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‘Delay Is Preferable to Error’

Aug 26, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 47 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
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Well, Obama’s free to criticize, and we’re free to challenge. For now, as a legislative matter, the most effective form of challenge is delay. The end of the federal fiscal year on September 30 provides an occasion to fight to delay implementation of key parts of Obamacare for at least a year. The case can be made narrowly: As Thomas Jefferson wrote to George Washington in 1792, “Delay is preferable to error.” But the narrow case buys time and lays the groundwork for continuing to make the broader argument for the error of Obamacare—that Obamacare is, to adopt a phrase used by Jefferson in a more famous place, “unfit to be the [law] of a free people.”

One day we’ll repeal this law. For now we can delay it.

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