We write gazillion dollar checks out from the public treasury with hardly a second thought to save the financial industry, and the global economy, from the consequences of years of foolish greed and criminality.
We thought nothing of cutting massive tax breaks again and again to the wealthiest while the wages of most other people stagnated or declined for years. Those basic government services that primarily serve the middle class (like road maintenance, college financial aid, and Medicare) went underfunded and were allowed to wither.
And now, financing the health care of as many citizens as possible (not all of them) brings out the fiscal scolds. Daddy lectures us about being "responsible" only after we bought the expensive hand bag, not after we wrapped the brand new Jaguar around a telephone pole on the way home from the dealership.
We write blank checks to unaccountable mercenaries ("government contractors") to do our imperial bidding overseas.
We cut billion dollar checks to the financial industry to fund more outrageous bonuses and perks for the over-privileged legacy-admission ivy league gangstas who created this mess.
But God forbid that the taxpayers should spend a penny for a gall bladder removal in Schenectady, or childhood immunizations in Tulsa!
The ever better informed and articulate Digby basically agrees with me that a little bit of something heading in the right direction is better than betting (and losing) the whole ranch on single payer or any other health care plan. That little bit of something we can always expand and build upon later. And it wouldn't really be that small of a something either. It would be the end of a 75 year old logjam on this issue.