Thursday, August 6, 2009

“You are terrifying us”

From Peggy Noonan's column of yesterday:

"And really, (the Congressmen's) shock is the first thing you see in the videos. They had no idea how people were feeling. Their 2008 win left them thinking an election that had been shaped by anti-Bush, anti-Republican, and pro-change feeling was really a mandate without context; they thought that in the middle of a historic recession featuring horrific deficits, they could assume support for the invention of a huge new entitlement carrying huge new costs.

The passions of the protesters, on the other hand, are not a surprise. They hired a man to represent them in Washington. They give him a big office, a huge staff and the power to tell people what to do. They give him a car and a driver, sometimes a security detail, and a special pin showing he’s a congressman. And all they ask in return is that he see to their interests and not terrify them too much. Really, that’s all people ask. Expectations are very low. What the protesters are saying is, “You are terrifying us.”

Is that fear irrational? Look at the projected deficits--from the White House and Congressional Budget Office's own figures:

Is that fear irrational? With a 1,000+ page bill that no Congressman has read, but which a majority appear ready to vote for? and that will have the government taking over your health care?

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