"We have now sunk to a depth at which re-statement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men." Orwell
"Men are so simple of mind and so dominated by immediate needs that the deceitful man can easily find those ready to be deceived."
MachiavelliThe fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one... credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.
Finally--from the party of reason and decorum:Some one who speaks for the democrats--from the floor of the House:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-usmvYOPfcoThis ain't Olbermann--this is the dems you elected!Dr. Hand
Watta ya know... Pubic Option defeated in Committee...Even that Baucus cretin voted it down... I know, its Bush's fault, just like how they won't be able to close Git-mo for 20 years...And I totally did not get the video... makes perfect sense to me...Frank
Well, you want to start trading videos of crazy congressmen, there's a vast storehouse. Bachmann is sort of in a class by herself, but this guy gives her a run for her money. Of course the problem with your video is there is no republican plan. They just want to say no to anything and everything; so in that sense, the guy is not entirely wrong, is he?Really, it's silly to point to an occasional dem when the congress is full almost exclusively on the right of craziness (which is the kindest way to describe the lies and distortions and cynical disregard one sees from them.)And, of course, yours is a comment typical of all the nay-sayers who stop by: the "I know you are but what am I" sort of rhetoric. It should be embarrassing, but, of course, to be embarrassed one needs a sense of oneself. More, one needs to have a basis for argument. I get a sense of neither.If you'd like to say why the points in the the posted video are irrelevant, unimportant, not worthy of addressing, feel free. Your video adds nothing to the argument implicit in what I posted.
Hello Sid, Still reading your blog but not responding much any more. Keep up the good work. Glad you had a pleasant vacation. Do you recall junior high school civics class and the part about "How A Bill Becomes A Law"? One TV commentator said they don't even teach civics much anymore.I don't remember all the intrigue -- dueling committees, lobbyists, legislators voting against their party, etc.Let's hope for the best on health care reform. Meanwhile, my Medicare Part D coverage didn't want to pay for cough medicine this week. I had to "cough up" $41.00 for the stuff because it had already been charged to my credit card. The pharmacy wouldn't take it back because it had already been dispensed and was sitting on their counter, untouched by these human hands. EK
And I suppose, Mr Hand, that you were equally outraged by the comments, from the floor of Congress, linked at the end of this article.
The Congressman in question has apologized.There's the issue, Handy. I've published many essays, here and on my other blog, seriously discussing health care and suggesting what I think is wrong currently, what's wrong with the solutions out there, and what I think is needed. Your few comments (many of which won't see the light of day, to save us both the embarrassment -- you, because of the infantile level of your discourse, and me, because of having attracted such inept readers to my blog) have been nothing but lame and content-free would-be "gotchas." Are you incapable of an actual discussion? Don't bother to answer. Unless you rise to a previously unseen level, it'll join the others in the trash-heap.
That is an unfair depiction of insurance adjusters :-)
By the way, Mike, I sent you an email a few days ago...
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