And so this is Christmas
For weak and for strong
For rich and the poor ones
The world is so wrong
--Happy Christmas, John Lennon
All I want for Christmas
is my two front teeth,
my two front teeth,
see my two front teeth
--All I Want for Christmas,
Below is a perverse inversion of Mr. Gardner's happy little tune.
Whilst perusing the "Barter" section of the Tallahassee Craigslist I happened upon the following (unedited):
barter ? 4 dentist to do dental work. (tallahassee)
Date: 2010-12-04, 9:55PM EST
Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am in need of a good dentist i have a few bad teeth that need to be pulled yet i have no money or incurance i am willing to barter if you know of a good dentist who would work with me please contact me by e mail with the much needed info please and thank you. i have called all the dentist around gone to the health dept. as well as er thats how much i am in bad pain yet no one will do anything for me this is really bad and i do not want to be in pain for christmas please help . merry christmas. all i want for christmas is my few teeth pulled. good day
This is a slice of how the other half lives. It is a humble request: Not for tooth repair -- neither filling nor crown -- simply, tooth extraction due to pain.
I replied, informing him that the local neighborhood health center offers free dental extractions a few days per month to indigent clients. No other services are offered -- no prophylaxis and no repair. Obamacare will do nothing to reach the needs of such individuals and yet, if a society wishes to largely eradicate what it terms "indolence", it will need to have its workforce ready to work. Hungry and otherwise blighted individuals are not ready to run the race. Many people are out of the entitlement loop.
This individual is probably not thinking about the phony wars and their deleterious impact upon our society, eroding access to even the meager resources which might quell his nagging burden of pain.
All I want for Christmas ...
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