[FoRK] Another election year.... another bum economy

J. Andrew Rogers andrew at ceruleansystems.com
Thu Jun 16 10:15:45 PDT 2011

On Jun 16, 2011, at 9:52 AM, Stephen Williams wrote:
> Regardless of whether it was done right so far, the health care debate ended with an apparent majority of people screaming to protect the status quo.

People were screaming for constructive reform. The product of the healthcare debate was essentially a step backward, a tour de force in bad policy. It made the status quo look good. Maybe that was the intent.

> The health care status quo was (and probably still is mostly) heading into financial disaster territory.  Not to mention many seniors railing against government healthcare and in the same breath warning that their Medicare not be messed with.  That's gullibility.

That's not gullibility. There is nothing inconsistent about this position in context without a willfully un-nuanced interpretation. People wanted real reform, Congress served up an impressively incompetent and venal turd instead, and so people are put in the position of defending the status quo because the reform is even worse.

Unfortunately, this situation is a routine occurrence in legislative bodies the country over.

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