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Reading Your Opposition’s Works

The Tells in politics are not as slight as those at the poker table

From the diaries by Erick

Case in point: Tom Daschle, former US Senator from SD, and Senate Majority/Minority leader in late 90s and early 2000s. Daschle, tapped by Mr. Obama to be Secretary of Health and Human Services next year, wrote a book that he likely now wishes no one would read. In fact, amazon.com and buy.com have no copies in stock, so he has hope.

Now why would he want to keep this book a secret? Well, do football coaches publish their playbooks? Of course not. You can read an insightful and not-so-favorable review by Tony Blankley at townhall.com here.

Now, you might say: “Well, Daschle wrote a book. So what? It does not mean he means it, or expects it to work.” Yeah, well, Hitler wrote a book too, and folks likely thought around 1942 it might have been a good idea to read it. Same for that guy behind the podium that has a “Office of the President-Elect” emblem on it (I know, the real election is next week at some college, but who cares.) He wrote a couple books too that not enough people must have read before November 4th of this year.


You might say: “So, there’s a book. I cannot believe that based on a book, that Daschle would get a job, even the job of Secretary of Health and Human Services. (Wait, the phrase Human Services. is that some reference to slavery?)” This book has been read, unlike other books such Hillary Rodham Clinton’s book and Michelle Obama’s Master’s Thesis. Here was some advance praise for the book (taken from Amazon.com, which will have more copies in stock Dec. 6th. buy.com is sold out.):

“I may not agree with some of the political statements but Senator Daschle is right on target on the need to start a serious dialogue on health care for Americans. His thoughtful health-care proposals will move the process forward. Senator Daschle and I agree on the need for nonpartisanship in coming to grips with this number one domestic problem.” —Bob Dole, former Senate majority leader

“The American health-care system is in crisis, and workable solutions have been blocked for years by deeply entrenched ideological divisions. Sen. Daschle brings fresh thinking to this problem, and his Federal Reserve for Health concept holds great promise for bridging this intellectual chasm and, at long last, giving this nation the health care it deserves.” —(Former) Senator Barack Obama (IL)

“This book provides real solutions for America’s broken health care system.” —Senator Harry Reid (NV), Senate majority leader

Daschle will be the Healthcare Czar, according to Mr. Obama (Mr. is Obama’s only real title right now, but I hear that he has ordered several staffers to watch the HBO John Adams special to get some ideas from Adams’ proposals for Presidential titles. Also, isn’t is scary hearing the term “czar” associated with American Democracy?). And from the names of the commenters above, Daschle has a couple fans in high places.

American culture has a problem: it does not like to read. If it did, and everyone read Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism, Mark Steyn’s America Alone, God’s The Holy Bible, Thomas Sowell’s Applied Economics, and William Bennett’s America: The Last Best Hope, the USA would be in a much better position than it is in today. But instead, people are rewarded who want to make decisions about how much you health should be valued. From Tony Blakeley:

What followed is my favorite line in the book: “When the test revealed a narrowing of the artery, however slight, cardiologists couldn’t resist doing something about it.” Imagine a doctor trying to cure his patient.

So, please read Tony Blakeley’s comments on Tom Daschle’s book, and understand that reading more might be a good thing to start soon. Notify your Senators that Daschle’s ideas are not what America needs now.

Of course, when we’re locked up for hate crimes for reading Mark Steyn or Bill Bennett, we’ll have plenty of time to catch up on our reading.

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