I thought I'd better check to see whether Owen's column in the paper today, in particular his caricature of Feingold as arrogant because "he's not listening", held any water. Was it true Feingold wasn't listening? Was it true that his disruptive audience members understood the health care bill better than he did?
First, Feingold was listening, of course. Owen, and these disruptors, are just mad because he doesn't agree with them -- disagreeing with a bunch of angry constituents obviously makes him arrogant, right?
Well, if those constituents were correct, then yes -- it would be arrogant to disagree with them. But what if they're just a bunch of knuckleheads?
What if we could check to see whether Feingold is exercising the judgment we pay him to exercise? What if we could check to see whether the people who have been disrupting his listening sessions understand the health care bill better than he does -- including the "doctor" down at the Mequon meeting and, I guess, Owen?
If only we had a Congressional Budget Office filled with accountants who could analyze the budgetary implications of a bill like this, then, wow -- we could find out. And what if we had internet search engines that would let us access that information after, say, about 2 minutes of digging? That'd be great, eh?
Well, as far as the CBO is concerned, it turns out that Russ is right.
The Congressional Budget Office says the bill will save us money.
I'm trying to imagine being Feingold at this point, listening to a room full of ginned up constituents complain that Health Care Reform, which the CBO conservatively estimates will knock $132 billion off the deficit in the next 9 years, will cost us more than the current mess will.
The most amazing thing is that Russ didn't simply say "what's wrong with you?"
I guess the anger is more satisfying than the facts -- wrath always is.
This explains the popularity of Rush and Robertson and the current Right.