CPC Report; An unabashedly liberal perspective

 15 December 2010

Arizonan GOP Death Panels-Part 1




The fears of Sarah Palin and her fellow wingnuts have been realized- a government ran death panel. This is being played out in Arizona, whose Governor, cast in the role of the Grim Reaper, is played by a fellow wingnut- Jan Brewer. Being one their own, the GOP Governator Jan Brewer is naturally free from any criticism from her wingnut peers, as were the privately ran death panels- the health care corporations.

Transplants, such as for hearts and livers, have come to be considered optional. Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), the state's Medicaid has been slashed and funds for transplants have been cut. So now that a death panel is established in Arizona, one wonders- what is it all about? The answer is simple- It is about life.

Since when is life optional? Post-operation survival periods for
heart transplants now average 15 years, yet life for those recipients are considered optional in Arizona. For liver transplants, about 80 to 85 percent of those livers are still viable for the recipients after a year. Once again, life is  optional. The government that made that determination is the Arizonian government and the sole reason is financial. It was determined that the government could not afford to pay for transplants of those who could not afford to get them. Rather than find the funding to make up a deficit in AHCCCS, everyone needing transplants are on their own. Only those who can afford them are blessed. At risk are 94 lives. For these, not given the blessing of life by Governor Brewer, death becomes the most viable option. One of them have already died due to the lack of a liver transplant, even though a donated liver had been designated for him. Because he could not pay, the liver went to someone else, which was unfortunate for him. He died.



Arizonan GOP Death Panels-Part 2

Profits is what the wingnuts understand and worship. This they seem to value more than life itself. Their Social Darwinian view of the world says that that everyone is on their own and must pay their own way in life. It is the survival of the fittest writ large. If one gets sick and becomes too much a financial burden, thereby depriving those poor health care corporations of their well deserved largess, why should they not be cut lose to fend for themselves by those corporate behemoths. And anyone with a preexisting condition is just simply not fit to survive. Health care should be for those who can afford it. Those who cannot are part of the surplus population that Scrooge spoke of. Furthermore, are we really our brother's keeper? Why should the public at large be burdened to care for those less fortunate?

Much to the dismay of the right, there are those socialist programs Medicare and Medicaid to care for much of that surplus population. Naturally many a wingnut had been hesitant to speak out against these programs like they had spoken out against health care reform (Obamacare), but this seems to be changing. Talk is spreading through Republican ranks against these examples of socialism. Teabaggers have openly campaigned against them as they have against Obamacare in the most recent congressional elections.


Death Panels Pseudo Psycho Headlines

PALIN'S FEARS OF DEATH PANELS REALIZED IN ARIZONA

PALIN MUM ON ARIZONAN DEATH PANELS

ARIZONAN GOV'S OFFICE TO SERVE AS DEATH PANEL
GRIM REAPER HIRED AS ADVISER


ARIZONAN GOV JAN BREWER LACKING A HEART
TO GET
MUCH NEEDED TRANSPLANT FOR ONE
(Thank
God she can afford it. Hallelujah!)

Bill O'Reilly's Jesus

Bill O’Reilly hosts a popular show on Fox News Channel called “The No Spin Zone.” In January 2002, O’Reilly was interviewing the pastor of the 5th Street Presbyterian Church in New York City, which has an active ministry to help the homeless. O’Reilly told the pastor, “Jesus would have demanded that the homeless people shape themselves up or else, because, we all know the passage ‘The Lord helps those who help themselves.”

Democratic Congressman Jim McDermott, "This is Christmas time. We talk about good Samaritans, the poor, the little baby Jesus in the cradle and all this stuff. And then we say to the unemployed we won't give you a check to feed your family. That's simply wrong." Now Bill O'Reilly loves the baby Jesus and hates all those evil non Christians who would take him off taxpayer funded property. Yet, baby Jesus, Bill O'Reilly says in his latest column, that compassion has limits: "There comes a time when compassion can cause disaster." And invoking the Calvinist view of the world he says: "Personal responsibility is usually the driving force behind success. But there are millions of Americans who are not responsible, and the cold truth is that the rest of us cannot afford to support them." Bill, not being a theologian, continues: " For them, the baby Jesus wants us to "provide," no matter what the circumstance. But being a Christian, I know that while Jesus promoted charity at the highest level, he was not self-destructive." (WTF!?) Bill, a very rich dude who is secure in his employment in lying, doesn't seem to understand that there aren't a lot of jobs out there. He says "The Lord helps those who help themselves. Does he not?" How very "Christ-like." But the problem here is that the quote that Bill uses is not biblical. It's from one of Aesop fables. But it was a quote that Bill used, in 2002, when he told a Presbyterian minister that the homeless were a bunch of drunks who had nobody to blame for themselves. Never mind that many of the homeless are mentally ill. Just as long as those filthy, lazy unemployed stay out of certain very posh Long Island neighborhoods, it's all very good. God bless us everyone!

P.S. Perhaps Bill should be careful about judging others, especially when he seems to lack the understanding of the lives of those he does judge.

Hercules and the Waggoner by Aesop
A Waggoner was once driving a heavy load along a very muddy way.  At last he came to a part of the road where the wheels sank half-way into the mire, and the more the horses pulled, the deeper sank the wheels.  So the Waggoner threw down his whip, and knelt down and prayed to Hercules the Strong. 

‘O Hercules, help me in this my hour of distress,’ quoth he.  But Hercules appeared to him, and said: ‘Tut, man, don’t sprawl there.  Get up and put your shoulder to the wheel.’

The gods help them that help themselves.

The Tan Man* (Sung to the tune of The Candyman)

Who can take a rainbow,

And turn it into crap.

Freshly taken from chickens and a lobbyist or two.

The Tan Man can. The Tan Man can.

The Tan Man can 'cause he mixes crap with spite,

Which makes the world go bad.


Who can take the sunset,

Of many people's hopes

Just crush their hopes and dreams, 'cause he really doesn't care.

The Tan Man can. The Tan Man can.

The Tan Man can 'cause he mixes crap with spite,

Which makes the world go bad.


The Tan Man can

Do anything he wants

For the very wealthy.

It's only mind over matter.

If he doesn't mind, it doesn't matter.


Who can tell the future,

Of those with all the money.

For it's only the rich that counts; the rest are on their own.

The Tan Man can. The Tan Man can.

The Tan Man can 'cause he mixes crap with spite,

Which makes the world go bad.

*AKA the Chicken Crap Man & the Speaker of the House.


Postscripts

To whom it may concern,
Wouldn't GOP Gov Jan Brewer of Arizona make a terrific Wicked Witch of the West?
Move over Margaret Hamilton.

To GOP Rep. John Boehner (Ohio),

Where are the damn jobs!

To GOP Senators DeMint (SC), Kyl (AZ) & McConnell (KY),

You both are so upset of having to work over the Christmas break. Well boo hoo. Most of the real working class who are lucky to have a job has to work during that time. So what makes you two so damn special.

glynn braman

          glynn braman



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