Perhaps because I’ve spent much of my life working in the state or federal bureaucracy, I’m leery at those who see big government as “the answer”, as if it were a fairy god mother.

No, the way things work in the bureaucracy is that someone processes a request, and then it goes up for a decision, and then back down. If the money is lacking, it will bounce around for awhile.

There is a bigger problem with a federal bureaucracy: there are more layers of bureaurocracy and less responsiveness to local issues.

So after fighting with bureaucrats for twenty years to benefit my patients, let me analyze Senator  Obama’s speech with a sardonic eye…

Maybe if he went to Iowa and met the student who works the night shift after a full day of class and still can’t pay the medical bills for a sister who’s ill, he’d understand that she can’t afford four more years of a health care plan that only takes care of the healthy and wealthy.

Question one: Why is a student responsible for her sister’s medical bills? Where is the mother and the father? Why isn’t the sister on Medicaid, if she is unemployed?

But then we have another question: If the sister is indeed responsible for her sister financially, in the olden days she might just quit school to support the family…

But Obama waves a wand and voila, nationalized health care for everyone…and presumably free tuition.

Ah, but where is the money coming from? And what happens when the inevitable medical rationing starts?

Then we have the man unable to afford gas money:

Maybe if he went to Pennsylvania and met the man who lost his job but can’t even afford the gas to drive around and look for a new one, he’d understand that we can’t afford four more years of our addiction to oil from dictators.

Yoo hoo, Senator: Neither Canada nor Mexico are dictatorships.


Saudi is a monarchy, not a dictatorship, as is Kuwait (both allow local elections, and Kuwait allows a lot of personal freedom), But the rest of those countries are democracies.

One expects someone running for president to be aware of these small details, but never mind.

Obama’s point is that if he becomes President, someone looking for a job will be able to afford to fill his gas tank…

What is missing  is the details. Will he allow  drilling in Alaska or off the coasts of the US? Will he support alternative energy investment?  Will he lower air quality standards, so that Pennsylvania guy can get a job in the coal industry? Or will he set up a bureaucracy for people to get their gas bills subsidized?

But again, we have a wave of the wand, and we will not only persuade corporations to invest in jobs, but we will tax them if they dare to make a profit.

That man needs us to pass an energy policy that works with automakers to raise fuel standards, and makes corporations pay for their pollution, and oil companies invest their record profits in a clean energy future — an energy policy that will create millions of new jobs that pay well and can’t be outsourced. That’s the change we need.

Yes, we need that. I agree….it just won’t work. I’d like it to work, but the dirty little secret is that companies will merely outsource more where they can make a profit.

So maybe Obama needs to read Robert Reich. (Even I don’t think he will bother to read Milton Friedman or Hayak).

Ah, but this is a magic moment: A single vote for the right person and voila, instant utopia:

I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless;

Yup. no hospitals, no medicare or medicaid, no IHS or Veteran’s hospital…no one bothered to care for the sick before Obama came along.

And no one had a job either…

this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal;

Just  magic wand, and the warming from the sunspots  will stop—, and China’s huge emissions will disappear, and all pollution will stop. We’ll all live green carbon free lifestyles, like Zimbabweans and Dafur refugees, and mother Gaia will rejoice.

this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth.

Yes, once Obama is in office, all the “bash bush all the time” of the European and international press will cease.

He will wave a magic wand, and the masses will arise with one voice and one will and remake the country into a utopia where the government is the answer to all our problems.

This was the moment — this was the time — when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves and our highest ideals.

Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.

Ah yes. Don’t forget that reference to God. Because short of a miracle, none of these things are going to happen.

Where are Dawkins and Hitchens when you need them?


Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her web site is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket. 

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