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Dems can’t learn.

June 20, 2017

So, Chuck Schumer objects to the “secrecy surrounding the Senate Republican’s health care reform bill.”

Hey, Chuckie, do you remember these immortal words from Nancy Pelosi?   “We have to pass the bill first, so we can all see what’s in it.”

What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

It’s just amazing how short the Democrat’s collective memory is, given that it’s only been six months.

For instance, remember what happened when the GOP members of Congress decided to be the “party of no”?  The press crucified them as irresponsible party hacks. Now you hear nothing. Nada. Crickets.

Actually short term memory loss,  besides being one of the warning signs of dementia, is a common affliction among politicians.

Which brings many to ask…is it time to end or at least diminish the power of both political parties?

Certainly the system is no longer working for Americans at large.

It’s all about power. Whose side is going to get the most seats is not just a logistical tactic, it’s their entire reason for being.

That would be fine, if it bettered the American way of life, but it doesn’t.

Various theories have been advanced, including having longer, but nonrenewable terms in Congress, forcing election winners to resign from their parties while serving,  setting minimum standards of performance and even setting party spending limits nationally and locally.

Lots of talk, not much action.  Boringly repetitive, and so far 100% ineffective.

In terms of priorities, consider this.

In Georgia, a state where the average per capita income is just $25,615 as of 2015, the two parties have spent at least $30 MILLION  leading up to today’s voting for one House seat that will be up for grabs again in 2018.

And it’s not even a swing vote seat.  Unlike the Senate, the loss of one seat would not substantially change the voting in the lower house of Congress.

No, it’s all about optics.  It’s about which party will win and keep their place at the public trough in 2018.

Meanwhile Obamacare isn’t fixed, tax reform probably won’t pass both houses in the remaining 65 legislative days in 2017, and oh yes, people are being shot based solely on their party membership profiles.

No one has a real answer to all this.  Splinter groups will try to form outlier parties, similar to the Tea Party and the Bernie voters, who are apparently all leaning toward a socialist model.

The 2016 election for all contests set records for amount of money spent, at $6.8 billion. That record will surely fall in 2020.

Maybe before we worry about who we elect, perhaps we should investigate why we are  electing them.

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