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Health Care Reform: Government is Good and Chuck Grassley is a Predator


by Ethan Nichtern

The gentleman to your left seems not to like his job much at all. Maybe we should help him find a new one.

As the Senate Finance Committee debated the Public Option‘s inclusion in the Health Care Reform Bill yesterday, this line caught me in a WTF? moment to remember. “Government is not a fair competitor,” Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa said. “It’s a predator.”


Did Mr. Grassley just call himself a predator? I mean, this is a Predator. Clearly, Chuck has quite negative views on what government is. Why would somebody want to work in the government holding those views? And why would the people of Iowa vote for someone who would say such a thing? Sort of like supporting an arsonist to become Chief of the Fire Department, don’t you think?

By the way the Public Option, which would simply give everyone more choice in health care coverage, is far from dead. The House Health Care Bill
is pretty sure to have it included, and public opinion is still very
much for a public option (you know, like almost every other country in
the industrialized world has). But I don’t think we’ll make much
progress until we get deeper at this strange wrong view that Government
is Bad. Government is Us, Mr. Grassley. You and me. Nothing more or
less. I am not a predator, sir. Nor are the people of Iowa who elected


government_is_good.jpgCheck out this interesting website: Government is Good.
Government is basically good, when held accountable. In democracy,
Government is interdependent citizens deciding what to do together. Why
does Chuck Grassley hate his job so much? And if he does, shouldn’t the
people of Iowa interdependently decide to be governed by someone
who…you know…likes government? Or could he at least give up his
insurance which he gets from the…um…government (!), and see how 50
million Americans live, needlessly?

Government is basically good, and basically us. Until we start electing people who understand that, we aren’t going to make much progress understanding interdependence.

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bob knab

posted October 1, 2009 at 1:42 am

Alas –
Government is not perfect
because of the human element
but what if every one did what they wanted –
we have just seen the finance melt down
because lack of regulation and the health care
problem because lack of government regulation
i would fire Mr.Grassley apparently he wortks for
the fat cats and is one of those who wants Americans
to die rather than have fordable insurance for the poor
so the Greedators can get more money ———
Blessings —- bobknab

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posted October 1, 2009 at 4:29 am

It is all part of the strategy- get elected, do a bad job, and then say “look how bad government is, doing such a bad job, tsk, tsk.”
That people fall for it would be funny if it wasn’t so scary and sad.
Thanks for being one of the few who call them out on this.

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posted October 1, 2009 at 7:58 am

Yes, government as bad feels off point. But government as good also feels too simplistic. Maybe government could be good. But in between these absolute statements there seems to me the reality that government is challenging. Just like moments of steering toward or away from self-making and selfishness are challenging.
For the government, I see a big part of that challenge to be the scope in which it relates to such a connected and, yes, interconnected world. I think there’s greater intimacy and trust available to smaller groups of people, which better supports our inner moments of closing in or opening up. On such a large scale I think people, and our representatives, get a bit lost in an edging out game rather than a welcoming in game.
I think that’s what I mean to say. I’m not a gov’t buff, and I’m rushing a bit over morning breakfast. Love y’all!

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