A survey asked adults if a citizen were guilty of a crime without a smidgen of doubt, would they subject that person to be punished as lawfully appropriate? Not surprisingly, the overwhelming majority answered yes.
The very same survey asked the same adults if that guilty citizen were themselves, would they want to get off on a technicality? Same number answered yes.
Which means what? If you aren't the one judged, it's easy to have morals? Or do we want the opportunity to beat the system?
I often think of those same survey answers when I confront a moral issue and I try to consider it as the person wronged and the person with the advantage but today I am having a tough time putting myself in the place of committee or leadership staffers that produced a loophole for themselves in the health care bill that would affect everyone but them. They wrote and influence the bills and laws but insured that they are not affected. That's one heck of an advantage. It is the very definition of hubris.
The Senate voted today to close the hidden loophole but it failed 43 - 56.
Here's a quote by Chuck Grassley (Republican of Iowa), “It’s only fair and logical that administration leaders and congressional staff, who fought so hard to overhaul of America’s health care system, experience it themselves. If the reforms are as good as promised, then they’ll know it first-hand. If there are problems, public officials will be in a position to really understand the problems, as they should.”
My still childlike sense of fair play is offended.