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“…because I’m the President…”

Good grief, people. Can we get a grip? Have we become so ridiculously polarized that we’re going to lay into the President for saying that he’s the president? Don’t we have bigger issues to be dealing with?

During today’s bipartisan health care summit at Blair House, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) pointed out that the Democrats had used up 52 minutes of debate, while the Republicans had received a paltry 24 minutes.

Now, let it not be lost on anyone that the Minority Leader knew to the minute how much time was spent, which begs the question: was he spending his time following his watch and not participating in the discussion, or did he spend tax-payer money on a staff person monitoring the time of the discussion rather than working on constituent issues in the office?

President Obama was serving as a moderator in a public discussion. When President Bush called for an emergency meeting on the economy in 2008 (at the request of then presidential candidate John McCain), none of the participants – Democratic or Republican – yammered when Bush made opening comments.

A large part of the reason for that, I am sure, is that with the lack of cameras, there was no audience to play to, so instead the assembled legislators chose actually to work. A frightening thought, I know…

Today’s political farce served no purpose to get us closer to comprehensive health care reform. Instead, it was used by both sides to hunker down in positions rather than get over the political punditry and find a solution to a problem that plagues millions of voters.

While the president has failed to provide any real leadership on the issue – instead throwing it to Congress, where it will be mutilated by partisan and special interests – today’s meeting could have been an opportunity to work together.

However, the discussion quickly broke down and America finds itself without a solution to the health care problem and with a greater disgust of Congress.

As for John McCain’s performance, well, it spoke for itself. As someone who would have voted for McCain in 2000 and has always respected his independence and rational voice, I was further disheartened today watching his continual slide into irrelevance: from his schizophrenic presidential campaign in 2008 to his further moves to the fringe to try to save his Senate seat against J.D. Hayworth’s neo-populist tea-partyism to his overwhelming displays of anger, bitterness, and frustration.

When are the American people going to say, “Enough is Enough!”?

First of all, despite health care’s importance, is that really the issue that should be consuming the time of our congressional leaders when the economy continues to fall? Unemployment is still at an all-time high, while consumer confidence falls.

Let’s not forget the $15 billion jobs bill, which really doesn’t guarantee the creation of jobs. Or the fact that this $15 billion bill caused the Senate to waive the pay-as-you-go bill, which requires that new spending be offset elsewhere in the budget. Consequently, adding to our ever-skyrocketing debt.

When will our elected officials remember that they represent their constituents, not their political parties? When will Democrats and Republicans remember that they aren’t sent to Washington by special and partisan interests but by people who worry about the price of milk and bread?

And most of all, when will our officials remember that Americans are strong, capable, responsible, hard-working, sacrificing people who do not need to be told what they need or what they want or what is best for them?

The age of statesmanship and leadership is dead; the age of hackneyed cronyism lives on.

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