Monday, December 21, 2009

By accepting compromise on the health care reform act, both sides of the aisle have merely watered down the evil. Starting out with bad legislation, it was stripped of the most egregious crime and left a gutted, rotting corpse of a law no one wants now, not even the left.

I've said it before and I will repeat it until someone proves me wrong: The old paradigm is dead. There is NO REASON TO COMPROMISE on law that makes no sense. There is no reason to compromise on bills that are unworkable, unwieldly and ultimately unconstitutional. The age of compromise is dead (or at least it should be).

Of course, if you question compromise as a political tool, you'll hear things like "We've always done it this way.' or "That's the way things are done." as if that was an unwritten rule of the go-along get-along lawmakers without the spine to just say "NO!"

Because "we've always done it this way" is the worst possible excuse to keep doing something wrong.

It was a pyrrhic victory for the administration. It was passing law for the sake of appearance. Just because you can pass a law doesn't mean you should.

I strongly suggest the lawmakers go home for the Holidays and grow a pair! Don't come back until you can demonstrate the courage of your convictions and stand up for your principles, if you still have any.

For the Republic

Mike Florey

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