An immodest proposal

August 30th, 2009

For reforming healthcare in the United States, preventing the angry and overprivileged from being a burden to their children or country and making them beneficial to the public.

1. Pass healthcare reform.
2. Outlaw televised town halls.
3. Cut out television.

4. Read quietly.

5. Remove refrigerator lightbulbs.

6. Better yet, curtail residential electricity between 9 p.m.-5 a.m.

7. Go to bed when it gets dark.

8. Raise gasoline taxes and fund a National Sidewalk Act.

9. Pound salt, hit the bricks or take a hike.

10. Don’t believe anyone who says they can see Russia from Alaska.

11. Eat like the French. Or rather, don’t eat like the French don’t eat.
12. Regulate cupholders.

13. Forget the drive-thru.

14. Ban antibacterial soap.

15. Floss.

16. Rebrand, reposition, repurpose and relaunch beets, cabbage, chard and sardines.

17. Hand wash cold. Line dry. Cool iron when needed.

18. Trust me, this only happens in Hollywood.

19. Pry this computer from my cold, dead hands.

20. Laugh. It’s the only medicine you can afford, and it may be the only one that actually works.

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  1. Thanks for the thought-provoking insights. Stepping outside of perceived habits and patterns opens a person up to realize other ways of seeing and savouring this physical world exist. Every human being is invited to make the most of the time and opportunities given.

    Comment by Liara Covert — August 31, 2009 @ 1:01 am

  2. [big smile]

    Comment by Teacher Jim — August 31, 2009 @ 12:39 pm

  3. Mr. Swift would approve. Thanks Karen for this post!

    Comment by Judy Merrill-Smith — August 31, 2009 @ 5:48 pm

  4. words of wisdom for sure!!!!!!

    Comment by Bridge — August 31, 2009 @ 7:19 pm

  5. i love chard and will get some beets this weekend…
    thanks for this.

    Comment by exileinkidville — September 1, 2009 @ 7:24 pm

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