As we get into more favorable weather (one hesitates to use the term “summer” just yet) I realize that there are just too many tasks that need doing. Even though it is now dusk until midnight, and full daylight before 5, my personal energy resource has already become overwhelmed.
I will continue to post throughout the summer on Fridays with an occasional random post here and there as befits the situation. Thanks for visiting the blog and I hope your own summer is productive and rewarding.
Just in case you want to be a little more prepared for the Rapture check:
Conservatives have slung all kinds of hyperbolic, outlandish, and phony attacks on attempts to provide health care to all Americans over the years, but tea party darling Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) may have taken the cake today when he equated universal health care with slavery. Speaking at a Senate Health, Education, and Labor Committee hearing, Paul argued that if you believe people should have a right to health care, you believe in enslaving doctors, nurses, and hospital janitors:
PAUL: With regard to the idea of whether you have a right to health care, you have realize what that implies. It’s not an abstraction. I’m a physician. That means you have a right to come to my house and conscript me. It means you believe in slavery. It means that you’re going to enslave not only me, but the janitor at my hospital, the person who cleans my office, the assistants who work in my office, the nurses.
Basically, once you imply a belief in a right to someone’s services — do you have a right to plumbing? Do you have a right to water? Do you have right to food? — you’re basically saying you believe in slavery.
I’m a physician in your community and you say you have a right to health care. You have a right to beat down my door with the police, escort me away and force me to take care of you? That’s ultimately what the right to free health care would be.
Original article: http://thinkprogress.org/2011/05/11/rand-paul-health-care-slavery/