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You Don’t Gotta Have Faith

Here’s a letter that I just sent to the editor of USA Today:

You excoriate what you accurately call the “let’s-make-a-deal legislating” that is behind the health-care bill now wending its way through Congress (“Last-minute deals obscure health reform’s larger good,” Dec. 23).  And you complain about the shocking “shortsightedness” and “me-first politics” that are fueling this legislation’s move toward passage.  Yet you nevertheless applaud the effort and look forward to the final result, confident that Congress will “fix the flaws and see this through.”

How astonishing.

What reason have you to think that the members of Congress whose narrow-mindedness and greed you properly berate will, in the end, become wise public servants?  Why on earth do you trust these same men and women – men and women who by your own lights are behaving shamelessly and scandalously – with the task of fixing the very mess created by their scandalous behavior?

Donald J. Boudreaux