Thursday, May 22, 2008

Mark Steyn deconstructs Barack Obama

Please read the whole thing. Especially good is where Steyn compares Obama'a personal irrelevance in comparison with America's medical innovators:

But forget that. Obama doesn’t mean it. What’s worse than the painting-by-numbers demagoguery are some of the accidental glimpses of the Senator’s world view. For example: “The drug companies, they’re not going to give up their profits easily when it comes to health care.”

Well, gee, how unreasonable of them. But demanding they give up their profits “easily” comes easy to him. Until he wrote his recent bestseller, the concept of “profits” was entirely theoretical to Senator Obama’s life. As his wife put it, the Obamas “left corporate America, which is a lot of what we’re asking young people to do. Don’t go into corporate America.” So Barack didn’t. Instead, he became a “community organizer”, whatever that is. At any rate, it’s a job most functioning communities seem able to do without. It would make no difference to life in this great republic if every “community organizer” in the lower 48 were to be deposited on an atoll in the Antarctic. On the other hand, if America’s drug companies were no longer profitable, it might make rather a lot of difference.

I'm a little worried about the fact that this health care federalization push might actually come true. As evidenced in Michael Moore's documentary Sicko, the fact that there have been some screw-ups by insurance companies has somehow led to the presumption that a massive medical bureaucracy will be free of screw-ups. We've seen how horrifying the public schools have become, I sure don't want that to go through that again with my medicine.
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