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Is U.S. now a 'can't-do' country?

Watching Congress, and especially moderate Democrats, find reasons to leave health care unfixed has Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson wondering whether the Hurricane Katrina response was no fluke and the country has lost its "can-do" spirit. "Every other nation with an advanced economy long ago secured universal health care for its citizens — an achievement that the United States alone finds beyond the capacities of mortal man," Meyerson wrote. And there's more incoherence: "How to explain, for instance, the widespread congressional support for a bill that would require General Motors and Chrysler to keep all their dealerships open? This legislation is co-sponsored by numerous Republican conservatives who actually opposed the administration's efforts to keep General Motors and Chrysler in business. 'Distribution, si; production, no!' is by any standard a loony battle cry."

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