By now you’ve all heard about the recent travesty of justice going on in Venezuela. Hugo Chavez, the dictator president down there, wanted to find out if his constituents thought he should intervene in the oil industry to drive down fuel prices. So, he had various polls conducted and traveled around the country speaking to constituents.
The feedback was overwhelmingly negative. “Stay out of the fuel markets!” the people said. In fact, 89% of the population was satisfied with current fuel prices.
So Chavez disregarded all that and did it anyway.
Oh wait, that didn’t happen in Venezuela. It happened here in the US. And it wasn’t Chavez. It’s Obama and the Democrats. And it’s not fuel, it’s our health care system!
“The White House and Senate Democratic leaders, seeing little chance of bipartisan support for their health-care overhaul, are considering a strategy shift that would break the legislation into two parts and pass the most expensive provisions solely with Democratic votes.
The idea is the latest effort by Democrats to escape…voter discontent crystallized in angry town-hall meetings.”
(Because that’s what we pay them for. To escape voter discontent.)
Let me get this straight. Here’s how things have gone so far:
- Obama, as part of his campaign, promises to reform the health care system. This, despite the fact that 89% of the population (pdf) is happy with their current health care quality and 57% are satisfied with their health care costs.
- Obama and the Democrats hold town hall meetings to try to build support for their plan.
- Having the left the comfortable, self-reinforcing bubble they live in, they find out the voters actually don’t trust them or want them meddling with health care in any way.
So they decide to circumvent the will of the people by ensuring they only need 51 votes to pass the most expensive, controversial parts of the bill.
Because what do the people know anyway?
Great work, 52%.