In quake ravaged Haiti, private sector, American donations exceeded 210 million last week and still counting even as frantic democrats scrambled to threaten, bribe and otherwise coerce everything that moved in Washington to approve the 1.2 million dollar, 2,700 page public health care document that no one has read. This, amid anger and frustration in this country about where we are going economically and genuine concern about ever growing and intrusive Government.
All of this came to an abrupt halt on Tuesday, January 19, 2010. The election of Scott Brown to the Massachusetts Senate seemed to be the vote that was heard across the Nation, even as liberals cried and bemoaned the fact that this was the seat that "belonged" to Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy, Mr. Brown was quick to say that as a Republican he considered it, the peoples seat. Somewhat of a miraculous out come to be sure, this will depend how ever, on what is done with it.
The dichotomy should not be lost on those of us on the right, who have been politically active, and have fought against intrusive Government and high taxes. Even as we give hundreds of millions of dollars in Haiti, there is a very real health-care crisis in America.
The Democrats at this stage have lost the seat in the Senate that would have allowed them to ram rod their ill thought out public option against the will of the people. Ironically, this is a problem that Conservatives are uniquely equipped to solve.
We on the right can no longer afford to turn a blind eye to the plight of uninsured Americans. It will take the entrepreneurial spirit and passion of both
Republicans and Democrats. It will take single-mindedness of purpose, removing barriers that prevent the purchasing of insurance across state lines, concentrating on the private sector and limiting Government control to "oversight." It will take everything from mega incentives to tax cuts, but it can and will be done.
There is nothing that the American people and the private sector can not do-so let's just do it! We as conservative Americans do a lot of talking about making our country great again. Perhaps somewhere along the way, we could just make it good again!
By Ruth Ann Rodgers
San Saba, Texas