Squaring the Culture

"...and I will make justice the plumb line, and righteousness the level;
then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters will overflow the secret place."
Isaiah 28:17

03/22/2010 (12:22 pm)

The Campaign, Yes. The Leader, No.

Mitt Romney has penned the correct words.

America has just witnessed an unconscionable abuse of power. President Obama has betrayed his oath to the nation — rather than bringing us together, ushering in a new kind of politics, and rising above raw partisanship, he has succumbed to the lowest denominator of incumbent power: justifying the means by extolling the ends. He promised better; we deserved better.

He calls his accomplishment “historic” — in this he is correct, although not for the reason he intends. Rather, it is an historic usurpation of the legislative process — he unleashed the nuclear option, enlisted not a single Republican vote in either chamber, bribed reluctant members of his own party, paid-off his union backers, scapegoated insurers, and justified his act with patently fraudulent accounting. What Barack Obama has ushered into the American political landscape is not good for our country; in the words of an ancient maxim, “what starts twisted, ends twisted.”

His health-care bill is unhealthy for America. It raises taxes, slashes the more private side of Medicare, installs price controls, and puts a new federal bureaucracy in charge of health care. It will create a new entitlement even as the ones we already have are bankrupt. For these reasons and more, the act should be repealed. That campaign begins today.

Great words. Amen.

RomneyPublicHowever, the campaign needs a leader. Mitt Romney, as governor of Massachusetts, championed a health insurance plan for citizens of Massachusetts that looks remarkably similar to the main elements of the Congressional Democrats’ health care plan. I have heard him say not a single word in criticism of that plan, nor any explanation why it would be good for Massachusetts, but bad for America.

I can attest from my own experience here in Massachusetts that the plan does not solve any significant problem, and causes several. It is nearly impossible for a citizen receiving the forms of insurance for earners of below-average income — that’s 50% of the citizens, keep in mind — to find a doctor. The state, meanwhile, is going bankrupt, and the medical plan is horribly above budget.

So, yes, the campaign starts today, and yes, the campaign needs an aggressive, forward-looking and savvy leader. But Mitt Romney is not it. He’s just an opportunist running for President. We’ve had our fill of opportunists.

Nice try, though, Mitt. Great tactics. Now, please step aside for citizens of conscience.

For the record, I would be thrilled to have Mr. Romney as head of the Office of Management and Budget, or possibly as Treasury Secretary, under a genuinely conservative President. He’s a highly competent financial administrator.

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1 Comment »

March 23, 2010 @ 5:45 pm #

I agree with you about Romney. He _could_ be the leader, but to do that, he’d have to come out and say – “Mass care was a major mistake. I thought I could put in safeguards that would limit the damage that would have resulted if the Legislator’s proposed plan was put into effect, but the fact is, it was a financial failure – as will be the federal plan.”

But – as you say – he won’t come out and say that. Perhaps he doesn’t want to admit he made a mistake – but to be a leader, he has to. Ergo…!

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