Friday, December 25, 2009
Another Note from my New Friend, Barry
Last evening in all the hustle and bustle of Christmas Eve, I got another quick personal note from my new found best buddy, Barry. I thought I might share it with you since it’s not really all that personal. I will, as usual share, my reaction with you in the traditional red type remarks.
From: President Barack Obama
Date: Dec. 24, 2009, 1:46 PM
Friend – (He still hasn’t read this blog.)
Although it's Christmas Eve, (I thought they did that at the crack of dawn.) I wanted to share some exciting news: The Senate just passed their version of a (sic) historic health reform bill.
In all the back and forth, it's easy to lose sight of what this incredible breakthrough really means. (You had better hope the entire public doesn’t ever understand what it really means.) But consider this: This Christmas, (Would that be the same one that has a tree with Mao’s picture hanging on it?) there are millions of Americans (that would be the illegal immigrants, right?) without health insurance who risk losing everything if they get sick. (Since it won’t kick in until 2014, I guess that means Christmas in 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013 too.)
There are mothers and fathers who wonder how they'll provide for their children because an illness has wiped out their savings. (You mean to tell me that some people still have savings?) There are small business owners who worry that they'll have to lay off a long-time employee because the cost of insurance is rapidly rising. (Since the tax kicks in before we ever see a benefit, that would be true for the next four years.)
If we finish the job, (what you mean “we”, wh… ...? Never mind.) all this can change. We will have beaten back the special interests (And that would be who? Oh yeah, the doctors!) who have for so long perpetuated the status quo. We will have enacted the most important piece of social policy since the Social Security Act in the 1930s, (Most of us geezers down here on the branch thought “repeal” (Amendment XXI) was the most important.) and the most important health reform since Medicare in the 1960s.
In Decembers to come, (Well, um, not next December, or the next, or the next, or, uh, the next) millions (For sure that refers again to illegal lawbreaking border jumpers) more will have access to affordable coverage. Parents (If you have state approval to procreate.) will have the security and stability of knowing their insurance can't be revoked at a moment's notice. And the skyrocketing costs plaguing our small businesses will be brought under control. (That apparently means no more over regulated and over taxed small businesses.)
When you make calls, write letters, organize, this is the change you're making -- a better life for your family and for men and women in every state. (Especially Nebraska)
There is still more to do before I can sign reform into law -- a last round of negotiations and final votes in the Senate and the House -- and I'm counting on your help every step of the way. (Trust me Barry, I’ll be there every step of the way.) But for now, I hope that as you celebrate this holiday season, you remember that the work you are doing is making our union (That’s the SEIU, right?) more perfect, one step at a time. For that, I am grateful to you. (Aw shucks, it was nothin’.)
Merry Christmas and happy holidays,
President Barack Obama
P.S. -- Supporters of reform are signing a note of appreciation to all the senators who have worked so hard to make this possible. I hope you'll join them: (For certain, they will hear from me. Especially Claire McCaskill.)
At least this time he didn’t hit me up for a loan of $5 like he did last time. I guess he figures that this new bill will get him all the loot he needs for walkin’ around money. Now I guess he and the missus can scoot off to Hawaii for a little R & R. He’s definitely earned a rest and a couple of those funny drinks with little umbrellas in them.
Now wasn’t that a considerate note to send to a pal on Christmas?
In His abiding love,
Posted by One of the Moons at 2:43 PM