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Plan B

November 6, 2009

Anybody got a Plan B?  On the eve of a special Saturday session in the House of Representatives to vote on the Affordable Health Care for America Act, the outcome is obviously unknown.

It just struck me;  the double, reverse, half-toned irony of all this.  For months now, the President and Congress have told me they want to enable health insurance coverage to millions more of my countrymen without any change in my health insurance cost or health care quality, and by not adding one dollar to the country’s deficit.  And I’ve worked tirelessly, communicating to congressmen and senators 47 times via telephone, 16 times via electronic mail, 19 times via fax, and twice via cartoon to Please, don’t do that for me.  Why would anyone – interested, disinterested, biased, or otherwise inclined – be opposed to this?  … Because it is unbelievable.  Unbelievable in the truest sense of the word:  incapable of being believed.

The final part of the irony:  while I stay up late reading everything I can on this, my opposition to “better health care for all” is fortified.  As I do this, I drink large amounts of coffee and enjoy double-stacked Reese’s peanut butter cups, dipped in milk, and trimmed with powdered Cap’n Crunch.

The oral and written narratives on the benefits, the nobility, and the righteousness of the grand designs of the Affordable Health Care for America Act is inspiring. Looking beyond the poetry and prose reveals some unsavory details that are obviously not highlighted by its proponents.

Our two great political parties have really nothing more to propose than the keeping or the tHugo fuzzyaking of the offices from the other party. – Henry George (1839 – 1897). Social Problems, 2, 1883

Side note: Thinking about starting a third political party.  It will be chartered to represent everyone that does not explicitly ask to not be represented.  No need to call your representative because our goal will be to do nothing too significant or rash.  Our slogan:
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The Other Party – We bring SLOW and USELESS back to the federal government.
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Our elected officials would be the proverbial third wheel in the room.  The one that always asks, “What page are we on?;”  the one that never turns his phone off in meetings;  the one that fakes stomach aches to postpone the serious hearings and committee meetings.

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I don’t believe the Democrats or Republicans are lying to us. I think that every dirty, rotten, lowdown thing they say about each other is true! – A. Ray Lambson. Letter to Los Angeles Times, 26 October 1994

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