Monday, November 15, 2004

The Great Society

Here’s an excerpt from one of my favorite blogs, Bitch, Ph.D.

It’s what I’ve always wanted to say, in detail, to all those folk who like to say, so sweetly, “The difference between Democrats and Republicans is that Democrats believe in taking handouts from society and Republicans believe in standing on your own two feet.”

Professor B. takes them on in detail, explaining why they’re wrong, in detail (which they are, of course – not about that being the difference: wrong about anyone in this country, or any country, standing on his own two feet), and goes on to explain why it’s a good thing that we have a functioning society (d’oh, I know, but you would be surprised how many people need that explained to them).

This is just a bit of the post; go read the whole thing.

[A mother] needs laws about rat poison so that if the bakery has had rats in the dumpster and has put poison out in the alley (which, you know, safe enough, because no one eats things they find in an alley) and someone walks through the alley and tracks some rat poison onto the sidewalk and the kid drops her cookie and then picks it back up and takes a bite while the mom is putting the cake in the car, the cookie will taste nasty and the kid will spit it back out. So, I think we do all depend on other people, and we are part of the larger society, even if we're pretty independent. And I, for one, don't like the idea of kids dying of massive internal bleeding, and I'm willing to have maybe one quarter of one cent of my annual tax dollar go to whatever regulation gets put in place to make rat poison taste bad. (

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