As the health care debate grinds us all down to a state of sullen apprehension, little consolation is to be had by once again citing the famous dictum, attributed to Otto von Bismarck, comparing lawmaking to the manufacture of bratwurst.
The Iron Chancellor certainly would have gotten a wry chuckle watching the United States Senate (aka “The World’s Greatest Deliberative Body”) do its best to fritter away America’s best chance in over a half century to enact comprehensive reform.
From New Mexico’s highly informed blogosphere, the reaction could best be described with words like despair, disgust, outrage and revulsion.
Non-partisan investigative journalist Heath Haussamen:
Our corrupt system gives corporations and other special interests undue influence that undermines the Constitution. The ongoing health-care reform debate in Washington proves the point…. I believe both parties, and the system in general, are corrupted by corporate and other special-interest money… The ongoing health-care reform debate in Washington proves the point. This discussion has been hijacked by a Republican Party that largely doesn’t want any reform – not because individual Republicans don’t see the need for reform, but because too many elected officials from that party are in the pockets of the status-quo health-insurance industry. Certain Democrats who are also in the pocket of the industry have also hijacked the debate.
The blogging conscience of NM’s progressive movement, Barb Wold:
The folks I talked with ran the gamut — from elected officials, to party people, to activists, from fairly moderate sorts to lefties. It didn’t matter. It was like someone had kicked them in the stomach, or they had awoken from a dream, or someone had died. It occurred to me that what really had died was trust in our government, trust in our Democratic President, trust in the political process, trust in our institutions. This latest disappointment is like the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Or in the words of Matt Reichbach, “progressives are pissed.”
For my part, the slow motion congressional train wreck in the making has sure dampened any holiday spirit I might have feebly mustered (Happy Festivus, anyone? Bah humbug! No health care for you!)
As they would say in Boston, the Senate is a wicked pissah.