Poem: Voting has its Consequences

When the Democrats decided to
Vote for a health care bill
Written by the insurance companies,*
Rather than “Medicare for All”
Voting has its consequences.

When the Democrats decided to
Vote for a bill putting harmful x-ray machines**
Into our airports
And coerce their usage with body violations
Voting has its consequences.

When the Democrats decided to
Whine rather then stand up
And get the votes they needed
For bills that would create real change
Then the people who wanted change

Got tired of a mediocre party
So they stayed home during the elections
And because the Democrat’s votes were so weak
The Party’s elected official’s votes had their consequences.

Now the people want real change
Not somewhere in the future
Not somewhere in the land of make believe
But now.

I wrote this poem because I got tired of hearing the Democratic talking point “Voting has its consequences” after the Democratic elected officials had such a weak voting record. They blamed their loss on people not being inspired to vote rather than their lack of real leadership.

*Lobbyists Spend Millions to Influence Health Care
“Millions of middle-income people will be pressured to buy commercial health insurance policies costing up to 9.5 percent of their income but covering an average of only 70 percent of their medical expenses…Many will find such policies …too expensive to use because of the high co-pays and deductibles.

Insurance firms will be handed at least $447 billion in taxpayer money to subsidize the purchase of their shoddy products…

The bill will drain about $40 billion from Medicare payments to safety-net hospitals, threatening the care of the tens of millions who will remain uninsured.”Health bill leaves 23 million uninsured

Baucus Thanks Wellpoint VP Liz Fowler for Writing Health Care Bill

**UCSF Scientists Speak Out Against Airport Full-Body Scans
Review of the TSA X-ray backscatter body scanner safety report: hide your kids, hide your wife

2 thoughts on “Poem: Voting has its Consequences

    1. No, I voted for Obama and am an avid supporter of “Medicare for All” but I have been listening to a ton of talk radio that is on our “liberal station” (I put liberal in quotes because if this were Europe people would think our liberal talk shows are middle of the road and our some of our conservative talk shows would be considered right wing fanatics). Some of the talk show hosts keep repeating that “voting has its consequences” trying to get us to support any Blue Dog Democrat despite their voting record for pro-corporate anti-citizen bills (such as giving the wealthiest 2% a tax break which study after study shows does not help the economy but takes away jobs). So rather than them doing whatever it takes to get bills past that support the public, they whine and vote pro-corporate/anti-citizen bills. They had a majority in both houses but allowed secret holds until this Senate session.

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