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Think of this…What if Pres. Franklin Roosevelt had taken office, shrugged his shoulders at the Depression, and announced to the American people, “Hey, it’s not my problem. Herbert Hoover did this, so live with it!”
What if Pres. John F. Kennedy had been sworn in and claimed in his inaugural address, “Black Americans are being beaten in the Deep South for wanting to sit at restaurant counters, drink from public water fountains, and exercise their right to vote. However, that’s not my problem; Pres. Eisenhower left it to me, but I’m going to move on to more important items like beating the Russians to the moon.”
What if Pres. Richard Nixon had said, “At some point, China will become a major power in world politics, but Lyndon Johnson didn’t do anything about it, so I’m not going to address it either.”
Or what if Pres. Barack Obama had held a news conference and said, “My predecessor has left tens of thousands of American soldiers in the Middle East. It’s not my job to figure out how to get them home safely; I didn’t put them there.”
And yet what did we hear from Pres. Trump last week? After his fellow Republicans in the U.S. House refused to coalesce and pass his “repeal and replace” answer to Pres. Obama’s Affordable Care Act, he brushed the citizens aside and basically said, “It is my way or the highway. Let America’s health care fail; I’m moving on to changing the tax system.”
This is not what most of us would call leadership. If anything, it’s cowardice and arrogance from a buffoon who hasn’t a clue as to how to act as the chief executive of the world’s largest economic power.
I’m not defending every aspect of so-called “Obamacare.” Passed without Republican votes, it barely eked its way through the Congress and was held constitutional by a thread, a 5-4 Supreme Court vote. It has problems, but it also has benefits. More than 10 million Americans have obtained insurance, and, even though residents of many rural counties are faced with no competitive insurance plans, some two-thirds of the country has a choice between three or four carriers.
Its future is dicey and most Democrats admit it needs tweaking or restructuring to keep it afloat. At the same time, the vast majority of Americans – including many who voted for Pres. Trump – want to keep essential components of the Obama measure, especially the ban on insurance companies cancelling policies for people with pre-existing conditions and allowing young people to stay on their parents’ plan.
Republican and Democrats can take the hard road, meet together and through give-and-take plug some funding problems. It will take some type of tax increase on certain populations to keep the nice parts Americans want to retain. It may also take a reduction of certain benefits.
A real president would lead the discussion. But that’s not whom the Electoral College selected.
What if Pres. Harry Truman had said, “Americans are dying and being tortured by the Imperial Forces of Japan. But I didn’t start World War II, so that’s not my problem.”
Think about it, Donald. Do your job.