Judging by Obama’s actions, or lack thereof, Healthcare is a priority for him and his administration. Congress has spent many an hour on this topic, on legislation, on garnering votes, etc. Obama even made an appearance on Capitol Hill on Saturday to rally the troops prior to that night’s vote.
But Healthcare isn’t at the top of the issues list with American citizens these days. What is atop their list is a struggling economy and a skyrocketing unemployment rate. The more Obama and the Democrat-controlled Congress neglects these issues, the more the Democrats will suffer in 2010. Last Tuesday’s Governor elections in NJ and VA will hopefully be just the tip of the iceberg.
Americans are angry with Washington as much for what it isn’t doing as what it is.
What it isn’t doing the most is paying attention to the still-raging economic disaster.
Last week’s job numbers show unemployment nationally bumping past 10 percent and surpassing 15 percent in Michigan. Unemployment keeps climbing, even though President Barack Obama and Congress nine months ago committed $787 billion to creating jobs.
Since then, neither the White House nor Congress has spent a minute honestly analyzing whether the stimulus program is accomplishing its goal, and if not, what other approaches might work.
Instead, the administration is spinning dismal economic reports into positive news, allowing both it and Congress to ignore the economy while they pursue their ideological ends.
It ought to infuriate anyone who’s lost a job, can’t find a job, is worried about his job or lives in a community ravaged by a lack of jobs that Congress devotes nearly all of its energy to arguing about health care.
The promise of health care reform was not what got Democrats elected. Voters tossed Republicans on their fannies for ruining the economy, not because they didn’t enact wildly expensive social programs.
But while the economy tops every list of public concerns, job creation is not the hot topic in Washington.
In fact, Democratic leaders, obsessed with reworking America, have proved more than willing to sacrifice precious jobs during the worst economic climate in a half-century.
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., rammed an energy-rationing bill through her Senate Environment and Public Works Committee last week without a single Republican member in the room.
The bill would greatly limit America’s ability to produce the energy it needs to fuel an economic rebound. In other words, it’s a job killer.
Democrats are revealing that putting the country back to work is a lesser priority than passing their social agenda.
If that weren’t true, they wouldn’t even consider any measure that would raise taxes on job creators.
Higher taxes, particularly on business, always result in fewer jobs. Both the health care and climate change bills will trigger huge tax hikes for every taxpayer.
Democrats have learned nothing from history. During the Great Depression, each time the economy showed a spark, President Franklin Roosevelt snuffed it out with another tax increase or regulatory burden.
Obama is making the same mistake and justifying it by claiming health care and climate change are so urgent they can’t be delayed until the economy recovers, and perhaps we can afford the costs.
But one in 10 American workers are unemployed — one in seven in Michigan. Surely, that’s the most urgent priority.
If it doesn’t become so soon in Washington, the tea bags being hurled at the Capitol will turn into pitchforks.