Madeline Crabb
Senator Harry Reid's strategy of pork, payoffs, pandering, and politics
By Madeline Crabb
November 24, 2009

Saturday night we heard Senator Harry Reid and his gang of past prime time players sing the same old song of compassion, and how they feel our pain. This was after the senate voted to allow debate on Reid's health care reform proposal.

As the senators slapped one another's backs and hugged one another in self-congratulations, Reid reiterated how his plan would "save lives, save money, and save Medicare." Better yet, they jubilantly explained how it won't cost us anything. OMG...why didn't someone think up such a great plan before, like say during the 20, 30, 40, or 50 years some of these elected officials have been enjoying the fruits of tax payers' labors?

Of course, what they voted on was not reality. What they were doing, and continue to do is simply put lipstick on the pig. They hope the people won't catch them in their game playing and political maneuvering. Oops...I guess Senator Mary Landrieu just couldn't remain silent about how she got the 300 million dollars for her state of Louisiana, just in time for her yes vote for Reid. Hey, if it is such a great bill, why did Senator Reid have to twist arms all week for his 60 votes? And how many more backroom deals were made?

Could it possibly be that our political leaders think that We the People are stupid? Admittedly, there is a problem with education in America. Perhaps the dumbing-down was planned. Yes, politicians have thrown mountains of money at education. Yet, more money doesn't guarantee better results, as we have seen. But for politicians, it is important to be doing something; and they can do one thing extremely well — spend tax payers' money. Oh, they can borrow and print it pretty well too, but I digress...

So, if people aren't properly educated, and are too lazy or complacent to educate themselves, then our leaders can get by with making citizens into slaves. Actually, the Founding Fathers anticipated this possibility, leading Benjamin Franklin to say, "A nation of well informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins."

Our government is trying to be like God, telling us it can provide our every need. However, whatever government gives us, it can also take away. But the Declaration of Independence tells us that we "are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." The government is supposed to secure these rights.

Congress contends that people's rights are being infringed upon because not everyone has access to health care. Baloney! Everyone can access health care, even millions of illegal aliens who get it for free. Also, anyone can purchase health insurance. What our politicians want to do is offer free health insurance to some people they deem worthy, who will in turn be more indebted to them. It's called pandering for votes.

First of all, NOTHING is free. Everything costs somebody something. Secondly, the government shouldn't be providing health insurance or any other program that is available in the private sector. If they would stop unconstitutionally taking increasing amounts of our hard-earned money, we could afford to purchase all the things we need for our life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Lastly, a government-designed, government-run, government-controlled health insurance program doesn't do anything to secure our unalienable rights. Some would say it robs us of them all.

While our government leaders pretend to be looking out for us, most of them are being quite disingenuous. (They lie, for those of you in Rush's Rio Linda.) Thomas Jefferson, warned, "If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy." So, while we suffer from a national debt of over twelve trillion dollars, according to U.S. Debt Clock .org, we are being told that spending another trillion dollars or so will actually reduce our deficits (debt). Yes, with the current state of education, there are those who could possibly believe this is true. But most Americans know that if it doesn't work in real life in our own homes and businesses, neither will it work for our government.

Most of us understand it won't be the "takers" who pay, but rather the "makers," and their children and grandchildren for generations to come. To this scenario Thomas Jefferson said, "The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale." It's plain old theft.

All of our leaders will continue with the status quo of pork, pandering, payoffs, and politics, unless We the People act. Shouldn't we start limiting the time these people are allowed to do damage to our nation? Isn't it time to elect people who understand the constraints of the Constitution? To anyone willing to hear....

© Madeline Crabb


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Madeline Crabb

Madeline Crabb is a Christian, a Constitutional Conservative, and a patriot. Holding a degree in journalism and public relations, and training from the Leadership Institute, she has been a columnist since 2000, and has written for various Christian newspapers around the country. As a “watchwoman” on the wall (Is.62:67), Madeline calls all citizens to awaken, arise, and act in restoring one nation under God.


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