Posts from August, 2009
“There was nothing natural or inevitable about the way our system developed: employer-based, comprehensive insurance crowded out alternative methods of paying for health-care expenses only because of a poorly considered tax benefit passed half a century ago.”
Forty-six years ago, a quarter of a million people marched peacefully in Washington and listened to Martin Luther King Jr say some of the most important words the country has ever heard.
For me, this serves as a reminder that conditions will always improve.
This day forty-six years ago was about creating the reality of the truth that all men are created equal. Now, whether the issue is gay rights or health care or war or the spread of infectious disease, things will improve.
And in the meantime (for many of these issues, on a so much smaller scale),
“Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.”
“…[for] we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.”
When I was a kid and overheard adults groaning about the various dooms of Summer, I was all whaaa? How could they not love this gloriously blissful time of the year?
Twenty years, at least twenty heat strokes, and five thousand mosquito bites later, I am done with it. Please bring me Fall now.
(Hey, doesn’t my hand look a little like I’m trying to play the duck in the shadow puppet play? Also, these are just three of the seven gnarly crimes committed against my skin in my own home this weekend.)