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Pass the Bill

By PAUL KRUGMAN
Published: December 17, 2009

A message to progressives: By all means, hang Senator Joe Lieberman in effigy. Declare that you’re disappointed in and/or disgusted with President Obama. Demand a change in Senate rules that, combined with the Republican strategy of total obstructionism, are in the process of making America ungovernable.

But meanwhile, pass the health care bill.

Yes, the filibuster-imposed need to get votes from “centrist” senators has led to a bill that falls a long way short of ideal. Worse, some of those senators seem motivated largely by a desire to protect the interests of insurance companies — with the possible exception of Mr. Lieberman, who seems motivated by sheer spite.

But let’s all take a deep breath, and consider just how much good this bill would do, if passed — and how much better it would be than anything that seemed possible just a few years ago. With all its flaws, the Senate health bill would be the biggest expansion of the social safety net since Medicare, greatly improving the lives of millions. Getting this bill would be much, much better than watching health care reform fail....


Man has some good points. That's why he's got a goddamn Nobel, and you don't. But, it still sucks.

EDIT:



Love how Lieberman's boyfriend tries to go all postal on Al. Classic.

Comments

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leene_chan
Dec. 18th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
I really enjoy having Joe Lieberman as my senator. =_=
tikistitch
Dec. 18th, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, crap, really?

Did you see the video where Joe whines for more time to whine, and Al Franken tells him, "No!" and McCain goes all postal 'cause NOBODY PUTS HOLY JOE IN A CORNER!
meekorouse
Dec. 18th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
LOL

someone was saying there's a petition to recall him but I don't think it's possible.. I mean you can't recall a Senator right? You're just stuck with them til it's time to vote again?
tikistitch
Dec. 18th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
You know, it probably varies state by state - I had no idea Cali could recall their governor, until you did!

I'm thinking you'd need plenty of $$$$$$$$$ regardless. We're probably stuck with Holy Joe 'til his term expires.
leene_chan
Dec. 18th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
I heard about it and laughed my ass off, but I hadn't seen the video until now...
nitasee
Dec. 18th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
There, there. At least you don't have Rick Perry as your governor....

...as I do, dammit.
leene_chan
Dec. 18th, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
You're right, sometimes I don't realize how lucky I am (although CT's governor before Rell did end up in prison). XD

I offer you my sympathies as well.
nitasee
Dec. 18th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
Sympathies accepted. Immigration plans to be considered if some how that dumbass gets yet another term in office.
tikistitch
Dec. 18th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
Go to Canada. THEY HAVE HEALTH CARE.
nitasee
Dec. 18th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
Am I the only one who thinks of Droopy Dawg when ever I hear Lieberman speak?

And McCain, you object to Franken actually following the rules of order. Dude, aren't you a special snowflake?
tikistitch
Dec. 18th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
You've heard Jon Stewart's Joe Lieberman impression, haven't you? Thing is, it's not even really an exaggeration.

Al Franken 4 EVAR.
nitasee
Dec. 18th, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
Actually, I have. *snerk* And everytime Lieberman opens his jaw, I ear Jon Stewart and Droopy Dawg.

I heart Jon Stewart. And Al Franken.
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