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Saturday, May 09, 2009

Choices, Man, Choices

A Roanoke Times reader thinks we should all (well, not all; only the productive taxpaying schmucks amongst us; an ever-shrinking pool) contribute to paying his health care costs. Why? Because he has considerable health care costs.

Well, I want help with the considerable cost of my bourbon. Obbaaammmaaa!
Working Americans need universal health care

It is imperative that we, as a nation, support our fellow citizens by providing everyone with health insurance. I am a 25-year-old who just graduated from James Madison University with a major in theater and a minor in film studies after defeating a cancerous tumor inside my brain. I named it Fred.

I was lucky; my father had insurance through his job with the commonwealth of Virginia that paid the $450,000 worth of medical bills I had from January to March of 2006, when I had Fred removed at Duke University. [link]
A handful of points:

1) This young fella makes for a weak standardbearer for the argument that the health care system is failing when it succeeded grandly in his case. To the tune of nearly a half million dollars.

2) With regard to that "It is imperative that we, as a nation, support our fellow citizens by providing everyone with health insurance. I am a 25-year-old who ...," if we were to judge by actuarial data, young 25-year-old males should not seek health insurance. In fact, they'd be foolish to do so. The overwhelming majority of them are chronically healthy and never partake in their coverage. They, more often than not, pay in and never take out. "Fred" is the rare exception.

If this young man would (gain a few brain cells and ...) argue that the elderly, the infirm, people at particular risk, and nubile, fertile young women should seek health care coverage, I'd agree. Let's look at that.

3) This genius moans about future health care costs that he is going to incur. But get this:
While my 6½ years at JMU were extremely rewarding, both academically and socially, I have now graduated and face the challenge of finding a job in a field, theater, where employees are rarely the beneficiary of full-time employment with a company that offers health care, especially with entry-level jobs.
He knows he's going to need considerable help from insurance companies. Yet he elects to go into a field that doesn't generally provide any kind of health care coverage. Is it our responsibility to pay for his awful choice? Should we then be called upon to stock his refrigerator? Wipe his chin? When the car runs out of gas, is it up to us to refill his tank?

Is this person your typical American, circa 2009? The answer, with its implications, should frighten the hell out of you.

4) One last point:

It is not as though I have not worked. In fact, I went up to D.C. for President Obama's Inauguration and helped out with the setup for the Inaugural Ball at the Washington Hilton and helped to tear down the stage from the concert at the Lincoln Memorial.

These jobs were minimally rewarding from a financial perspective, but from a spiritual and civic standpoint, I feel as though I made a significant contribution to a landmark moment in our nation's history. It is unfortunate that this type of employment is not available year round for people like me.
It's all about spiritual fulfillment. Not about taking care of himself.

Not about those who will have to pay this fool's way through life. He's owed. By us.

For the love of God.

As Only The New York Post Can Say It

Read "Air Farce Ejector Seat" here.

Click on the image to enlarge it.


I've been reading the Charleston Gazette's editorial page castigations on a regular basis of the Bush administration for its use of waterboarding as a method of extracting information from murderous Islamist thugs. Castigations ad nauseum.

Now, it turns out that West Virginia's (and the Gazette's) beloved junior senator was fully briefed on the subject and, based on the fact that he didn't voice any disapproval at the time, was apparently just peachy with it.

But where is the Charleston Gazette's condemnation of Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller for his collusion in this dastardly episode?

I'm looking ... I'm looking ...

Pelosi Needs To Resign ...

... and go back to her secretary job:

Breaking: PELOSI FOLDS... Admits She Lied (And Lies Again?)

Did you know that this snake is only two heartbeats from the presidency? Can the Republic withstand such a happenstance? She's worse than Nixon. Even worse than Clinton.

That Would Seem Appropriate

SARS Is Coming!

Oh, never mind.

Avian Flu is upon us!

Uh, no, it's not.

Swine flu! Swine Flu!

Darn ...

Time to reread that story about the boy who cried wolf?
WHO considers flu alert overhaul
By Andrew Jack, Financial Times

The World Health Organisation is considering an overhaul of its pandemic ratings system amid growing criticism that it provoked unnecessary alarm by rapidly escalating its warnings over swine flu.

Officials at the agency’s headquarters in Geneva said they were discussing changes to the six-point scale to make clear in the future the gravity of the threat posed by a new virus.

The move comes against a backdrop of intensifying attacks on the WHO, which has been accused of “crying wolf” over its decisions to raise its pandemic alert from level three to an unprecedented five. This comes amid indications it may even go to the maximum level six.

Media organisations initially seized on the raising of the alerts in front page headlines around the world, but as it has emerged that the death toll has stayed relatively low, so the criticism has mounted. As of Thursday morning the WHO had confirmed 2,099 cases in 23 countries, including 44 deaths. [link]
To those who suggest that the response is somehow an attack on Obama, this should put your argument to rest. Though he may have gotten swept up in the hysteria, he was, for the most part, a bystander in this ongoing cluster copulation. It was the World Health Organization that stoked the madness and government bureaucrats across the planet that too-enthusiastically-by-half joined in the frenzy.

So next time a potential crisis arises, will anyone pay attention to these simpletons and neurotics?

I'm afraid grave damage is done.

I Love This Country

Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry-on.

"You have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked sarcastically.

Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.

"Then you should know enough to have your passport ready."

The American said, "The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it."

"Impossible. Americans always have to show your passports on arrival in France!"

The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained, "Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find a single Frenchmen to show a passport to."