This year, spring began on March 20. It is the time of the year when the axis of the earth increases its tilt toward the sun. Despite the prognostications of some who believed that earth would stop spinning if Congress passed health care legislation, the daytime hours continue to lengthen as we slowly work our way toward summer.

Speaker Pelosi commented that we would like the legislation once it was passed and we got used to it. Even if you can swallow that, it leaves the distinctly bitter aftertaste of Congress’ condescending attitude toward the American public. Mrs. Pelosi is the flavor du jour, but there have been ample examples of Congressional noblesse oblige on both sides of the aisle.

The late Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once said of the making of public policy that, “sunshine is the best disinfectant.” As the days have gotten longer since the vernal equinox, concern among the American public for the costs and provisions of this legislation have not lessened. Collateral damage to the careers of some in Congress is just beginning to be realized. The punditry over the upcoming midterm elections is bubbling over.

Sometimes, sunshine is much more powerful than any disinfectant. In Greek Mythology, Deadalus made wings of wax and feathers so that he and son Icarus could escape from exile in the city of Crete. Before that attempted escape Deadalus warned his son not to fly too close to the sun or the wax holding the feathers would melt. Icarus, giddy with his ability to fly and in complete disregard for the authority of his father – did exactly that – and fell into the sea. But that’s just a fable.

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