- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 13, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Many must have wondered at President Obama’s willingness to accept anything that Congress can pass under the name of a health bill. It seems that the passage of a bill is the objective, regardless of its contents or the means used to get it passed.

A similar concern was raised in my mind while I was watching the president’s explanation of the underpants-bomber fiasco. He explained that the problems lay within several agencies, so no one specifically was at fault. His solution was to instruct the agencies to do what they should have been doing for the past eight years, but do it better.

The question that should bother every citizen is why the president is prepared to break a promise he repeated frequently - that the health care bill would be debated openly on C-SPAN - and why he is so reluctant to acknowledge that the heads of some of our agencies clearly are not up to their task.

The only solution I can suggest is that the president is on a quest similar to that of a religious zealot. He is so committed to change that change he will have at any expense. He has surrounded himself with like-minded individuals, so none can be jettisoned at this stage.

The president ended his announcement on Thursday with the phrase that the buck stops with him - he is responsible. That thought frightens the heck out of me; how much more damage can he do to this once-great nation?

STANLEY ORMAN

Rockville, Md.

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