TLP: Fear and Laziness in Las Vegas

Thursday, April 22, 2010 , , , , 3 Comments

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Are Nevada Democrats scared? Or just lazy? A potential Republican opponent for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has captured outsized attention for an unconventional idea — bartering for health care. So what's the response? Mock her mercilessly.

GOP candidate Sue Lowden raised the idea. CNN has the latest details:

"Before we all started having health care, in the olden days, our grandparents, they would bring a chicken to the doctor. They would say, 'I'll paint your house,'" Lowden said on the broadcast.

"Doctors are very sympathetic people. I'm not backing down from that system," she added.

Lowden's Communications Director Crystal Feldman defended her argument, telling CNN, "Sue never offered to exchange livestock for health care, she merely referred to practices used in the past."
A little off-beat, but intriguing. Bartering does have a storied past and often was the only choice people had. The Lazy Paperboy's grandfather was a small-town druggist and, during the Depression, graciously accepted whatever his customers could offer. One carved an intricate wooden buffalo that is an heirloom 75 years later. Other alternative payment arrangements are not unheard of, even today.

Maybe Lowden is goofy and making fun of her is a way for Nevada Democrats to kill time (while their Republican counterparts fight over teabagging rights. But she hasn't even won the primary. So maybe Reid's campaign isn't so much lazy (ahem, that's my gig, anyway) as they are frightened. And there's no market for that with voters. Even if you barter.

The Lazy Paperboy

Some say he’s half man half fish, others say he’s more of a seventy/thirty split. Either way he’s a fishy bastard.


W.C. Varones said...

How do you paint a house with a chicken?

Kerry said...

There are so many articles about this healthcare topic and about what Lowden said. But she was kind of right, as you said "Bartering does have a storied past and often was the only choice people had". And the interesting thing is, that this kind of "payment" is becoming popular again. See for example the Website where people are swapping their stuff and all kind of services.

WCV - It would take a long time, but this might be an option.

Chicken Scratch Painting

I don't think Warhola ever got the 15 minutes his brother predicted. Probably a good thing.