January 20, 2010

THEIR WORK WON'T BE DONE...:

Why the Dems Must Pass Health Care (Peter Beinart, 1/20/10, Daily Beast)

What should Barack Obama do now that Scott Brown has pulled off the biggest special-election upset in a generation? Push through health-care reform, and fast.

There are two arguments against doing so—one moral, one political—and they’re both wrong. The moral argument is that enacting health-care reform in the wake of Brown’s victory would be “undemocratic.” But what does that mean, exactly? I hate to shatter anyone’s illusions, but the United States is not actually a democracy; it’s a representative democracy. At the federal level, Americans don’t vote on whether bills should become law. They elect representatives who vote on whether bills should become law. That means that presidents and members of Congress have the right to defy the will of their constituents; they just have to face the consequences at the ballot box.


...until the Inouye and Byrd seats are in play.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 20, 2010 6:59 AM
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