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A Small Victory

Posted by keithosaunders on March 25, 2017

Trump Care, or to be more apt, Death Care, was withdrawn by a House that didn’t have enough Republican votes to get it through to the Senate.  I can’t seem to wrap my head around the reason for its failure.  Was it because of moderate Republicans who would have to face a constituency that would find itself either uninsured or paying up the wazoola for health care?  Or was it because of hard-line, conservative Republicans who thought that the bill was too generous and will not be happy until there are bread lines.

Either way…phew!

It’s hard to believe that the Trump administration thought that they could ram this bill through Congress in a month’s time and move on to gutting the infrastructure of the country via a budget bill.  Talk about hubris.

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Farewell to Iowa

Posted by keithosaunders on February 3, 2016


And with the ceremonial tossing of the coins we bid a fond adieu to those wacky ethanol-loving folks in the Midwest for another four years.  I can’t say we’ll miss them.  Why a state without a major sports franchise has so much importance in choosing our president I’ll never know.  Here’s an idea:  Why not flip a coin to see which state primary gets to go first?  Give California a shot.  WE DON’T VOTE UNTIL JUNE 7th!

Hillary may have won the coin tosses (really?  6 for 6?) but no matter how you spin it the victory went to Bernie Sanders who battled his corporate mainstream rival to a virtual tie. If that many Iowans will vote for a ‘socialist’ this does not bode well for Clinton in the long game.

At this point we owe it to ourselves to vote for the candidate that is in our best interests and not the one who is the safest bet.  Clinton has been on the worng side of just about every issue that is important to me.  She supported the Iraq war – one of the greatest debacles in American history –  she opposed gay marriage, and her husband’s administration, with its loosening of regulations,  helped to facilitate the financial crash of the late 200os.

Furthermore, Hillary recently came out and said that there is no chance the American people will ever have a single payer health care system.  I don’t want to hear those words. Ever. It’s bad enough we have a draconian health care system (even with with ACA which is an improvement over what we had) but to hear there is virtually no chance that every American will be able to afford health care is an abomination.

The issues that Sanders is concentrating on – income disparity, affordable education for all, and an awareness that we have to do something about climate change – resonate with me, and they are resonating with a large amount of Americans.  If I was Hillary Clinton or any of the myriad proto-fascist Republican candidates I’d be concerned.


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Can I see the babies?

Posted by keithosaunders on August 22, 2015

Yesterday my son and I were visiting my ex-wife in the hospital.  She’s was in because of an ankle strain which turned into sciatica.  As we were leaving I noticed that the hospital’s nursery was on the same floor.  “Come on, ” I said to my son,”let’s check out the new babies.” I mean, how often does one get to see babies when they’re fresh out of the oven?  I figured there would be a display room where we could gaze at the newborns and remark about how cute they are and the miracle of life, blah blah blah…

As we reached the nursery there was a security guard.


“We were wondering if we could look at the new babies even if we don’t have one.”

[scowling]  No.

And that was that.  So much for my brilliant, spur of the moment idea. My son pointed out that it could be considered creepy to have two random guys looking at babies.  Come on, I protested, who the hell thinks of babies in that way?!  I could see if we went up to the middle school and said, ‘can we look at the students?’ But babies?!  That’s disgusting!

Anyways, you shouldn’t have to have a new baby to see a new baby.  It’s not fair.

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Look up the word bastard in the dictionary…

Posted by keithosaunders on March 21, 2010

…and you will see a photo of Douglas Holtz-Eakin, director of the Congressional Budget Office under Bush II from 2003-2005.

With health care reform going up for a vote today, selfish government-hating bastards, such as Eakin and his Republican brethren, are top of mind.  In today’s Times there are two editorials side to side.  One, by Nicholas Kristof, detailed a woman who survived stomach cancer only to see it spread to her intestines when her insurance cut her off having a chronic condition. 

The next editorial, written by Eakin, referred to Obama’s health care reform bill as an entitlement program.  He went on to describe how the CBO’s math is not reliable since it contains gimmicks — front loading revenues and back loading spending — which skew the numbers.  He argues that the bill will add 560 billion to the deficit, a figure I find hard to believe.

