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An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. "A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy.

"It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil—he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego." He continued, "The other is good—he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you—and inside every other person, too."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

First People - The Legends. Cherokee Legend of Two Wolves. November 16, 2004. [accessed April 7, 2012].

Monday, September 07, 2009

New "sure to lose" in Prince George's County political plank

I presented my “sure to lose” political platform (Prince George's County candidate platform guaranteed to lose an election) a few weeks ago. Writing about how to lose an election for county executive in Prince George’s County, besides running as a Republican, I offered up a detailed agenda. On further reflection, I find that I need to add a plank devoted to county health care.

With 80,000 uninsured adult residents who are without adequate preventative medical options putting a strain on the hospital system and a scarcity of primary care physicians making it hard for communities to get care outside of the emergency room, I would include the following “sure way to lose” plank in my platform:

NEW: I shall work to provide the resources necessary to establish ambulatory health and care services. Prince George’s County shall find a way to provide a medical health care safety net. To this end, as county executive, I will expand and strengthen existing safety-net capacity (exploring both private and public options), invest in new health and medical infrastructure, work to increase assistance in the enrollment of entitled citizens into Medicaid programs, and actively pursue regional partnerships. The county cannot continue to grow at the expense of those with lesser economic means.

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