By Erik Rush
Posted: February 11, 2010 ~ 1:00 am Eastern
President Obama is not listening.
Over the last week or so, I've heard more than one pundit analogize the president's recent actions on a number of fronts to those of a young child. Couple this with Obama's dogged commitment to vastly unpopular policies and ideology, and the visual of a little kid with his fingers in his ears, yelling I'm not listening! La-la-la ..! springs quickly to mind.
Within days of Republican Scott Brown's senatorial win in Massachusetts, and assurances from the president that he and Congress had "heard" the American people, Obama eased almost imperceptibly back into his pre-Jan. 19 mode. The Brown win didn't really mean what it appeared to mean; it wasn't some sort of mandate against health-care legislation or Obama's policies, so there wasn't any reason not to forge ahead.
Nevertheless, this week, President Obama invited lawmakers from both parties to a health-care summit on Feb. 25; this follows his remarks at the State of the Union address on Jan. 27, wherein he challenged Republicans to put their cards on the table.
Some Republican lawmakers and analysts are concerned that the president might be calling this summit in order to frame any GOP-backed solutions as insubstantial and impractical. Or it could be a dare: Republican lawmakers don't want to be viewed as intractable, yet there is so much deep-seated disapproval to the current health-care proposals among voters that they risk alienating Republican and independent voters simply by attending.
The few conservative lawmakers on Capitol Hill, as well as economists and pundits in the alternative press, have been screaming market reforms for years, and spelling them out. It's not like Congress and the Obama administration aren't aware that these remedies exist.
So, why haven't they been discussed?
At the risk of waxing tedious: Because arsonists typically don't throw water on fires they've set. There is no motivation for Congress and the Obama administration to abandon strategies that have served to maneuver our populace and our economy to the point where they were able to reasonably justify interceding "on behalf of the American people" – essentially, right where they want us.
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