Great idea: create a “volunteer civilian corps” that would give
Americans the opportunity to contribute their valuable skills, to take
the stress off the regular military.
Translation: let’s hire mercenaries, who’ll think they’re getting a
good deal, making $100,000 a year, while getting shot at; even though
their corporate bosses make millions, sitting in their executive
leather chairs. Great idea: increase the profit incentive for
starting a war. Move the Clock another minute closer to
That is my strongest impression of the State of the Union Address.
Which, by the way, had very little to do with the state of
Oh, and health care…
There were times when I was young, that I might hang around the
periphery of progressive organizations. And I noticed the
firebrands advocating extreme positions. It always seemed to
me that they were making a mistake. By being so extreme, they
alienated some potential supporters, such as myself.
But when it comes to health care reform, I find myself rejecting the
many and varied moderate proposals. Now, it is I who
advocates an extreme position.
The proposal Bush made tonight, about making health insurance more
affordable via taxation sleight-of-hand, is not going to solve
anything. Not only would it make the health care system more
complicated, it would make the tax law more complicated.
No, the only rational solution to the health care crisis is to go for
simplicity. One system, completely seamless: single-payer,
with universal coverage. Doesn’t matter who the payer is.
Could be government, could be private. But it has
to be just one. And the universal part: it would have to be
truly universal. No exceptions, no special circumstances, and