I only got about a quarter of the way through this commentary by former Sen. Tom Daschle before I was too angry to keep reading because of this comment:
“The only real question, in fact, is whether we have an individual mandate — one that requires individual responsibility, which I always thought was claimed as a conservative value — or we have a community mandate.”
Forced responsibility isn’t responsibility. It’s an indenture, of sorts. Responsibility is something you recognize and take care of on your own. Mandates can force you to do a lot of things, but they don’t force you to do that.