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CPC Report; An unabashedly liberal perspective

In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.  H.L. Mencken

26 September 2009

 

So Much Ado About Nothing

It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. William Shakespeare, MacBeth

Right Wing paranoia about Americorps & the President talking to schoolchildren

Some wacky conservatives such as Michelle Bachman (See A Fictional Interview With Representative Michelle Bachman of Minnesota- 12 August) are concerned about there being sinister motives behind Americorps under the current administration. A speech he gave to schoolchildren on 8 September while they were attending their schools, has risen similar fears. The specter of an African American possessing a foreign sounding name, including an Arabic middle name, has raised fears that he wants to indoctrinate America's youth. As President he allegedly has a socialist agenda in which includes the federal takeover of the health care system. This is manifested in many ways, including setting up death panels to kill off granny and forcing Rush Limbaugh to be circumcised against his will. (See Postscripts- 12 September)

Regarding Americorps, which was created in the William J. Clinton Administration after having been authorized the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993. It was later expanded by half by the President George W. Bush Administration. Over  70,000 individuals join AmeriCorps annually. There are now more than 500,000 past and current members of Americorps. The work done by Americorps includes such things as public education and cleaning up the environment. Since its genesis, it has had bipartisan support. There is absolutely nothing sinister about it. Yet, as stated previously, what the wacky right fears is supposedly the indoctrination of the youth of America. The hysteria from the far right reminds one of Chicken Little running around and proclaiming that the sky is falling and the far right has a multitude of chicken littles.

In regards to the President addressing school children across the country, he did exactly what he said he would from the very beginning, which is essentially telling school children that they should stay in school and work hard in their academic pursuits, which is hardly subversive. After the speech was given, some conservatives such as Newt Gingrich praised the speech. With others, the silence was deafening, or inferences were made that the original speech was going to be different, but public outcry changed the subject matter, which overlooks the fact that President Obama's earlier statements were consistent with the actual contents of the speech.

The truth of the matter is that the so called indoctrination that was feared could never happen as a result of a half hour speech since it would take considerably more time than that. True indoctrination occurs throughout childhood in preparation for the individual becoming a citizen of the body politic. Thus their objections were totally baseless. Besides, he was not even the first President to address school children through the media. Ronald Reagan and the first George Bush has done this as well and did so without controversy. He was just the first African-American President to do so.

The most amazing thing about this nonsense is the even temperament the President has maintained. Like Gulliver towering over the pitiful puny Lilliputians, the President towers over his petty pathetic critics of the right and has shown more poise and civilized behavior than those Lilliputians of the right have. The controversy raised concerning the President's speech and Americorps was absurd and was truly so much ado about nothing.

  

An Exchange Between Congressman Eric Cantor of Virginia (R) & a Constituent

Patricia Churchill: I have a very close relative, a woman in her early forties, who did have a wonderful, high-paying job, owns her own home and was a real contributing member of society. She lost her job. Just a couple of weeks ago, she found out that she has tumors in her belly and that she needs an operation. Her doctors told her that they are growing and that she needs to get this operation quickly. She has no insurance. I am just wondering gentlemen, we can talk about high-flown ideas and we can talk theory all we want to. But this person is a very close member of my family, she's ill, and she has no way to get this operation. So I'm asking you, what would you do if this were your close relative [...]

Rep. Eric Cantor: First of all, I guess I would ask what the situation is in terms of income eligibility and the existing programs that are out there. Because if we look at the uninsured that are out there right now, there is probably 23, 24% of the uninsured that is already eligible for an existing government program [...] Beyond that, I know that there are programs, there are charitable organizations, there are hospitals here who do provide charity care that if there’s an instance of indigency (sic) and the individual is not eligible for existing programs that there can be some cooperative effort. No one in this country, given who we are, should be sitting without an option to go be addressed.

No one should be be without an option when it comes to Health Care. So says Congressman Cantor, who is against the Public option. We are inhabiting the only industrialized nation in the world without universal health care, which is a fact that does not bother Congressman Cantor.  When all else fails, the option is to seek charity according to Congressman Cantor, whose own health care is subsidized by the taxpayers. He never mentioned what government programs would help out. What is available is Medicare for those over 65 or are disabled and  SCHIP for children whose age is under 18 and whose parents are near the poverty line. So what other option is there other than have  that unfortunate woman with a tumor go begging for charity and hoping for help before she dies.

