Patterico's Pontifications


Obama: Christmas Is No Time to Tell People They Have Lost Their Insurance

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:52 am

Allahpundit responds:

[H]e’s talking about unemployment insurance, but no matter. When the man’s right, he’s right. What kind of monsters would sandbag an unsuspecting middle class by … taking away their coverage? How are people supposed to pay their bills now? Mom and dad were hoping to have toys under the tree this year and instead all they have is a cancellation notice. How awful.

Am I awake?

What, you’re stunned that this guy is disingenuous or something?

The Genius of Government: Dutch Government Pays Alcoholics in Beer

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:49 am

This is the logical continuation of the permissive and soft-headed mode of thinking that charactarizes lefty governments like this:

After more than a decade out of work because of a back injury and chronic alcoholism, Fred Schiphorst finally landed a job last year and is determined to keep it. He gets up at 5:30 a.m., walks his dog and then puts on a red tie, ready to clean litter from the streets of eastern Amsterdam.

“You have to look sharp,” said Mr. Schiphorst, 60, a former construction worker.

His workday begins unfailingly at 9 a.m. — with two cans of beer, a down payment on a salary paid mostly in alcohol. He gets two more cans at lunch and then another can or, if all goes smoothly, two to round off a productive day.

“I’m not proud of being an alcoholic, but I am proud to have a job again,” said Mr. Schiphorst, the grateful beneficiary of an unusual government-funded program to lure alcoholics off the streets by paying them in beer to pick up trash.

The program was “started last year by the Rainbow Foundation, a private but mostly government-funded organization that helps the homeless, drug addicts and alcoholics get back on their feet.” That is stated as fact. Giving alcoholics beer helps them get back on their feet? Yeah? Is that how that works?

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