It occured to me that we’ve yet to hear any of the Democratic candidates ask why it is that Saddam Hussein gets free medical care at taxpayer expense when hardworking Americans have to choose between picking up their prescriptions and heating their homes.

Congratulations to all of them for their restraint.

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  1. Dodd says:

    As it happens, Chris Matthews jokingly asked Gephardt about that very thing yesterday and good old Dick, oblivious to the joke, answered something to the effect of “Yes, it’s a disparity that needs to be addressed.”

  2. James Joyner says:

    Gotta love it.

  3. Steven says:

    Michael Medved just played the sound bite of the exchange in question. Gephardt sounded quite serious (as did Matthews, for that matter).

  4. Uh, guys, prisoners in the U.S. receive free health care, free food AND free housing – just like Saddam.

    If you want all these things, go knock over a liquor store and get caught – they could all be yours, just like Saddam.

  5. tinpanlover says:

    “Congratulations …restraint.”

    And also to you for resisting the impulse to be sarcastic.

  6. Rodney Dill says:

    They’re just harvesting DNA. (and halitosis)