Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Call a cow a chicken

Q: Who said the following and in what context?

I guess you can call something, anything you want, but in Iowa you can't call a cow a chicken and have it be true.

Reply: Eisenhower said it to Khrushchev during a visit to an Iowa farm. OR, Chuck Grassley said it about Bush's veto of the SCHIP bill. I like the first one better.

A: You are closer on the second one. Grassley said it about the other Congressional Republicans who were calling SCHIP the first step toward socialized medicine. And apparently they have the Republican votes to override in the Senate but maybe not in the House.

Note: I don’t believe Eisenhower accompanied Khrushchev to Iowa. Khrushchev went by himself to visit the Roswell Garst family in Coon Rapids. It is interesting how Khrushchev’s belligerence helped elect John Kennedy, who campaigned on the premise that Nixon and Eisenhower were not doing enough to stand up to the Soviets. Garst was a business partner of Henry Wallace, the Progressive Party presidential candidate in 1948. Wallace was VP until January 1945 and would have become President at the end of World War II if FDR had not replaced him with Truman on the 1944 ticket. The big question is whether Wallace would have dropped the bomb on Japan. Wallace undoubtedly would not have started the Cold War with the Soviets. And he might well have put in a national health care program, which happened in most other industrial nations right after World War II.

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