I still think all the political to and fro on the health care bill is so much smoke and mirrors.  I still believe this:

It is totally clear to me that Obama and Pelosi will spend any amount of money to pass their key legislative initiatives.  In the case of Waxman-Markey, the marginal price per vote turned out to be about $3.5 billion.  But they didn't even blink at paying this.  That is why I fear that some horrible form of health care "reform" may actually pass.  If it does, the marginal cost per vote may be higher, but I don't think our leaders care.

Too many politicians cojones are on the line now.   They are past caring about cost or unintended consequences or even if the bill achieves their own goals they originally set for it.  They are now driven to pass something, and since it is we taxpayers and not Congress that will individually bear the burden of their mistakes, something is very likely going to pass.


  1. silvermine:

    My last hope is that it's so horrific that the government changes hands next year (before any of it is actually implemented) and they vote to undo the whole thing.

    I'm trying to be cautiously optimistic that global warming, copenhagen, cap and tax, card check, and so forth seem to be falling apart at the seems. But I also know that Reid and Pelosi would probably sell their kids to pass this thing. (Do they have kids? I dunno.)

    At the very least, I feel better about my fellow people than I did a year ago. Well... some of them. Others, not so much.

  2. J Howe:

    I'm afraid I agree with you. So much emphasis is not placed on passing 'something', even if it is this 2000 page piece of crap.

  3. Mesa Econoguy:

    Yes, and what’s more, the something they set in motion will be practically irreversible, resulting in the final ruination of a) our healthcare system (what’s left of it), and b) this country’s finances (what’s left of that).

    It is time to look seriously abroad.

    My only hope is that 40 years from now, some are smart enough to look back on Pelosi & Reid and spit on the graves of these despicable ignorant assholes.

  4. Mike:

    There's an amusing analogy in a story by Byron York:

    At that point -- Republicans will love this -- he compared congressional Democrats with robbers who have passed the point of no return in deciding to hold up a bank. Whatever they do, they're guilty of something. "They're in the bank, they've got their guns out. They can run outside with no money, or they can stick it out, go through the gunfight, and get away with the money."

  5. Ian Random:

    What's the problem, it's just fiat money? Sorry, been listening to too many goldnuts wanting to restore the monetary system of the Great Depression.