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An Iceberg in the way
Fixing a problem before it is too late.
The setting is 1911, on a rather warm winter morning with a heavy fog rolling in, three men drinking tea by the harbor having a somewhat heated discussion about the newly built passenger liner extraordinaire called the Titanic. Theodore, a young man from the southern region was explaining passionately to his close friends Marcus and Randall about the potential danger of this enormous maiden voyage that was soon to be. It was all everyone was talking about. “Sure it looks beautiful and is unique, but looks can be deceiving!” exclaimed Theodore. The other two understood all too well of how important this event was to those who spent enormous amounts of money to make this thing possible. Randall was angry at how much more money was involved than was first realized in making this boat. He said it has “doubled” in price from what he was first told.
Marcus too, was a young man but wise beyond his years. “We must find a way to stop this voyage; it is not ready for such a trip” he said as he poured more tea into his comrades cups. “It is not designed well, and has way too many flaws that could lead to a disaster, if not fixed properly”.
It was as if these guys already knew about the upcoming tragedy that was about to unfold. “Perhaps we must speak to the Captain about our knowledge and persuade him to postpone this journey, until we can have some corrections put forth” said Theodore. All of them agreed that morning that they use whatever powers they had to relay this message not just to the Captain, but to everyone, especially those who are so eager to be the first ones aboard.
The Captain was outraged by the notion of halting this expedition across the Atlantic. This had been his dream of nearly five years to show the world that such a ship was now here and NOBODY was going to get in his way.
Jump ahead 102 years later.
Well, as you all know how this story ended. Not too many knew about Theodore, Marcus and Randall. How they knew about the upcoming tragedy, and how they passionately wanted to make radical changes to that ship, so harm would not be imposed, but rather fixed in a fashion that ALL would be safe.
Okay, getting to my point here. Let’s move forward a hundred years to Washington DC. Three men named Ted, Marco and Rand, all having a similar discussion about The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act commonly called the Affordable Care Act or yet even better known as simply “Obamacare”.
They too, as the characters I described drinking tea that cold winter morning, know there is a tragedy about to unfold. “Sure it looks beautiful and is unique, but looks can be deceiving!” exclaimed Ted.
Rand too, reminds us all that what was told to all of us that it would cost $898 billion over ten years, has now been estimated at $1.6 trillion, nearly doubling at the signing of this bill!
These three men along with a handful of other “tea-party” conservatives see the danger. Our Captain has been warned, yet he is headstrong into making this ACA its maiden voyage despite the warnings.
Okay, I made up the little story at the beginning about the three men and the Titanic, but I am not making up about the efforts of a few strong, passionate conservatives that do see some real problems in this bill, that Nancy Pelosi had the gall to say we must PASS this bill first before we know what all is in it. I find this remarkable just how poor our leadership is, and how they carelessly act in spending our money upon a bill that is going to radically change our system. They are demonizing those who want to merely revisit a bad bill, and try to make it better before it becomes a hardship among American citizens.
Despite the attempts of placing blame upon those on the right, I am proud that we have a few good men on the Hill, who are doing what they know to be right. To stand firm on principals, and doing whatever they can to avoid hitting an iceberg that could sink us all.
Who knows, maybe one of them will be POTUS one day.