Wednesday, January 10, 2007


Someone has referred to it as “Arnold Care.” What a nice term. What a nice man! I am for Arnold Care! Sure, I could point out problems. Remember the movie in which Hume Cronyn played the CEO of Potts & Company? Cronyn was dictating a letter in response to an irate customer who had written to complain about a defective pot (Potts was in the pots business.) He dictated, “We do not claim that our pots are perfect – (then quizzical, wide-eyed, and somewhat indignant) – whose pots are?”

The basic point is that Governor Schwartzeneggar wants universal health care for the people of California. One tenth of the nation. More people than the entire United States’ population at the time of the Civil War. Reminds me of President Clinton’s greatest hour, when he stood before Congress and challenged Congress to send him a universal health care bill, or the President would veto what was sent to him (holding the pen high to emphasize his sincerity). Reminds me of Captain Kirk instructing Bones, "On the Enterprise, treat all of the crew and passengers the same -- universal health care, to the best of our means [imagined].”

Turning to the Twelfth Amendment, I see “. . . no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.” Shall we consider an amendment, after 200 years?

Yes, we may believe that the world is getting better.