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Bush the Blacksmith


Fri, Aug 3rd, 2007
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As a philosopher, President Bush would make a good blacksmith.

The House and Senate are debating extending one of the most successful healthcare programs, the State Children's Health Insurance Program or SCHIP. Bush says he is opposed to the plans put forward for philosophical reasons. The present plan has covered less than half of the low income children in the country. Both the House and Senate plans, while not covering every child needing help, increases the coverage.

The country has a vested interest in maintaining the health of our youth. Studies have shown that young diabetics and asthmatics in the program have a 50 to 70% less chance of hospitalization.

Vaccination rates increase dramatically in the covered kids. It is my contention that if financial studies were to be done on the savings in healthcare costs, because of just these factors, the program would more than pay for itself.

Last week Bush was quoted as saying "everyone can get healthcare. All you have to do is go to the emergency room." After spending the better part of a decade as an emergency room physician I can guarantee this is the poorest way to stay healthy and the most expensive. That remark shows how far out of touch compassionate conservatives like Bush are.

Another argument he puts forth is the old bug-a-boo about a "government run healthcare system". This is about a healthcare payment not a system to deliver healthcare. This is an important distinction. In any event, many of the participating states simply buy basic insurance from for profit insurance companies. That practice should stop.

Bush's argument that SCHIP is too expensive is especially offensive when he claims it will increase the deficit. Pay-As-You-Go requirements, that the Democratic Congress has put in place, demands if new programs cost more money other programs must be cut or new sources of revenue must be found. No change in deficits result. Both the House and the Senate fund their bills by increasing taxes on tobacco sales and cuts in a revolting boondoggle to for profit insurance companies.

That boondoggle consists of the Medicare Advantage Program where oldsters can opt out of regular Medicare into a private insurance program to get some minimal fringe benefits. Rather than making the insurance companies compete on an equal field with Medicare, the Republicans subsidize them with tax money. It costs, on average 12% more in tax dollars for these folks .....
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Bush talks to an Old Testament God

Sat, Jul 28th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

After the 2004 election, I was mystified over the "moral values" thing. The notion that George Bush's lying about WMD and the killing of so many innocent people in Iraq could be parlayed into good election karma never occurred to me.

And th ..... 
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God bless our troops, bring them home

Fri, Jul 20th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

If the politicians who call for war were the soldiers headed for the trenches, there would be no war.

I'm not really sure where or when I read that thought-provoking statement, but I certainly feel it is quite valid. I hope what I have to sa ..... 
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The nuclear "comb over"

Fri, Jul 20th, 2007
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We've all seen them. You try not to look, but it's inevitable with the worst ones. You know what I'm talking about, the "comb over". Yes, we all have seen the individual who either combs the hair from one side of his head over his entire head or eve ..... 
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Lying is lying

Fri, Jul 6th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

June 21, 2007, less than two weeks ago, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the sentencing of Victor Rita. Mr. Rita is a 25 year veteran of the Marine Corps and served in Vietnam and Gulf I. He has received 35 medals during his service. He ..... 
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The rest of the story Rushford Village council speaks out about police service

Fri, Jun 29th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

There has been a lot of commentary in the local press recently concerning police services for the City of Rushford Village and the City of Rushford canceling the "Agreement of Understanding" to provide certain police services to the Village as a bac ..... 
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"The Graduate" revisited

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2007
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"Benjamin...I just want to say one word to you...just one word...are you listening......switchgrass. There's a great future in switchgrass...think about it. Will you think about it?" Imagine if Mr. McGuire had uttered "switchgrass" into Benjamin Bra ..... 
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We're all mad here

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2007
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Alice: But, I don't want to go among mad people.

Cheshire Cat: Oh, you can't help that. We're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad.

Alice: How do you know I am mad?

Cheshire Cat: You must be. Or you wouldn't have come here. ..... 
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Truth, consequences, and responsibility

Fri, Jun 15th, 2007
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So, Paris Hilton doesn't like being in jail. Who would? She obviously broke the law and was incarcerated. Then, by some strange means she is released. Then, due to a public outcry of preferential treatment, she is sent back to the slammer, s ..... 
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