This is a new feature in which we follow the Congressional debate on healthcare. With the House Dems having just unveiled a reasonably good plan that's about to go to committee, now seems a good time to begin engaging in the debate and issues at hand. So:
Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) is trying to kill you this week.
The House bill raises taxes on families making over half a million dollars a year, to pay for the public option. Take it away, Senator Nelson:
"Tax is a four-letter word" with voters, said Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.). Even families not ranking in the top 1 percent of earners "hope they're going to be there someday," he said. "So they don't necessarily think it's fair."
Jesus. How about, next time, when voters complain about taxes on the wealthy because there's a knee-jerk prejudice about the notion of taxation, you try, I dunno, explaining why this actually helps them rather than going uh-huh uh-huh you're right.
Because Democratic senators from reddish states basically run this country, expect a lot of this crap in the coming months.
We're fucked, aren't we?