Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Health Care Reform and The AntiChrist
The Teabaggers (and Fox) are losing their shit over the passage of healthcare reform. These are people who are afraid of their own shadows and who think, if they try hard enough to forestall change, any change, that life will be just like they remember it being... in 1787.
You'd think, from the reactions, that we'd just nationalized healthcare and jacked up income taxes to 70% of gross across the board to finance it -- like we were Sweden or something.
But what really re-fries my beans about the reaction from the right is this:
For decades they accused the Democrats of being the party of Tax and Spend.
And their solution, under Ronald Reagan (does anybody remember "Voodoo Economics"?), was to Borrow and Spend instead.
So that rather than taking money out of your pockets today to finance all their shit, they decided to take the money out of our grandchildren's pockets instead.
THEY are the reason the national debt now runs into the many trillions. Not the Democrats.
Am I the only person who remembers this?
Apparently I am.
I am *for* healthcare reform in this country. We've just spent bajillions of dollars on two largely unfruitful and incredibly wasteful wars (we disbanded the Iraqi Army, only to turn around and spend 29 billion dollars training their police force ... composed primarily of former Iraqi Army men) and whine about extending healthcare to more of our neediest citizens.
And to the Right I would ask: WWJD?
I'd guess that he wouldn't lose his shit. That's for damned sure.