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Maybe they really are evil


Fri, Dec 14th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Internet chatter in the so called blogosphere is nasty and vitriolic. Main street media is not much better with both major political ideologies demonizing and calling the other evil.

I have been concerned about Bush's intellect and Cheney's cerebral oxygen supply during his heart attacks for some time. I didn't think they were actually evil. Until now it was a matter of ineptitude and incompetence that was the reason for Iraq, their amassing a huge national debt after inheriting a surplus, Katrina, loss of moral standing in the world after Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, and torture. I won't include a ragtag group that actually attacked us is still loose and running around in a country the administration still calls our ally.

Now they really have done it. I'm so mad I could just spit. Bush has repeatedly vetoed the States Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). This is just meanness coupled with pandering to the Republicans avowed, but often ignored, fiscal conservatism. SCHIP has been the most efficient and successful means of providing healthcare to our future; our kids.

His stated reasons are:

1. It is too expensive.

2. It doesn't serve just poor children.

3. It is the beginning of a slippery slope to "socialized Medicine".

4. He has said, "I don't want the federal government making decisions for doctors and customers".

Let's take these in reverse order. The program gives block grants to states and allows them, within limits, to determine how it is spent. They must provide private insurance to children; enroll them in Medicaid, or some combination. None of the paper work or clinical decisions has ever gone back to Washington.

No politician seems to know how to define socialism or socialized medicine. Socialized medicine means the hospitals are owned and operated by the government. The doctors, nurses, therapists, and all other caregivers are employed and paid (generally a salary) by the government. The only socialized medicine in the U.S. is the Veterans Administration Hospitals and the Department of Defense medical facilities. Bush and most Senators and Representatives are peachy keen on going to Bethesda for their government controlled and paid for medical care. In any case there is nothing in the bill that is socialized medicine. He can wait until a socialized medicine bill comes along to wield his veto pen.

My favorite is the canard it doesn't address just poor children.
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So, this is democracy?

Fri, Dec 14th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

The unfortunate thing about living so close to Iowa is the spillover effect of the presidential primary which is held every four years. The white noise emanating from south of our border has been deafening and will only get louder in the next few we ..... 
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Awash in a sea of noise

Fri, Dec 7th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

I never thought I would be agreeing with Spiro Agnew or Dick Cheney, or even G. W. Bush. They and others have over the years railed against the print, radio, and TV media about not sharing what they consider to be the good or accurate news.

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Henny Penny the sky is falling

Fri, Dec 7th, 2007
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A new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) was released last Monday. There are some astounding facts associated with its findings. They mostly make me believe it will be a long time before other countries will take our word about intelligence findin ..... 
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America, the benevolent dictator

Fri, Nov 30th, 2007
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Joseph Broz, aka Tito, was one of those more benevolent dictators - using a bit of carrot and stick to hold the ethnic stew known as Yugoslavia together.

"No one questioned 'who is a Serb, who is a Croat, who is a Muslim (Bosniak)', we were ..... 
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If I were a true patriot

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2007
Posted in Commentary

If I were truly patriotic I would be demonstrating on our streets and carrying placards calling for the impeachment of President Bush.

How is it that I can stand by while President Bush has amongst many other things:

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Do the right thing with recycling

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2007
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Every day we are faced with the same dilemma: to recycle or not to recycle.

My recent trips to the gas station seem to be pressing this issue on my subconscious mind. I reach down to grab the bag of garbage when I eye a plastic pop bottle sn ..... 
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Irrelevant?

Fri, Oct 26th, 2007
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Two recent headlines concerning Mr. Bush have me on more tenterhooks than usual. I am really getting tired of being insulted by someone so intellectually incurious and inexact. The first in the Washington Post was "Bush Deplores American Timidity", ..... 
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Bankrupting America

Fri, Sep 28th, 2007
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It used to be that the U.S. Dollar (USD) carried some weight overseas. Working and travelling in Asia several years ago, I knew that there was always two prices for a product - one in local currency and one in U.S. Dollars.

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