2009-10-26

President Obama vs the Tea Party Gang: Who really has our best interest at heart?


FYI- Sorry this post is a bit long, and it is a rant, so I thank you in advance for reading!

Last night I had my eyes opened up further to the extreme stupidity of some Americans. It is about a movement, a Tea Party Movement that “seems” to be gaining in popularity and people opposing the Obama Administrations Health Care Plan, any increase in taxes, and the POTUS himself. Apparently it is a 2009 thing, because I don’t recall seeing this movement in the past 8 years. Hmm.

What prompted this post?

Well this Tea Party Movement is going on a 38 city tour in the U. S. of A. and they started in San Diego yesterday per the news story here. I looked on in dismay as the people held signs up that were not friendly or nice, but geared to act as hate-filled mini billboards to showcase their “growing” horror at the Obama Administration Healthcare reform. Or anything the administration tries to deal with.

Case in point, a little 10 year old girl being interviewed said “People who aren't having jobs are just sitting there and they're giving the people who are sitting the money, and the people who are working aren't getting anything." Wow. I was in awe of the fact that she could not quite get out the rhetoric yet there she was with her sign that said “I don’t need a savior, I need a president.” Parents please, stop putting your ideas and agendas on your kids! She is 10, she should be in a park playing, being carefree, not out and about protesting things, I am quite sure she does not fully understand!

Correct me if I’m wrong, but when did it mean that uninsured Americans translated into unemployed Americans? I had a job once that just could not afford to provide healthcare to its employees, so point blank I was uninsured. And the whole “it’s my money, why do I have to pay for others?” phrase is getting real old. Hmm isn’t that what taxes are for? Or did people just recently realize that is what taxes were for? Hmm makes me wonder who is getting played here.

Then I heard a term that one of the people heading the tour, a Deborah Jones, Tea-Party Express Vice Chairman, said that the “Democrats calls us astroturfers and we are not.” At this point I had to rewind my DVR because that was the first time I ever heard this word used in such a fashion as I am not even a casual observer of politics.

So here is a definition: “Campaigns & Elections magazine defines astroturf as a ‘grassroots program that involves the instant manufacturing of public support for a point of view in which either uninformed activists are recruited or means of deception are used to recruit them."(Astroturf)


From my observation alone, I can agree with the whole “uninformed activist” part as the people they interviewed seemed ass-backwards in their response as to why they are part of the movement. How does the average citizen allow themselves to get caught up in the frenzy of this mess? Apparently with “unbiased” claims such as these:

- telling old people that the president plans to kill them

- telling people they won’t be able to choose their doctors

- telling people that a universal system would encourage terrorist attacks

- telling people that a universal system would make this country a communist nation (---> FYI- I saw this info in the comments of this blog here)

When I looked at the news program, I will admit it seemed to be either the elderly or the very young at the rallies who were speaking out on these issues and these were some of the things that they were spouting out as well as what was on their signs they were holding up.

From what I understand is that people do not want government to run healthcare, but aren’t they already running a portion of it? I think it is called Medicaid and Medicare, but maybe I’m wrong. Or maybe these people are just selfish and only want healthcare for some and not all. I know if I lose my job, my healthcare options are COBRA or nothing. As it stands now, I don’t qualify for Medicare or Medicaid, so I’d be S.O.L.

So my question is this: Am I not seeing the big picture? Or am I not the group this is intended for? Or maybe the world (Americans) has gone crazy and I haven’t had a sip of the coo-coo juice yet. Because I read the Healthcare Plan that Obama is proposing and the one thing that jumps out to me? That no matter what, I will still have healthcare. Is that wrong?
Photo courtesy of Fox5 News in San Diego

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

No, you are not wrong. The US health care system has failed its people and desperately needs reform. More of the same, i.e. private companies running the thing, will probably not solve the problem. So, let's try something new and involve the government. Heck, that seems to work well in all other rich countries. - I don't understand people who oppose health care reform, unless you are a private insurance company or a drug company.

TERROR DELIGHT on October 26, 2009 at 4:47 PM said...

PEOPLE MAKE ME SICK SOMETIMES.. I AGREE WITH THE ABOVE COMMENT THE DOCTORS,PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES DONT WANT REFORM THAT WOULD BE MONEY THEY WOULD LOSE. I DONT KNOW WHY PEEPS CANT SEE OBAMA DIDNT FUCK THIS COUNTRY UP. I WATCHED 60MINS LAST NITE AND ONE OF THE CORRESPONDENTS WAS SAYING THAT IT COST HIS INS CO $9,000 FOR HIS SURGERY AND THAT WHEN HE WAS RECOVERING A DOCTOR CAME INTO THE ROOM ASKED HOW HE WAS FEELING A BOUNCED. HE LATER RECEIVED A BILL FOR $200 FROM THE DR. THAT DIDNT TOUCH BUT ASKED HOW ARE YOU FEELING? WHAT A JOKE!HOW CAN DR. JUST CHARGE US FOR THE WORD HELLO IM OVER IT. MY HOSPITAL DED WENT UP $100 SO ITS GONNA BE MORE EXPENSE OUT OF MY POCKET FOR 2010. AT THIS RATE IT MAKES ME NOT EVEN WANT TO GO TO THE DR. PEEPS NEED TO STOP TRIPPIN AND LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE.

nettagyrl on October 26, 2009 at 6:47 PM said...

Anonymous, thanks for commenting. I just don't understand the craziness, except to think it is those people in the biz to make money off the sick who is putting out this crazy propaganda. I just shake my head in shame.

nettagyrl on October 26, 2009 at 6:56 PM said...

Terror, that is straight wrong. I don't think it is cool to put all of these frivolous charges on people, just cuz they can.

This is why I think these "companies" are about to lose their minds and the cash cow (us) by throwing everything they can at the idiots who are eating up all the wrong, twisted info. People wake the fuck up. Sorry as I was writing this i got a bit pissy, so the word stays!

All I hear is rhetoric, no solutions. I too can scream and get people up in arms over a point, but unless the opposing side actually comes up with a plan or a compromise, then all they are doing is shouting out noise and static!

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