At exactly 11:11, I received an e-mail saying that a deal on the FY2011 federal budget had been reached. No shutdown. An eleventh-hour, eleventh-minute reprieve.
On my way to work this morning I overheard a group of very nice teachers discuss how they were going to justify asking for more taxpayer money for education. Their “logic” went something like this: we’ll tell them that if we don’t get the money, kids won’t get educated. Without a primary education, they won’t be able to go to college…and because they won’t get a degree, they won’t become wage earners and that will be bad for the economy. Irrefutable. Unless you’re Bill Gates. Or Steve Jobs. Or Mark Zuckerburg. Or that Oracle guy.
Anyway, it was pretty much the most depressing thing I’ve heard all week.
To put that in perspective, I spoke with a man yesterday who said we should pay for Medicare by increasing the tax rate to 70%. He was, conveniently, not a taxpayer. Also, I ran into a large group of Planned Parenthood supporters wearing Pepto-Bismal-pink t-shirts, which seemed appropriate. By the way, the next time you hear them rave about the wonderful, life-saving “services” Planned Parenthood provides women, ask how many of them would go to Dr. Kevorkian for preventative care.
…about that “reprieve”…