(Overheard in the corridors at the White House.)
So, whaddya think gang? Carville, Podesta, Begala, etal- Doesn't it seem like a really ripe time to go for the socialized, nationalized health care bit? We're segueing from nationalizing the GM and Chrysler deals and giving options to Fiat instead of helping American investors, so that's looking pretty good for us--90% combination ownership government/UAW. How's that for getting it done in such short order and nary a peep so far.
Let's strike while the iron is still hot. Finish off the autos while the Swine flu scare is still rising so they'll be ready for the healthcare takeover. We won't even have to worry about raising taxes on all levels, or lowering the thresh holds for general care--they're so scared they won't notice it. I'll just keep telling them not to panic while you keep feeding the media what we want them to hear to make it easy to foster socialized medicine. They won't even care about the rationing at that point.
Oh, and be sure they don't hear about the glut of natural gas--it'll make them think energy is not as bad a problem as we say. I know, I know, we now have new fields coming online in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Pennsylvania to the tune of 2200 trillion cubic feet of gas waiting to be pumped. Why, heck! That's only enough to satisfy nearly 100 years of current U. S. natural gas demand. They might not believe us the next time we tell them about shortages and becoming self-sufficient if they hear about these finds.
And one last thing, don't worry about the photo op of Air Force I any more. They're trying to label it "Scare Force I" and no one is even listening to them. Wow! If the next 100 days and the 100 after that are this easy, we're home free. Maybe we can take a weekend off from campaigning this summer.
Wonder what we'll hear tomorrow-----