I hope this isn't just political theater, where we're just playing to the cameras," President Barack Obama said as he opened his health care summit Thursday.And let me commend Jack on the literary reference.
But of course that's all it was. When he said it was "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing," Shakespeare's Macbeth might have been anticipating this event.
As Jack points out, it's from Macbeth (Act V scene v, to be precise). Macbeth has just learned that Lady Macbeth is dead and says:
She should have died hereafter;And kudos to Jack for peppering his text with Shakespeare/theatre references:
There would have been a time for such a word.
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Mr. Obama performed well, as he is wont to do at staged events...And:
The fury came mostly from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi...And:
...the Republicans, who were to be cast as the villains.And so on. But let's move beyond the literary analysis. Here's Jack's next paragraph:
The purpose of the exercise was to portray the president as a reasonable man open to compromise and the Republicans as abominable "no" men. But that purpose was undermined by the leaks beforehand that the Democrats plan to try to ram through Obamacare 2.0 (which combines the worst features of the House and Senate bills) through the budget reconciliation process.Of course that's that pesky "majority rule" that sometimes doesn't seem to apply in the US Senate.
- Remove legal restrictions on the importation of foreign drugs.
- Allow the purchase of non-controlled medications without prescriptions.
- Repeal the Kefauver Amendment of 1962.
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We could set up a system where food was probably cheaper than it is right now, if we just eliminated meat inspectors.Deregulate.