Administration capitulation

Open Thread

IMO Arianna Huffington's column today is right on target. Her point is expressed in the question: Has Obama's Handling of the Bank Bailout Undermined Health Care Reform?

I also especially like this forumaltion which goes beyond partisan politics by stating a moral truth that in these harsh times is all too frequently overlooked:

"This weekend, Sam Tanenhaus, the senior editor at the New York Times Book Review, wrote that Kennedy's passing brought to an end a vision of liberalism that "holds that the forces of government should be marshaled to improve conditions for the greatest possible number of Americans, with particular emphasis on the excluded and disadvantaged."

But shouldn't the vision of marshaling forces to improve conditions for the greatest possible number of Americans be the appropriate goal for any civilized society? We can argue about what precisely should be the proper balance between government, the private sector, and philanthropy. But is there any doubt that this goal is what our political discourse should revolve around?

After all, the vision of improving conditions for the greatest possible number of Americans is not the exclusive province of liberalism. And because it is the ultimate goal of society, it is about right versus wrong, rather than right versus left."

What do you think?