The New York Times editorialized in favor of extending the deadline for old people to sign up for the new Medicare prescription drug benefit without paying a penalty for tardiness. It's a wonderful peek into the liberal mind:
Little more than a month ago, this page argued that it was premature to consider extending the deadline then because it was serving as a useful prod to force fence sitters to make a decision. But that prod has expired, and some prospective enrollees may now view the penalty as a disincentive to join late this year. It would seem useful to establish another deadline to serve as another prod.And you'd better comply with this deadline, or we're going to issue another one!
James Taranto, "Best of the Web Today," May 16, 2006 (link)