, and the living and the dying in this community..”, and so they do. Ridicule them at your own peril.
Frankly, I share the same concerns of many of them. Why should I trust government to run health care? Everything they touch turns into expensive goo. If I hired a plumber, and he went 100 times over his budget and finished two years too late, and when I turn on a light, water comes out of the ceiling fan…I wouldn’t hire the same guy to do my roof the following year. This is what government is asking us to do, and simultaneously aghast at the collective “are you kidding me?” that they are hearing in return. These people are not crazy, they’re absolutely right. They’ve spent their entire lives working, paying their bills, living within their means, and they’re damn well tired of paying more and more for those who don’t or didn’t.
Consider the “Cash for Clunkers” program, ridiculous on its face because it helps buy some people new cars with other people’s tax money, and they’re buying cars, in some cases, from the auto companies we just bailed out, with taxpayers money. It’s not just the lunacy of requiring that the engines be destroyed, or the billions of dollars being spent. They forget to mention the three new government agencies that have been created to manage the program. I’d love to be a fly on the office wall. You see, it grows and grows and grows. The bureaucracy. Not to mention that it is the automotive equivalent of ethnic cleansing. Rounding up the old and infirm cars and trucks, then lining them up for a lethal injection. What’s next, “Cash for Caucasians”? Got a friend or neighbor who has been acting fishy? Bring him in and get your cash.