Ridiculous......we've seen how well the government can run large social efforts such Social Security, Welfare, etc..... We've also had the joy of watching the government already run a more of "government health care" with Medicaid and Medicare. Why assume this would be any different than any other large bureaucratic effort put forward?
For the past 8 years many have cried about the Bush administrations increasing the deficit & growing of the government. Now this has been increased two-fold and those same people (many on this board) are now praising the decisions.
The best question to ask yourself is why is it so important to have perhaps the most important legislation in the last 25 years passed 1 month from now? How utterly ridiculous is this? We've already seen from this administration a rush to pass legislation and in turn that legislation has turned out to be completely opposite of what we were told it would do (unemployment stops at 8%........Biden says "we miss judged" . And now many are on board with it again.
If you want a form of government ran health care that's fine. I personally believe if the government is going to get in the dance they should only look at catastrophic health care reforms. If you're going to the doctor for a check-up, cold, or allergy shots keep the government out of it.
Also whoever commented about "small business only facing a %5 increase and it not being a big deal" that's a pathetic statement. It's easy to ask other's to give up there income when it's not yours.
Well, you have to consider that the current state of social security isn't the fault of the people who proposed it. Social Security was a dream piece of legislation that had to be torn apart in order to compromise with the right. Welfare is the same story.
Also, this has already been said by asmolitor in another thread, but you obviously need things to spoon-fed to you so let me break it down Barney style.
Obama: trillion dollar deficit in the midst of a fiscal Keynesian policy in response to the worst recession since the Great Depression
Bush: consecutively bigger budget deficits, destruction of the previous budget surplus under the 'tax and spend liberal' that was Bill Clinton in response to an economic boom
The rationale behind Obama's budget is crystal clear, no one has to explain to me why we were having massive budget deficits in the midst of huge economic growth.
The best question to ask ourselves is why have we continued to allow the infection that is healthcare, 16% of our GDP (if I remember correctly) to continue to metastasize, until it ultimately has crippled us. Biden misspoke, the stimulus has had six months and people like you are expecting instant results.
Give it a bit to actually do what it is meant to do. http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/200...s-the-problem/