We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We're going to pass a health care plan written by a committee whose head says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn't read it but exempts themselves from it, signed by a president that also hasn't read it (and who smokes) with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes, overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that's nearly broke.
Don't often say this, because of course there are more than two kinds of people. But what we're getting here as far as the healthcare rationing plan is -- a basic divide between two kinds of people -- those who have empathy and a sense of privacy and wouldn't dream of telling anyone else how to spend their money and live their lives, as long as they didn't impinge on other folks' lives, and those who are such busybodies that they know they know better how to run your life than you do.
Or, in other words, those who are grown-up and respectful of human beings, and those who aren't.
this one came across my transom, not as succinct, but, well...
Subject: The medical profession health care reform.
The Medical profession has now weighed in on the new
Health Care Initiatives from the Obama Administration.
The Allergists voted to scratch it, but the Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves.
The Gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about it,
but the Neurologists thought the Administration had a lot of nerve.
The Obstetricians felt they were all laboring under a
and the Ophthalmologists considered the idea hortsighted.
The Pathologists yelled, "Over my dead body!" while the
Pediatricians said, 'Oh, Grow up!' .
Oncologists fear it's malignant,
while Osteopaths see it as holistic.
The Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness,
while the Radiologists could see right through it.
Surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing.
The Internists thought it was a bitter pill to swallow, and
the Plastic Surgeons said, "This puts a whole new face on the matter."
The Podiatrists thought it was a step forward,
but the Urologists were pissed off at the whole idea.
The Anesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a gas,
and the Cardiologists didn't have the heart to say no.
In the end, the Proctologists won out, leaving the entire decision up to the assholes in Washington.
randazzo the magnificent
What could possibly go wrong? Americans will die like flies trying to get care, or die receiving substandard care. There will be no accountability. Suing the government for negligence will be a total impossibility. Anything to do with government in this administration is doomed to fail.