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This post is a continuation of my last article on consumer driven health care.
The U.S. Department of Labor issued some interesting statistics last week, one of which was a graph showing the intersection of two lines. This intersection illustrated that the number of Americans represented by public sector unions now exceeds the number of organized private sector employees. This reveals the reality that while private sector employment is shrinking, government is a growth business, and it is a precursor to the potential of total public sector employment rivaling or exceeding that of the private sector.
Winston Churchill was a man of penetrating insight who saw human events with a clarity possessed by few in history. Upon evaluating a seemingly incomprehensible situation he once remarked to his wife, "Clemmie - truth is stranger than fiction".
I know of no better words to summarize the sad episode of Scott Lee Cohen, who just two weeks ago was the Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, until he was incinerated by the fireball of Andy Warhol's fifteen seconds of fame. A trio of Saturday Night Live's most brilliant satirists could not have written a skit that even approximated the debacle of Mr. Cohen. You cannot - you simply CANNOT make this stuff up.