“We should never despair, our Situation before has been unpromising and has changed for the better, so I trust, it will again. If new difficulties arise, we must only put forth new Exertions and proportion our Efforts to the exigency of the times.” —George Washington
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Change the Terms
As an old debater, I remember well our Coach, Father Henry, telling us to "never allow the terms of the debate to be set by your opponent...challenge the premise!" Bob Berg picks up that theme in an excellent post over here. A snippet:
The next time someone presents the argument as the false choice of two, simply tell them (with no defensiveness): “We don’t have a free market healthcare system.”
They will say, “Of course we do; how can you say that we don’t?”
You respond: “There are 133,000 pages of health care regulation in the U.S. Federal Register. Please tell me why you would consider that to be free market.”
Here's a snippet of sanity for Washington: how about we do the following:
1) Determine what the top five problems are with the NUMBER ONE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IN THE WORLD.
2) Discuss possible solutions to those problems...
3) Illustrate how the legislation being proposed SOLVES those five problems.
Once we've done that for the first five problems, we can move on the next five. Either way, it will prevent the total destruction of a system that actually works VERY well for the VAST majority of Americans. The other thing that is for DAMNED sure is the current legislation proposed doesn't fix anything - it merely takes America one giant leap towards full statism.