And These Are the People Who Want to "Fix" Health Care

Carol Platt Liebau

9/3/2009 10:19:33 PM - Carol Platt Liebau

From an AP report discussing Joe Biden's praise of the stimulus package:

[Biden's] glowing assessment overlooks many of the program's problems, including delays in releasing money, questionable spending priorities and project picks that are under investigation.

Really.  What a shocker.  As is this:

[M]ost states are spending stimulus money on bridges that are already in good shape, another AP analysis found. Of the 2,476 bridges scheduled to receive stimulus money so far, nearly half have passed inspections with high marks, according to federal data. Those 1,123 sound bridges received such high inspection ratings that they normally would not qualify for federal bridge money, yet they will share in more than $1.2 billion in stimulus money, the AP analysis published in July found.

That's your and my tax money that's going to "fix" bridges that are already in good shape.  In essence, the government has taken money from people who earned it and used it to funnel money to politicians' pet projects.

Obviously, there can be plenty of trouble and corruption and inefficiency and waste in the private sector.  But when you see hearings of high-handed congressmen excoriating this or that CEO, remember this story.

And these are the people we are supposed to trust to "fix" the health care system?  Please.