Recently Governor Schwarzenegger got into some hot water with the Republican Party in California. In a speech to his fellow Republicans, he chided them for being too ideological on issues like healthcare when majorities of their own members favor government action.
In responding to complaints about his call for Republican realignment, the Governor laid it on the line in speaking with the LA Times editorial board:
If I see you gaining weight and gaining weight and gaining weight, I would eventually — if I cared at all about you — I would say: 'You know something? If you continue this way, you may get into serious trouble,' " he said. " 'You may get a heart attack or have problems with diabetes and stuff like that and can't move around as quickly and get tired.
But here is what I would do if I were you: I would go and exercise every day, stop eating at night, eat only two meals, be disciplined and blah, blah, blah, all of those kind of things. I will give you a plan and you can follow it or not.
So it's not I'm criticizing you. It just really means I care about you, and I want you to live and feel as good as I do and do as well as I do.' And that's what I basically did with the Republican Party.
I think our Rs – bless them — here in NC might want to take some of the good Governor’s advice to heart. People are looking for government to act in a variety of areas where the private sector has failed. Number one obviously is in healthcare. With costs skyrocketing, even people with good coverage through their employers have to wonder what they would do if they lost their job or tried to start their own business. People want a guarantee they can keep the plan they have now – but also a guarantee that there will be an option at least as affordable if they lose their current coverage. The private sector has failed miserably in that regard and so we need to come together through our government to get it done.