Today’s QotD comes from our housekeeper. Magda moved to the US from Poland several yeas ago. In Poland, she was a professional (an accountant, I think). Here, she cleans houses for about $20 an hour. In Poland, she had access all the grand services of European Socialism, including, of course, healthcare. She came here to better her life.
She asked my wife what she thought about the health care bill passing, and after my wife’s response, she said:
It will be just like at home. If you need something special, like an MRI, you will have to wait a year. It’s OK for regular things, but for special, you need to pay to get care faster.
There’s a reason people give up their lives and leave their homeland to move here. There’s a reason people risk their lives to travel 90 miles in the water using not much more than an inner tube to get to our shores.
We are slowly getting rid of those reasons. When they’re gone, where will people run to freedom?
First, the Democrats lose their supermajority in the Senate (in Massachusetts, no less!) which will effectively kill the awful health care reform bills and hopefully cap and trade. There’s talk of trying to get heath care passed via attaching it to a spending bill, but I think lots of Democrats in the House and Senate realize that could be political suicide. Remember, it didn’t pass by much in the House, and there are lots of Senators looking at being Changed ™ this fall if they don’t pay attention to their constituents.
Second, the ruling I’ve been waiting for: SCOTUS rules most of McCain-Feingold is unconstitutional. (The tone of this news story is just fantastic. Good thing there’s no bias.) It was obvious to me that the rights to free speech was not affected by the right to assemble, and that an assembly of people has just as much right to free speech as an individual. Alas, Congress and our former decider in chief decided to ignore the document.
It’s pretty nice to be posting something about getting some freedom back. Hopefully sometime soon I’ll be posting that the State of Maryland has decided I should be allowed to purchase a legal product from another state and have it shipped to my house, although given the power of the liquor distributors, I’m not holding my breath.