Dear Dr. J.:
I would like to offer a complimentary theory to your "Birth Control" post.
Of course it is right and natural for HHS to put in place a policy to make birth control "free" for all American women. Why wouldn't they?
I mean we are obviously a nation replete with females who are TOO DANGED DUMB to buy our own [redacted adult novelties]?
And we're way [trampy] too. I mean if some handsome swain (or a not-so-handsome one with the right quantity of booze) comes a courting on Saturday night, just because we're, ahem, under stocked… [ed. Ellipsis] well that won't stop us from commencing to, ahem, get it on.
That surely must be the case for 99.9% of all us American girls---we're stupid. We NEEEED Auntie Kathleen Sibelius to help us. Maybe next they could cut out the middle man and just send handy economy sized boxes of [redacted adult novelties] to the home of every single one of us of child-bearing age? Just to be safe.
Yours from the Doublewide, JAB
PS: I forgot to write back the last time regarding your preference for the sour mash vs. bourbon. My brother gave me a bottle of barrel-aged Jack for Christmas last year. You should try it!
Operative MBE also chimes in:
Good Sir Dr. J,
just wanted to pass on some email/comment/applause for your birth control post. Spot on, sir. There's very little evidence that even says that a large number of women who "need" - airquotes, of course, because need is not a true need is this case; one does not "need" contraception unless one has an unstoppable "need" for sex, which is in and of itself a subjective need and thus not a need anyway - birth control are unable to get it, and at an incredibly low price. Hello generic drugs, hello Wal-Mart, or goodness sakes forbid, hello abstinence. Seriously. I pay out my teeth for basic, non-generic, pharmaceuticals, but I don't think whatsoever in-any-way-shape-or-form that I'm entitled to them. Especially not for free! Absolutely nonsense. But yes, your last paragraph is exactly it: there are some *cough silly progressives cough* who are simply going to use this as a stepping stone to beg, plead, and grovel - but not on their knees, for they can't sacrifice that much - for free drugs for everyone, weee!And suffice to say, a well-medicated at little-apparent-cost society is certain to doom us all to being a poor, fraught society with less mental stability than can maintain a nation.
-The Ever-Snarky, Well-Intentioned Though A Bit Wordy,
PostScript: I'm not sure we've ever communicated - you're kinda new, right? Or perhaps I'm wrong? - but I do enjoy the Gormogons. Y'all are all fantastic folk, as evidenced by your twitter feed, which sparkles with snark and snappy snippets of sass.
Thank you both. Dr. J. appreciates the positive sentiment and the appreciation that women of intelligence and means are insulted with the notion that they need government assistance to underwrite their contraceptive needs. It is one thing for those without means to obtain assistance (of which there is plenty that is not federally funded), but for there to be no means test makes no fiscal sense.
This covers the mailbag for now.
Thanks for writing in!