Take one for the team

"Take one for the team" Continued...

Issue: "Cities of God and Man," March 27, 2010

While Pelosi is resigned to losing seats this fall, it appears that many of her colleagues see voting for healthcare as a likely career ender. So why are Democrats continuing to play a game of healthcare chicken with American voters? It appears to be a fight of ideology over practicality: Liberals see their Washington majorities as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand the role of the federal government, turning Uncle Sam into Uncle Sam, M.D.

"Congressional leaders are willing to throw their rank and file under the bus," Phil Kerpen with Americans for Prosperity said. "They think it is worth losing an election over."

"This is the Holy Grail," added Bob Adams with the League of American Voters. "Democrats know very well that if they put it into place it will be very difficult, if not impossible, to take it down."

If so, then wavering House members would be wise to recall another Will Rogers quote: "Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for."

Maybe there is a reason his statue stands just outside the House chamber.

Edward Lee Pitts
Edward Lee Pitts

Lee teaches journalism at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and is the associate dean of the World Journalism Institute.


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