The dictionary defines decisiveness as “firm or unwavering adherence to one’s purpose”. My definition of a politician is an elected empty suit who does what they are told by the powers behind the scenes who owns them because of money or the photos proving their unholy indiscretions.
These are usually mutually exclusive. Currently healthcare is a major issue in the news and is a clear demonstration of a possible exception to the two terms being mutually exclusive. Several years ago the elected empty suits were instructed by their string pullers to vote for a massive healthcare plan. The plan was filled with promises that could only be described as mutually exclusive.
I am beginning to see a trend. Millions of uninsured could now be insured, children could be covered on their parent’s policy until 26, everyone’s insurance premiums would be reduced by about $2500, insurance companies would not be able to refuse coverage because of pre existing conditions, and if you liked the insurance that you have you would be able to keep it. All of these promises would be very expensive to provide. They scream of the proverbial “Free Lunch”. And most of those promises turned out to be the empty promises they sounded like.
There are no free lunches in the world. On occasion you do get a free lunch, but when you don’t pay someone else must. The promises that sound too good to be true are too good to be true; especially when the promises are made by a known liar (a synonym for elected empty suit or politician).
The votes were tallied and the elected empty suits squeaked by and passed a 2300 page document that made the promises / lies the law of the land. No one read the document, they had to “pass it to know what’s in it” and now we have a “train wreck” to deal with.
Recently, as the law was about to take affect the naysayers wanted a delay, after all, the president already violated the law and granted a reprieve to corporations and unions. The decisive politicians were apoplectic at the thought of a delay. They screamed that “its settled law” and “it’s the law of the land” and finally “get over it and accept it.”
The decisive politicians did as they were instructed and voted for the promises that sounded too good to be true. They were proud of their accomplishment and condemned everyone who said that the promises did not make sense. The naysayers don’t sound so foolish now do they?
Now that the law starts to take effect and the train has started to wreck the decisive politicians are changing their mind.
The website that opens the door to the whole program does not work and doesn’t provide anyone the right information. The decisive politicians now want a reprieve.
Here is my list of what went wrong:
I will start with karma. When you do the right thing for the right reason you almost always get the right result. The concept of the government providing healthcare for everyone legal or illegal residents healthcare is not practical and just wrong. Your broken bones, hemorrhoids, ulcers and venereal diseases should be none of my business or my burden. It’s my opinion that government wants to be the answer to everything for everybody. Controlling health care and creating an environment that requires everyone to depend on government to solve all medical problems is the major reason they want this law to go into effect. The lack of honesty and hidden agendas caused the roll out to be so poorly received by the public.
The law was too complex and difficult to manage. The law was 2300 pages long. It’s a spider web of requirements that is filled with requirements and obligations that places burdens on individuals, companies, as well as local, state, and the federal governments.
Another complex and detailed effort was the D-Day invasion in June 1944. Quite a bit did not go as planned on D-Day. There is a difference between the individuals involved in the Federal Health Care plan and the D-Day invasion. D-Day was run by professional men and women who were committed to win a war and defend their country. They were courageous, experienced and dedicated to their mission. And most importantly they had a leader who had a vision and led his armies though the process from the earliest plans through to the end. General Eisenhower took ownership of the operation and wrote two speeches to deliver as the invasion took place. One spoke of the pride he had for the fighting men who went into harm’s way to accomplish the mission and also spoke of their sacrifice, courage and dedication to duty. In the other speech General Eisenhower accepted responsibility for the failure of the operation. That’s leadership, that’s why we remember and respect General Eisenhower as a great soldier and a great president.
Those working on the Federal Health Care plan have little to no private sector experience. They have no history of accomplishing anything other than throwing rocks at anyone who is successful or who accomplishes anything. There is an absence of leadership in the Federal Health Care system. The phrase circular firing squad seems to describe them perfectly.
KISS (Keep it simple stupid) is good advice for anything that involves more than two people. A 2300 page law will be a massive operation to manage. The complexity of anything that size creates a condition that would be difficult to manage by experienced professionals who are committed and dedicated to success. It’s too complex to work without a great deal of effective leadership.
Unintended consequences are the reason all the promises failed to be met. The burden on employers caused them to keep their head counts low and to hire employees they don’t have to provide insurance for (part time employees). Union health plans suffered negative consequences that upset union leaders who were forced to speak harshly to the government. Union Leaders rarely have to talk harshly to democrats.
The website had to be extraordinarily complex to accomplish all that was required of it. The inexperienced project managers in government have never managed anything as complex as a grammar school bake sale let alone a complex task as the web site.
They selected a company with a history of disappointing their customers. The project managers didn’t know what questions to ask or what tests to conduct to insure progress was on track and the web site would work properly. This is a clear case if the inexperienced leading the incompetent.
The administration’s disdain for success and profit prevented anyone with a history of accomplishments and success from working on the most complex government endeavor. This same disdain also closed to the door on any effective leaders.
The uphill battle to provide all things to all people seems doomed to failure because no one involved had the experience, commitment, or courage to bring the complex plan together and achieve some of the promises.
Prior to the rollout of D-Day General Eisenhower wrote two speeches and showed what kind of a leader he was. After the success of the invasion he gave the speech where he praised his forces for their hard work and sacrifice.
After the roll out of the Federal Health Care program the president admitted he was disappointed and threw blame around but never took ownership of the operation. I recommend he reads Ike’s biography; there are a lot of lessons to be learned.
Decisive politicians did as instructed when it came time to force this complex legislation down our throats, but now their decisiveness is blowing in the wind. There is no cover or concealment in moving forward with this train wreck so they are beginning to mutiny. Their leader is pointing fingers and the decisive politicians want to join the nay sayers and delay the train wreck. Decisive politicians are not too big on loyalty.
Why did they vote for so complex a plan that was doomed to failure at the outset, and stick with it until even the main stream media could no longer defend it?
The tax payers who vote for all these mind changers have to consider their next vote. If you vote for something you believe in I expect you to stand by your decision.
I don’t want a candy ass and a mind changer representing me Do YOU?