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    By kyle | March 22, 2010

    59 percent oppose ObamaCare. But don’t worry, liberals. The poll comes from noted right-wing hacks CNN. I’m starting to think this book is going to need to rush out an extra chapter on Obama.

    Topics: Barack Obama, Business, Politics | 13 Comments »

    13 Responses to “Wow.”

    1. kishke Says:
      March 22nd, 2010 at 4:49 pm

      Yeah, but they aren’t showing 59% who oppose government health care, b/c 13% oppose it on the grounds that it’s not liberal enough. Subtract those from the 59% and add them to the 39% and you have a slight majority in favor of governmental meddling.

    2. Hunter Tremayne Says:
      March 22nd, 2010 at 5:02 pm

      But that 59% can all afford basic cable, so probably also health insurance. I wonder how that poll would look if it were conducted by Telemundo.

    3. kishke Says:
      March 22nd, 2010 at 5:23 pm

      I wonder how that poll would look if it were conducted by Telemundo.

      No need to wonder. Do we need a poll to tell us that people like a free lunch? Of course those who don’t pay in to the system will be in favor of handouts.

    4. Hunter Tremayne Says:
      March 22nd, 2010 at 5:33 pm

      Actually, I wouldn’t want a free lunch without knowing what it is. What if it’s a salad? What if it’s a veggie burger? In my experience, people who get offered things for free are way more pernickety than those who pay.

    5. kishke Says:
      March 22nd, 2010 at 5:37 pm

      Oh, but they know perfectly well what’s in this free lunch: health care paid for by others. What could be better?

    6. Hunter Tremayne Says:
      March 22nd, 2010 at 5:46 pm

      1990 Louis Roederer Cristal

      Tartar of Kobe beef with Imperial Beluga caviar and Belons oyster
      1995 Krug Clos du Mesnil

      Mousseline of pattes rouges crayfish with morel mushroom infusion
      2000 Corton-Charlemagne, Domaine Jean François Coche-Dury

      Tarte Fine with scallops and black truffle
      1996 Le Montrachet, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti

      Lobster Osso Buczco
      1985 Romanée-Conti, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti

      Ravioli with guinea fowl and burrata cheese, veal reduction

      1961Château Palmer

      Saddle of lamb “Léonel”

      1959 Château Mouton Rothschild

      Sorbet “Dom Pérignon”

      Supreme of pigeon en croute with cèpes mushroom sauce and cipollotti

      1961 Château Haut-Brion

      Veal cheeks with Périgord truffles
      1955 Château Latout

      Imperial gingerbread pyramid with caramel and salted butter ice-cream

      1967 Château d’Yquem

    7. Patrick. Says:
      March 22nd, 2010 at 5:47 pm

      That’s cute, Kyle.

    8. kishke Says:
      March 22nd, 2010 at 5:56 pm

      Hunter: With their health care paid by others, maybe they’ll be able to afford all those things. We’ve already got hipsters on food stamps buying gourmet foods. This is just more of the same.

    9. Hunter Tremayne Says:
      March 22nd, 2010 at 6:23 pm

      Interesting piece, Kishke. Sounds like a movie idea. Mind you, making a curry is hardly the most expensive thing to do once you have a decent stockpile of herbs and spices. A buck, tops.

    10. JohnFNWayne Says:
      March 22nd, 2010 at 6:51 pm

      This was such a bad idea, it could only come from Washington.

    11. kishke Says:
      March 22nd, 2010 at 8:17 pm

      Hunter: Grass-fed beef; organic juice; heirloom tomatoes; organic veggies; raw honey. This stuff ain’t cheap.

    12. Bugg Says:
      March 23rd, 2010 at 8:37 am

      My dad lived for 15 more good years after a heart attack because he had a defibrillator installed in his chest covered by insurance in 1995. Who’s health care will be helped if companies like this go out of business? And the things and drugs that companies like this innovate soon won’t be built or produced at all.

      The power to tax is the power to destroy. But when you have Al Sharpton-a man who has never had an actual job, and doesn’t own the house he slept in, the car he got there in, nor the ugly suit he’s wearing(as he has stated under oath when successfully sued for libel)-as an “economic adviser”-apparently you really believe there is a free lunch.

    13. Brandon Says:
      March 23rd, 2010 at 1:02 pm

      The irony is the government’s meddling caused the pricing in healthcare to skyrocket and they now believe additional meddling will bring it down. Actually I know they don’t believe that but that’s what they’re telling us they believe.