Archive for March 16th, 2010

We’ve already addressed this issue in a different context, but this story is even more amusng. I’ll resist the need for any (additional) awful puns, and I’ll even admit I don’t know for sure that these…um…services are financed by taxpayers (but that must be true since we’re talking about the Netherlands, right?). But is this really such a big issue for the Dutch that the nurses need to mount a national campaign?

A union representing Dutch nurses will launch a national campaign Friday against demands for sexual services by patients who claim it should be part of their standard care. …The union said in a statement Thursday that the campaign follows a complaint it had received in the last week from a 24-year-old woman who said a 42-year-old disabled man asked her to provide sexual services as part of his care at home. The young woman witnessed some of the man’s other nurses offering him sexual gratification, the union said. When she refused to do the same, he tried to dismiss her on the grounds that she was unfit to provide care.

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I had to laugh when I saw this article linked on the Drudge Report. Does Obama really think that Democrats in the House will be intimidated by a threat not to campaign for them? Look what wonders Obama did campaigning for Corzine in New Jersey and Coakley in Massachusetts. If he can’t boost Democrats in very blue states, I doubt he would be helpful for Blue Dog Democrats from red states. Here’s the laugh line from the article:

Barack Obama has said he will not campaign for any Democratic congressmen who fails to support health care reform.

Jay Leno was much more accurate when he joked the other night that, “President Obama turned the heat up on Congress to pass healthcare reform. He’s telling Democrats if they don’t vote for this bill, he will campaign for them in November.”

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Maybe I’m a pessimist, but I expect that Pelosi and Obama will use enough bribes and coercion to get the votes needed to pass the Senate bill in the House. Whether there is a subsequent reconciliation bill doesn’t really matter, at least to those of us trying to save America from becoming a decrepit welfare state like Greece or France.

To help us survive through this dismal period, we’re going to have at least one “political humor” post each day. Let’s start (appropriately) with this song, which would be a good contender for the Obama national anthem.

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