You and I do not have many political agreements, but one thing we agree upon is that the Senate health care bill must be defeated. I have my reasons, and you have yours.
One thing we agree upon is that the mandate is an abomination. For me it’s a huge leap down a slippery slope of government control over our lives. For you it forces individuals to pay a substantial portion of their income to private insurance companies with little in return.
You have called on left and right to join forces against the mandate:
If the health care bill written by the Senate is passed, middle class Americans will be mandated to pay almost as much to private insurance companies as they do to the federal government in taxes, with the IRS acting as a collection agency for penalties of 2% of your annual income for refusing to comply.
This is just one of many recent measures that has brought liberal progressives and conservative libertarians together to join forces in opposition….
You have noted the “enormous, rising tide of populism that crosses party lines in objection to the Senate bill.” Here is what you have written about what would happen if the left and the right joined together around defeating the Senate bill:
It scares the bejesus out of the DC establishment of both parties to think that the left and right might align against the corporate interests that dominate the massive giveaways that keep happening no matter who’s in power.
The fate of the Senate bill may hinge on the outcome of the special election in Massachusetts on January 19. Scott Brown (R) is within 9% of Martha Coakley (D) overall, within 2% among people who definitely will vote, and leads independents by 44%.
Scott Brown will vote against the Senate bill. Without 60 votes in the Senate, Harry Reid would have to go through monumental procedural gymnastics to get the bill passed, even with the secretive attempts to avoid a conference.
Martha Coakley will be the 60th vote for the destructive Senate bill you hate so much.
And Coakley is the type of Democrat about whom you complain so much, someone who promises progressives one thing to get your money and votes, then does another thing. Coakley promised during the Democratic primary that she would not vote for any bill which contained restrictions on abortion, netting her hundreds of thousands of dollars and votes from progressives. But after the primary, Coakley switched her position and now has joined Harry Reid and Ben Nelson.
I want the Senate bill killed for my reasons, and you for yours. Now is your chance to kill the bill by helping elect Scott Brown.
Are you with us on this, or not?
Update: As requested by a commenter, here is the link to contribute to Brown’s campaign.
For my complete coverage of the Brown v. Coakley MA Senate Race, click here