The cold and snowy weather in Denver on November 13 through 15 provided a good excuse to stay home and get caught up on the news.
Wow! The War on Terror has been going on so long that the name has been changed to the Man Made Catastrophe Dilemma or something like that. The economy is in bad shape. When did that happen? Jon and Kate's marriage seems to be falling apart. Sad indeed. And what's this about a Balloon Boy?
Health care seems to be a hot issue for some reason. It's hard to remember whether it was on the left-wing propaganda channel msnbc or the right-wing propaganda channel Fox News that some pundit said that obesity is responsible for 9.1 percent of health care dollars spent. The Centers for Disease Control says that is correct. Lefties and righties agree that health care is one-sixth of the economy because they say it all the time. So let's do the math. With a GDP of 14.4 trillion dollars, one-sixth of that would be 2.4 trillion dollars and 9.1 percent of that would be 218 billion dollars. The CDC also says that 34 percent of Americans are obese. Wait a minute...Does that mean that the third of Americans who are obese cost 218 billion and the two-thirds who are thin to average cost nearly 2.2 trillion? Thank God for fat people!
A new controversy is medical marijuana. According to marijuana advocates, smoking pot can cure everything from headaches to cancer. It's not just for developing a sense of humor and appetite enhancement anymore. With marijuana able to cure so many diseases you would think it would be very popular among older Americans. Hmmm, maybe Grandma would like a roach clip for Christmas. But, according to the news shows, medical marijuana patients are very young. According to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment, the average age of a medical marijuana patient is 41. Could it be that senior citizens are healthier than their children and grandchildren?
So, why are we arguing about health care in this country? The solutions are simple. If someone gets sick, dust off the Pink Floyd album and break out the bong. Then sent the patient to 7-11 for twinkies and chips for post-op care. Either that or wait until they get old and grow out of the disease. No need to get testy about things and no need to spend trillions of dollars.
The things one learns when it snows.