Patricia Churchill responded by saying that there were waiting lists, income eligibility requirements, etc. that  render her relative ineligible. She then noted that this is no where near as helpful as real health care insurance reform. Besides, if getting help was as easy as Congressman Cantor with his own government funded (socialistic) health care insurance, why are there people filling for bankruptcy or dying for the inability to pay for medical care.

Source- ; SNAFU-ed .... Situation Normal  26 September 2009- All quotes are from this website. 

 

A Medical Horror Story

       One would think amidst the tumultuous debate over health care coverage, the health insurance industry would clean up their act for the time being, but old habits do die hard. In April 2009,  Rosalinda Miran-Ramirez, who resides in Daly City, California, woke up one morning and discovered her left breast bleeding from the nipple, and the shirt she had slept  in was saturated with her blood.  Her husband did the most reasonable thing and rushed her to the Seton Medical Center ER. Initially Blue Shield, her insurance company, approved the claim for that ER visit.

Three months later, having changed their minds, they presented her a bill for $2,791.00, the total charges for that visit to ER. After reviewing the case,  Blue Shield had determined that  Mrs. Miran-Ramirez "reasonably should have known that an emergency did not exist." With their millions of dollars of profits, they would not even pay a bill which was the paltry sum of $2,791.00. At the very least, they are guilty of being cheapskates.

A lawyer commenting on this said;

"If you reasonably believe it's an emergency, it's an emergency. They don't have the right to second-guess you. They're clearly looking for a way to deny a claim here, when it's clearly unreasonable to do that, that's the definition of bad faith."

"Bad faith" is defined by law as the "Intent to deceive " for the purpose of gaining some advantage over another person. Would any woman, who wakes up and discovers her shirt badly soaked with her blood and seeing her blood pouring out of one of her nipples, not insist on being transported immediately to the ER? Would the CEO of  Blue Shield not want to be rushed to the hospital if he had woken up and discovered his underwear soaked with his blood and blood coming from his penis? What exactly is the difference? Exactly what medical degree does that claims adjuster who turned down Mrs. Miran-Ramirez possess?  It is ironic indeed that fears are being spread about unqualified government officials making medical decisions by the right and nothing being said about unqualified employees of the health insurance industry doing  likewise.

The truth about  the insurance companies is that they are "their own death panels, and their own health care rationing". The rumors and lies concerning death panels and government restrictions concerning coverage which are swirling about are really just mere distractions from the truth. This illustrates the necessity of real reform. Insurance companies left on their own will do anything to maximize their profits and will be extremely creative in doing so. Life is too important to be left at the whims of that industry. Health Care is a right for everyone.

Source- SNAFU-ed .... Situation Normal26 September 2009- All quotes are from this website.

 

The Boy Who Cried Wolf by Aesop


There was a Shepherd Boy who tended his sheep at the foot of a mountain near a dark forest. It was lonely for him, so he devised a plan to get a little company. He rushed down towards the village calling out "Wolf, Wolf," and the villagers came out to meet him. This pleased the boy so much that a few days after he tried the same trick, and again the villagers came to his help. Shortly after this a Wolf actually did come out from the forest. The boy cried out "Wolf, Wolf," still louder than before. But this time the villagers, who had been fooled twice before, thought the boy was again lying, and nobody came to his aid. So the Wolf made a good meal off the boy's flock.

Townsend version

A shepherd-boy, who watched a flock of sheep near a village, brought out the villagers three or four times by crying out, "Wolf! Wolf!" and when his neighbors came to help him, laughed at them for their pains. The Wolf, however, did truly come at last. The Shepherd-boy, now really alarmed, shouted in an agony of terror: "Pray, do come and help me; the Wolf is killing the sheep"; but no one paid any heed to his cries, nor rendered any assistance. The Wolf, having no cause of fear, at his leisure lacerated or destroyed the whole flock.

Moral;A liar will not be believed, even when telling the truth.


 

Postscript

To ex-Vice President & War Criminal Dick Cheney,

In regards to your remarks that our current President has the right to torture as the administration you served in supposedly did, doesn't that mean that the Nazis tried and convicted at Nuremberg were really innocent of such crimes if they believed that it served the security interests of their fatherland. The fact is that torture will generally get your chosen victim to say anything that will stop the torture. In medieval times, such methods of torture, such as  waterboarding, got women to confess to being witches and freethinkers to being heretics. In more modern times, Communist regimes of China and North Vietnam used torture to extract false confessions from our soldiers being held prisoner. Insofar as you are concerned, I am willing to bet that an "enhanced interrogation" method such as waterboarding will get you to confess to having sexual intercourse with your own grandmother, even though such a thing never happened.

                                                                  Glynn Braman

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