In the city of Chicago "politics" is done very differently than in much of the rest of the nation. Evidently in tiring of hearing from "we the people," the current administration has a political death wish. Many of the prominent capitol hill leaders seem determined to join Obama and company as they plummet fully another sixth of the American economy into the eternal abyss. But we would not be at this point if President Obama had not broken very specific promises.
Most specifically he has broken his constant pledges from the campaign trail to be a different kind of leader. He pledged to be a leader who listened to those who elected him. He even pledged on the night he won the vote to listen to those who opposed him. Yet in this final week, he is listening to no one, and doing so at our great peril.
Voices from the center, left and right have barraged their Senators offices indicating their displeasure with the lack of transparency on the process (meeting in closed room sessions) and substance (the bill has not yet even been fully written and the Senators know "enough" to vote on it) of the Health Care legislation. Yet it was Obama's iron fist, his nasty scowl, and his hard-core Chicago bullying that was most interestingly revealed this week.
President Obama was willing to play games with America's safety in threatening Nebraska's Ben Nelson that a strategic and vital military base, one that is responsible for heavy lifting on America's continental security, would be shut down if Nelson did not vote with him. President Obama was going to put a bullet in the operations of our national security simply to score a point, serve a little vengeance, and punish with a little payback. We know this from a memo that was leaked and we also know that it wasn't the only time in recent history such tactics have been employed by Obama.
Congressional Democrats stepped forward this week fessing up that if they had not voted with the President's legislation, that the administration had informed them, it would be watching, and that the administration was "keeping score."
In a very real sense this is exactly what Obama is doing to the nation as a whole.
There is no majority of American people that believe this bill is sound. There is no majority of American people that believe this bill is helpful. There is no majority of American people that believe it will bring down costs. And we've learned from the Congressional Budget office that earliest estimates indicate they will go up significantly.