Fresh Paint
Saturday, November 24, 2007
The Perfect Gift


The perfect gift would be for us to elect someone who will allow us to have Universal Health Care, but I don't foresee it happening, even if (when) we elect a Democrat next November. All the plans they come up with are simply too complicated, since they keep trying to involve employers and insurance companies. Why should either have anything to do with going to the doctor if you're sick?

Good morning, friends. I hope you have finally finished digesting Thanksgiving and are about to put on your running shoes and work it all off. I know I'm not.

And a big thanks to my Australian friends for getting rid of Howard in a humiliating (I love the humiliating part -- he even lost his own parliament seat) defeat:
SYDNEY, Australia - Conservative Prime Minister John Howard suffered a humiliating defeat Saturday at the hands of the left-leaning opposition, whose leader has promised to immediately sign the Kyoto Protocol on global warming and withdraw Australia's combat troops from Iraq.

Labor Party head Kevin Rudd's pledges on global warming and Iraq move Australia sharply away from policies that had made Howard one of President Bush's staunchest allies.

Rudd has named global warming as his top priority, and his signing of the Kyoto Protocol will leave the U.S. as the only industrialized country not to have joined it.
This was truly a popular ousting -- if I remember correctly, you are required by law to vote in Australia or suffer consequences, with only about 5 percent choosing the consequences.

Australia is a country fond of knee warmers. I get a lot of traffic from there for my old knee warmer pattern -- memo to self: knit a new pair so you can wash the ones you're wearing. I wish everyone there the best, and America thanks you for setting (we hope) a precedent.

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