“So what’s wrong with it?”
Uncle Pundit, just back from a driving tour of Montana, and testy on the subject of the absent flu vaccine, had dummied up an ad for the Washington Post.
ATTENTION PHYSICIANS !!!
PATIENT AVAILABLE. MEDICARE, TWO CO-INSURERS. PROMPT
FOR APPOINTMENTS. COURTEOUS TO OFFICE STAFF AND NURSES.
YEARLY TAKE (YOUR INCOME) IN THE THOUSANDS.
CONSIDERATION; ONE FLU SHOT.
CONTACT; (PHONE NUMBER)
I tried to explain that no self-respecting doctor would answer such an advertisement. Doctors simply do not advertise.
“Of course not. But this is a patient advertising. Me. You want me to enter that stupid Montgomery County lottery?”
A Maryland county dangerously close to the District of Columbia has announced a drawing for 800 flu shots it unaccountably has on hand, and nearly all of its 13 million or so residents are expected to submit their names for the lottery.
No, Uncle, unless you are a bigger gambler than I thought. But what if some unscrupulous Doctor answers your ad, gives you a flu shot, and then you discover he is a charlatan, a bad doctor?
“Then, I quit him. Like the guy I got now who won’t answer the phone and has a recording by his nurse that says ‘Doctor’s office. No flu shots. For other inquiries leave your name and phone number after the beep.’”
But you promise to patronize this new guy in return for the shot.
“What’s he gonna do? Sue? Admit publicly he took me on in return for a measly flu shot? Excuse me. I gotta wash my hands.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?