Archive for November 2nd, 2007

We’re still hung up on blaming Bush for… something… anything…

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

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So the Democrats have passed this wonderful child healthcare bill… again. Bush told them he was going to veto it. The Democrats knew he was going to say that ahead of time, so they have prepared a series of TV appearances, fresh and winning sounding statements, etc. to denounce the President in advance. They are clearly very worried about running against Bush in the 2008 Presidential campaign, and considering their track record against him in the last two elections and all the political battles-of-will they’ve lost while he’s been in office, they should be worried. The only problem being Bush’s ineligibility for the 2008 election and the Democrats are doing this out of a wasteful habit of attacking the President, come what may. This is a national distraction and a complete waste of time; moreover, the Democrats do not want to pass a child healthcare bill in the first place, it is, strictly speaking, a red herring.

Why would I say that and why would the President veto such a nice-sounding bill? He laid it all out for everyone to hear, but I don’t think it was very widely reported without add-on attacks that try to make him look bad. Two things bother him about the bill, and neither one have any direct relation to the bill at hand.

 

  • He is opposed to nationalized health care for a variety of reasons. This bill not only sets a program in place to expand healthcare for children, it expands the legal infrastructure of nationalization of the industry.
  • He is against raising taxes. This bill’s public focus is on child health care, but the add-on measures in the bill impose several tax increases, just for fun.

If the Democrats were interested only in expanding the existing child healthcare programs as they claim, then that is exactly what they would be doing. But they don’t seem to care much about children other than when saying “child” sounds much more warm-hearted than saying “anybody”. The intentional inclusion of Presidentially unacceptable measures to the end of this bill demonstrates their desire to not see it passed. Bush said himself that he is not against the basic idea of the bill, just the way it has been implemented within it and the add-on passages are simply unacceptable to him. They left the add-ons so that they would not get a 2/3 majority in Congress to override his veto. This is a carefully orchestrated, and horribly wasteful, attack on President Bush.

The best part about all of this is that it is a complete waste of national energy on every level. How many man-hours have been wasted on this bill when you consider how much media time, public attention, printing, me typing, and other forms of tail-chasing have gone into this single, ridiculous, red herring of an issue? This sort of thing happens all the time and it is modern Western politics at its best.

Silliness: Something for the morning

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

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To start the day off on a light note, I’ve got two parallel fables someone sent in a while back.

 

Old Version:
The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.
The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed.
The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.
Moral: God helps those who help themselves (or value work or whatever…)

Modern American/French/etc. Version:
The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.
The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.
CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. America is stunned by the sharp contrast.
How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?
Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper, and everybody cries when they sing, “It’s Not Easy Being Green.”
Jesse Jackson stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where the news stations film the group singing, “We shall overcome.” Jesse then has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper’s sake.
Nancy Pelosi & John Edwards/Barak Obama/[insert other opportunist Democrat handy with a ZX2000 Blamethrower here] exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.
Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer.
The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the government.
Hillary gets her old law firm to represent the grasshopper in a defamation suit against the ant, and the case is tried before a panel of federal judges that Bill Clinton appointed from a list of single-parent welfare recipients.
The ant loses the case.
The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in, which just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around him because he doesn’t maintain it.
The ant has disappeared in the snow.
The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood.
Moral: Be careful how you vote.