Dear White House,

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(sent to flag@whitehouse.gov seeking clarification before I report on people providing erroneous information on health care reform)

How are we suppose to know what is erroneous information about the health care bill? So far there are multiple bills, most of them longer than anyone can read and understand. Many Democrat leaders, including the President, have made statements that seem contrary to what is being stated as the goals now. Are we suppose to believe the past statements, or the present statements? Most of the stated goals, although admirable, are not achievable based on what is being presented as the bill (assuming anyone understands what is in the bill). So which one are we suppose to believe: the stated goals, or what is in the bill? You keep talking about the right wing attack machine trying to scare people into not wanting reform, how are their tactics different from those of the President and leaders of Congress who continue to state we will be in an economic crisis if we do not pass something. Isn't that a scare tactic? You criticize the approach many opponents are taking on health care, but aren't those the same tactics used to oppose the war? If it was patriotic to oppose the war, why is it now un-American to oppose the health care bill?

Frankly, we are looking for honest leadership, not gamesmanship or political hatchet jobs. I am no supporter of Pres. Bush and agree with much of the criticism that was leveled against him. However, all I am seeing today is the same tired politics and tactics of the last eight years. Same politics, different party, same result. We all hoped for change, but hope is fading fast.

About Craig Mayberry

Closed Account • Member since Jan 17, 2008

While writing his articles from 2008 to 2011, Craig lived near Lynden and taught at both Whatcom Community College and Western Washington University. He was active in politics and ran for public [...]

Comments by Readers

Hue Beattie

Aug 07, 2009

Did you snooze thru your civics class in high school.?
How a bill becomes a law might have bored you but if you had paid attention you would know that your critique is bogus.We have no bill yet
just committee drafts.

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James J Johann

Aug 07, 2009

Therein lies the problem:  COMMITTEE DRAFTS suddenly become multi-thousand page BILLS, which are presented under cover of darkness, then required to be voted upon literally within hours.
Jim Johann

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Craig Mayberry

Aug 07, 2009

Hue,

Granted, I did grow up in Idaho which is probably a little bit redneck for many people.  I was far more interested in golf than civics at the time and may have missed that lecture when I was playing in a golf tournament.  Thank goodness for wise and educated politicians who understand the process so well that we do not have to worry about it or be educated on the process.  I am so glad we have wise and benevolent political leaders (unlike the selfish greedy insurance company executives) that only care about the little people, like myself, and take no thought for their own interests and welfare. 

I will go back to working on my farm and trust that whatever our benevolent Congress comes up with will be in the best interest of our country and I will not ask any more questions.

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John Servais

Aug 07, 2009

Hue,

The personal insult was not needed for you to make your point. 

Make a strong point.  Point out candidly where the other person is really wrong - or the action stupid.  But the person is not stupid.  And absurd references as yours probably hurt rather than help others to write and comment here. 

I’m a strong critic of many things - and no doubt someone can dredge up a personal attack I’ve made - but we all need to cool this a bit as we use the web more and more for our public discourse. 

Strong words of criticism of actions or votes or movements and all that is political is within bounds. Indeed, we need more intelligent criticism that is to the point.  But lets hold back from intentionally hurtful personal comments.

I’ve put years of personal time and money into this website.  It costs me a lot - including invites to liberal wine and cheese parties.  And a lot of missed sailing and mountain hikes.  The hope is this site will provide an outlet for those on our community who know what is going on and are not afraid to communicate it.

John Servais
Owner and administrator of NwCitizen

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