“He’s lying.”

This is how an ultra-right wing social/economic conservative Republican-leaning person would likely react to Obama’s healthcare speech this past evening, just like South Carolina Republican Congressman Joe Wilson said in an outburst during the speech.

The Hubby noted the fine line Obama had to walk, bringing in rhetoric that tried to appeal the broad three ideologies in American political discourse: liberty (eg. Libertarians, avowed Independents, and Reagan-coalition small government Republicans), equality (eg. “progressive” Democrats), and order (eg. social and economic conservative Republicans — often beholden to the Moral Majority of the Christian Right).

Both friends and foes of Obama keep forgetting that Obama is that strange, political animal — a conservative Democrat whose only ideology is pragmatism.  Folks with “R” after their name keep painting Obama as a liberal just because he has a “D” after his name.  Folks with a “D” after their name are stymied that Obama isn’t a liberal  (just check out Obama’s speech to elementary kids — this is stuff I’ve heard from my Republican-voting, Navy-vet Dad since I was a little girl).

I honestly have no idea if this big healthcare reform bill will pass.  Too much acrimony everywhere on this issue has made me become a “Wait and see” person.  I like my health insurance so far, which I fortunately get through a workplace with excellent job security.  But this reform bill isn’t for me.  It’s for people like many of my community college students — laid off or underemployed, with kids.

For the sake of folks like them,  I hope SOMETHING gets passed — Democrat, Republican, bi-partisan, whatever.  Something is better than nothing — after all, we taxpayers already paid for months and months of the Congress’s paychecks as they’ve worked on this healthcare reform bill.  As a taxpayer, I WANT MY MONEY’S WORTH.

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