Smitty finds the drama behind the Franken/Lieberman Incident:
Senator Lieberman may as well have been a man pleading for prostate cancer treatment. The presence of Senator Smalley foreshadows the coming Death Panel saying “Sorry, no budget for you. We can give you Ibuprofen.”
“Thanks, no offense taken,” replies a morose Joe in this hypothetical scene, “but I was taxed at a rather high rate my whole life in order to pay for this kind of thing. How is it that I’ve followed the rules all along, yet still come up short?”
Smalley takes on a expression blending boredom with sadness. “You know the four stages:
- From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.
- If everyone else couldn’t have it, it was/is immoral to let you have it.
- You had, therefore you must have stolen.
- Since you were classified a thief, it was morally correct to separate you from your ill-gotten gains.
Thus, you should thank the State for having kept your foul capitalism in check these years. I shall accept your gratitude, as a representative of the State.”
Lieberman, dejected: “Thanks.”
Smalley, beaming: “You’re welcome.”
As with all good drama, there is an element of truth to it. Unfortunately.