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Presidential Prescription!

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I have to admit that I’ve been a little less enamored of President Barack Obama lately.  Up until last night he has let the opposition party shape the narrative on health care reform.  And if you let the opposition take the lead, you’re not going to hear any moderate voices because there are really no moderates left in the Republican Party.  If there are, I’ve certainly not heard from them.  For example, in yesterday’s edition of the Wall Street Journal, that wacky former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin published this OP-ED piece reinforcing the lie that is known as death panels.  Why would a newspaper with such prestige even give Sarah Palin a forum to publish outlandish lies?  Keep in mind that the WSJ was purchased by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. (Fox News) and it’s editorial page has shifted from conservative to wingnut.  Anybody that has listened to Palin speak knows that she is not capable of producing this kind of work.  There is not one “you betcha” or “gosh darn” anywhere in the piece.

Barack Obama delivered a masterful speech last night.  He was presidential, strong, persuasive, and debunked the myths and lies being propagated by the wingnuts on the Republican fringe like Sarah Palin.  This was Barack Obama in campaign mode.  This is the Barack Obama that I voted for.  This is the Barack Obama who should realize that the American people voted for change and that he won with a large majority giving him a mandate.  George W. Bush was appointed by the Supreme Court and he came into office and rammed his legislative agenda down the Democrat’s throats.  Obama must do the same thing.  He can reach out to Republicans all he wants.  But he must realize by now that he cannot count on the party of NO!  There is no bipartisanship in a democracy.  In this country it is “majority rule.”

Let me give you two arguments to support my position.  Last night South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson (R) yelled out “You lie!” when the President said the legislation would not mandate coverage for undocumented immigrants.

This half heartedly apology was issues by Wilson about an hour after the speech concluded:

“This evening I let my emotions get the best of me when listening to the President’s remarks regarding the coverage of illegal immigrants in the health care bill. While I disagree with the President’s statement, my comments were inappropriate and regrettable. I extend sincere apologies to the President for this lack of civility.”

I do not buy it one bit.  This only reason that he apologized was because the Republican leadership told him to do so as evidenced by his appearances and remarks on today’s news programs.  Congressman Wilson is not the only Republican to feel this way, they just happen to be a little more disciplined.  But he is from South Carolina, so what do you expect?  The Republican leadership, although they talk out of both sides of their faces, is content to let the ignorant spew out their talking points on cable news.  The use words like Socialist, Facist, indoctrination, and cult of personality and now want a seat at the table.  If you can’t have a civil discourse then you dont deserve a seat at that table.  Sorry about that!  The train has left the station!  At the very least, Congressman Wilson should be censured by the House of Representatives.

My second argument against taking the Republicans seriously is their blatant hypocrisy concerning health care.  While they are running around complaining about government intervention, let us remember the case of Terry Schivao. They did everything in their power to prevent her husband from carrying out his legal rights.  Hands off my health care?  Not so fast my friend!  The Republicans will insert themselves into and interfere with your lives any time Rush Limbaugh and the other talking dittoheads tell them to. Particularly, when it comes to your sex lives and women’s reproductive freedom.  They are a corporation as opposed to the Democrats who are a fragile coalition.  A corporation is charged with only one thing and that is to make a profit for their shareholders.  In doing so, lies and deceit mean nothing to them as long as they achieve the bottom line.

President Obama needs to scrap any hope of getting help from the Republicans with the exception of the two Senators from Maine (both are women) and concentrate on bringing the Blue Dog Democrats into the fold.  In other words, he needs to tell the Republicans to take two aspirin and call him in the morning.

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Great White Hope!

It is apparently clear that a certain segment of our population still seems to think that black men should be nothing more than elevator or shoeshine boys!  Either I’m showing my age or watching to many old movies on television; I don’t think that there have been elevator boys since the 1950’s.  But on July 19, 2009 Republican Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins told a crowd of people at a town hall meeting that:

“the Republican Party is looking for a ‘great white hope’ to help stop the political agenda of the Democratic party and President Barack Obama.”

