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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.

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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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