Change is Good. Right?

The current political atmosphere has us talking about change. Change is good, except, of course, when it isn’t. Here are a few examples:

  • The Daily News is reporting that the Tarzana portion of Encino-Tarzana hospital has been sold… to the same company that runs Provident Holy Cross in Granada Hills and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank. This is good news, as those are good hospitals. For those in Encino, the news isn’t quite as good: The Encino campus has been sold to Prime Healthcare, the same folks now operating Brotman in Culver City. Prime is a for-maximum-profit group, and I haven’t heard good about them. But anything may be better than Tenet.
  • The shape of the milk jug is changing. According to the New York Times, Wal*Mart and Sams Club are introducing a new half-gallon milk jug shape that provides fresher milk, eliminates the milk carton, and reduces storage costs. Of course, it is harder to poor, and deprives college students of a furniture necessity: the milk carton, which is great for holding, uh, LPs.
  • But Wal*Mart itself is changing. Wal*Mart is refreshing its logo, with a new mixed case, rounded logo. The Wal*Mart doublespeak on this is “This update to the logo is simply a reflection of the refresh taking place inside our stores and our renewed sense of purpose to help people save money so they can live better.” You can find the history of the Wal*Mart logo here. Of course, there’s a real reason behind the change: Sales have been dropping.

And speaking of change and the current political atmosphere: We all know how the president’s poll numbers have been changing. They’ve been going down. Of course, the President doesn’t sense this: he thinks he’s got an upsurge in popularity. But he also believes in the Easter Bunny, weapons of mass destruction, and the fact that opening drilling in coastal waters to oil companies will immediately reduce the price of gasoline.