Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Swine Flu- The Next Crisis that Won't Go to Waste?

Rahm Emmanuel is quoted as saying something to the effect of..."you should never let a good crisis go to waste". Below are some recent crises and their remedies:

Bank Failures= TARP 2 + Timothy Geithner
Recession= Stimulus Package
Climate Change= Passage of Cap and Trade Bill in the House
GM and Chrysler Bankruptcy= Govt. Motors
AIG Bonuses= Congress authorizes taxing them 90%
1st Swine Flu Scare= confirmation of Kathleen Sebelius

It's seems that the confirmation of Kathleen Sebelius may have been the one remedy that worked, temporarily at least, since once she was confirmed, the swine flu panic subsided. Now as a bill geared toward socializing healthcare is expected to be debated and possibly passed before the August recess, Swine Flu is again rearing its ugly head in Europe, and the apocalyptic forecasts for this disease is back in the news. I'm sure those in support of healthcare will trumpet the horrors of Swine Flu as the vote for the government takeover of healthcare nears. After all, the reactionary Congress always has to do something; I hear the zombies off in the distance MUST GET RE-ELECTED!, MUST GET RE-ELECTED!, BRAINS, BRAINS!

But doesn't most of Europe have socialized healthcare, where everyone has access to care? See this sad story from Britain. Apparently, the girl may have only needed some Ibuprofen. I hope with socialized healthcare, we can at least keep plenty of Advil around. Quick action and hydration seem critical, so I encourage everyone to take care of you and yours, and remember what you know about quick action and government.

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