DO ANYBODY NO HOW TO THINK?

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The passing of the healthcare reform bill over the weekend seems to have re-ignited the polarization of American politics. From where I sit, people seem to be divided into two camps:

  • This is great! We all need healthcare…and now, no American will ever go without again!
  • Obama is a socialist, and we don’t need him telling us how to get our healthcare!

I have to confess that I do not know the first thing about the bill because I have not had the time to research. Bills have become way too long to read through hundreds of pages. If I accept someone else’s summarization of the bill, I usually have to accept their bias, too.

I am ready to start having honest conversations about politics and issues without the usual party lines about crap. I do not want to hear about President Obama’s birth certificate, Chicago politics connections, or anything with the words “socialism” or “Hitler.” The same can be said about right-wing hatred based on religious connections, George W. Bush, and contradictory stances.

I believe government works best when it takes a minimal role in our lives. I believe when we look to the government to regulate or provide us with services, the cost often outweighs the benefit. That being said, there are some services that need government direction like the military.

I am anxious to see the effect HCR has on individuals, businesses, and government. Governor Jan Brewer has already complained that HCR will cost the Arizona state government $1 billion per year but has not defined how.

Talk to me, folks. Tell me where real discussions on issues are taking place. Because I am sick and tired of business as usual in the world of politics.

2 comments on “DO ANYBODY NO HOW TO THINK?

  1. I have to agree with you on this one. I have long thought that it is time to look at the actual bills and laws without looking at the party designation of the person who created it. Its time that people took the time to become informed citizens, and not walk lock-step with what their Political Party tells them to do.

    I also have no opinion on HCR, exactly for the reasons you stated. I haven’t been able to get past the first 10 pages, let alone through all 1900+ pages!

  2. Yeah, I had, or tried to have, one of those conversations on Friendfeed, last night, from a non-partisan stance, yet people still managed to associate my views with one of your sides, just for the sake of their own arguments. That’s one of the most unbiased places under normal circumstances, so I don’t really know where to go to find a decent place that has valid discussions.

    I’m working my way through the bill, but it’s unlikely to change my opinions of it as it stands now.

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