Last Wednesday, Nancy Pelosi was speaking at a D.C. summit, where she noted that the new health care law would let musicians and artists quit their jobs and pursue their dreams — as the rest of us will be footing the bill for their scabies.
Here's the gasbag, now, gasbagging:
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SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NANCY PELOSI, D-CALIF.: We see it as an entrepreneurial bill — a bill that says to someone, if you want to be creative and be a musician or whatever, you can leave your work, focus on your talent, your skill, your passion, your aspirations because you will have health care.
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So, to put it plainly: If you want to play your guitar in the subway, no worries! We've got your back. If you want to join a death metal barbershop quartet that plays everything on monkey skulls, that's cool too. If you want to freeze-dry your feces, jar it and call it an indictment on the Bush regime, relax, you daring artist, we'll pay for your pink eye.
This is exactly the news young America needs. With health care a non-concern, they can now focus on their crappy folk-tronica ambient-core tech-step. I'm sure their parents will be pleased to know their kids will never get a real job.
It used to be that those who embarked on careers in the arts did so because that lifestyle rejected the idea of a safety net. All those other boring farts can become accountants and lawyers, but not the creative soul! He's leaving town with nothing but a guitar, the wind at his back and herpes in his future.
But when he snubs his nose at the safe and the boring, he also snubs the benefits that come with it. That boring company he mocked happens to provide steady income and benefits. Life on the road doesn't. That's why it's called "life on the road."
Somehow I don't remember Bruce Springsteen singing, "Tramps like us, baby we were born to stay on our parents' policies as dependents until age 26." Although that sounds better than the original, if you ask me.
And if you disagree with me, you're a racist homophobe who won't boycott Arizona.