Obama delivers change in Massachusetts

I don’t think Barack Obama had this in mind when he campaigned on the theme of change, but many pundits are blaming him and his policies for changing Massachusetts into a battleground state after decades of Democratic dominance.

From The Associated Press:

BOSTON (AP) — In an epic upset in liberal Massachusetts, Republican Scott Brown rode a wave of voter anger to defeat Democrat Martha Coakley in a U.S. Senate election Tuesday that left President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul in doubt and marred the end of his first year in office.

The loss by the once-favored Coakley for the seat that the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy held for nearly half a century signaled big political problems for the president’s party this fall when House, Senate and gubernatorial candidates are on the ballot nationwide.

More immediately, Brown will become the 41st Republican in the 100-member Senate, which could allow the GOP to block the president’s health care legislation and the rest of Obama’s agenda. Democrats needed Coakley to win for a 60th vote to thwart Republican filibusters.

The election transformed reliably Democratic Massachusetts into a battleground state. One day shy of the first anniversary of Obama’s swearing-in, it played out amid a backdrop of animosity and resentment from voters over persistently high unemployment, industry bailouts, exploding federal budget deficits and partisan wrangling over health care.

8 thoughts on “Obama delivers change in Massachusetts

  1. Good! We are better if we have a balance of power. Working together for the good of our country is the only way to go.

  2. Obama did not deliver change to Massachusetts – our Democrat & Republican congressional leaders delivered change to Massachusetts! The current & pending prescription drug, medical care, and health insurance financial crisis did not develop during Obama’s first year in office!

    If Democrats & Republicans in Congress continue down the same paths, the disparity separating “those pocketing all the cash” and “those with little or no cash” will continue to widen with the wealthy becoming richer at the expense of the middle class and those already living in poverty. If the direction our country is heading in does not change, the day will come when those who have little or nothing to lose will collectively rise up as one against those who have it all!

    The power of the national referendum needs to be used to shake the “crap” out of Washington, DC:

    1. We don’t need a US-Mexico border fence; we need a Congress-Lobbyist electric fence!
    2. We don’t need federal election law reforms; we need a federal election law overhaul with set maximum campaign expenditure limits!
    3. We don’t need federal tort law reforms; we need a national tort law overhaul with set maximum dollar amount limits the court is allowed to award based on the facts surrounding each case!
    4. We don’t need more Internal Revenue Code tax reforms; we need to burn the Internal Revenue Code and replace it with a national sales tax!
    5. We don’t need a military draft requiring all 18 year-old men & women to serve their country for a minimum of two years; we need a mandatory national service law requiring “ALL” 18 to 28 year-old men & women to serve their country for a minimum of two years either in the military or in a national “service corp.”! How about a 2-year national service requirement for all immigrants prior to being eligible for US citizenship?
    6. We don’t need more power hungry, empire building men & women in Congress; we need congressional term limits!
    7. We don’t need impudent, loop-hole ridden, back room negotiated, complicated federal prescription drug, health care, and health insurance reforms; we need a simple, comprehensive prescription drug, medical care, and medical insurance overhaul!

    How many in Congress did not have prescription drug and medical care health insurance coverage when they were elected to Congress? How many in Congress filed bankruptcy due to medical bills prior to being elected to Congress? Anyone can “Talk the Talk”, but only those who have experienced it can “Walk the Walk”!

    Yesterday’s election of a Republican candidate in the Massachusetts US Senate race was not a vote promoting Republican ideals; it was simply a choice between the lesser of two evils! Democrat & Republican congressional leaders are not hearing the American people! Our recent and current congressional leaders have been too focused on stroking their egos, entertaining lobbyists, and building their congressional empires!

    The American people want a prescription drug, health care, and health insurance overhaul! It is time for Congress to pull its head out of its backside, turn on its ears, and listen to the wisdom our “Greatest Generation” has already shared! Former Senator George McGovern recommended the only viable solution to our current & pending prescription drug, medical care, and health insurance crisis. First, the program must be simple – Congress needs to KISS it (Keep It Simple Stupid). The program is already in place and it works – it is called Medicare!

    We are the richest country on the face of the earth and health care should be a right “All” citizens of this country are entitled to at birth (likewise for immigrants who have become citizens of this country) with all of us paying our fare share of the “Medicare premium taxes” needed to fund an expanded Medicare program.

    The current free enterprise prescription drug, medical care, and health insurance industries have failed to deliver cost effective, comprehensive health care to “ALL” US citizens! Thus, all three industries need adapt and bite the bullet in order for affordable comprehensive health care to be made available to “ALL” US citizens! It should have happened back when Hillary allowed Bill to continue to live in the White House! Get to it Congress it has been on your agenda for nearly two decades – the prescription drug CEO’s, health care providers, and health insurance executives have had ample time to adapt and plan for a “Major Overhaul” and “New Rules”!

  3. 1. We don’t need a blog that lets one individual ramble on in a post that takes up, I guessing, least 12 inches of space; we need character limits for posts as other newspapers have.

  4. Unfortunately, small and large businesses are paying nearly all the taxes. Delivery of health care is not the problem, it is paying for it when people get unlimited care no matter the cost with those that have insurance paying for all those receiving health care without a way to pay for it. Lost in all this is the cost providers are being asked to pay. Look around, Drs. are selling out and just quiting, setting up concierge practices etc. They do not control their revenue, they cannot raise prices. Unemployment taxes are going up, Medicare is set for a 22% decrease on February 28th. Don’t worry about having health care insurance, worry about getting into see the Dr. when you need one. Companies that charge for a plumber or electrician bill out more than a Dr. gets from Medicaid. AQOP is trying to get Drs to do an H & P for $13 for a chole. That is just laughable. Please understand, what you are billed for health care is not what your insurance pays. The bills are high to pay for all that don’t pay, can’t pay or are payed by the government at less than the cost of the service. I for one am glad I grew up in a country where I was given an opportunity to take my free education and go from rags to riches. Under Obama, we will all be slaves of the man. Dependent upon the government for food, water, shelter, insurance everything. Be careful about giving up control of your life and trusting the government.

  5. Nice post “We The People!” I don’t agree with all your ideas but it is all very thought provoking. Thank you!
    ps to irish47, your 1/2 inch rant was the waste of space.

  6. I agree with Factor Fan. I thought “We the People” was right on. Sometimes the truth hurts.

  7. You go “We the People” you sound like an intelligent person it would be a joy to have a conversation with. PS don’t confuse irish47 with the facts they have already formed their opinion.

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