Unrequited love. Yeah, that’s some painful stuff. Really. But the fact is, we’re just not that into you.
We’re not into you because to you, this is all an academic exercise. You passed something you called a health care reform bill, and yay, I get that it was hard and historic and all that crap. But it’s not really reform. It’s an insurance subsidy that won’t do squat for most of us — except saddle us with an expensive mandate and big deductibles we didn’t have before. Many people have no intention of complying with it — not because it’s too liberal, but because it’s not liberal enough.
You all kept explaining to us how what we wanted “couldn’t get done,” and you traded it away without even trying. You didn’t even bother to show us the work.
That’s the problem with the Beltway. You have no idea how difficult, how scary it is for the rest of us out here. That’s why these incremental, kick-the-can-down-the-road bills you pass seem like such a big deal to you, and such a small deal to us. They don’t help us with the problems we face right this minute — you know, like 21% actual unemployment?
To us, your whining and berating only feels like extortion. “Pull this lever or we’re going to shoot the dog/Supreme Court/civil rights.” That doesn’t feel like love, baby. Hell, that’s not even “like.”