I have to say, even though there are plenty of things in Congressman Ryan’s new budget proposal that I do not agree with, I am encouraged by his effort to draft a tangible response to the new health care law – something that no one else has done to my knowledge. The only thing Republicans have done to battle ‘Obamacare’ is complain about it – no counter offers have been put on the table!
Politics is a game of doing whatever you can to win. The players – the politicians – are too busy snarling and gnashing their teeth to keep in mind that policy is about what is best for the people within the nation. The political parties do not seem to be concerned with the people’s quality of life, only scoring points for the team.
Ryan’s proposal, however, may be the beginning of a great discourse on the immediate issue of the national budget. Instead of reducing the national dialogue to personal insults and smear campaigns, let’s see a little give-and-take. The best way to come to a compromise is to have all sides present their ideal scenarios, collaborate to determine what is more important and what is least and continue the process until a compromise is arrived at.
Until now, that has not happened. The Democrats were so hard on about getting Obama’s health care plan passed they didn’t even have time to read it. When the thing actually got passed, the Republicans threw a worse hissy fit than a spoiled child who didn’t get the toy he wanted, vowing to not work with the Democrats for the rest of 2010.
Is this how our bipartisan system decides on how we spent our national budget – by passing bills without reading them and refusing to work with anyone else but those in their party?
Congressman Ryan’s proposal is by no means perfect, but it appears to be a constructive step towards a new financial plan for America. Let’s see what’s next. Maybe the Democrats will agree to amend the fresh law? Unfortunately, I highly doubt it…