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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Stunning Acknowledgment of the Obvious by the Obtuse

Related Link » Reid: Senate Will Not Vote on Health Care Before Break
“The acknowledgment that the Senate would miss the deadline that President Obama set months ago to complete the health care legislation was a stunning about-face for Mr. Reid. He had insisted repeatedly that the Senate would complete the bill, as well as confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court, before the recess. But at the news conference on Thursday, Mr. Reid shrugged at a question about the timetable and told reporters that it should come as no surprise to anyone that the health care legislation would not be ready, though he also tried to put the blame for the delay on Republicans – saying that they had asked for time.”
Thank God for small favors, one of which being that even an ignoramus can't ignore the obvious indefinitely. Though this particular ignoramus could not restrain himself from taking a swipe at his political opponents' insolent request for time to deal with a very complex set of issues!

Along with everyone else, I don't know what the proper parameters should be for a health-care program that would improve on the one we have. What I do know, however, is that it would have been an economic and technocratic disaster to Rahm one through on a completely arbitrary accelerated schedule, imposed on a Congress of self-serving borderline incompetents by a Self-serving borderline ego-maniacal Executive, Who just wants to sign legislation, any legislation, that He can call His own during His next election campaign.

Unless one is a complete moron, and that can never be discounted in government, it is generally clear which National issues qualify as emergencies and which do not. The Founding Fathers had the genius to understand, therefore, which issues are best handled by the Executive and which by the Legislature. In case that isn't clear, the Legislative Branch, Congress, is the deliberative Branch of our Federal government. Congress is "best suited" (given the limitations of our restricted choice) to deal with National issues that do not rise to the level of an emergency, which latter, in most cases, is "best dealt with" by Executive order. And those issues dealing with the Constitutionality of the actions of the other two Branches are to be dealt with by the Judicial Branch. That's the beauty of our American federal system of government.

The ugliness rears its head when one Branch encrouches on the purview of another. And that is the case when the President tries to impose His time-table on the deliberations of the Congress. At least this time around, the Nation has dodged a deadly bullet.

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