A short aside on health care. I am reading a story on Reuters, from their factbox. I’ve read factbox stories of theirs a fair bit for a while now. “Republican health care reform proposals”, a great title for the story, don’t ya think? It would be if the story were true, but it isn’t. I have a problem with this one. And it is real simple. Most of these things are in fact already in the legislation. Among the ideas that are or at one point were in the health care reform legislation: Allow insurers to sell policies across state lines. Barring insurers from excluding people with pre-existing conditions. Crack down on waste, fraud and abuse in Medicaid and in Medicare. Now I’m not saying they haven’t got any good ideas in here. They do, but to call all the stuff in this story “Republican health care proposals” when a number of them are Democratic, or were at the very least put in by the Democratic majority is a wee bit silly.
When you can find evidence of a number of Bipartisan proposals that are almost a year old on a democratic senators web-page, and you still call it Republican…that’s just stupid. Shame on Reuters for publishing this weak ass half-baked propaganda, calling this republican. Please.
I was looking for a viddy to play here after I found that the CBS viddy I had here only had sound in one channel. Found this one, and it’s a good viddy. It speaks on morality and trust in politics. Something which seems sorely lacking in today’s politics.
And the reason it is lacking is multi-layered. Yes, there are some honestly untrustworthy politicians out there. Richard Shelby is one such. Complains a few years ago of Democrats holding up political appointments to the Supreme court, then holds up 70 different political appointments himself for a few earmarks, or whatever. The real reason is of no consequence. There are also some very untrustworthy mouthpieces for political viewpoints. Rush Limbaugh and Lynn Samuels come to mind. Rush because he is the ultimate American ideologue, and Lynn because she is a barking lunatic, at least what I have heard of her ranting.
But it is also the fault of our political culture, our confused political culture. We have a political party(GOP) that says it hates government, while at the same time it is doing all it can to grab for power with all it’s might. We have another political party(DEM) that says it hates corporate greed, while at the same time doing all it can to get as much of that cash from them as possible. We have a burgeoning political movement which is nothing more than the old right-wing trying to push America to the right, while the left-wing, which helped vote in the current administration, is angry as hell, saying those they voted in aren’t left-wing enough because they aren’t doing exactly what they want.
Is it surprising that there is an undercurrent of mistrust and cynicism about everything that is the current state of politics?
Perhaps I’ll delve more deeply into my view of these issues and the dilemmas which stem from our misguided political culture at another time. I won’t do it now, it’s too complex, and to be honest, with as long as I’ve lived in this political system, and as many years as I’ve spent pondering our politics and our culture and our world, I’m not sure I’m up to that particular task. But I will give it a shot at some point. I feel I have to.
John Murtha is dead. Rest in peace brother. Let the rest say what they will about you, you fought the good fight.
That is about it from me. Later!
Today’s Nuggets, Via wikiquote: The barbarous custom of having men beaten who are suspected of having important secrets to reveal must be abolished. It has always been recognized that this way of interrogating men, by putting them to torture, produces nothing worthwhile. The poor wretches say anything that comes into their mind and what they think the interrogator wishes to know. Napolean Bonaparte
The discovery of truth is prevented more effectively, not by the false appearance things present and which mislead into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers, but by preconceived opinion, by prejudice. Arthur Schopenhauer
To study the meaning of man and of life — I am making significant progress here. I have faith in myself. Man is a mystery: if you spend your entire life trying to puzzle it out, then do not say that you have wasted your time. I occupy myself with this mystery, because I want to be a man. Fyodor Dostoevsky