Catch 22

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In Joseph Heller’s novel, everything that sounds good has a catch that means it is too good to be true, at least for you. Politics is like that; here are some examples:



  • The President can be impeached, but only after committing a “high crime”–too late to prevent it.
  • The President can be removed under the Twenty-fifth Amendment if disabled, but only if the entire cabinet appointed by the President agrees.
  • The Constitution should be taken literally, but “a well organized militia” can be ignored.
  • The Constitution should be taken literally, but “corporations are persons under the law.”
  • The Constitution should be taken literally, but corporate funded campaign advertising is “speech.”
  • The First Amendment guarantees “Freedom of the Press,” but the NY Times had better shut up.
  • Civil rights are important, but not if your rights conflict with someone’s religious views.
  • Separation of Church and State is important, but it’s ok for taxpayers to pay for religious education.
  • States’ rights are important, but should be overridden when fracking is at issue.
  • You can have “access” to health care, but you can’t afford it.
  • You can have a tax cut, if the rich and super rich get a bigger one.
  • You can have a tax cut, with an offsetting cut to SS and Medicare benefits.
  • Social Security and Medicare can be saved, only if benefits are cut.
  • Women’s health care is important, but not if Planned Parenthood is the provider.
  • Environmental protection is important, but not if protection affects profits.
  • Conflict of interest rules apply, but not if you are very rich.
  • Nepotism is wrong, but not if you are President.

I think I could go on; perhaps readers will suggest more.


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2 Responses to Catch 22

  1. Barbara Griffin says:

    I read all your posts, and enjoy them a great deal, though I rarely comment. This one was excellent! Perfectly stated.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. whungerford says:

    Thank you.


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