Saturday, September 20, 2008

Politics, Like Comedy, Is All In The ............... Timing.*

*I stole that joke from Droog.

The trouble with giving interviews and/or writing articles for publication in periodicals is that you just never know exactly when those pieces are likely to get published, because the publications are published... uh... well... periodically. Hence the name.

Take the September/October issue of Contingencies magazine. the trade rag for insurance companies, for example. In this issue, Senator John McCain (you might remember him from the Republican National Conventions) has published an article on his plan for how he'd handle the rising cost of medical insurance and health care in America.

By making it more like the banking industry.

Oh, sure. Go ahead and laugh. But I'm not kidding. The article, entitled Better Health Care At Lower Cost for Every American, extols the virtues of -- wait for it -- deregulation and free market practices.
Opening up the health insurance market to more vigorous nationwide competition, as we have done over the last decade in banking, would provide more choices of innovative products less burdened by the worst excesses of state-based regulation.
Yeah. Because giving huge, fiscally over-extended corporations with top-heavy salary structures unlimited reign with no governmental supervision or accountability has been so very effective in the area of capital investment and banking lately.

Quel faux pas, mon ami. Or, as they say in Spain -- a country neither located in Latin America nor in the Western Hemisphere -- "Un qué paso en falso, mi amigo."

Yeah, John McCain really wants to lead us down the right path. The garden one. Which files right into the road that's paved with good intentions. Let's see. Where does that road go again?


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