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Here an excerpt from an open letter to the American people written recently by my brother, Jeff:

“In the US, you pay more, get less, and die younger than we do in Europe. What part of that don’t you understand?

“My fellow Americans, you have nothing to fear except those who would use fear to keep you enslaved to the myth of the might of the American health care system.”

Jeff Degan

What can I tell you, the guy is a communist. Not only does he live in France, he actually likes it there! Go figure.

http://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

Premise 1: "he lives[s] in France"
Premise 2: "he actually likes it there"
Conclusion: "the guy is a communist"

Stunning logic, Tom. Clearly this sort of thing is why, "whenever I arrive at a gathering of, say, two or three-hundred people, I am reasonably confident that I am the smartest person in the room" (from your blog, which I was unfortunate enough to have stumbled across).

Umm, "Another one," I guess you failed to notice that Tom Degan is a liberal. Go back and read his blog. It shouldn't surprise anyone that he thinks he's "the smartest person in the room."

Yeah, somehow Degan's sarcasm escaped "another one" there.

As for the slam against the liberal for thinking he's "the smartest person in the room," it does come off as significantly less of a boast when read in its full context:

"I never finished High School. In fact I dropped out at the very beginning of my Junior year. In spite of this unfortunate fact, the I.Q. of my country has dropped to such a horrifying degree in the last thirty years, whenever I arrive at a gathering of, say, two or three-hundred people, I am reasonably confident that I am the smartest person in the room.

Do you have any idea how utterly cool that is? Lighten up, Bill. [Maher]"

Thus, he's really just pointing out that due to the slipping intelligence of his country (as he perceives it - an observation he shares with many on the right, although for entirely different reasons; remember, America's been very stupid lately, what with it gullibly electing the Kenyan Communist who's out to destroy America and all), his own status has increased, but only in those most relative terms...

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