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The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.  John Kenneth Galbraith

29 August 2009

So Much Ado About Nothing.

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

Lies about President Obama from the right- Part 1

The dog days of summer are upon us and politically the climate has been extremely hot. We are inundated with birthers, deathers, tea baggers, and the odd assortment of wonky wacky wingnuts, all of which are from the extreme right. The rhetoric on talk radio and Fox News is boiling hot and along with heated rhetoric of conservative Republican politicians, are enabling these extremists. Town Halls held by Democratic Senators and Representatives have been disrupted by a few and often through their uncivil actions have made impossible any chance of a civil discussion of health care reform, the heated topic on hand at this time. Frequently patriotic songs were sung by those disruptors of the town meetings which were extremely disrespectful towards those who were denied any opportunity to question their representative. 

Often one sees a picture of President Barack Obama with a Hitler-like mustache or adorned with swastikas in rallies outside the buildings housing the town meetings. Men have shown up at the rallies outside the town meetings held by the President armed. In a town meeting sponsored by Representative Barney Frank, a woman confronted him about alleged death panels and brought up Nazi imagery in describing her opposition to that which has not been proposed in any legislation in Congress- those Nazi-like death panels. Ironically, President Obama is an African American and Barney Frank is an Jewish American. By Nazi standards, Blacks and Jews are considered subhuman. She and other protesters have failed to see the irony in that. The dog days of summer are indeed upon us.

That much of the heated political climate is due to the election of the first African American president is beyond a doubt. Much of it has to with the bad economy following the collapse of the financial market last fall before President Obama's election and much to do with the implementation of his liberal agenda. For many change and the uncertainty it brings is scary. Much of what is considered scary is in regards to health care reform, which is dealt with elsewhere in this report. What is being dealt with here is the impact of an African American President upon the political landscape. The opposition to the President is irrational and based upon the lies told and spread by the Right Wing Lying Machine (RWLM). For these people, many who claim to be Christian, lying is a means to end and the ends justify the means. They do not like the President and his agenda and therefore are working to destroy him politically. One tactic employed is to question his right to be President. Other lies shall be dealt with in the next report.

The pseudo controversy about the facts of his birth have led to the birther movement. Like so much of the hot air from the right, it too is so much ado about nothing. Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on 4 August 1961. A birth certificate was issued on his behalf shortly afterwords and birth notices did in fact appear in two local newspapers as well. These are the facts that birthers such as Chuck Norris and G. Gordon Liddy dispute or ignore. In 2007 a Certificate of Live Birth (COLB) was issued upon request of Barack Obama and had been placed on the Internet. Even Republican Governor Linda Lingle of Hawaii has vouched for its authenticity.

However the birther critics insist that this certificate is a forgery and are demanding to see the real birth certificate which the state of Hawaii will not do because of state laws. What had been issued is based on the information on the original birth certificate and is legal proof of the facts stated in that certificate. Furthermore, FactCheck.org, a respected non-partisan online outfit that investigates the truth of various political claims, was able to examine Obama’s COLB and vouched for its authenticity.

The favored birther theory is that Barack Obama was born in Mombassa, Kenya. Allegedly his paternal grandmother said as much in a tape recording that had been released affirming that she "was in the delivery room in Kenya when he was born 4 August 1961." One of the advocates of this theory is Phillip Berg who had discovered the recording proving his point. The truth of the matter is that the tape has been doctored. What she really said through the translators that she was present at her grandson's birth in Hawaii. The part about Hawaii was cut off leaving open the possible interpretation that his place of birth was in Kenya. It also renders the statement quite vague. Philip Berg is one of many bringing lawsuits against the President.

Dr. Chiyome Fukino, the director of the Hawaii Department of Health has on numerous occasions verified that the state has in its possession Barack Obama's birth certificate and that he was in fact born there.* This has been confirmed by the registrar of vital statistics, Alvin Onaka.

Another source of contention was raised by CNN's President Jon Klein, who wrote in the Los Angeles Times that CNN researchers have come to the determination that Obama's 1961 birth certificate no longer exists. This was supposedly because Hawaiian officials had discarded paper documents in 2001 when such documents were recorded in a electronic format. This was denied by Janice Okubo, the spokesperson for Health Department. She had declared that " any paper data prior to that still exists."

