Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Great Editorial Cartoon

Great cartoon from Tom Toles, tackling three or four issues all at once. It does an especially good job of addressing my feelings towards tackling both health care and climate change during a time of budgetary crisis.


Dogwalkmusings said...

Tell me Nathan, do you think he's trying to do too much too fast and the people are beginning to say "enough"?

Nathan Empsall said...

Not at all. I think he's being overly ambitious, but not because it's "too much too fast" for people. If anything, he's doing less than he campaigned on, what with DADT and immigration being pushed to the backburner. People paid attention during the campaign, and they knew what they were in for when they voted. No, the reason I think he's being overly ambitious is the spiraling deficit. Between the leftover Bush deficits (tax cuts and wars, mostly) and the deficits resulting from the economic crisis, we just don't have enough to complete his agenda.

What's the point of building your dream house if it's just going to collapse on you? Wouldn't it be better to have a slightly scaled down house that will last? Fiscal responsiblity matters is what holds up the house of cards. I think health care reform needs to wait a couple years given the inescapable nature of the financial crisis, the long-term importance of fiscal responsibility, and the ticking clock on climate change. But it's not because it's too much for people to take in all at once. In a different financial/budgetary climate, I'd be all for the ambition.