The great, now late, Art Linkletter was widely appreciated for the humor he saw, as catalogued in, for instance, his book "Kids Say the Darnedest Things."
So do grown-ups -- particularly if they hang out in the fever swamps of the left.
Today's Exhibit A is Barack ("The Fault Finder") Obama -- that contemporary Diogenes ever seeking (in his oh-so-presidential phrase) an "ass to kick." Think BP, Chrysler's bondholders, and "fat-cat bankers." Think Republicans. Think maligned physicians and health insurers. Think Arizonans who dare to believe immigrants there should be legal. Think Israelis defending themselves against jihadist blockade-runners.
In the vein of "let's you and him fight," Obama now is setting up doctors and Republicans to go for each other's jugulars. Early in the dubious battle for ObamaCare, Obama won the support of the American Medical Association with promises to fix a scheduled 21 percent cut in payments to doctors participating in Medicare (about 97 percent of all practicing physicians.) He rammed through ObamaCare with no Republican support in the deciding votes -- and with, of course, no pledged fix of diminished Medicare payments to doctors.
Now Obama is saying (as he did in his weekly June 12 radio address) that Republicans had better help Democrats (holding majorities in both houses) reverse the scheduled Medicare cuts or otherwise he will disparage them as "willing to walk away from the needs of our doctors and our seniors."
IT'S ALL bilgewater. And so is so much else from the mouths not of children but of adult lefties who should know better.
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, billed by her supporters as a moderate consensus-builder, opposed allowing ROTC recruiters on Harvard's campus and defended Bill Clinton against charges of sexual harassment against Paula Jones - in a case that later triggered his impeachment.
Obama's nominee to run Medicare and Medicaid -- Dr. Donald Berwick -- is an unabashed fan of Britain's crushing National Health Service and of its rationing board, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (known by its big-brotherish acronym, NICE). Says the good doctor: "The more I have studied it, the more I believe that less discretion for doctors would improve patient safety." And: "NICE is an extremely effective and a conscientious, valuable, and -- importantly -- knowledge-building system."
Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.
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