The status quo is broken. We cannot continue this way," Obama said in his weekly address. "If we do nothing, everyone's health care will be put in jeopardy."
The president wants a health reform bill that covers all Americans on his desk by August, reaching for a goal that has eluded presidents for decades -- in a single summer.With cap and trade, the president has indicated he'd like that to be on his desk by October.
Now, the administration is encouraging the same kind of speed for their financial regulatory reform.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner urged Congress to pass the Obama administration's regulation reform proposals quickly today. Testifying in front of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, Geithner said changes were needed to rebuild confidence in the U.S. financial system. Debate over the plan and lobbying efforts are expected to occupy Congress for the next several months.
If you've ever been part of your fair share of business deals, you have come across your fair share of folks that try and rush you into decisions. Now, it's a simple matter of salesmanship to create urgency in any business transaction. After all, if you never create any reason to buy now, the buyer will never decide.
At the same time, you know there is a huckster when they dismiss reasonable concerns in order to create urgency. That's what we have here with the president. The president is dismissing reasonable concerns: the enormous power of the fed, the gateway from the government option to single payer, the hidden tax of cap and trade, by creating a sense of urgency. With each of these pieces of legislation, the president eschews the deliberate debate process that is supposed to happen in the legislature in favor of speed meant for emergencies.
How many emergencies do we have? It seems that President Obama's entire agenda is a response to emergencies. What would happen if health care reform passed at the end of 2010 as supposed to this summer? What would happen if energy reform passed at the same time? Would the sky really fall if we actually allowed the legilative process to move along in the speed it was intended? There is a fine line between someone creating a sense of urgency and someone dismissing legitimate concerns using a sense of urgency. The latter is a huckster and that's the president's M.O. in all these debates.