Sunday, November 1, 2009

The (snake) oil business

Senator Joe Lieberman was on Face The Nation this morning and the whole interview with him is well worth reading. I particularly liked what he said about the public option:

This recommendation of a public option, a government health insurance company, takes our government down a road that we’ve never gone down before.

In other words, we believe in a market economy. It’s what’s created the great American middle class. But it doesn’t have a conscience. When it behaves badly, we regulate it, companies. We sue them. I’ve been angry at oil companies. I never had the idea that the government should go into the oil business to make oil companies behave better. I think this would be a terrible mistake.

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