"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."
"Almost all absurdity of conduct
arises from the imitation
of those whom we cannot resemble.
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
$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
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!