Friday, April 18, 2014
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People can correct their mistake

I have always subscribed to the idea that the people deserve the government they have. The recent disturbing letter of John Doughty has caused me to reflect further on this concept.

John and his family are getting screwed by Obamacare. He and his family are part of the roughly 5 million people who have had their health insurance policies canceled under the provisions of Obamacare. How can the Doughty family deserve the failure of their president and his supporters?

The clear answer is that as individuals they don’t. Fault lies in the people as a whole. The people elected a smooth-talking ideologue who promised them anything and gave them the worst government in modern history. The people are getting exactly what they deserve while the Doughty family is getting screwed.

John asks that Obamacare be repealed. President Obama responds that this will never happen while he is in office — the perfect ideologue answer.

I can offer one more thought for the future. Politics is the art of the deal. Ideologues and other extremists of the left and right can’t “make the deal” because they have to give a little on their beliefs on how government and society should be organized. In a deal, everyone gets a little and gives up a little; that’s anathema to the kooks. The deterioration we see spreading through our government is the product of the kind of representatives we elect.

The people who voted this disaster on us have a chance to correct their mistake in the coming election of November 2014 for the House of Representatives. We will see.

Jim Stevens
Davis

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  • Greg JohnsonDecember 11, 2013 - 1:03 pm

    Jim, I agree. 2014 is big, even more for the Senate than the House, which I am quite sure republicans will hold. I'm not sure repeal can even happen if republicans hold both houses. As you said, Obama is an ideologue and is determined to leave his mark, even if that mark is a stain. You can see the ideologic nature of many in this town, who are also hanging on to this legislation like Pitbulls despite mounting evidence that it is not working and not wanted.

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  • ontDecember 12, 2013 - 1:58 pm

    Lots of “ideologue” talk here but the term is never defined. Here’s a definition: an ideologue is someone who reads an unverified anecdote with incomplete information and assumes that this single anecdote provides strong proof that a law that was debated for a year must be overturned, because it happens to support their predetermined belief.

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