Wednesday, October 03, 2007


Sorry, kids, no health care for you

So Bush vetoed the bill that would extend health care to many more children—as well as insure that the ones who have been covered will continue to be covered. The man is, if nothing else, consistent—consistently an ass. There's something disconnected in the man: his idea of compassion has little to do with feelings; it's strictly an idea. He can turn compassion on and off like a faucet.

Remember the last season of "The Sopranos"? Tony S.'s therapist, Dr Malfi, finally realized that for sociopaths—or anti-social personalities as I think they're currently called—almost all of their actions are guided by the rewards they themselves can gather. For Tony Soprano, the insights he gained in therapy were opportunities to polish his act. Tony and George were two of a kind: manipulative, able to lie without a qualm, and utterly cold-blooded. Tony's mother in the series was a sort of unpolished Barbara Bush. And isn't that chilly?

Now what will Congress do about Bush's action? They'll fuss and make speeches, but never quite get it together enough to over-ride. Sorry, kids, but we don't want to get accused of promoting "socialized medicine." Congress and all those guys already have it, but they don't want to share...

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