“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Monday, November 16, 2009
Public Option for Rex
"In the health care bill, we're now offering insurance for dogs." --Glenn Beck on Thursday, November 12th, 2009 in his radio program
Included in the House health care bill is the creation of a Public Health Workforce Corps to address shortages in the public health workforce. The program would provide scholarships and education loan repayment assistance for public health professionals serving in areas of need. Veterinarians are included among those public health professionals.
The inclusion of veterinarians in the health bill didn't sit well with Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., who noted on the House floor on Nov. 7, 2009, that the loan repayment program will cost $283 million over five years.
"So the real question I have for you folks (Democrats): Why are veterinarians part of this health care bill?" Stearns asked.
And where is the money coming from to pay for doggie health care?
A government report says that Democrats' health care bill "would reduce senior care: A plan to slash more than $500 billion from future Medicare spending ... would sharply reduce benefits for some senior citizens and could jeopardize access to care for millions of others, according to a government evaluation released Saturday."