First off, I want to thank Tommy for asking me to blog here. I think political blogging is best when there’s an exchange of ideas and voices. I’m honored to be able to add mine to the great work Billie and Tommy are already doing here.
That being said, let’s jump into it…
“The highway is alive tonight,
But nobody’s kiddin’ nobody about where it goes.”
– Bruce Springsteen, The Ghost of Tom Joad
As Tommy mentioned, I’m an advocate of health care reform. Congress has been busy for months working different proposals and this week, the House version emerged– one that’s been hailed by many, including Howard Dean, as ‘real reform’.
I believe the house bill should be killed.
There’s something that happens in casinos. A gambler may have been playing for hours and winning. Then they begin to get fatigued. They get tired of playing so they start playing sloppy. Rather than walking away from the table, the tired gambler starts to take a perverse pleasure in losing because it means they can finally STOP. So they grin while throwing money away and eventually when they are broke, they walk away from the table.
The casino doesn’t take those chances. They replace dealers with fresh ones, regularly. They have pit bosses watching those dealers. They have other bosses watching those pit bosses.
The battle for health care reform is battle against huge corporate interests. Those interests don’t get tired and there are billions at stake here. They have ground down health care reform for months, including plying key Congressman and the Obama administration with piles of cash that any casino would salivate at.