Sunday, August 25, 2013

Obamacare Is Not The Biggest Problem Facing The United States

Yesterday, I drove to St. Joseph, Missouri, picked up a young'un and returned to South Dakota, so I didn't have much time to blog or read blogs. This morning, I found this post and Larry Rhoden's claim: "The battle against Obamacare is the most pressing issue our nation is facing." Repealing a law passed by Congress, signed by the President, and upheld by the Supreme Court is "the most pressing issue" in the country. Seriously?

In no particular order, here are 10 issues that are more important than repealing the PPACA.

1. The expanded practice of governing through executive orders begun by George W. Bush and continued by Barack Obama. House Republicans seemed fine with the practice during the Bush administration and Senate Democrats are fine with Obama's use of the instrument even though the practice seems more reminiscent of a monarchy than it does a republic.

2. In that vein, Congress continues to abdicate its power to declare war. The Afghanistan war is the longest in our history, but Congress never bothered to declare war. Now, the President is apparently preparing to attack Syria without any Congressional debate.

3, The surveillance state has run amok and Congressional leaders seem unwilling or unable to do anything to stop it.

4. The "too big to fail banks" that brought the country to the bring of economic ruin are still too big to fail. Further, nothing has been done to prevent those institutions from engaging in the same practices that led to the recession.

5. Economic stagnation threatens the basic American Dream, the promise that one's children will have a better life than their parents. Please spare me the ridiculous chestnut that Obamacare is causing this stagnation. It's been a decades long trend.

6. Our roads, bridges, electronic grid and other infrastructure are crumbling. Our broadband efforts to create and maintain a broadband infrastructure trail many other nations.

7.The country doesn't seem to have a coherent plan to deal with China or any other rising economic power.

8. Terrorism, nuclear proliferation, chemical WMDs are still bigger threats than a legally enacted law.

9. The country and the world still relies on Arab states for oil. The nation has no coherent plan to deal with energy. On a related note, I'm not sure that country has a secure food supply.

10. The revolving door between government and corporate America that centers control in fewer hands.

Now that I think about it, the most pressing issue facing our country might be the people who believe Rhoden's rhetoric because their screams to eliminate Obamacare have prevented serious efforts to deal with any of the more pressing issues.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Then perhaps you're clueless on the larger scale of things economically, especially. But you continue your blogless blog!!!

Kal Lis said...

Thanks for stopping by. Which of the 10 I listed are not more important than repealing Obamacare?

M Larson said...

What about the blind fascination with testing in education that confuses test scores with learning and only trying to gear students live in the work place and not knowing how to actually live.

M Larson said...

What is a blogless blog anyway? Is it supposed to be something like meatless meat? That's called tofu, right?

Kal Lis said...

Mike,

I believe that those who view Obamacare as the nation's biggest problem won't view education and the testing industry as a problem.

As for a "blogless blog," I don't know. I decided to leave the phrasing alone.

On a serious note, I know that some of the local folk use the term "blog" to refer to their comments in the comments section. I don't know why, but they believe they "blog" when they post a comment. I don't know where the confusion comes from, but they are stubborn in their error.

If this effort is to be meatless, I'd prefer it be a seitan blog rather than a tofu blog

Deb Geelsdottir said...

My greatest concerns are #s 1 and 4.

The furor over Obamacare is so intense because it goes into effect soon. The health/ pharmaceutical/ medical industries are highly opposed because their economic power will be diminished, hence the millions and billions of dollars to their legislators, advertising agencies, lobbyists, 'grass roots' groups such as teabaggers and media.

When Obamacare becomes effective and people see how well it works, no amount of propaganda will work. However, as 2014 nears, and implementation appears unstoppable, Big Money has added more distortions to effectiveness to their toolbox. They are using everything from misrepresentation to outright lies to frighten people away from buying insurance.

I've seen a billboard that includes these words: "But why can't I keep my old doctor." That is a lie, nothing more, nothing less. No one will be forced to leave their doctor.

Kal Lis said...

Deb,

You're absolutely correct that this whole furor is about power and money.

I am confused as to which big corporate lobby will lose under the PPACA; the who act seems like an insurance company protection act. Big Pharma seemed to be fully protected as well.