“Preacher was talking there’s a sermon he gave
He said every man’s conscience is vile and depraved
You cannot depend on it to be your guide
When it’s you who must keep it satisfied
(Bob Dylan—The Man in the Long Black Coat)
I really like Joan Osborne’s cover of this Bob Dylan song. What has me thinking of “vileness” and “depravity” this crisp and sunny March 1, 2010 day? Last Thursday’s all day health care talkfest. I had neither the time nor the inclination to watch the “Blair House Health Care Summit”. But I did get to watch countless video clips of “Prime Minister” Obama at the meeting. I also read and watched assorted commentaries and opinions about which side scored the most political points.
Why did Obama insist on putting us through this nonsense? This was promoted as a good faith effort to reach “common ground” on how the Government should control 300 million people’s health care. The results of the summit, of course, showed us just the opposite. Each side’s position hardened in the course of the meeting, as all sentient beings knew would happen—and in fact should have happened. Many so-called good government types think this is a travesty for some reason. While the current health care system is clearly suboptimal, Prime Minister Obama’s proposal would make it much worse. Sometimes the two political parties really do fundamentally disagree. read more…