While I would still like to read the particulars, the Health Care Reform bill passed last night. I heard it announced at work this morning, that we're (The US) officially a socialist nation.
I've been mildly amused the last few months though, watching people who appear to have switched sides.
Almost a decade ago, a US President used an act of terror to justify the invasion of a nation which was not involved. He and his administration twisted the facts in intelligence reports, and a whole nation of 'Conservatives' got all bent out of shape because left wing, extremist liberals were criticizing a sitting president in a time of war.
I still remember listening to Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck all become unglued because of this awful rash of protests by democrats.
What's funny is that the complainers have become the complainees. I can't comment on the comparative size of the protests, since I live in the midst of Republican central, but it seems to be more raucous, and obnoxious than the anti-war protests ever were.
I'd like to do a little comparison though...
During the Iraqi War, the US dropped 11 BLU-82B Daisy Cutter bombs. They also developed a new bomb called the MOAB which is significantly, but it doesn't look like they've chosen to use that one just yet. This was just one of the weapons used by the US.
Anyway, the Daisy Cutter is a huge bomb, and was originally designed to clear tree and vegetation instantly in Vietnam. It is produced at a cost to the US Tax Payer of $27,318. It has a lethal radius of 100-300 meters.
In comparison, the cost of an MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccination is $18.30, according to the CDC.
So, for the cost of a split second explosion with enough to power to kill everyone within an area larger than a square kilometer, we could vaccinate 1,492 people.
Just something to think about...