While a lot of publications are relentless downers, just telling folks about a lot of bad news, Like the Dew tries at least occasionally to say something uplifting.

Not long ago, for instance, we told you the wonderful news that the U.S. just might become the next France. We got the word from Mitt Romney and joie de vivre has been building ever since.

Once again, here goes: Some really great news.

Rush Limbaugh, who just might be our nation’s consummate rightwing blowhard, said this on Tuesday about the pending health care legislation:

“I don’t know. I’ll just tell you this, if this passes and it’s five years from now and all that stuff gets implemented, I am leaving the country. I’ll go to Costa Rica.”

Finally, another good reason for Congress to pass the reform measure.

Sorry, Costa Rica, we know this news might not seem quite so bright from where you bask in the sunshine. But let’s face it. According to some measures, you currently offer slightly better health care than the U.S. You have no army but have been highly stable. You are ranked among the top countries in the world for environmentalism. And you’ve even elected social democrats to high places.

Sounds like you’re just the kind of place Limbaugh would want to live.

And let’s face it: If you can’t straighten him out, who can?

PS: Britain’s Guardian newspaper has been running an online survey about whether Limbaugh should leave the U.S. if the healthcare bill passes. As of late Tuesday, 85.2 percent of the international community that had voted said, “Yes, another good reason to pass healthcare.” A no-doubt kinder 14.8 percent of respondents said, “No. What’s Costa Rica ever done to the U.S.?”

Keith Graham

Keith Graham

Keith Graham was among the recipients of the prestigious Stella Artois prize at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival. Named for a blind piano player, he is also well known for always giving money to street accordion players. A quotation that he considers meaningful comes from the Irish writer Roddy Doyle: "The family trees of the poor don't grow to any height." In addition to contributing to Like the Dew, Keith frequently posts quotations and links and occasionally longer articles at http://tartantambourine.com/