Thursday, May 6, 2010

In Response to the Concept of Political Obstructionism

The fact that a professor has created a video series for us to watching allows me to believe that he does not follow the status quo of educators. In fact, he is melding away from it and is creating a virtual classroom lecture, within an online world.

We all focus on the larger picture of a problem saturated world, and come to terms believing that the problems are attached to us. The status quo is a hindering of sorts, and does not allow the narrative of a future to move forward. I think that the concept of political obstructionism is a great metaphor for us to consider.

Along the same parallel, in considering health care, perhaps reviewing it from another perspective can help to systemically view why political obstructionism is important. In order to move toward a fair and balanced concept, the status quo needs to change slightly, with a considerable consideration made toward just a slight change. This was not a slight change.

Within the analysis of this topic, I recently wrote a paper offering a third alternative which moves toward a more socialized model.

Consider: America has approximately 300 Million people. Approximately 10% of the population is elderly and does not work. 10% of the population is under the working age, and another 10% is unemployed. This leaves 70% of the American population producing. Add to this thought, if each paying American was to offer $25 per paycheck per month, then we would have +/-220million (said to be working # within the country)x $25 per month being paid into a fund. Total end of month value of this fund is 5.5billion. Over the course of a year that is a lot of monies.
Why then are we not offering a solution similar to this one, for the American people? With minimal contribution, we would all be able to afford health coverage.

The argument that we heard publicly was between people who wanted to change a system, versus others who wanted the status quo. The problem was that the other side of the argument is always scary. Political obstructionism allows for the status quo to change, yet the change needs to be very slight, unless the people are in a traumatic situation and are not thinking clearly. 911 bombings was an example of how to change the status quo through terror. Health Care has not terror attached, and therefore we can't force through a change. The health care change is slight..and will move very slowly to see more change until the status quo arrives again.

The debate raged on in congress for valid cause. There is a difference between Republicans and Democrats, yet this issue held more than party affiliation. It was also old v young, rich v poor and more important, powerful v weak. Dr. Campbell offers us a great view of political obstructionism, and we, as the up and coming professors have a chance to be part of the change, or to continue the status quo

Thanks for listening…

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