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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

We must all pay the piper, one way or another.

The Three laws of American Engineering:
  1. If it won't fit, force it.
  2. Use a bigger hammer.
  3. If it breaks, it needed to be replaced anyway.
Today is not a good day for me. I've been suffering with a kidney stone since July, and yesterday the good doctor finally removed the damned thing. It turned out to be 10mm hard black stone and it was situated in a place from which normal lithotripsy was not possible. So they knocked me out, then the urologist extracted it with a long-handled device that resembles something from out of grandpa's tackle box:

They threaded this scary-looking fish-hook leader through my urethra and up through my bladder and into my left kidney's ureter. This procedure is called Ureteroscopic Stone Removal.

If you can imagine drawing a camel through the eye of a needle then you begin to understand the result: a pit-or-a-pendulum style nightmare of badly needing to urinate but dreading the resulting piercing agony that necessarily results. The stone is gone but the price is still being paid. Here's a picture of the devil himself complete with horns:

What does this have to do with politics? It occurred to be that there is definitely a corollary to be drawn here. A liberal would let it ride. He'd say that it's just sitting in there, harmlessly and anyway it's not that big yet. It's not blocking anything, yet. Why worry about a little thing like that? A conservative however, would understand that—long-term—this stone is going to block the ureter which would cause damage to the kidney. The short-term pain felt by the procedure is a price that a conservative is willing to pay. A liberal would just wait, hoping for some kind of miracle cure.

Isn't that what Obama and his left-wing mainstream media entourage have decided to do about Medicare? If you ask them they'll tell you everything's fine. Nothing to see here, carry-on. But decisions have consequences even if the decision is not to make a decision.

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