Pardon this interruption.

But I must take a minute to vent about the health care insanity going on back home. If you can, please check out this example of 1) Why the healthcare reform will make a positive difference for many people – many hard working, self-employed people who can’t get insurance coverage at any price. And 2) How bat-shit crazy fear mongering doesn’t help anyone.

Did anyone ever think that perhaps this could have been an even better bill if the antagonizing arguments weren’t reduced to DEATH PANELS! And BABY KILLERS! And let’s secede from the union to escape everyone who’s a democrat and not white and hetero!?

Seriously. I feel really bad for all the normal, well-reasoned republicans out there (they do exist, right?) who end up getting represented by a very vocal, very much uninformed, uber-conservative few who’s motto seems to be, When in Doubt, Call Someone an Abortionist. We could be talking about building highways and somehow they’d bring it back to baby killing. And it’s not helping anyone. Anywhere. Anyhow.

Now before I start getting hate mail, let me state that Dems do plenty of their own reductionist issue-clouding. It just doesn’t seem to be as vitriolic as what’s coming from the other side. Either way it’s frustrating, because ultimately the people lose out – we get crappy, half thought out bills that kind of help but could have been so much better.

Bon sang. I think I just had an out of body experience. Quick! Back to your regularly scheduled program, complete with champagne and stinky cheese. And DEATH PANELS!

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