CBS "news anchor" Katie Couric recently whipped out her "reporter's notebook" and closed her newscast with a pro-"health care reform" poem:
"Twas just weeks before Christmas, and what do you know? Senate Democrats are once again praying for Snowe.
"They won 60 votes to start the debate, but they're back to square one ... and they just have to wait.
"Wait for blue dogs like Nelson and Lincoln ... who say a public option would mean the economy sinkin'.
"Wait for Joe Lieberman ... who says it won't pass ... and hope Mary Landrieu can change her mind fast.
"The Republican votes right now total zero ... but a trigger could make one woman a hero.
"The moderate who hails from the land way up north ... could save Harry Reid's Christmas with a deal she brought forth ... urging government plans for when private ones fail.
"To think: both sides happy? Can both sides prevail?
"At this point no compromise looms within sight ... that means after Thanksgiving ... it's on with the fight.
"Enjoy your turkey and know we'll be here ... to help make this tough topic ... just a little more clear."
Good grief! What a relief that we have nonpartisan "journalists" like Couric to help us navigate this "tough topic."
Couric's "poem" explicitly supports "health care reform." She clearly wants the sides to come together and produce something. She never questions the presumed need for "reform," much less suggests it wrong -- indeed unconstitutional -- for the federal government to take money from taxpayer A and give it to B (who may or may not be a taxpayer or, for that matter, even a citizen) because B lacks health insurance.
President Barack Obama promises to reject any health care "reform" that "adds one dime" to the federal deficit. The Congressional Budget Office, nonpartisan and generally respected by both sides of the aisle, estimates that the health care plan now under debate in the Senate would, indeed, achieve this objective.
In the classic Mel Brooks comedy "Blazing Saddles," the hero warns an alcoholic gunslinger, played by Gene Wilder, that if he continues to drink, he will die. To this, Wilder replies, "When?" As to the alleged "budget neutrality" and the CBO's corroborating estimate, one needs only ask, "When?"