Sunday, May 21, 2006

Join the Army and See a Doctor

Every once in a while, newspapers tell you something astounding, and I don't mean that a man can be hated for hitting as many home runs as Babe Ruth. Consider these stories from our two big California papers:
"Amid war, troops see safety in reenlisting," is a Sunday headline in the Los Angeles Times. Faye Fiore reports that Army reenlistments are running well above normal, largely because of the "generous health coverage" soldiers and their families receive. Sure, 18,000 troops have been wounded in Iraq, but they get the best medical attention and prosthetic limbs our tax dollars can provide (if they don't get discharged too soon). And soldiers' wives and tykes can go to clinics for free. In the civilian world, 46 million Americans have no health care at all, and still run the chance of being wounded in the streets.
Joining the Army to see a doctor is a trade-off. But hope you don't see too many doctors all at once.
Meanwhile, reporter Carolyn Lochhead of the San Francisco Chronicle drops this jaw-dropper of a statistic: "Roughly 10 percent of Mexico's population of about 107 million is now living in the U.S." They generate $20 billion in income that heads south of the border, and experts say it's unlikely that any alliance of portly Congressmen and Minutemen in folding chairs can make them go home.
So this is our United States: Just generous enough to attract Third World peasants, but mean and stingy enough to keep Americans going to Iraq over and over again. Uncle Sam wants you to work cheap.

3 Comments:

Blogger PEFACommish said...

You figured it out: that is the Bush-Chaney Chicken Hawk Health Insurance Plan. Their slogan: Go over there so you can get it over here.

6:54 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

I get all stabby when I hear about the Minutemen. *cough* thinlyveiledracism *cough*

At this point, I am so annoyed that I'd just as soon throw open the borders and let everything iron itself out. Sheesh.

1:02 PM  
Blogger Dagny said...

Thanks for the reminder that I need to call my husband. Her husband reenlisted after being injured in Afghanistan and was due home from Iraq about a month ago. I had been trying to figure out why he would do something like that.

I think Jamie's idea might work for me now.

7:57 AM  

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