One of those shrill voices that pass for news reporters these days was introducing a story on the health care reform bill that is being worked on right now. "WHO IS GOING TO PAY FOR THIS?" he wanted to know.
Um. We are. Just like we are now. We, the taxpayers and health care consumers, are paying for the uninsured now. Whether in higher premiums or higher health care costs, we are paying.
And the wheels on the bus go 'round and 'round.
Our local on-line "newspaper"'s brain trust of commentators has been screaming for days now about how we just need to lock up all the criminals and never let them out of jail.
But none of them will want to pay taxes to build more jails, to hire more guards, to expand the courts so they can move criminals through the systems more quickly.
Every time there is some improvement needed - schools, jails, roads, bridges, health care, immigration, social services - everyone loves to scream about how something "needs to be done", but let the money for it come up in a referendum or a proposed tax increase, then suddenly it isn't our responsibility to pay for the cost of these things.
Loki sez: Let's all put on our magic hats and just wish everything we need into place.