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by way of Demo­cratic boil­er­plate.

“It’s prob­a­bly by de­sign, I would think,” he said of Texas’ low-ser­vice sta­tus. “Is it good or bad? It de­pends if you need those ser­vices. If you need those ser­vices, and they’re not there, then it’s a bad thing.”

Rodriguez, who has many low-in­come con­stituents, said “tak­ing care of peo­ple is not a cheap propo­si­tion.” (At this point let’s ac­knowl­edge how es­pe­cially ex­pen­sive it is to take care of peo­ple who opt not to take care of them­selves.)

“Government is not there to take care of you ev­ery step of the way,” Rodriguez said.

Crownover oflered the per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity mes­sage in a health care con­text.

“We know that peo­ple have tremen­dous health chal­lenges. But the thing that all the health in­surance and all the med­i­cal care in the whole world is not go­ing to ad­dress is when we have 14 mil­lion peo­ple that are obese,” she said. “There’s not enough money in the world to ad­dress that. If you ad­dress smok­ing and if you ad­dress obe­sity, you’re half­way there. Then you have a prob­lem you can man­age.”

In the end, what we had was a re­spect­ful dis­cus­sion be­tween two peo­ple with di­flerent views of government. Good for them. Let’s hope for more of that dur­ing the leg­isla­tive ses­sion that be­gins Jan. 8.

Be­cause they have the num­bers (which is be­cause they win elec­tions), the Repub­li­cans will pre­vail. The real bat­tle will be to make sure the GOP vic­to­ries

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