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December 16th, 2009

Separating the wheat from the chaff

I just got e-mail from Howard Dean’s brother begging me to call Harry Reid and ask that he let people remain uninsured, because it will cost too much otherwise.

Okay, the Deans, both of them, go into dollars and cents column rather than the life and death column.

I realize that it is well meant, but we need to establish universal coverage, or there still will be the emergency room and we will remain a backward nation. The holocaust that Alan Grayson spoke of must end, and we must find a way to do it, or the consequences will be bad.

Superb commentary from Josh Marshall

This is a bright light on a dark day: http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2009/12/goodbye_cruel_world.php

I’ve been so angry at many of my fellow supposed progressives who are rising up now against our construction of a healthcare infrastructure, that I nearly broke my teapot. I want Jim Dean to ask me to call Harry Reid and tell him we don’t want to fix streets in poor neighborhoods because to do so will raise property taxes and assessments. I want him to denounce rural electrifications as ‘nothing but’ a gift to utilities that raised the cost of living for people who had next to nothing to live on in the first place.

The last few days have gone a long way towards resolving the mystery of why our bridges fall down.

In this context, I think of how so many people admire JFK’s inaugural speech for its vision of spaceflight-based achievement. Do these people not realize that landing Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon was one of the most expensive operations ever undertaken by humans, and think about how angry it would have made them to see their taxes spent so slave-driving Nazi engineer Werner von Braun could achieve his life’s dream?
... their homes were sinking into the ocean: http://www.enn.com/top_stories/article/40828

They’ll have difficulty escaping, what with the collapsed bridges and washed out roads.

This is salt in the wound

Dennis Kucinich ruined my musical interlude, but thousands upon thousands of self-styled ‘progressives’ rose up against universal health coverage on, of all days, Zamenhof Day.

BTW Kristy informs me that, unsurprisingly, Non-voter Keith Olbermann goes in my dollars and cents column, rather than the life and death column.

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