Everybody is most familiar with the “two Americas” of John Edwards, and that was most certainly on display at a recent Democrat debate that made news based upon a single question from an audience member.

During the AFL-CIO debate, a man named Steve Skvara asked a question that Chris Matthews later said might be “a moment that’s going to change American political history.” Get out much, Chris?

Skvara, a former steelworker, said he went on disability with a company that subsequently went smelter-up and as a result lost his pension and health care. He then asked the following question to the Democrat candidates:

“Every day of my life, I sit at the kitchen table across from the woman who devoted 36 years of her life to my family, and I can’t afford to pay for her health care. What’s wrong with America and what will you do to change it?”

Based upon Edwards’ giddy reaction to this rather sad statement, you’d have thought that John was in his stylists chair at Pink Sapphire and just noticed the Bain de Soleil delivery truck pulling up to the door.


Much of the crowd for that matter erupted in applause – and before an answer was ventured. That’s an important fact to remember when dealing with this batch of Democrats, because the answer is irrelevant. Offering viable answers get them nowhere – exploiting problems get them votes.

The look on Edwards’ face and the first words that came out of his mouth were those of a thirsty guy at a frat party who was relieved that the keg finally showed up. “Bless you,” Edwards began.

Part of Edwards’ answer to this man’s problem was to treat the pensions and retirement of the CEO’s “exactly the same that we treat every other worker in the company.”

Notice the word “we.” The only way the Democrats’ “plan” can be put into place is if they gain control of companies (no doubt without any personal penalty for making colossal errors in judgment). If this particular pool of Democrats ran any company you can rest assured it would sink so fast you’d mistake it for Katie Couric’s ratings. But true, everybody, from CEO’s to janitors, would be out of work – the ultimate in “fair.”

Watching people like John Edwards and Hillary Clinton vie for the presidency on a platform of doing something about the health care system is a little like Michael Vick running for dog catcher with promises of getting strays off the street.

In witnessing the slapstick-style irony of a man like John Edwards chastising the high cost of health care in this country, I felt as if I were watching the Menendez brothers whining about being orphans. But then, we live in a country where the foremost proponent of leading us toward a “better” health system is a morbidly obese filmmaker, so it’s no wonder so many are as confused as Paris Hilton trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube on a Tilt-a-Whirl.

Remember back in 2004 when Edwards said, in his now famous “Vermin on the Mount” speech, that if he and his running mate John Kerry were elected, “people like Christopher Reeve will walk again”? Well, Christopher Reeve never did walk again. Why? Because Kerry and Edwards weren’t elected. Let’s not make the same mistake again.

If the previous sentence makes sense to Mr. Skvara, then John Edwards has earned a voter.

At the end of the debate, after Edwards was so incredibly joyous at the apparent misery of this man and as the candidates walked off the stage, I couldn’t help but imagine a spin-off of a commercial we’re familiar with at the end of sporting events:

“John Edwards – you’ve just been thrown a softball question about a problem you’ve perpetuated in a career that has helped drive health care costs higher than a mosquito in Willie Nelson’s tour bus. What are you going to do now?”

“I’m going to sue Disney World!”

If the candidates were indeed truthful, the answer provided Mr. Skvara would have been something like this: “You know, there’s a quote from Albert Einstein that I often use. It goes, ‘You can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it’ – so stop looking to us for all the answers, and start exploring why you have to ask the question. You never know – part of the reason why might be standing right in front of you.”



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