Re-write history? No way!

(Quoted from Jack Cafferty’s book, “It’s Getting Ugly Out There.”)

“It seems to be an inevitable by-product of these kinds of things. Opportunistic ghouls who come out of the woodwork ready to prey on their fellow citizens in a time of need.”

Of course, Jack Cafferty was writing about his public reaction to Hurricane Katrina at the time it happened. All of the fallout and aftermath of that truly tragic natural disaster.  Not only would what he discussed in his book serve as a metaphor for events that would happen even two years later (at the time the book was written), but also for today, a day into the convening of the 112th Congress.

In the Spokesman-Review (print edition:  Spokane, Washington) an editorial appeared actually challenging the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to produce alternative legislation to the Health Care Reform that was passed in the last year and that had truly incensed the “TEA Party” movement and was certainly one of the driving forces of the Republican party’s re-taking of the House of Representatives.  But of course, outside of actually repealing the new law, the GOP don’t seem to want to offer a legislative alternative at all.  With the end result, that the Spokesman-Review offered quite a scathing attack on an issue that the editorial board acknowledged was quite costly to the national GDP and to businesses in general.  So the question is:  are the GOP pro-capitalist or supportive instead of the kind of people who simply “prey on their fellow citizens in a time of need.”  Precisely, any act that would make medical insurance or even medical care itself a “for profit” act that ends up hurting those in need in the long term.  Jack Cafferty wrote about the health care debacle in his book.  And what he had to say then, is still relevant today.

We have heard about costly and un-necessary procedures and testing.  We have heard about insurance companies suddenly dropping coverage on people who were certainly paying a highly spendy bill.  That is what, “for profit” actually has come to mean.  The patient doesn’t matter, the profit does.  And this is apparently what the GOP would like to return the American people to, a time of unaffordable health care and an insurance industry that acts like “ghouls.”  Which makes “Obamacare,” that the GOP and the “TEA Party” movement suffered so much angst over far more palatable as to its “socialist” implications.  At least that happened to be a “socialism” on the behalf of the people.  And if the GOP simply refuse to come up with a viable alternative legislation better than what was passed into law, then the Democrats are simply encouraged to put any attempts at a repeal to a quick death.

There have been plenty of “Obama-haters” who have in blog forums attacked the president for his “ineffectiveness” and “corruption.”  Blog forums such as Huckleberries on-line hosted by Dave Oliveria.  From what I perused so far in Mr. Cafferty’s book, call it quite a trip down memory lane, corruption and worse was the federal government’s response to Katrina during the time that GW was still president.  Exactly what can Obama’s detractors point to that would spell corruption and ineffectiveness worse than the events of hurricane Katrina?  The stimulus package that was passed by the Democratic-controlled Congress some years later would be by comparison small potatoes to all that occurred in the aftermath of that major disaster.  I would certainly suggest buying Cafferty’s book and reading it quite thoroughly for the facts that it contains.  Facts, that I am quite sure the Republicans would rather put behind them in both quarreling with the Democrats in Congress and even further, President Obama himself.  But regardless, facts as to why they lost in 2006 and again in 2008.  Those facts which can not be written out of history no matter what the political spinmeisters try to do.

Call it a segway if you will, but I regard it as a somewhat related topic.  Leonard Pitts, jr. being back from his vacation and again writing editorials for the Miami Herald.  In his latest editorial, he discussed the Jewish peoples who kept their children fully aware of the terrible tragedy of the Holocaust.  Who put its history on full display in the face of the holocaust deniers.  He also made a comparison between this and the blatant racism that stained much of American history.  Ultimately, if people like Haley Barbour is not to write racism out of history by revisionist statements and acts, (KKK denier if you will), then the African-Americans must be prepared to tell their own story…  (Leonard Pitts, jr.’s column is republished in the Spokesman-Review.)

Revisionist history seems to have been a fact since Obama became POTUS.  Especially as the GOP went to work on it post the 2008 presidential election.  Which is why it is always good to have books like Jack Cafferty’s around.  It would never do to actually acknowledge that GW did a lot of harm to the GOP place in the universe of American politics.  Rather, blame Clinton—as though GW were a phantom president from January of 2001 to January of 2009.  Or blame Obama—for all of the failures of that last eight years.  And he was only elected to a federal position since 2004.  President only since 2009.  But acknowledging responsibility for treating GW like a meal ticket whom it would never do to criticize?  The GOP had basically become lapdogs to the presidency.  And when his presidency had truly collapsed in the wake of hurricane Katrina, the GOP found themselves going down with the ship, the voters’ wrath the impetus for its sinking.

Maybe we need a museum of the history of failed politics?  No spin.  Just the facts.

Only by ignoring the facts would it be possible for the “TEA Party” movement to push the Republican party back into partial control of Congress.  Only by treating GW as the “presidency that never was,” can they go on the attack against Democrats in Congress and the presidency.  I was going to watch the CBS Evening News last night as they showed Speaker of the House John Boehner accepting the gavel from Rep. Nancy Pelosi.  And about the first thing that Boehner did was to actually start crying like a baby about how those “mean Democrats” had forced the GOP out of all legislative issues and that it would “never happen again.”  Well, as I recall, the GOP back when they were in control of both houses of Congress, pretty much shut the opposing Dems out of anything of legislative importance.  So, it became a matter solely of tit for tat when the Dems came to power.  Lie, right; and also whine a lot?  Boehner at that moment had not covered himself in glory.  Yeah, I found other things that were more important to do in a hurry.  Locally, the “Hucksters” of Huckleberries on-line aren’t exactly impressed by Boehner or the GOP.  That doesn’t mean that they are all “liberal” (just because they aren’t impressed by the two year old kids we seem to have voted into Congress, Boehner included) but because of the nature of the people who did get voted in and are simply not ready to govern.  Boehner proved that on the opening day of the new Congress.  He was never ready to take the gavel back and acted like a baby even though he commands a House of Representatives with a majority GOP.  So much for what government will do on the behalf of the American people.  Oh yeah, read Cafferty’s book.  Maybe, even at this late date, it will wake people up.

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