Fear, Trembling, and Trepidation
On a post below I referred to a prudential judgment made with biblical “fear and trembling” regarding the health bill’s non-funding of abortion.
Today’s Washington Post views the financial aspects of the bill with the more secular-sounding “trepidation:”
For some on the left or the right, the smart betting might be clear. For us, and we suspect for many thoughtful Americans, the decision is not so easy. We believe stronger and more principled presidential leadership could have delivered a bill that was paid for from the start, rather than one that relies on budgetary gimmicks in the short term — and, for the long term, on presidents and congresses mustering greater courage than the incumbents have displayed. But if legislators are asked to cast an up-or-down vote in the next few days, our advice would be to vote yes. With trepidation, we would say that the benefits of acting outweigh the risks.
The rest is here.