Lesson from Massachusetts

All the political eyes of a nation were on the state of Massachusetts this week as the special election was held to fill the Senate seat was vacated when Ted Kennedy passed away last August. This was a Senate seat held by the Democrats and the Kennedys for Decades…..

It was a lock, the Democrat candidate Martha Coakley held a 30 point lead in the polls over Scott Brown as late as Christmas…and then something happened…

The House and Senate had dragged out the health care reform bill past August, past two deadlines set by the President and still nothing had made it to his desk to sign.

We began to hear rumblings that compromises were being made, to get SOMETHING passed, ANYTHING passed…public option was in, public option was out….all of this was going on while the Democrats pushing this legislation held the Super majority in the Senate and could pass anything they wanted to…but yet, the haggling went on…..and all of a sudden, Martha Coakley’s 30 point lead was only 10.

Then the backroom negotiations came up with a plan to exempt unions and government employees from the Cadillac Tax, where a 40% tax would be levied on people whose employers provided them with excellent health care coverage. 40%!!!

The health care reform act was supposed to be paid for only by the rich…remember that promise? But just because you have a good health care policy at work…it does not make you rich…likely you’re middle class!

And then the lead was five….

Then the President unveiled a plan to levy upon banks who had received TARP money and had already paid it back, PLUS interest…a special tax of $90 billion!

$90 billion! And who do you think would end up paying that in higher fees and interest rates…that’s right…people who borrow money…and the rich don’t have to borrow a lot of money…but the middle class sure does.

And then, all of a sudden, the race in Massachusetts, the bluest of blue states, where a Republican hadn’t won a Senate Seat in over 30 years…all of a sudden the race was a dead heat.

The Democrats lost Massachusetts, lost their super majority in the Senate and likely lost any chance of getting health care legislation passed before the mid term elections this fall.

They’re pointing fingers all around on the TV talk shows, but they have no one to blame but themselves…and if they are not careful, this could be just the beginning!


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