Interesting article in today’s business section (HERE! CLICK!) about the usual condemnation of the federal deficit and how it’s going to wreck the nation and we certainly MUST do something but don’t you even think about cutting my goodies or raising my taxes because, really, what are you thinking?
This reminds me of a poll done recently (CLICK HERE) showing that the majority of Americans actually like the health care reform bill except for senior citizens, the one group in the nation that gets socialized medicine now, because apparently seniors are worried that giving socialized medicine to others will mean less socialized medicine for them and, really, what are you thinking?
This in turn reminds me of my favorite incident ever at a Tea Party rally I went to a bit ago – and I know I’ve told this before, but it’s too good to leave alone — where the elderly guy next to me asked me if I was in favor of the health care reform and I said yes, and he said he wasn’t, and I looked at his gray hair and wrinkles and thinking to myself “Come into my web little fly” asked, very innocently, “So what sort of health insurance to you have?”
“I’m ashamed to admit it but I have Medicare,” he said.
‘You’re welcome!” I said, and slapped him on the knee.
“What for?” he said.
“I’m paying for your medical care!” I said.
He disagreed, but I am. This is a guy opposed to others getting what he’s got, which is good quality, low-cost medical care paid for by others.
So, of course, he’s in the Tea Party and outraged at increased goverment spending.
Or there’s the article the Washington Post ran a bit ago about the woman credited with inspiring the start of the Tea Party who is outraged at government spending and will get a job again herself just as soon as she can get Medicare to pay for her two new knees …
Really, you can’t make this stuff up.
Cut government spending? We ran an article a cupla weeks ago about Utah’s, and especially Ogden’s, rapid economic recovery in the recession. Key reason: Almost 10 percent of Ogden jobs are for the Federal government — Hill, the IRS, others. Slash government bureaucracy anyone?
I should note, several times in my column and on this blog, I have asked people to help cut the federal deficit by taking away their parents’ Social Security and Medicare cards. I am still waiting for the first respondent.
Tax hike anyone?