A typical Obama administration policy wonk defends his health care handiwork from the suburbs of Washington, D.C., where he is in therapy:
This call is concerning all the people who keep calling in complaining about Obamacare. I hope they never have a catastrophic illness where they need help…. The same conservatives that say we have all these great lower taxes than other countries, but these other countries do provide health care. But yet they don’t want it here in America…. The caller who says your kids aren’t kids when they’re 26, a lot of kids go to college, and they still need health care…. A lot of people have to have master’s degrees and become doctors and other things, and they need health care.
(April 18, 2012)
Fashion note gleaned from a famous old underground publication from the City by the Bay:
As co-managers of the Berkeley Surplus store on San Pablo Avenue, Mitchell Langon and Michael Ludlow have sold a lot of gas masks, dark bandannas and black hoodie sweatshirts to protesters since Occupy began in the fall.
“I’ve had a bunch of rich white kids come in here looking for the black stuff—you know the type, the Marin County trust-fund types,” said Langon, whose store sports a sign reading, “For all your riot needs.” “It’s like they want to be part of something.”
Ludlow added, “It’s like doing this stuff gives them a chance to break something…. But it’s not all [representative of] Occupy—there are plenty of protesters who don’t want that.”
(May 8, 2012)
Another racist rant in the typical New York Times’ pianissimo fashion, this time by Frank Bruni, formerly of the Times’ oenologist department, in which he was more dependable and less neurotic:
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?