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Maverick

Posted by keithosaunders on July 28, 2017

John McCain voted against Donald Trump’s draconian health care bill and once again people are hailing him as a maverick.  I’m happy with his vote but less effusive than most.  He’s got nothing to lose by voting his conscience.  I’m wondering if he was persuaded to come to Washington by moderate Senators who couldn’t afford to spend the political capital.

At any rate it’s remarkable that so many Senators – 49 – would vote for a bill that would essentially deny many Americans health care, defacto condemning a portion of them to death.  These people should rot in hell.

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Follow the money

Posted by keithosaunders on September 9, 2011

I thought that Obama made a great speech last night.  Then again, that’s what he does — he’s a great orator.  We have yet to see him back up his rhetoric with bold ideas.  I was glad that he called out the Republicans in Congress, when he made his gentle gibe about simple math. 

Should we keep tax loopholes for oil companies?  Or should we use that money to give small business owners a tax credit when they hire new workers?  Because we can’t afford to do both.  Should we keep tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires?  Or should we put teachers back to work so our kids can graduate ready for college and good jobs?  Right now, we can’t afford to do both.  

This isn’t political grandstanding.  This isn’t class warfare.  This is simple math.  This is simple math.  These are real choices.  These are real choices that we’ve got to make.  And I’m pretty sure I know what most Americans would choose.  It’s not even close. 

It’s interesting to note that the bulk of the cost of Obama’s jobs program will be incurred in the form of tax breaks which will be given to companies as incentives for hiring.  Even though Obama paid lip service to the idea that the rich should pay more taxes,  (why should Warren Buffet pay less taxes than his secretary?) I will be surprised if such taxes are enacted.  I cannot believe that the obscenely wealthy should be entitled to such an advantage when the economy is hanging by a thread.  Then again, big money is a formidable force to be reckoned with.

Certain issues in politics confound me, until I remember that there are forces unseen that are guiding the issues.  Behind such forces is big money. 

Health care is something we can seemingly all agree on.  Why shouldn’t there be a public option — polls show that the public favors it.  Yet it was a nonstarter during the health care reform debate of 18 months ago.  The answer is that the health insurance lobby is an exceptionally strong and wealthy force.  They don’t want it, ergo we can’t have it.

Gun control is another such issue.  Who in the general populace is in favor of automatic weapons?  I would guess the answer is well less than one percent.  Yet efforts to try to ban such weapons are quixotic to the point that members of either party would be risking political suicide to even attempt reform.  Again…follow the money.

The same could be said of the Iraq war.  It was obvious that the Bush and Blair administrations had no concrete evidence that Saddam had been harboring terrorists.  Yet we went in.  Why would we kill tens of thousands of innocent people, and spend trillions of dollars on an invasion that was, at best, a distraction from the ongoing war in Afghanistan?  Of course it was about money.  Either that, or stupidity.  Take your pick.

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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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