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Today I argued with my editorial board over the excise tax, defended the progressiveness of health-care reform, and remembered the shenanigans that accompanied Medicare Part D's passage. Oh, and Dylan Matthews explained Denmark's political system.

Here's what I didn't get to:

1) I'm sure Peter Baker started this Rahm Emanuel profile months ago and really wishes there hadn't been four others in the past week or two.

2) On first glance, this legislation Russ Feingold and John McCain have co-authored to reduce the number of political appointees makes a lot of sense.

3) More evidence that health-care reform will become more popular if it passes.

4) I'll be on the Colbert Report tonight.

By Ezra Klein  |  March 8, 2010; 6:30 PM ET
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The principal goal of Obama's principles is POWER.

Ezra, you so naive....or maybe you're joking about Obama taking a principled stand on excise tax.

Obama not principled in the traditional sense, just the standard narcissistic politician sense .

Ezra, your "principled" Obama has refused to back down from his corrupt PhRMA deal, the result will be a MAJOR cost driver of HC, Obama could have reduced drug costs for everyone instead--even refused to allow re-importation of drugs.

--- so reducing costs is not the source of Obama's principles on excise tax----

Obama's principle is avoidance of policies that require any SUBSTANTIAL taxing of his fat cat campaign contributors ---that he needs for 2012,
----thus raw power remains Obama's principal goal guiding his principles for legislation.

Posted by: johnowl | March 8, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Colbert tonite?

Ezra, you are just the multiple outlet media powerhouse these days, aren't you?

So - How about a scandal, some sincere contrition and a book tour? Whaddaya say?

Life is short - don't waste all this exposure!

Posted by: Dollared | March 8, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

I thought you said you were going to write all the posts on this blog. What's up with progressives and their promises?

Posted by: bmull | March 8, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

That's a pretty misleading way to tease that National Journal piece (#3) since it pretty much says the opposite of what you say it says.

Posted by: Clara3 | March 8, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Hi Ezra - Any chance you will join Rahm Emanuel's attack dogs and Alinsky-ify Eric Massa for daring to speak truth to a progressive-fascist powers running Washington today?

Do you have any journalistic principles? Or will you do anything Rahm asks?

Posted by: FastEddieO007 | March 9, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

The portion where you say what you didn't get to in the bulk of your writing should be termed the "sidecar" or "micro-reconciliation".

Posted by: t_seltzer | March 9, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Here's the wake-up call we need. The old are stealing from the young until there will be nothing left for them. Generational warfare is coming...let's just hope it gets started before the boomers have spent all the money.

Posted by: staticvars | March 9, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

If the federal government were to suddenly impose regulations on how much the Washington Post can charge to read your blog, how much they can pay you for writing it, how much and under what conditions people may read/participate on your blog----would you consider the possibility that you really work for the government?

The fact that Obama & Pelosi are allowing employment-based healthcare to remain is more a statement on their duplicity rather than how false it is to characterize it as moderate politically. We all now how this will end up. N'est pas?

Posted by: FastEddieO007 | March 9, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

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