Over the weekend a poor lithium battery plant worker from South Carolina named Doris stumbled into a bear trap we’ll call “Obama in a contemplative yet incoherent, feisty yet expansive mood.”
Dear Doris asked Obama a question and was hit with a 2,600-word, 17-minute onslaught that makes any rambling reply Sarah Palin supposedly ever gave seem like the soul of brevity.
To be fair, Doris had placed a tall order: she had asked Obama to sell her on the recently passed health care overhaul legislation via a diatribe that rehashed the history of Medicare, trotted out charges against Bush, and stopped along the way for an analogy involving leaky roofs.
Oh wait—she didn’t; that was what she got. She asked Obama whether raising taxes in a recession was a good idea.
A prickly Obama jumped in and implied that Doris and millions of other Americans who had been reading about the health care legislation over the past twelve months were badly misinformed, easily misled by huckster politicians, and quite possibly morons.
He launched into one of several internally and externally redundant lists cataloging the reasons for health care reform (which was not Doris’s question). In a vastly condensed nutshell:
List 1, Point 1: Some people don’t have health insurance.
L1, P2: Some people with health insurance might not have it in the future. read more »