I can’t possibly make this shit up so I am providing a video of the Congresswoman’s remarks and a link to the story.  In case you dont know what the “Great White Hope” is, it’s a term commonly referred to in the early 1900’s to find a white man capable of beating Jack Johnson, the first black boxing heavyweight champion.

How she makes the connection between Barack Obama and Jack Johnson’s dominance in the boxing ring escapes me.  But what it does tell me is that she sees our President as a black man first.  Which is pretty sad because I am sure that there are millions of people out there who see the President in the same light rather than seeing him as the President who just happens to be black.  There is a big difference and they are not to be confused.

Those that see Obama as the black President think that he wants to take away what you have and give it to those,  as my friend Fakename put it, to lazy black people and illegal immigrants.  What these people should be asking their Congressmen like Lynn Jenkins is “why can’t I have or get the same health care that you get?”  And I think that people who see Obama as the President who just happens to be black realize that he has the best interests of all Americans set in his agenda.

No matter what side of the health care debate you are on or your stance on any of the pertinent issues, we need to deal in facts and the truth instead of fear mongering and likening our President to the Nazi’s and Adolph Hitler.  Once you break Godwin’s Law, your argument goes straight down the toilet.  I am not afraid of the next Great White Hope, he or she may be a fantastic leader.  But what I am afraid of are the Great White Dopes out there!

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Special Comment! Afghanistan.

OBAMA'S YES-WE-CAN WAR: 17,00 MORE TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN

Can anyone please tell me why we are still in Afghanistan?  I for one do not believe that it has anything to do with the Taliban or Al-Qaeda.  Or the eradication of the poppy fields that are responsible for most the heroin that eventually finds its way into the United States.  I am totally against nation building and the only thing that comes to mind is that quagmire that was once Vietnam!  You know, that war that cost over 52,000 American lives and in my book counted as the second lost war that America fought.  Korea being the first.

Now this blog is strictly opinion and I am not putting much research into it, nevertheless, it’s my observation of what is going on in that part of the world.  Pakistan and India are mortal enemies and both are nuclear weapon states.  Both of these countries require a destabilized Afghanistan to ensure an American presence in the region to keep the peace between the two countries.  The Kashmir Conflict must be resolved in order to establish a resemblance of peace between the two neighbors.  Adding to the complications is that Pakistan is in the midst of a civil war.

But what is really troubling is that we are in a country fighting for a government whose elections last week appear to be seriously flawed.  Afghan President Hamid Karzai in an attempt to win favor with the voters in some parts of Afghanistan signed into law a provision that allows a certain sect of Muslims to starve their wives if they refuse to have sex with their husbands.  This comes after a law allowing men to rape their wives if they refused to have sex with their husbands was repealed.  Is this a nation we really want to be in fighting for democratic values that the natives don’t give a shit about?  The best way to deal with Afghanistan I hate to say comes from a commentator I heard on television a few week ago.  His suggestion was that we should airlift all of the women out of Afghanistan and let the current group of men unable to reproduce and therefore, die off.  Then bring the women back and start over.

I have yet to hear about an exit strategy for getting out of Afghanistan.  They say that Barack Obama’s war might have us in Afghanistan for up to a decade.  That’s a lot of wasted money.  Isn’t the estimated $3 trillion spent in Iraq a pretty obvious clue as to how much might be wasted in a country that should be left to itself?  If we haven’t found Osama bin-Laden in eight years I say call off the search.  Barack Obama can pay for health care by bringing the troops home.  I advocate leaving behind a small highly specialized force for emergency flare ups.  I for one am tired of being raped by a country whose leaders are more interested in receiving cash bribes and Viagra than making any meaningful changes for its citizens.  Particulary, its women!

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Health Care Reform Again!

A friend of mine on the opposite end of the political spectrum recently posted a blog against government involvement in health care.  Here is a link to his blog.  After reading his blog, I asked him this question:

PT, How much have your premiums gone up in 5 years? Compare that to how much your earnings have gone up. Can you continue to afford your insurance now that you are retired?

This was his response to my question:

ee in the last 5 years i have had 2 deaths of immediate family members (1 in my house after 2 years of life ending health decline and most recently my mother). I have had 4 minor surgeries and an emergency room experience. I get 7 scrips filled monthly. The most expensive 1 is $60 for 90 days. My spouse gets spinal injections, hormone therapy and takes as much medicine as I do. I am a subject matter expert on my insurance , medicare and Medicaid as well (it applied to 1 family member).

