Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Sacre Bleu!

Mitch McConnell, Republican leader, has warned of the dire consequence of electing Democrats. Apparently,

It's pretty clear to me that the Democratic agenda is to turn us into France,"

Sacre bleu! Now, this article is written like a scare piece, because this is, of course, the newspaper owned by the far-right cult leader Sun Young Moon, but to be honest, this makes me want to vote for Democrats more.

The Senate's top Republican says Democrats' sights are set on European-style socialism,

Let me tell you about European-style socialism. French health care is the best in the world. Sweden's standard of living is one of the highest in the world. A 2005 study found that America's educational system ranked below that of several European countries, notably Finland, the Netherlands, and Belgium.

If that's where the Democrats want to take us, then I'm all for it.

But I happen to know for a fact that no Democrat would ever propose French style government-based health care. And we could never get to the kind of consensus-based society that helps Sweden thrive. And our public school system is far too complex to be transformed into something resembling that of most European nations.

Democrats, and Republicans too, are stuck with what we have now, and can only really make small tweaks to it without wreaking major havoc. It would be great to have a single-payer healthcare system, but to transition from what we have now to a single-payer system would require a huge upheaval in a lot of different areas of the economy. That's why neither major Democratic contender has proposed it. They are proposing putting bandages on the holes in the current system - they can't tear down the system and build something new.

So, to summarize: One, I would LOVE for European-style socialism to rear its head here. Two, that's never going to happen.

Alors, Monsieur McConnell, je vous souhaite un bonne journee, plein des revelations idiotiques que vous aimez.