Wanted to insert a passage from Fleck's missive this evening. Bill is one of the sharpest independent thinkers I know. He's also no fan of the Dems or Reps. His opening rant re health care seemed fit for the archives here.
"To probably no one's surprise (but against the hopes of many) the House passed one of the potentially costliest pieces of legislation in the last 40 years. It's not that I am against reforming the health care system or trying to help those in need. But this bill over time is going to be an epic financial disaster. And, the accounting by which they claim to pay for it sets a new low in financial honesty--or said differently, a new high in government financial chicanery.
"For everyone who loves socialism and all the things that socialism can bring to you, you're going to have the health care system in this country (over the next 20 years) that you've always longed for. And for those of you who don't, it doesn't matter--you're going to have to pay for it anyway.
"This is another version of having the prudent bail out the reckless--thought more like the business owner who promises to 'cheat the other guy and pass the savings on to you.'"...
Thus, at a moment in time where the country has immense financial problems, we've now got another gigantic one--funded (such as it is) by another intergenerational rip-off. I don't know how folks can advocate the pursuit of these policies and look young people in the eye, telling them we're doing the right thing."
from Fleck's 3/22/2010 Daily Rap, "Some Animals Are Created More Equal Than Others"