Thursday, July 27, 2017

Once again, the news... just too depressing to comment on, but, despite what Skeeter Davis sings in the video above, it's not the end of the world.

The Republicans' "skinny bill," which may very well pass in the Senate, would be such a lame "replacement" of the Affordable Care Act as to be almost laughable if it weren't for the estimated 16 million people who would lose their insurance. After seven years -- seven years! -- the best the Republicans could do to "repeal and replace" the ACA would be to end the individual and employer mandates and the medical device tax? Seriously? (If I were a Republican I'd be pretty disappointed. That's it? That's the f***ing plan you've been working on all this time?)

It really comes back to something I and many others have been saying for the past seven years: if you don't have a better plan (and the Republicans clearly don't), why not just repeal Obamacare and then pass it again under a white guy's different name, say, Trumpcare? You know, "repeal and rename"?

Whatever. In the meantime, I just finished Season Three of Mad Men, and before I get to the last episode, here's a little Skeeter Davis from the end of episode 12 to cheer you up. Remember, if you can't dance, you can at least listen to music.

"The End of the World," which I think Ms. Davis is actually singing in that video, was released in December 1962 and peaked in March 1963 at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 2 on the Billboard country singles, No. 1 on Billboard's easy listening, and No. 4 on Billboard's rhythm and blues. It is the first, and, to date, only time that a song cracked the Top 10 on all four Billboard charts. Billboard ranked the record as the No. 3 song of 1963.

Here's another one from Ms. Davis, a little more upbeat, that I also like. As they used to say in the '60s, Keep the faith, baby.

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