Friday, October 23, 2009

Congressional Foolery

From Grace Marie Turner, President and Founder, Galen Institute. October 23, 2009

So let's get this straight. Congress is planning to add at least $1 trillion to federal spending, throw 13 million seniors out of their Medicare Advantage plans, impose half a trillion dollars in new taxes, require individuals and businesses to buy health insurance that is more expensive than most can afford now -- and tax them if they don't comply -- and all of this will cause health care costs to actually go up? And we still don't get to universal coverage?

Good grief! Can they possibly get this done?


Dear Grace Marie:

You ask if these acts of political legerdemain can be done.

Of course, if you have a filibuster-proof majority of one.

This foolery of Congress reminds me,

of the following poem of the Dandelion,

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

The Dandelion does what it wants it to do.

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