Second, we have the staunchly conservative Pajamas Media blogger, Paul Hsieh.
The details of Congress’ health care “reform” legislation are finally coming into focus, and it’s not a pretty picture. Congress is essentially proposing a national version of the failing Massachusetts system.The lefty is attacking the creation of another mammoth entitlement program and the righty is whacking Mitt Romney, a Republican presidential aspirant. Both are doing it based on principle and have well-reasoned positions. Both are getting plenty of play on the Internet and their messages have not been bottled up by the MSM.
In 2006, Massachusetts adopted a health care plan which included an individual mandate requiring residents to purchase state-approved health insurance, new regulations on insurance companies specifying who they must cover and what benefits they must provide, and a government-subsidized “public option” for low-income residents. Supporters promised a utopia of “universal coverage” which would save money while improving quality of care. However, the exact opposite has occurred — health costs in Massachusetts have skyrocketed, while patient care has suffered.
Meanwhile, the GOP's hand-picked standard bearer in an important congressional race has had to quit the race because of a third-party insurgency*.
At a time when there's ample concern about the corruption of our government from career politicians, I'd say there are still some pretty healthy signs for democracy in the US.
* - Admittedly, this insurgency was strongly aided by the imbecilic Sarah Palin who is so dumb she actually thinks that since we get energy from oil, at $80+ a barrel it might be a good idea to get some more of our own rather than importing it, but we can't blame the insurgent candidate for the sins of his supporters.