On Wednesday Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives were successful in passing their version of a repeal of the healthcare reform bill. Of course in doing so, they wasted millions of dollars of taxpayer’s funds which could have been used to accelerate the repair of our economy and job market. And now the Senate Republicans led by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell plan to do likewise and force a vote in the Senate on repeal, knowing completely that such a vote will not pass the Senate and knowing full well that the cost spent in the endeavor will be yet another in a long line in the GOP’s history of wasteful taxpayer-funded spending for political gamesmanship.
Even so, such a legacy of wasteful spending and political maneuvering while tuning a blind eye to solving the real problems of the day is what got Republicans kicked out of control of the Congress in 2006, and if they continue on this path, it will get them kicked out again.
Millions of dollars may seem like a trifle in the eyes of the corporate-funded GOP, though to the rest of the nation such sums are indeed significant. To the majority of America every dollar of taxpayer money has significance; to waste any of it is to betray the trust of the American people.
Let us not forget that the millions of dollars wasted by the Republicans to hold politically motivated proceedings health care repeal pale in comparison to the hundreds of billions of dollars that repeal, if successful, would cost our Nation. In addition, let us not forget the lives of so many Americans that repeal would take from our nation and the estimated millions of jobs that repeal may cost the United States over the next decade.
In order to win support for its agenda, the GOP continues to spread its lies on the whole health care debate, as it has done since the start (death panel-creating, job-killing, deficit-increasing, etc.), oblivious to the fact that the will of the people is not mirrored in the GOP’s false rhetoric. Recent polling has shown in the GOP’s best case scenario, there is a statistical dead heat between those for and those against repeal, while at worst case for them there is a clear support by the American people of keeping and/or improving the existing health care reform legislation.
Though Republicans claim that they are doing the “will of the people,” their actions show that the will of the people continues to mean nothing to them. After all, if it did, they would have supported the will of the majority of American’s in their desire for a public option in the health care bill when it was being debated in Congress in 2009 and 2010.
Still, the GOP ideological march continues, uncaring of the voters who gave them control of 50% of one branch of government to test them, in order to see if they had finally decided to represent “We the People,” rather than “We the Corporations.” Unfortunately, the Republicans had not even been in power in the House of Representatives for one day before they made their failure of the trust given by the American people known.
For a group that claims to cherish the U.S. Constitution, the GOP has easily forgotten those first three words of the Constitution — “We the People” — words that were written largely and boldly so those who came after the authors would not forget those whom they serve.