Zombie Government-is-Bad Fundamentalism

24 08 2009

Nobel Laureate economist Paul Krugman today:

“We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals,” said Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1937. “We know now that it is bad economics.”

And last year we learned that lesson all over again.
Or did we? The astonishing thing about the current political scene is the extent to which nothing has changed.

The debate over the public option has, as I said, been depressing in its inanity. . . .

So why won’t these zombie ideas die?

. . . President Obama. . . famously praised Reagan during the Democratic primary, and hasn’t used the bully pulpit to confront government-is-bad fundamentalism. That’s ironic, in a way, since a large part of what made Reagan so effective, for better or for worse, was the fact that he sought to change America’s thinking as well as its tax code.




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28 08 2009

The Kennedy Option: A Matter of Life and Death:

She survived the machete attack that killed her fiancé. The hospital stopped counting after fifty “chop wounds”, from head to toe. One of her two uninjured fingers still wears the ring of the man she loved. She smiles a lot. While we were talking, she liked something I said and offered a “high 2 and ¾” instead of a “high 5”.

She told me about that horrifying, long ago night. She described the sound a machete makes when it hits your skull. She didn’t feel her ear being severed, or her fingers. Her funny bone is gone, but she joked about her sense of humor being intact. She recently lost her dog, Bear, who defended her during the attack.

Her assailant screamed while he chopped her, “Why are you making me do this?” over and over. Her voice hushed when she shared with me that an angel helped her reach the phone to dial 911. Unseen hands held her legs up to keep her from bleeding to death while help was on the way.

Lennie was released from the hospital with only five days worth of pain pills and the inability to feed, bathe, use the bathroom or dress herself. She didn’t have insurance.

She told me she would rather be hit with a machete than go through the de-humanizing experience of not having health coverage. Lennie supports a public option. She doesn’t want anyone to have to fight harder for health care than she did against a possessed man determined to kill her.

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