Where to begin?
Surely with the nature, the inner meaning, of the health care debacle. We best understand the March 21 catastrophe as a political coup d'etat -- a stroke meant to change America's perception of itself as a country of robust opportunity and individual freedom. On Sunday, the speaker of the House bludgeoned and bribed 219 Democrats to support her and the president's substitute conception of what the country is about.
The United States of Pelosi and Obama is a society of ants industriously toiling in order to hand over to government most of their "unneeded" resources so that government, with its superior wisdom, might distribute those resources for "the larger good."
Common sense and the polls show this view of America to be unattainable and undesirable. Yet the Obamacrats believe it with all their hearts. That is what disturbs and disrupts. The Obamacrats' low opinion of American intelligence and character destines us for a long, inglorious political/electoral battle to reverse the results of their coup -- to throw out not only the rascals but their handiwork. It won't be easy. We'd better recognize right now that we may succeed only in part.
I have quoted before in this context the famous classical tag -- "Those whom the gods would destroy they first make mad." The saying takes on exquisite relevance following the coup. Two-hundred and nineteen of our duly elected representatives appear to have parted company with their mental gear, assuming they initially had any worth noticing. Certainly their moral compasses, if any, played them false.
Anybody can commit a policy blunder -- believing one strategic course better than the alternatives. We all make mistakes of this character. The House's mistakes are of a much more mischievous sort.
First, the Obamacrat coup leaders passed a bill they know good and well (unless they're thoroughly unhinged) to be pie in the sky: unaffordable without future tax increases and service cuts. Nor, as is generally agreed, does the bill do anything to restrain medical costs, which will grow inexorably as more clamor to receive more and more. How are we going to be able even to fund Medicare without substantial cutbacks and tax hikes, given general health care's new demand on resources?