Anti-vax whacks

I haven’t shared this with you before, but I have a terrible fear that the in-school swine flu vaccinations will bring out the crazies. There’s so many ways to be crazy on this issue: you can be autism-vax crazy, you can be home-school wannabe crazy, you can be Obama-is-implanting-a-chip-in-my-child crazy.

And, remember, if a lot of nutty people resist the program, it just proves that Obama is the black Jimmy Carter. Time to bust out the cardigan!

Update. Good Lord, check out the comments on the article I linked to:

When is Obama AND HIS FAMILY going to have the H1N1 flu vaccine? They should be the first and it should be televised. He and the doctor administering the shots will also have to put their hands on the Quaran and SWEAR its the real untested vaccine.

That’s right kids. Step right up and get your Kool Aid. Can’t start the brainwashing to early. Because the govt is your friend and here to “help”. Google “squalene”

Update. This is part of why the anti-vax stuff pisses me off so much. It’s tough enough for parents to raise autistic kids. The last thing they need is a steady stream of misinformation claiming that their child’s condition is their own fault.

Sneaky feelings

Via FDL, Nooners and Joe Scar think Obama secretly wants and needs a Republican Congress:

I just don’t buy the idea that Obama is likely to lose in 2012, regardless of what approval ratings say, with all due respect to the Tim Pawlenty juggernaut. It’s hard for me to see how after 12+ months of full-bore LaRouche style freakosity, the public is going to want to a put a Republican in the White House. Because I could be wrong, but my guess is the 2012 Republican primary is going to make the townhalls look like meetings of the Bloomsbury group.

Also, I was surprised to learn that, like Ann Landers and Dear Abby, Cokie Roberts and Peggy Noonan are twin sisters.

My Good Buddy Tom is Gonna Fix Everything

What a jackass:

Yesterday CNN’s Rick Sanchez aired a segment from a health care town hall where a weeping constituent explained to Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) that her husband’s health insurer refuses to cover his treatment for a traumatic brain injury. As the woman continued to cry, Coburn told her that his office would try to assist her individually.

So why is MoveOn.Org and the other groups pushing for health care reform making sure every single American with a problem is not sending Tom Coburn mail, emailing him asking for help, and calling his office to help him? Why is there not already a “Tom Coburn’s Medical Miracles” website up for people to write “Dear Tom” letters? Why can’t Democrats play this game like Republicans?

Christ on a crutch, the entire Republican health care proposal can be summed up as “Voting No and blaming Obama for not being bipartisan enough,” and the Democrats and their left-wing allies are just hopeless.

It ain’t easy

Matt Yglesias on the the failure narrative:

What Clinton tried didn’t work, in other words, so Obama’s trying it another way. Now the United States Senate looks reluctant to pass a comprehensive plan, so people think Obama is making mistakes. But looking back at American history, it’s not only Clinton who failed to accomplish comprehensive health-care reform—his effort joined reform charges by FDR, Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, and Jimmy Carter on the ash heap of history. Johnson, arguably the most accomplished legislator in American history, was too scared to try and brought us Medicare and Medicaid instead. It defies plausibility to suggest that president after president after president is blundering or inept. Rather, we should just admit the obvious—people keep trying and failing to reform the health-care system because reform is hard to do.

It’s hard because most people already have health insurance. It’s hard because the segment of the population most likely to worry about health care—senior citizens—already benefits from a generous Canadian-style system. It’s hard because the people worst-served by the status quo are also the people least likely to vote. It’s hard because the interest-group pressures—not just from insurance companies but also doctors, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, vendors of medical equipment, and labor unions who’ve already secured generous benefits for their workers—are intense. It’s hard because the issue is complicated and it’s hard because we don’t have one “health-care system” that can be reformed; instead, the population is segmented into a series of very different situations.

All of this is very true. And there’s one other important obstacle: the Kristol doctrine that Republicans should oppose health care reform under a Democratic president because Democrats would get too much political benefit out of it. This is exactly why it would be idiotic for Democrats to punt on this. The same goes for immigration reform, by the way. Democrats have a choice between continuing to play ReaganBall, a game in which they will always be at a disadvantage, and changing the rules once and for all.

Deep thought

Remember when Obama was responsible for how the Dow was doing?