Happy New Year! A reader notified us in this good am about the loss of some Cablevision stations today. Apparently it’s part of some feud that Cablevision seems to go through on a regular basis with different stations. Some years back the big feud was when the Yankees slugged it out and only appeared on satellite television. My neighbor was a big Yankee fan and he signed up and Cablevision bravely held out that season. So 2010 rings in with the loss of the Food Network and HGTV at least for now and it looks like it’s all over the Tri-State area. Hey, if this is the worst we’ll face this year, I’d take it but unfortunately most of us will suffer the sling and arrows far more than this. Okay, not to worry we still have the Twilight Zone New Year’s Marathon on the Syfy channel in the original black and white. This classic series with Rod Serling rates among Da Horsey’s all time favorites. Someone has done a graphic to update the original episode, “To Serve Man” one of our favorite episodes into “To Serve Gov.”
The saying the only two things in life guaranteed are death and taxes will now have to be modified to death, taxes and you can not breathe a free man unless you first pay government mandated insurance. Perhaps you can be considered a free man born into a life with a bill attached to your foot. Somehow that doesn’t strike Da Horsey as freedom.
It’s notable that in 2010 if the health care bill does pass, this will be the first time as we know it in history since our republic’s founding that you will not be free to pursue happiness. Should the unseen, unread, “transparent” 2,000 plus page bill pass based on the requirement that you must pay health insurance, that clause is no longer applicable. The saying the only two things in life guaranteed are death and taxes will now have to be modified to death, taxes and a mandatory government insurance bill (or pay a penalty and/or go to jail). Perhaps you can be considered a free man born into life with a bill attached to your foot. But an increasing majority of Americans don’t agree with the bill but it looks like it will be imposed on Americans anyway. Somehow that doesn’t strike Da Horsey as in line with freedom or very democratic. The new authoritarianism may make the loss of a couple of cable stations pale in comparison.