I have had zero premium increase and I can choose any doctor I wish. There are different rates for in network doctors and out of network. My primary care guy sees me as I need it and refers me to competent specialists for quick assessments.

My experience is typical of many Americans and we are all angry at Obama and the “progressives” who dismiss us as in need of reform and liken us to right wing nut cases who don’t know how to manage our own lifes better than government does..

What we are in need of is being left the fuck alone. It is working for us.

I know you don’t want to hear these kinds of answers but reality is I can retire just fine as long as the government doesn’t change my coverage or increase taxes. One thing for sure is that the government will not make my situation better.

What is most likely to occur is that my insurer will be forced to alter existing coverage to compete with a public sector market changer who has “free money” to play with.

And the powers that be tell me I need change but they don’t listen. They lie to us and dismiss us and anger is growing almost daily.

I personally and vehemently want a single payer system at best and some form of a public option at least.  But through my friends comments I am a little more conflicted than I have been in the past.  I feel that health care is not a commodity and therefore, should not be the basis for enormous profits for companies that only act as intermediaries between us and our doctors.  Based on my friends response, I am shocked that he hasn’t been dropped for preexisting conditions.

All of this makes me feel bad because I am sympathetic to my friend’s position but what does it say about the almost 50 million Americans that are uninsured?  Every time that they go to the emergency room the costs are absorbed by those who do pay for health insurance.   I mean, in theory, if we did have some type of reform it would lower the premiums of those that are already paying for health insurance.

I want so much to believe that what Obama says is true.  That is that if you like your health insurance then you can keep it.  If you want to pay higher premiums and risk being dropped, then stay where you are.  I have nothing against competition.  But if you believe that heath care is a right and not a privilege, then you can’t help but to be for health care reform.

But at the same time, I can’t dismiss what ptfan1 is arguing against!

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Guns & Protests!

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“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” –  Second Amendment to The United State’s Constitution.

I am growing increasingly concerned with the mindset of certain Americans.  I can laugh off the “Birthers” that think President Obama was born outside of the United States making him ineligible to hold the office.  I can outright dismiss the “Deathers” who believe that healthcare reform will create death panels and euthanize grandma.  But what I can’t dismiss is the danger posed to both the President of the United States and the general public by these gun toting and wielding whack jobs.

For the record, I absolutely abhor guns.  There is only one purpose for a gun and that is to kill.  So know you can understand my uneasiness when I see angry people carrying loaded firearms and assault rifles on city streets.  In particular, anywhere President Obama happens to be at a town hall meeting or delivering a speech.  Just because you have the right to do something, doing it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are right in exercising said right.

Take the guy in the video for example, he’s marching (in other videos) up and down the street like he’s Glenn Ford in “High Noon.”  Yet, he refused to give his name to anyone trying to interview him.  In the interview he seems happy to just be able to parade his arsenal around while espousing right wing talking points.  It was also estimated that at least a dozen people attended the protest with loaded weapons.  Angry people carrying loaded weapons at healthcare protests are a recipe for a disaster.  We should all be thankful that violence did not break out.

Now my take on all this is that these Second Amendment pussies who feel that they have to walk around with guns are sexually inadequate.  The gun is their metaphor that projects manliness and power that they fail to achieve with their penises.  I am not a psychologist but I firmly believe that it is hard to be a man with a gun in your hand.

There is nothing wrong with owning a gun if you need to hunt to put food on your table.  There is nothing wrong with owning a gun in your home for self defense.  There is also nothing wrong in owning a gun if you want to go to the range and shoot at targets.  But when you bring a gun to a public rally or protest I believe you violate the intent of the Second Amendment.  Which in and of itself is the subject for another blog.

Sooner or later, we as a nation will have to address the Second Amendment.  I firmly believe that the Founding Fathers truly intended that this pertained solely to the militia or future armies, not so, that a few whack jobs could walk the streets projecting their false sense of power!

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Glenn Beck Calls Obama a “Racist!”

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