Politics is an unpredictable beast. One moment, Scott Brown’s election to the Senate looks like the death blow to health care reform. Now, scant weeks later, Brown has defected to support Harry Reid’s jobs bill instead of seizing the opportunity to chastise the majority leader for wasting our money while refusing to include extensions of unemployment and COBRA benefits in the legislation.
I turned off the coverage of the Massachusetts election long before Senator Coakley gave her concession speech. In a country that prides itself on its democratic process, one has to wonder whether we are resting on our laurels when we allow the outcome of a single Senate race to determine the course of our lives and the financial future of our country.
I was amused by Joe Wilson’s outburst during the president’s recent address on health care reform. The absurdity of one politician calling another a liar is, after all, rather comical. My amusement turned to irritation when I realized that once reform has been voted down, the only truth that will come out of the process is that the American people have been betrayed once again.