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Krugman to progressives: Stop whining and take it!

January 22, 2010 Leave a comment

You have to love this guy – he is more difficult to rid than the soap scum in your shower.

Saint Paul thinks Democrats should ignore what happened in Massachusetts and ram the Senate version of health insurance reform through the House:

Ladies and gentlemen, the nation is waiting. Stop whining, and do what needs to be done.

To make his point, Paul crafts a sort of deceptive arguments that are typical of his profession:

  • No change made to the bill will ever be acceptable to Republicans
  • Reform of the health insurance system cannot be accomplished piecemeal
  • Giving up on reform is utter folly, since Democrats are already tied to the legislation that has been passed

On the first point, Paul says this:

Some are urging Democrats to scale back their proposals in the hope of gaining Republican support. But anyone who thinks that would work must have spent the past year living on another planet.

The fact is that the Senate bill is a centrist document, which moderate Republicans should find entirely acceptable. In fact, it’s very similar to the plan Mitt Romney introduced in Massachusetts just a few years ago. Yet it has faced lock-step opposition from the G.O.P., which is determined to prevent Democrats from achieving any successes. Why would this change now that Republicans think they’re on a roll?

This is the way Washington plays the game: Create a scenario based on a set of cleverly hidden assumptions, and then, having surreptitiously gained the unknowing agreement of your audience with those assumptions, knock down the alternatives to that scenario one by one. It works well enough in the field of economics where obscuring and avoiding the truth is a well practiced high art. And, since economics is the official ideology of the American Empire, it is not surprising to see its methods practiced in virtually every realm of thought.

So, it is interesting that first on Saint Paul’s list of reasons for the House to pass the Senate bill is that Republicans will never accept any health insurance reform bill written by the Democrats – interesting because it had not been clear until now that this was the reason why Democrats were provided super-majorities in both houses of Congress.

Thanks for clearing that up, Paul! There is only one problem:

Did the Messiah’s supporters elect him to craft health insurance reform legislation that would be acceptable to House and Senate Republicans? Or, did they elect him to craft health insurance legislation that would be acceptable to voters?

If the Democrats had drafted legislation that made it completely obvious to a voter deep in the bowels of Alabama Republican country that insurance costs would be reduced, sick people would not be denied coverage, rescission would be stopped, and coverage would continue no matter what happened at their job, would Democrats now be reeling from the political disaster in Massachusetts?

Paul, you are one unprincipled asshole.