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Updated on December 31, 2011

Noteable quotes

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful & committed citizens

can change the world...In fact, it's the only thing that ever has..."


"The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you will see."

Winston Churchill

Hey Rocky, watch me pull a Rabbit outta my Hat
Hey Rocky, watch me pull a Rabbit outta my Hat

"Almost all absurdity of conduct

arises from the imitation

of those whom we cannot resemble.

Samuel Johnson


A policy or attitude that views a nation's power structure as corrupt, repressive, and/or exploitive…

On this day, I checked into the hospital to have my inverted Appendix removed after some 50 'odd' years of dedicated service and loyalty. The entire procedure was handled professionally, efficiently and with the finest care toward me, the patient. I preface Health-care weekend with my recent experience to put the topic in perspective.

In a time of a health care emergency, the American leaders weighed in on the wellness of the people. The conclusion, it was to be a secondary priority in lieu of the well being of the Healthcare industry. Congress opted to maintain the status quo via limited interference of the current lucrative Healthcare insurance industry. Our Congressional leaders chose to protect these long standing and protected conglomerates by keeping the Anti-trust exemption in place. In effect, it thereby insures a climate of continued price collusion within a non competitive industry. Additionally, as it stands, Americans face a possible mandate toward the purchase of health care insurance down the road or pay a fine for non-compliance.

According to a recent Wall Street Journal Poll, data suggests our congressional leaders 'bill has come due'. When asked, " if the American voter could “throw each and every bum out " of Congress, 3 of 4 responded in the affirmative. Typically, those polled are reluctant to remove their own elected officials. As if the electorate were a simmering volcano about to erupt, such is the disdain Congressional incumbents’. As they face the ramifications of years and pain toward neglecting their constituents, we as a nation head into the Mid-term elections 2010.

A recent Congressional poll took the pulse of its' member’s approval rating at 17%. Historically it has only been lower twice, both times in 2008. So how does this play out? 86% of those polled responded 'Washington is broken'. Mid-term election predictions take their queue from presidential polling numbers, 50% approval rating being the dividing line. The under/over betting line accounts toward the loss of sitting Democrats of upwards to 25 seats plus in the house with President Obama owning a 46% approval rating. A culture of distrust and incompetence exists which is unparalleled dating back to Boss Tweed.

Now the relevance regarding my Appendectomy; it would seem the Socialist argument of ‘Too Big to fail’ or the inherit hypocrisy comes into play; in reality, corporate profits versus socialized losses. The US military is a fine example of socialism given the fact it provides food, clothing, shelter & health care to its members; Lest we forget Farm subsides, Social Security and Medicare; all popular programs amongst the American electorate.The irony, front and center,being the military is the fundamental element with respect to the very foundation and guardianship of our capitalistic society. So on the eve of the monumental wellness weekend, if quality and cost controls dictate the debate, take it from a content member and patient of the VA health care system; efficiency should be the focal point of the argument, not socialized saber rattling.

The New Millennium Line-up

Bush-Gore recount debacle


WMD in Iraq

Reconstruction of Iraq

Hurricane Katrina

$150 a barrel oil

Exploding Debt/ rising deficits

September Mourn Meltdown of Wall St. 2008

Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme

A plethora of political scandals stranger than fiction

The War in Afghanistan

Iran, Iraq, Eurasia…

CIA in Pakistan

The War on Drugs

The drug war in Mexico


Water boarding/Torture

Inundated judicial system

Overcrowded Correctional Facilities


The Backdoor draft

The Economy…some other topics to consider

17% real unemployment, stagnant wages, housing value collapse, home foreclosures, 401k pilferage, double digit health care gouging, the stimulus, the bank bailouts, unprecedented credit card rate exploitation, inert credit markets, World Recession, a dismal education system, Executive compensation, class warfare, the states budget collapse, the auto industry, wealth disparity, deteriorating infrastructure...

Any single one of these issues is burdensome standing alone.

Since the end of the war to end all wars: 55 years of Peacetime…Wartime:4 years in Korea, 9 in ‘Nam, 8 in Iraq, 9 in Afghanistan and still counting!


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    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thanks for visiting a golden oldie. I appreciate the read and comments. Be well and best to you and yours.

      Thanks for SHARING

    • mjwilliamson profile image


      6 years ago from Right Here

      I realize this is an older post, but it caught my attention because we are currently facing health insurance issues. Anyway, I really liked the hub! I enjoyed reading the new millennium line up at the end. Thank you for SHARING!

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona


      Nice point, the country is split down the middle on this.

      It's like peeling an onion, everytime you expose a hidden layer it reveals truth enough to make you cry. Simply, whenever special interest groups manipulate the recipe, it tends to spoil the meal. gjf

    • christopheranton profile image

      Christopher Antony Meade 

      8 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      I,m no expert on the vagaries of the american health system, but as an outsider looking in it seems extroadinary that the richest country in the world should be almost tearing itself apart over the provision of health provision for its poorer citizens. Get a national health service, and join the twenty first century. The backwoodsmen who oppose health reform are just making their country into an object of derision for the rest of the world.

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona


      Tort reform & the anti-trust exemption are key elements to discern the genuine intent of those tailoring Healthcare going forward. Objectively I believe the pie is being cut to pieces. With respect to profit margins, I don't begrudge businesses from profiting. Rather a balance to be struck RE: Cost containment,as to not price the family out of the healtcare market.

      A question sir; being a mandate, does that not make healthcare a right or is it a privledge...

      Public Option...agree, but I'm biased due to being a Vet...gjf

    • Springboard profile image


      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Part of the cost of health care, let's face it, is the regulation which dilutes any efficiency you might be able to have in the system, something the dems just don't want to ever talk about. Rules and regulations weight the whole system down and everyone suffers, but it's so much easier to just call the insurance companies (who's profit margins really are dismal compared to most other businesses) the evil one's hell bent on making your life expensive and miserable.

      I agree with many parts of the bill. For example, pre-existing conditions should not have anything to do with insuring someone. But really, where is tort reform? Where is interstate competition? Where is the public option which, combined with these other things would actually be something viable?

      It's a mess to be sure. Let's just hope it rightly stalls in its tracks.


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