People such as Eakin are adept at telling us why we cannot have health care reform, but offer no alternative.  This leads me to believe that the real entitlement, in their eyes, begins and ends with the wealthy.

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Health care reform: It’s time.

Posted by keithosaunders on March 20, 2010

After months of political wrangling and machinations the Health Care Reform Bill will be voted on in the House tomorrow, March 21st.  People, it’s time.  I understand that this is a flawed bill and that an absence of a public option is huge blow.  The bottom line is that 32 million more Americans will be insured (1 million more than originally thought) and 138 billion dollars will be pared from the federal deficit in the next ten years.

There is no moral reason to oppose health care reform.  The Republicans have yet to offer a valid plan, save for their feeble talking points — being able to buy insurance across state lines, and tort reform.  The last administration had eight years to deal with this and did not lift a finger, tort reform and all.

A year ago, when health care reform was first presented, I figured that this was an issue in which Obama’s bi-partisan efforts would be a plus.  Why wouldn’t the Republicans want to do what is humane and necessary?   How naive I was. 

I have reached the conclusion that there exists a Darwinian sense of entitlement among people of wealth and means.  Their rational is that they have worked hard for what they have achieved and they are deserving of privilege by means of their talent and drive.  The tacit implication is that it is the uninsured person’s own fault for not having had the perseverance and the ability to succeed in a competitive world.

Of course these is a racist component to this. What is the term “big government” but a euphemism for a welfare state.  It is hardly subtle.  The Republicans have spent the better part of 40 years deriding the gains accomplished through Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights movement, as well as LBJ’s Great Society programs.  All of this is a way for the rich, or middle class white person to feel good about where he is in society, and to alleviate the guilt that comes with knowing there are people being denied access to health care and a better life.

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Miles Davis: The secret weapon in the fight for health care reform.

Posted by keithosaunders on March 20, 2010

On August 29th, 1970 Miles Davis appeared at the Isle of Wight festival.  Primarily a rock festival it featured such artists as Jimi Hendrix, Jethro Tull, and The Who. 

Miles was in rare form — on fire!   The group consisted of 2 keyboard players — Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett.  I know that Jarrett did not like playing electric pianos but he sounded good, playing one of the raunchiest sounding keyboards (supposedly an organ) I’ve ever heard.  He somehow manages not to overpower the music. I wonder how Chick, who was playing rhodes,  and Keith got along on that tour. I would have liked to have overheard some of their conversations.

It is my belief that the entire U.S. Congress, yutzes that are,  should be locked  inside of a screening  room and forced to listen and view this concert.  I am convinced that the ensuing mass heart attacks would be instrumental in driving home the point about the importance of health care reform.

You can watch a great interview with Keith Jarrett about this concert at Joshua’s blog here

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The conservative credo

Posted by keithosaunders on February 5, 2010

If you speak to a Republican he or she will proudly tell you that the conservative credo is fiscal restraint and small government.  He is for less taxes and believes that an economy favorable to corporate business will trickle down to the middle class.  On the face of it this seems like a reasonable blueprint .  If you consider, however, that the U.S.  has had Republican rule 20 of the last 30 years (and Clinton, though a Democrat, certainly favored big business) and after all the deregulation and tax cutting we still ended with our economy in shambles.  In fact we barely avoiding a depression.

I have reached the conclusion that what the Republican party has to offer — its chief asset  — is an excuse for wealthy not to feel guilty.   If you are poor it is your own fault.  You have been made complacent by a government that has coddled you.   If you have money this is a result of hard work and superior intelligence.  Perhaps you have even having pulled yourself up from your bootstraps, and the thought of sharing a portion of your wealth with someone less fortunate is an anathema. 

If you are a racist or a homophobe, the Republican tent is the perfect place for you.  You can couch your racism in your love of small government.  Your intolerance of gays can easily be masked by the smoke screen of family values.   

There is one possible pitfall, however.  If, for any reason, you were suddenly to become destitute, thus requiring affordable housing and medical insurance, things could get dicey.  At that point your family values and love of trickle down economics will be worthless and you will learn that empathy is a commodity not easily found in the party of Lincoln.

