Who Hijacked Our Country

Saturday, February 05, 2005

A Dog Makes House Calls

You’ve probably known people who seemed like they inherited the worst traits of each parent, and none of either parent’s good traits. Well, it seems Orwellian Big Brotherism and Free Enterprise had a little tryst, and this is their ugly child.

Imagine, a drug-sniffing dog making a house call to your place of employment to see if you or your co-workers are using (gasp) drugs. For just $20 you too can spy on your child, employee or co-worker and see if they’ve been exposed to drugs any time during the past 30 days.

This is one Canadian import we can do without.

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I don't have an opinion yet on the Social Security "crisis," but Bush's tactic of crying Wolf is going to backfire. He's framing the entire debate with the same "This is Urgent! Act Now!" hysteria that he used so successfully to drum up support for the Iraqi war.

We don't have time to debate! This is an emergency! While we dither, Saddam Hussein has Weapons of Mass Destruction pointed right at your home!

And now he's crying Wolf again with Social Security. We have to Act Now! While we're bickering and dawdling, our nation is being bankrupted by the Social Security crisis! A catastrophe is going to strike any minute!

Whatever the Social Security solution turns out to be, there isn't an emergency or nationwide tragedy waiting to engulf us if we don't Act Now. We need to put aside the "Urgent! This is an Emergency!" rhetoric so that all stakeholders can examine this issue carefully and determine -- using reason and logic instead of hysteria and buzzwords -- what we need to do.

1 Comments:

Blogger pri said...

Mmm, though I doubt the sniffer could detect traces of small amounts of drugs when they are not there anymore I doubt even more that people will hire this service. Parents should talk with their children instead of using police-like techniques.

I am with you that you should do whatever is in your hand in order to save SS as it is one of the basic services a state has to give to their citizens. I might think in SS as an esential service because I live in a country with a socialist like SS (as most European countries have).

February 6, 2005 at 8:42 AM  

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