Reprinted from The Faster Times — This is a bit old now, from March 24, a few days after Obama’s health care reform passed the Congress. But I just like to show all my socialism love here in Daddyland.
If you have doubts about the new health care legislation, just relax. Yes, just like Joe Biden said, “This is a big f—- deal.” But you are going to love socialism!
I live in Sweden, which is not actually a socialist country, but, for the sake of my good friends in the tea parties, we can call it socialist. I mean, c’mon, I am on nine months of paid parental leave. My kid gets subsidized child care. I am taxed at one of the highest rates in the world.
Then there is the health care. Oh, the health care.
Actually, I hardly ever think about the health care here.
And that is the point. I hardly ever think about the health care (and my family is not lacking medical issues). It is just there. I can fuss with choice and private doctors if I choose. Or I can go the old school neighborhood clinic route.
Pssst, here is the secret. Even with all the taxes, my family still does fine. We have more stuff than we want. You should see all the yachts around Stockholm. And cars are outrageously expensive, but everyone has one! (except me)
You could say I am addicted to socialism.
More relevantly: Do Republicans write a one-sentence bill declaring that the whole thing is repealed? Will they vote to reopen the “doughnut” hole for prescription drugs for seniors? To allow health insurers to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions? To kick millions of people off Medicaid?
It’s unimaginable, impossible.
Safety nets are good. People you know need the safety net. America was built on community as much as any pull up your bootstrap individualism. I’d love to see how many tea party people will turn down Medicare when they hit 65.
I know the Republicans are still frothing about socialism and Obamacare and all that. This will go on for a good while. More from Frum:
I’ve been on a soapbox for months now about the harm that our overheated talk is doing to us. Yes, it mobilizes supporters — but by mobilizing them with hysterical accusations and pseudo-information, overheated talk has made it impossible for representatives to represent and elected leaders to lead.
Now the overheated talk is about to get worse. Over the past 48 hours, I’ve heard conservatives compare the House bill to the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 — a decisive step on the path to the Civil War. Conservatives have whipped themselves into spasms of outrage and despair that block all strategic thinking.
Eric Zorn at the Chicago Tribune also compiled some real winning quotes from Republicans on the socialist menace.
As for me, I’ll be waiting out the end of winter up here in the great socialist north, not listening to crazy Republican talk and not thinking about health care.
And if you were wondering, despite the recession, Sweden is doing just fine economically, thank you, with the world’s fourth most competitive economy and low debt levels and budget deficits. Plus all that socialist cradle to grave welfare stuff.
Now take a deep breath, and repeat after me, “Socialism is not evil. Socialism is not evil …”