Monday, August 10, 2009

What Defines "Un-American"?

RJ Note: Why is there so much dissent in America over health care? Is it because the elected officials do not appear to be listening to the public who elected them? Hasn't poll after poll shown the American public is not interested in the current health care reform bill being pushed by the democrats?

What everyone seems to agree on is that health care could using some reform. But not at the expense of American freedom of choice.

What defines "un-American"? Today, Pelosi and Hoyer seem to think it means anyone who is not 100% in agreement with the current bill. How many people in Congress have even read the bill? How many will? If the members of Congress are so in agreement with this bill, then why don't they want to have to comply with it?

Back around 1776, being "un-American" indicated loyalty to a government who was ruled by a monarch and who wanted to heavily tax those families in the American colonies. Remember the term "Taxation without Representation"?

Are we back to having taxation without representation? I hope not.

Boehner Statement on Speaker Pelosi & Majority Leader Hoyer’s “Un-American” Comments

House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement on comments by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) in this morning’s USA Today calling Americans who express vocal opposition to the Democrats’ health care plan “un-American”:

“For months, House Democratic leaders have worked to silence any opposing views in this health care debate, both here in Washington and around the country where millions of Americans are struggling in this economy. Every poll taken in the last month shows that a majority of Americans are concerned about, if not outright opposed to, the Democrats’ plan because of the cost and consequences it would mean for their own health care. Each public forum should give every participant the opportunity to express their views, but to label Americans who are expressing vocal opposition to the Democrats’ plan “un-American” is outrageous and reprehensible.

“The American people deserve answers to basic questions about whether the Democrats’ plan will increase health care costs, add to the deficit, increase taxes on middle-class families and small businesses, put government between doctors and patients, force anyone to lose their current health coverage, kill jobs, promote taxpayer-funded abortion, or cut Medicare. The fact is Democrats have not been able to address the very real concerns the American people have.

“It’s time for Democrats to start listening. When we return to Washington in September, Democrats should scrap their costly plan and finally work on bipartisan reforms that give Americans what they are seeking: better access to affordable care.”

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