- David Brooks on Health Care Reform "Watching this, I feel again why I’m
no longer spiritually attached to the Democratic Party," sighs The New
York Times columnist, who offers a laundry list of fiscal nightmares the
health care bill will produce. Warning of "stagnation and fiscal ruin,"
Brooks wags his fingers at spend-happy Democrats. "This country is in
the position of a free-spending family careening toward bankruptcy that
at the last moment announced that it was giving a gigantic new gift to
charity. You admire the act of generosity, but you wish they had sold a
few of the Mercedes to pay for it."
- George Will on Health Care Reform The Washington Post columnist dusts
off some of his snappiest language to impale the bill and the Democrats who
voted for it. Created by a party hellbent on "promoting dependency,"
the bill is "a museum of hoary artifacts from liberalism's attic" that
will engorge the country's "teetering tower of unkeepable promises" and
restrict American dynamism. For all the French Revolution historians out
there, Will concludes by referencing Thermidor to illustrate his hope that future Democratic reform efforts will stall.
- Bret Stephens on U.S.-Israel Relations Peppering in a few health care
jabs of his own, The Wall Street Journal columnist shows signs of coming off the rails
completely with his fake, parenthetical-filled, non sequitur-laden
letter from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to President
Obama. "Even when we go to war we don't just carpet bomb our enemies,
[like your hero Franklin Roosevelt did to the innocent civilians of
Dresden and Tokyo]," he writes for reasons not immediately
understandable. Stephens is clear on at least one point: "Netanyahu's"
terms for removing the settlements.
"Let's make a deal, Mr.
President: Our settlements for your bombers. We can't fully destroy
Iran's nuclear sites—but you can. You can't dismantle our
settlements—but we can. We'll all come out the better for it, including
the Palestinians. Think about it, Barack."
- The Boston Globe on Life After the Health Care Vote The Globe's editors
point out that just because the health
care bill is about to be made law doesn't mean we're going to stop
hearing about it. "The extension of health insurance to almost all
citizens is just the precursor for equally thorny disputes over
reimbursements," the editorial reads. "Structural weaknesses remain in
the health system, and the pace of medical advances guarantees that
costs will rise even in the leanest of systems." Meanwhile, Obama must
decide which policy initiative he'll tackle next, and most of the likely
contenders--climate change, financial regulation--are "almost as
ideologically charged and subject to misrepresentation" as health care.
- Josh Green on Re-evaluating Pelosi Writing at The Atlantic's Politics
channel, Green offers an extended mea culpa for his
dismissal of Nancy Pelosi, five years ago, as an "ineffectual party
lifer" who "lacked the salesmanship to rally the broader public behind
the Democratic agenda." This, Green says, is clearly not the case:
"She's adapted handily to the way Congress operates today. It isn't
always pretty and it doesn't resemble the bipartisan days of yore. But
after last night's vote, it's much harder to argue that it can't be
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