Supporters of the Democrats’ health care bill offer the following take on Tuesday’s special election in Massachusetts between Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Martha “Kennedy” Coakley, a plea they hope will draw on voters’ sense of fairness and magnanimity:
If Brown wins, the health care bill will not be passed. It is a terrible shame that something this nation has frittered away a year debating and Congress has spent a year drafting, something that may not get another chance again—if at all—for a whole generation, could be dismantled because of the obstinacy of one man who wins a special election in a tiny state. Brown may even derail Obama’s entire agenda.
As if it will do any good, here’s a point-by-point rebuttal of this selfless appeal by Democrats to our leftist instincts:
(1) The point of a debate is to have two sides present their cases and see which makes the better argument. The outcome is not predetermined, much as Democrats would like it to be and have tried to make it so. Republicans spoke, Democrats spoke, and the American people made up their minds: Republicans won.
(2) The fact that we spent a year debating this horrendous bill, in all its myriad forms, is indeed deplorable, when we could have been talking about how to encourage the Iranian protestors, win in Afghanistan, or abolish the Department of Education. But just because gallons of ink have been spilled and billions of megabytes have been transmitted and trillions of cubic feet of C02 have been exhaled thrashing out numerous claims made by Democrats and debunked by Republicans, doesn’t mean we have to embrace the fallacy of sunken costs and pass something that stinks just to rationalize our squandered effort. read more »