This letter to the editor by Fran Haller appeared in the Bucks County Courier Times:
Many years ago I was a referee. So when I heard Congressman Patrick Murphy say that the role of government is to act as a referee, I found his analogy odd because often at our meetings we were admonished, “No one is coming to the game to see you officiate. Your job is to call the game fairly.”
You see, the referee is not the star of the game, the players are. The best officiated games are those that you don’t notice the referee, but the playing skills of those on the court/field.
Now think of our present Congress as the referee and the public and businesses as the players. Our “referees” are posturing, grandstanding, looking to upstage other referees and calling the “game” with a wink and a nod to their special interest friends in the bleachers. The rulebook in the Health Care Game alone is a 2,000 page, convoluted tome that has the “players” practically in paralysis. What foul (fine/tax) are they going to be whacked with next?
See the rest of the letter here.