Politics: Failure to Communicate

Why is it Americans are so generous when responding to foreign disasters such as the Haiti crisis… yet when it comes to helping poor people in our own country, so many turn a deaf ear to pleas for health care reform?

Thousands of people die each year in the U.S. because they don’t have insurance, or can’t afford health care in the current profit-driven system. Over 40 million have no insurance, which places more burden on emergency services that the rest of us wind up indirectly paying for.

But to listen to G.O.P. legislators, Fox News, and Teabag Party factions, we don’t need no stinking “ObamaCare” programs to help rectify that situation. Remember, many of these right-wing conservatives opposed Medicare too when it was first proposed and their hero, Ronald Reagan, came out against it. Now these same anti-everything forces say, “Don’t you dare touch my Medicare!”

Maybe we need to have a big star-studded charity fundraiser to provide better health care for America’s poor and uninsured, just like they did for Haiti last month.

Unfortunately, politicians and media are pandering to the angry mob mentality that looks for scapegoats to blame the recession on. In reality, it was eight years of Bush/G.O.P. tax cuts for the wealthy, reckless economic policies and the foolish invasion of Iraq that put us in this mess.

Yet you have to hand it to the Republicans for the way they sold the public on their agenda. They repeated 9/11 over and over to convince Americans that WMDs in Iraq were a threat to us. No WMDs were ever found. They kept insisting that tax cuts for rich people would trickle down to the middle class. Didn’t happen under Reagan, didn’t happen under Bush. They said less regulation of banks and corporations was good for the economy — well, it was great for greedy bankers and Wall Street wheeler-dealers, who cashed in while the real estate bubble was about to burst.

Make no mistake, ordinary, average Americans were equally to blame for going along with the “majority” who elected Bush/Cheney. The problem is liberals, progressives and Dems haven’t learned how to sell their reforms to the public. They have failed to communicate basic, primal messages:

– Conservatives and Republicans had eight years to do things their way. And they FAILED miserably by their own admission!

– Health care costs are out of control and bankrupting average Americans — again, because nothing was done in the past eight years to fix the problem. Another example of FAILED G.O.P. POLICIES.

– The Conservative/Republican/Tea Party mantra of “Just Say No” to reform is their self-fulfilling prophecy that “Big Government” doesn’t work — first they screw up the economy, fail to fix things while they’re in control, then say: “See! Government is the problem!” Yep, the government THEY were running.

Sadly, I have little faith in the current crop of Dem politicians — locally or nationally. They don’t seem to have the guts or backbone to plainly state problems, offer common sense solutions, or stand up for basic civil rights such as gay marriage. They let fear of a public backlash rule them, instead of leading the way and educating those who are misinformed or just ignorant.

I say we should treat elected officials the same as business CEOs: pay more to attract the best qualified leaders, judge them on results and fire inept officials. That’s how it works in the real world.

End of rant. Got something to say? Post it here… after all, politics and government ARE career choices!

Today’s takeway thought for politicians: In recovery and 12 Step programs, they say “FEAR” stands for “False Expectations Appearing Real.”

Grow a spine, Democrat leaders!

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One Comment on “Politics: Failure to Communicate”

  1. richfigel Says:

    Speaking of government reform, here’s the link to my Star-Bulletin commentary in which I propose Hawaii adopt a unicameral legislature system… Cut state government size in half, pay more for full-time legislators, and maybe we’ll start seeing more results:

    http://tinyurl.com/yckyokj


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