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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Today's Washington Health Care Farce

Don't be fooled by all the hype and hoopla surrounding today's planned 6-hour meeting of selected Congressional members of both parties and Wonderboy.

Various members are all saying they are hopeful something will emerge- perhaps a compromise.

However, as I wrote in this post of Evan Bayh's stupid 'Senate lunch for 100' idea, this is something that was always available all of last year. That's what the various House and Senate Committees and sub-committees are supposed to do. All this summit illustrates is the failure of Democrats in Congress to do their work, which means building bi-partisan consensus, if that's what they really want.

Harry Reid and Frisco Nan could, at any time, have invited select Republicans to meet with them behind closed doors to hash out a true compromise. Or, they could have done it, as Wonderboy promised so many times in his campaign, "on CNN."

Today's meeting is just kabuki theatre and a show trial combined. It's Wonderboy and his henchmen attempting to paint Republicans as intransigent, obstructive and negative.

Truth is, it's the Democrats who are at war with themselves. Republicans have nothing to do with it.

My major hope for today is that the GOP legislators took some time to discuss and role play the dynamics of today's meeting. Perhaps even retained a skilled consultant in this sort of thing.

Essentially, the Republicans have to be prepared with planned responses to a few key occurrences at the meeting.

For example, as Newt Gingrich explained on Sean Hannity's program last night, if the Republicans are not given equal time to talk during the meeting, they should immediately leave, and convene a press conference to explain the unfair procedures under which they were to operate.

There are other exigencies for which the GOP legislators should have planned responses.

It's almost impossible that anything will actually emerge from this faux-summit that helps the issue. Wonderboy and his left-leaning Congressional leaders, Reid and Frisco Nan, are all Progressives bent on getting their way. Period.

This summit isn't about compromise, because Democrats could have had Republicans working with them on that all last year. But they chose to ram their own ideas through, instead.

They don't read polls. They don't care that Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of the Democratic health care proposals.

How can any sane person deal with tone-deaf, clueless dictators like this?

The Republicans simply have to argue for equal time, suggest the entire effort be commenced from scratch, with clear identification of objectives for any health care proposals, and promote their own very powerful, sensible and effective solutions.

Any significant deviation from an ability to do this should be met with the departure from the trap-that-is-this-faux-summit by the GOP invitees.

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