The Passing Parade: Cheap Shots from a Drive By Mind

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

JUST A THOUGHT: Nothing long now, sorry, but I was just thinking that Ross Perot was wrong back in 1992 when he said that the giant sucking sound we’d hear in the future was the sound of American jobs heading off to Mexico. Nope, that sound will be, in fact, the sound of Grandmas from the length and breadth of this our Great Republic toddling off to one of the scores of new hospitals in Tijuana, Nogales, and Ciudad Juarez that will cater to Americans getting around the restrictions of ObamaCare. Yes indeed, the President’s health care plan will do wonders for the Mexican economy, no two ways about it. And it’s not like you couldn’t tell this was going to happen, is it? Let’s face reality: if Grandma needs a hip replacement, she’s going to get one whether the government says she can have one or not. This is the United States of America, boys and girls, not Canada or the UK-we don’t do queue here, unless it’s to see Brad and Angelina. And what if Grandma or Grandpa needs some expensive drug that the government says they can’t have? There are some 800,000 hard-core heroin users and about as many crack addicts in this country, along with millions of casual users of those drugs, in addition to millions of marijuana users, and the DEA and your local police department’s narcotics squad cannot make a significant dent in the traffic in those drugs despite their already Herculean efforts. Given they can’t stop the flow of already illegal drugs into the country, what happens when Lipitor and Crestor are the drugs of choice for millions and millions of people? The DEA, Customs, and the Coast Guard will not be able to stop the tidal wave of unofficial pharmaceuticals popping over the border. Give extra patent protection for Big Pharma as the price of their support? Fat lot it’ll do them once the illegal labs in Colombia and Venezuela get a hold of their new drugs and start making knockoffs for a fifth of the price. Think it ain’t gonna happen, folks? Who’s kidding who now? So kudos to the President and to Congress as well, for coming up with what, if it passes, will be the most unenforceable law passed in the United States since Prohibition reared its ugly head.

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2 Comments:

  • At 7:14 AM, Blogger miriam said…

    As one of the useless and unproductive grandmas in question, thanks for the heads-up. I was afraid I was going to have to go all the way to Thailand for surgery.

     
  • At 3:00 AM, Blogger tagskie said…

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