Scream loud enough and, apparently, you’ll win over the uninformed and get your way: the Senate Finance Committee will pull provisions providing for end-of-life counseling. This decision does little more than hurt patients and soothe the consciences of fools, while handing the Republican Party proof that yes, they can still score political victories, regardless of facts, by appealing to the worst in all of us.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: today’s conservative politicians benefit from the two deepest flaws in democratic theory, that inflammatory fear sells better than boring fact, and people will always vote for money now (tax cuts) over solvency later. Indeed these two points are adequate to explain the majority of the GOP’s recent victories. For shame.