THE BEST WAY OUT - AT 8:07 A.M. ET: Sometimes the best way out is a strategic retreat, to live to fight another day. A Democratic "blue dog" congressman as much as said so, responding to a comment at a town-hall meeting about health-care legislation. I expect this idea may grow in coming days as rational people realize that the health-care "reform" movement has gone off the rails:
PERRY, Florida (CNN) – Acknowledging his amazement at the crowds gathered to debate health care at his town halls, Rep. Allen Boyd, D-Florida, faced three large gatherings on Monday with many questioners voicing skepticism about the proposals being debated in Washington...
...When a questioner, Ray Evans, said he believed the President wants to do too much at once and asked whether Boyd would "be willing to scrap everything" and start over to do pursue reform more incrementally, the congressman responded: "I think that is an excellent idea … we may end up there."
In a later interview with CNN, he said the idea had been been floated with the congressional leadership. He said that with the strong emotions and heated opposition he is seeing, the idea of doing health reform in a more piecemeal fashion is something he is strongly considering.
COMMENT: Good, good. Finally, some light. Get rid of that thousand-page bill and start from scratch, finally taking into consideration the concerns of the American people.
August 18, 2009