In a July 17 article article, Summer in Washington, Susan Estrich wrote the following:
What other explanation could there be for my friends in Congress and the administration thinking that what the country wants them to do right now is raise taxes and spend a trillion dollars to overhaul health care, much less to push it through in a month in a 1,000-page bill being rewritten every day?…The idea that somehow you’re going to tax the “rich” enough to pay for quality health care for every American who doesn’t have it, can’t afford it or stands to lose it, not to mention for all of the undocumented aliens who receive it for free now and presumably will continue to in Obama health land, is almost laughable. It’s one of those things candidates say in campaigns, ignoring the fact that it doesn’t add up. But in a bill that might pass? Add a 5 percent surtax on every small business in the country that makes $250,000 or more? This is going to create jobs? What am I missing?
She then finishes with this:
Perhaps for a brief moment (it was only a moment since she wrote a smarmy editorial two days later saying “Elections do matter. Barack Obama won, and Sonia Sotomayor will sit on the Supreme Court. Why shouldn’t I smile?“) she saw rightly that the health care takeover that the power-brokers on Capital Hill are attempting is something that would not be good for Americans.
I only wish she could see the full picture…that the politicians in Washington are more concerned about power and control, and that “concern for the American people” is only an excuse to extend these two goals.