Submitted by Crank Bait on Sun, 08/23/2009 - 12:24pm
A bad idea is expecting Conservatism to address health care reform.
The Right had many opportunities to create health care reform legislation after the need was recognized: Eight years of Reagan, four years of H.W. Bush and eight years of G.W. Bush produced nothing but bullshit arguments claiming that tort reform would solve everything.
Instead of finding solutions, The Right blocked reform efforts by the Clinton administration just as it is doing today with the Obama administration.
When The Right had powerful elected officials, like Tom "The Hammer" DeLay, they focused their efforts on gerrymandering and furthering party power, not on the common good.
The recent history of Conservatism tells the story: There will not be "better ideas" about health care reform coming from the right side of the aisle. If Conservative forces were in power right now, there would be zero discussion of health care reform. Zip. Nada. The Right has been dragged, kicking and screaming, to the table by two crushing election cycles.
If you want to see the opportunities afforded by Conservative obstructionism, watch Dancing with the Stars.
-- Crank Bait