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Monday, August 17, 2009

Follow the Leader

Proving that politics usually follows public sentiment and not the other way around, the GOP is finally starting to go on the offensive about the Health care bill being proposed in the House. Following the grassroots effort of citizens making their voices heard in the various town halls, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty had some strong rhetoric for our President and the Health care bill. The vocal stance, although welcome, seems to be a little late as the House and the Obama administration seem to be willing to, at the very least, to dial down the massive public option of the House proposal. Once again in reading the bill personally I found that the shear size, as well as, the vague nature of each resolution would have brought us to this point due to people’s general distrust of big government in the United States. If the GOP is going to survive, let alone thrive, in the coming years we need leaders out in front of issues explaining why these progressive socialist ideas will hurt America’s democracy in the long run (e.g. Bob McDonnell/Bill Bolling in Virginia, J.C. Watts and Gov. Jindal of Louisiana) an not just making policy statements based on wanting to run for POTUS...not saying Pawlenty in not lopking out for us but he should have been saying this months ago. It’s time we get politicians and leaders more concerned for America’s prosperity then power or office privilege. We the voters need to stress in the upcoming election cycles that we’re the ones in charge not the new and ever growing “ruling class” of Washington D.C..From Politico:

Minnesota GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty took an aggressive line against President Barack Obama’s proposed health care overhaul Friday and insisted that a rejection of the Democratic plan could usher in a Republican resurgence. …“It appears that President Obama is making great progress on climate change, he is changing the political climate in the country back to Republican,” Pawlenty said during a speech to the second annual GOPAC conference in Chicago. …“He went around the country last fall promising ‘change we can believe in,’ but now we see it’s about changing what we believe in,” said Pawlenty, an anticipated 2012 Republican presidential contender. “We need to be calling out the flaws and misguided decisions of the Democrats in Congress and the Obama administration.” …Pawlenty characterized Obama as an “extreme left liberal” proposing a health care plan “that we don’t recognize as supporters of the free market.” …“Medicaid is essentially bankrupt, Medicare is essentially bankrupt, why the heck would we give the federal government another entitlement program to manage?” asked Pawlenty. …The Minnesota Republican threw a number of red-meat lines to the audience of GOP state legislators, including a slam directed at MSNBC “Hardball” host Chris Matthews.

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