Friday, February 26, 2010

Pre-Owned Spare Parts

Mark Steyn and Hugh Hewitt have a good chuckle at the expense of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, who tried to make the case for Obamacare at the "health care summit" by recounting the hard luck story of one of her constituents:
HH: Now I do have to play for you one more clip. This is what I call the chopper stopper. It’s not Obama, but it signifies a great deal. It’s Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, cut number 7:
LS: I even had one constituent, you will not believe this, and I know you won’t, but it’s true. Her sister died, this poor woman had no dentures. She wore her dead sister’s teeth.

HH: Mark Steyn…(laughing)

MS: (laughing) That’s good. That’s good for the environment, isn’t it?

HH: (laughing)

MS: I’m in favor of that. If we can’t at least, if we can’t reduce our carbon footprint, at least we should be able to reduce our mastication mouth print by recycling dentures. I mean, this gets to the heart of why this second-hand dentures, which I believe was the fourth chorus of that Barbra Streisand song, for those with long memories, but is second-hand dentures a huge problem in the United States? What are the number of people going around? There’s 300 million people here. Are 20 million going around with second-hand dentures? Are 5 million going around with second-hand dentures? The idea that you need comprehensive national health care for, to solve this particular lady’s second-hand denture crisis, I think is…
The exchange inspired me to revise the Barbra Streisand  song in question: If the Congresswoman thinks things are bad now, recycling-wise, wait till Obamacare kicks in:

I'm wearing second hand teeth,
A second hand leg.
That's why they call me
'Second Hand Peg'.
Even the pacemaker in my ticker
Was 'harvested' from someone so much sicker.
Second hand bits;
I'm good to go if it fits.
If I get something new it's very rare.
Even though Pelosi and H. Reid think it's swell
I can't say Socialism's really going so well.
Change in the air now that the system is fair
Thanks to Obamacare.
Thanks to Obamacare.

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