Monday, March 21

[For what it's worth]
While my heart goes out to Terri Schiavo and her parents and husband, I can't help but feel that the Congressional hullabaloo her situation has evoked is little more than strategic, hypocritical pandering. Call me a cynic if you must. But this guy pretty much sums it up best:

"By now most people who read liberal blogs are aware that George W. Bush signed a law in Texas that expressly gave hospitals the right to remove life support if the patient could not pay and there was no hope of revival, regardless of the patient's family's wishes. It is called the Texas Futile Care Law. Under this law, a baby was removed from life support against his mother's wishes in Texas just this week. A 68 year old man was given a temporary reprieve by the Texas courts just yesterday.

"Those of us who read liberal blogs are also aware that Republicans have voted en masse to pull the plug (no pun intended) on medicaid funding that pays for the kind of care that someone like Terry Schiavo and many others who are not so severely brain damaged need all across this country.

"Those of us who read liberal blogs also understand that that the tort reform that is being contemplated by the Republican congress would preclude malpractice claims like that which has paid for Terry Schiavo's care thus far.

"Those of us who read liberal blogs are aware that the bankruptcy bill will make it even more difficult for families who suffer a catastrophic illness like Terry Schiavo's because they will not be able to declare chapter 7 bankruptcy and get a fresh start when the gargantuan medical bills become overwhelming.

"And those of us who read liberal blogs also know that this grandstanding by the congress is a purely political move designed to appease the religious right and that the legal maneuverings being employed would be anathema to any true small government conservative.

"Those who don't read liberal blogs, on the other hand, are seeing a spectacle on television in which the news anchors repeatedly say that the congress is 'stepping in to save Terry Schiavo' mimicking the unctuous words of Tom Delay as they grovel and leer at the family and nod sympathetically at the sanctimonious phonies who are using this issue for their political gain.

"This is why we cannot trust the mainstream media. Most people get their news from television. And television is presenting this issue as a round the clock one dimensional soap opera pitting the 'family,' the congress and the church against this woman's husband and the judicial system that upheld Terry Schiavo's right and explicit request that she be allowed to die if extraordinary means were required to keep her alive. The ghoulish infotainment industry is making a killing by acceding once again to trumped up right wing sensationalism."

And, in a heartless and superficial segue, I got a free bathrug from Target today because they mailed me some atrocious granny deal that looks nothing like the cute rug I ordered for the downstairs bathroom. They said it wasn't worth it to pay for me to send the rug back and then re-send the right rug, so I should just keep the mistake rug and they'll send me the right one by Friday. Now that's my kind of capitalism. Or something.


Blogger phallicpen said...

I bet I'll love it.

Mon Mar 21, 08:27:00 PM  
Blogger theogeo said...

I was thinking I might offer it as a housewarming present when your ass moves here. See? Carl works in mysterious ways. Mostly via department store muck-ups.

Mon Mar 21, 08:53:00 PM  
Blogger nashgirl said...

So what, you can't even be bothered to actually drive to Target and pick up a carpet. You have to do everything over the Internet now?

Just kidding. I love when a store mucks up your order. I got two $100 laptop batteries that way.

Tue Mar 22, 09:33:00 AM  
Blogger theogeo said...

Trust me, I'd love to slog through droves of meandering soccer moms and confused elderly men to get the rug myself, but it's only offered online.

Tue Mar 22, 11:07:00 AM  
Blogger TVonthefritz said...

That was a very informative blog post. I knew of Dubya's heartlessness in regard to human life, but that previously unheard of law takes it to the extreme. I need to read more liberal blogs.

Tue Mar 22, 02:43:00 PM  
Blogger Your friendly Maytag repairman said...

The blogosphere has much to offer, my son.

I can't help but feel that if I were in her shoes I would not want to continue on ... I could regurgitate all day long, but this is a link that runs down the legal aspects, as this is all a really confusing mess (and god bless
em, the "liberal" media is just making it worse.

Wed Mar 23, 09:07:00 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Nice. Rug. Oh, yeah, this is Wendy.

Wed Mar 23, 06:26:00 PM  
Blogger theogeo said...

Hey, Wendy. How're things?

Wed Mar 23, 09:22:00 PM  

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