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J. Carson Black

I called Jon Kyl's office (and also McCain's) and asked the aide one simple question. If Kyl is against "socialized medicine," why is he on it? I said he should walk and walk, not just talk the talk, and that he and John McCain should co-sponsor a bill stripping Congress and their families of their socialized and subsidized health care. Then he would be a hero. He would speak for all those rugged individualists out there.

Surprisingly, I didn't get a very good reception to my stellar idea.

But if everyone called them and asked him to reject his health insurance, maybe he'd realize how lucky he is.

Jeff Mariotte

That's an excellent idea. I don't think the millionaires who make up most of the Senate really understand, in a visceral way, what it means to have to choose between insurance payments and groceries. And that's when things are going well--when hospital bills start rolling in, then things can get truly scary. People like Kyl and McCain have never had to worry about that. McCain's insurance has been provided by the government his entire life, beginning when the taxpayers covered his prenatal care as the son of an admiral.

J. Carson Black

I'm also, believe it or not (never thought I'd say this) calling Governor Brewer's office and giving her my solid support. I lament the loss of Janet Napolitano's pen, but it turns out Jan Brewer has one, too. I don't agree with her on a lot of the budget, but I do know she's the only person standing between Arizona and absolute ruin. I got Glenn to call, too. She needs to hang in there.

Jeff Mariotte

Good for you! Some people said she would become more reasonable once she was faced with the real demands of governing, and I'm glad to see it seems to be happening. The rest of the legislature is largely insane, so we need some sort of reasonable voice in Phoenix.

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