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[Wednesday September 25, 2013]

By on February 12, 2014 in See It Here, The Way I See It, Writing

As I write this, Texas Senator Ted Cruz has been talking on the senate floor for now 18 hours about why the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is “forcing its will on the American people.” I have been switching between this and Jerry Springer (the latter is part of my morning routine as I always want to learn something each day). Here’s the scary part: Jerry Springer makes more sense than what Senator Cruz is doing.

All the ad nauseum banter about President Obama’s effort to provide health care for America is based on the fact nobody is talking to each other and there’s an irony in that Senator Cruz is part of the “greatest deliberative body” which suggests there is a conversation going on somewhere. Well, to the esteemed gentleman from Texas, here’s a newsflash: There isn’t. The great speeches are going past the people who are supposed to be listening and having a conversation to find a solution.

The guests on Jerry Springer are there because they lack the ability to talk with eachother. The result is yelling, a few bitch slaps and little communication until Jerry offers his “final thought” which is always about the importance of talking to each other.

If Senator Cruz is interested in having a conversation about suggestions to make the Affordable Care Act more user-friendly, then he should do just that instead of wasting everyone’s time about how his father was a dishwasher and how much he loves America. In fact, both republicans and democrats should do that.

The result would be Senator Cruz not having to read “Green Eggs and Ham” to his children on CSPAN.

Talking isn’t that difficult to do but solutions aren’t found in speeches on TV. A single sentence quoted to me years ago while doing a book about things we need to know in the 21st century is this: “It’s not me against you; it’s the two of us against the problem.” Unfortunately, we’re far from that idea.

Time to go back to Jerry Springer now. I want to learn something new.

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