A commenter notes the hilarious conviction that in an Augustan and undemocratic body like the Senate, it is intolerable for a small club of elected goobers to behave undemocratically. In the linked piece, Joel Achenbach avers:
But compromise too much and it won't really be reform -- and our leaders will have squandered a once-in-a-generation chance to expand coverage, improve the sanity of the system and stave off a looming fiscal disaster.Personally I'd like to know to which of the currently living and breathing generations this singular chance belongs. I am hoping it's the boomers, who overstayed their welcome merely by entering the world, the damned, damning, and spiteful issue of the truly Satanic "Greatest Generation," who saved the world from Hitler and Hirohito in order to give it the atomic bomb, Las Vegas, and their own rapacious children. Yeah, thanks a lot. Anyway. We all know what Achenbach means when he says, in the parlance of our times, that we must "improve the sanity of the system," and yet I think we'd err in not noting the categorical confusion there. Systems are neither sane nor insane, although they perhaps reflect the sanity of their creators and inhabitants . . . or the lack thereof. Has it occurred to anyone other than me that of those four terrible words, Health Care In America, it is not the first two that represent the problem?