A close friend of mine is a well-known plastic surgeon. During the early part of his career, he was an Emergency Room / Trauma surgeon at a hospital in the heart of gang-land Philadelphia. He handled bullet holes, knife slashes, car crashes, and severe burns. As an ER surgeon, he knew how to prioritize things and give each person the immediate care they needed as well as the highly delicate care that took more time. The basics went something like this: save the life, lessen the pain, make it look pretty – in that order. He is a man who knows the difference between a rush to save a burn victim’s life and a starlet looking for bigger boobs.
Unfortunately, the US government specializes in boobs, and knows little about true emergencies. And though both sides of the aisle are guilty of prioritizing cosmetic fixes over life-saving and pain-reducing results, the Obama Administration and his cronies in Congress have elevated the philosophy of “never let a good crisis go to waste” to an ugly art form.