… he and his highly organized following paved the streets, put in new street lights, set up schools, built a hospital, organized a militia which elected its own officers, and much more. How did Franklin do it? By persuasion and organization. He was one of the few public men who understood that politics, apart from its military aspects, was not action, but patience; that persuasion took time and cunning and talk, not “deeds.”
Remind you of anyone?
By the way, the health care bill, which involves a permanent redistribution of $200B per year down the income scale, is now a clear favorite to pass in the Intrade betting: passage by June 30 is 61 cents bid, 69 cents offered.