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Meet the New Boss

Posted by keithosaunders on January 22, 2010

I can appreciate that the right wing  might pine for the days when our president spoke in monosyllabic sentences, but I do not understand how they can look at Obama as an extreme left-wing ideologue.  The left wing, under Obama has gotten little or nothing of what they had hoped to achieve. I’m quoting Salon’s Glenn Greenwald here:
“The Left wanted a single-payer system, then settled for a public option, then an opt-out public option, then Medicare expansion — only to get none of it, instead being handed a bill that forces every American to buy health insurance from the private insurance industry.  Nor was it “the Left” — but rather corporatist Democrats like Evan Bayh and Lanny Davis — who cheered for the hated Wall Street bailout; blocked drug re-importation; are stopping genuine reform of the financial industry; prevented a larger stimulus package to lower unemployment; refuse to allow programs to help Americans with foreclosures; supported escalation in Afghanistan (twice); and favor the same Bush/Cheney terrorism policies of indefinite detention, military commissions, and state secrets.”


Combine this with the news that Obama will detain 50 terrorists without due process and I really do not think that they have much to complain about.  On the contrary, Republicans should be elated with the way events are shaping up.  Obama is literally codifying the illegalities of the Bush administration.  This will make it even easier for the next (inevitable) Republican administration to support and further these policies.

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Health Care for Some

Posted by keithosaunders on January 20, 2010

Republicans view government as an anathema in regards to universal health care, but when it comes to the military they can’t fund it enough.  It is utterly depressing. Way back in the summer I was actually optimistic that some genuine  health care reform would be enacted.   I (naïvely) thought that the Republicans would not be able to morally rationalize against it. I underestimated the hatred and racism inherent in this country.

The party of Lincoln cannot offer any alternative to the current system other than tort reform and free market health care.  They deride a public option as big government; according to them this will bankrupt the nation.  This idea has no credibility whatsoever.  The U.S. has all the money in the world to fight needless, illegal wars in the mideast, yet when it comes to keeping our populace healthy we must be ‘fiscally’ responsible. 

The Huffington Post says that 77% of the American people support a public option.  An ABC News poll, for those of you who would like a more conservative source, states that 62% of Americans prefer universal health care over current employer based system.  Something is not adding up.    

 The Democrats, as flawed as they are, at least attempting to make health care affordable. What have the Republicans done along these lines?  Trickle down?  In the end we  will get what we deserve —  mass poverty and rioting in the streets.

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The Obama hatred

Posted by keithosaunders on January 15, 2010

I am puzzled by vehement hatred directed towards Barak Obama by the Republicans.  This across-the-board dismissal does not add up.  Obama campaigned as a centrist, and if anything his administration has bent over backwards to work with, and accomodate the Republicans.

While it is true Obama has made tepid attempts to bring home the troops from Iraq, he has upped the ante in Afghanistan in the form of a surge which most analysts predict will fail.  We continue to pay for our folly with American,Afghani, and Iraqi lives.  In this way his foreign policy has mimicked the Bush administration.  Although Obama’s rhetoric is more elegant, his implementation of policy is the same — force before diplomacy.

We continue to deny prisoners their right to a trial and we continue to eavesdrop on our own citizenry via the NSA’s monitoring of international telephone calls coming into the U.S.   The Patriot act will soon be up for renewal and there is little to make us believe that it will be struck down.

So I ask those on the right:  How is Obama that different from Bush?  Health care will be enacted without a public option.  The taxes that will be imposed will not undue the harm to the deficit that Bush created by squandering our surplus nine years ago.

I believe that partisan politics is largely at fault for this negativity, but I can’t help but think racism is playing a part as well.  There is a large group of the population that still cannot tolerate a  Black president.  To them, a Black man is inferior. and to see Obama in the Whitehouse refutes their credo. 

It would be one thing if Obama offered a truly different vision of our country, but he hasn’t.  It is the left that has more of a reason to be disillusioned.  If I was a Republican I would breath a sigh of relief.

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