Mugged on Christmas Eve
Of all the aspects of the healthcare debate and legislation that are rightly making Americans shake their heads, I think the schedule is the most egregious and representative. Think about it: The major votes have all been held over the weekend, and the final vote came on the morning before Christmas.
The profundity of that struck me as I drove in to work this morning. No school buses. Light traffic. And massive legislation being voted on — and passed — in the Senate.
This is criminal “leadership,” and I don’t just mean the new taxes and other ways in which Congress is trying to rob the people whom it’s meant to represent. This is a real taste of what citizenship is like in nations that have tipped toward one of those discomfiting descriptions, such as totalitarianism and oligarchy.
The Democrats think they’ve gotten over the threshold and now can enter a phase of recovery before the next election cycle rolls around. I think they’re dramatically overestimating the chances that Americans will treat this matter with their habitual delayed apathy and forget about it. It’s too much. Too dumb. Too sneaky. And if we let this go, we might as well get fitted for shackles.