Thursday, October 09, 2003

It's not about Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Moderation

More and more I'm coming to believe that the American dream of wanting to have it all is the cause of a lot of our current problems.

First (of course) the California recall. Some attribute Arnold's overwhelming victory to the recent increase in car registration fees. Arnold said he would eliminate this tax, increase education funding, and not raise other taxes. Unless Arnold plans to fund California's educational system personally (as he did his campaign), how is he going to do this? Californians seem to think he can, because they want to have it all.

Second: prescription drugs. I heard at story on NPR the other day about a company that imports drugs from Canada for Americans who can't afford their drugs. Now, I'm all for affordable medications, but since Canadian drugs are subsidized by National Health, aren't we just robbing the Canadian tax payers? If we really want affordable health care, why do Americans always vote for the guy who will cut taxes? How do you pay for subsidized health care without taxes?

Finally, obesity. Americans seem to think that we can eat at Micky D's every day and still look like those models in the Ralph Laren ads. We're looking for the magic pill that will allow us to eat whatever we want and still wear a size 6. Look around; seems like fast food is winning.

I'm right here with the rest of American citizens, living in my mortaged tax shelter paid in part by my government sponsored education with a remote control in one hand and an ice cream cone in the other. So I'll just say thank you; I'm ready to sign the check.


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