Jan Schakowsky Gets Points For Honesty

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on May 3, 2009

Too bad she can’t get points for being a respectable policy maven:

Never mind the immediate and devastating impact that Schakowsky’s single-payer single-mindedness would have on the economy. And it would be devastating; the collapse of insurance companies and the massive loss of jobs are not going to be things to cheer about, especially with economic conditions being as weak as they are. But Schakowsky doesn’t care about unemployment numbers, or the economic impact of shutting down an entire line of business in the United States. She certainly doesn’t care about the fact that government’s control over an entire sixth of the nation’s economy can only spell trouble, given the inefficiencies inherent to government. She has dragons to slay, and that takes precedence over everything else–including practical concerns.

The irony of all of this is inescapable. During the Bush Administration, we were told in grave, solemn, and mournful tones that the government was made up of “ideologues” who would “put their personal ideology” over pragmatic interests and concerns. Now, we have Jan Schakowsky living up to the very stereotype of Bush Administration “ideologues,” except, of course, that her ideology is to the left. Will she be the recipient of the same denunciations that were directed towards Bush Administration “ideologues”?

She should be. Winston Churchill told us that a fanatic is someone who can’t change his mind, and won’t change the subject. Sounds like Schakowsky to a T.

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