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Walkin'

“I’ll Keep My Guns, Freedom And Money . . . You Can Keep The ‘Change,’” read a bumper sticker on a car I spotted in front of the grocery store recently.
Of the different sentiments Republicans try to express, it’s perhaps the one I can live with the most because at least it’s honest. I’m privileged, armed and I like it that way is so much more at the heart of conservatism than the smoke screen about family values.
Republicans have no lock on values, but are very strong on greed.
It’s the same greed that is causing them to struggle so hard against the health care reform currently being proposed by President Obama. People with money like their privileged access to health care just fine and see no reason to change a thing. Do you think Sarah Palin will ever have to worry about affording a medical procedure?
But then again, Republicans should think again, tables can turn very fast when an out-patient hernia operation can cost $10,000 (my own experience) and health insurers can deny coverage at the whimsy of an actuarial table. Get cancer and lose your insurance; that family fortune can disappear along with the house, car and mistress in Argentina. God knows there are plenty more maladies that can visit. An odd one reported last week was about a woman in California who was bit by a rattlesnake and her insurer would only pony up $3,000 of a near $100,000 bill for an overnight in an emergency room.
Hello, there’s a lot wrong with what we have now and a fix-up is in order. Now’s a good time to speak to what should be done, but please no blather about death panels.
Another slogan I ran across recently is “Urine or you’re out.”
It’s an email, origin uncertain, that reads in part:
“Like a lot of folks in this state, I have a job. I work. They pay me. I pay my taxes and the government distributes my taxes as it sees fit. In order to get that paycheck, I am required to pass a random urine test with which I have no problem.
What I do have a problem with is the distribution of my taxes to people who do not have to pass a urine test. So here is my question.
Shouldn’t one have to pass a urine test to get a welfare check? Please understand, I have no problem with helping people get back on their feet. I do, on the other hand, have a problem with helping someone sit on their rump– doing drugs– while I work.
Can you imagine how much money the government would save if people had to pass a urine test to get public assistance? I guess we could title that program, “Urine, or you’re out.”
There’s more, but you get the gist.
Personally, I think it’s a fine idea. Drug testing should be extended to congressmen as well, but then who’d legislate? Depending on when the test was given, three for three of our most recent presidents would have flunked as well.
The final slogan on my mind is the one I saw for the Chicago Cubs recently: “For as long as it takes.”
As I finish this off the Cubs are losing their third straight to Philadelphia, and are slowly but surely sinking out of sight. I’m trying to keep the faith, but it gets harder as the season wears on.
Been there, done that.