This week, that great thinker and illustrious leader of ours, Nancy Pelosi, had this to say about one of the many benefits of her new healthcare legislation:
“We see it as an entrepreneurial bill. A bill that says to someone, if you want to be creative and be a musician or whatever, you can leave your work, focus on your talent, your skill, your passion, your aspirations because you will have health care.” 1
So in other words, for all you kids out there (and by that we mean adults in your twenties), no need to be productive, just tune in, turn on, drop out and the government’s got your back. It’s easy to see how Nancy can relate to this, being an old hippie chick herself. You know, Haight-Ashbury and all that. For the hippies of the 1960s, and for those who are still living that dream (most of whom are still in San Francisco), that was the way to go. It was the cool thing to drop out, smoke weed, get high and take up the bongos or guitar; then go hang out at Woodstock or somewhere and protest the war or whatever was the latest thing going around on campus (besides herpes.)
But of course back then things were a little different. Back then you had those good old capitalist pigs Mom and Dad to take care of things for you. You see, in the 1960s your parents still made their money the old fashioned way: they earned it. But today, the hippies are Mom and Dad. And with Big Nanny Nancy in charge, they’re also running the country. And guess what, they make their money the old fashioned way too: by taxing the American citizens (or at least those who still work for a living.) That’s how the new healthcare law works! Ain’t socialism just grand!
Fn. 1: For the Pelosi quote: