Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Generally speaking, people are not very ardent or indomitable or energetic in their affairs when their personal passions are not engaged. Yet their personal passions, however vivid they may be, do not propel them either very far or very high unless these passions keep growing before their own eyes, unless they seem to justify themselves by being related to some greater cause for the service of mankind.

It is due to our human sense of honor that we should be in need of this stimulant. Add to passions born of self-interest the aim to change the face of the world and to regenerate the human race: only then will you see what men are really capable of.

That is the history of the French Revolution.

Its narrow-minded and selfish nature led to violence and darkness; its generous and selfless elements made its impulse powerful and great.

— Tocqueville, Quoted in John Lukacs, Alexis de Tocqueville: A Bibliographical Essay

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Letter from the CBO on Costing Single Payer Health Care

In answer to the question, Is CBO costing H.R. 676 or other Single-Payer legislation?

Sun, Sep 6, 2009 at 6:01 PM

CBO produces formal cost estimates of bills when they are reported out of committee. As no committee has announced plans to vote on that measure, I am not aware of any plans to provide a formal estimate. If there is a vote on an amendment containing the text of that measure, it is possible we would provide the members with some understanding of its fiscal impact. That could be in the form of a letter or memo or table; I do not know.
I hope this helps.

Melissa Merson
Director of Communications