Another piece of evidence that had surfaced has him born in Mombassa is a alleged Kenyan birth certificate. The birthers who have refused to accept the COLB as proof have readily accepted this as evidence. Supposedly, some "research team" went on a safari to Mombasa, Kenya and discovered the certificate registering the birth of Barack Obama Jr. at a Kenya Maternity Hospital. Phillip Berg is using this as proof of Barack Obama's fraudulent citizenship along with that doctored recording. Later on allegedly the birth records in Kenya were sealed adding to the utter suspicion of the birther conspiracy. Orly Taitz in a lawsuit known as Keyes vs. Obama (Alan Keyes is a prominent African American conservative) had the forged birth certificate presented as evidence.

The problem is the birth certificate in which the birthers such as Orly Taitz and Phillip Berg want to believe in is a fraud. The proof is in the birth certificate itself. It has him born in the Republic of Kenya 10 months before Kenya was granted it's independence by Great Britain on 12 December 1963. It should have stated the Dominion of Kenya. Mombassa where the birth was supposed to take place had not been incorporated into Kenya yet, but rather was part of Zanzibar in which is now part of Tanzania. The incorporation took place on the same day Kenya became a nation. Since then it has been revealed that this birth certificate is a hoax by the perpetrator Ed Hale, who is also known as Bugs and is someone who had allegedly shot and killed Big Foot and his female companion. The latter remains unproven. In regards to the fake birth certificate, it was made using an Australian birth certificate as a template and was gotten off the Internet.

The proof that the birther movement have used are a tissue of lies and should be taken seriously. If President Obama was born in Kenya, then why isn't that no one has come up with the real certificate? Even Ann Coulter who is no friend of the President has referred to the birthers as a few "cranks". However these cranks are persistent and are not going away any time soon. They keep on going by even resorting to nitpicking about minor details (see Postscripts). They appear to be here to stay.

"I, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, director of the Hawaii State Department of Health, have seen the original vital records maintained on file by the Hawai’i State Department of Health verifying Barrack Hussein Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural-born American citizen. I have nothing further to add to this statement or my original statement issued in October 2008…."

(To see President Obama's birth certificate, click on the link below.)

 http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-obama-birth-certificate-photo,0,7688869.photo

 

 

       The Health Care Debate

 Hot air is very much in abundance in this great nation of ours. Lies are being spread through out the land.* President Barack Obama has made a grave mistake in thinking that bipartisanship is possible with the Republican Party and now he is paying for it along with his party. The public option is necessary for the health care bill to be worth more than a pitcher full of warm spit. The truth of the matter is that Republicans do not want any reform in health care and they are doing everything short of murder to see that this never happens. For these people and the health insurance industry as well, the ends justify the means. Needless to say, the insurance lobby is not suffering from the bad economy.  

*The lies will be dealt with in the next article- "J'accuse" (13c).

  The problem rests in the Senate with its rules on filibusters and cloture. This is not to say that conservative Blue Dog Democrats are not also a problem. Democratic Senators Max Baucus of Montana who is the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Kent Conrad of North Dakota, Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas and Mary Landrieu along with the other Blue Dog Democrats, working independently from the Republicans, are nevertheless helping kill off the public option as well. Thus we have confronted with the insanity of the Democrats with 60 votes in the Senate, seemingly cannot pass their reform plan with the public option included, so therefore the option is going to be jettisoned.

Another thing insane is that Senator Baucus has formed a committee within the Finance Committee of three Democrats and three Republicans to work out a compromise. This is the gang of six. The three Republicans are lead by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa and include Mike Enzi of Wyoming and Olympia Snow of Maine. Of these three, the first two mentioned have indicated recently that they would oppose any bill reforming health care. Senator Grassley even said as much in a fund raising letter. The Democrats do not need this mini-committee. They already have control of the entire Finance Committee because they are the majority in that committee. Furthermore, this is not what Republicans had ever done when the controlled Congress on any issue that they hold dear. What is going on?

Why is it necessary to work with the Republicans who have for the most part been unwilling to cooperate. Even if Senator Conrad's proposal for co-ops taking the place of the public option would not be acceptable to the Republican Party aka the Party of No. That would not even bring down health costs which is what the public option is about. Both, say Republicans, are socialism. On the other hand, so is Medicare, which has a overhead of $5 as opposed to the private insurance overhead of 35%.

The Republicans generally do not want competition for their sugar daddies, which is the health insurance industry. That is also what the health insurance industry wants. No competition that would lower their profits. In order to prevent this from happening, the health insurance industry is very generous with campaign funds to their Representatives and Senators in Congress. This is the Republicans of the not so Grand Party. These insurance companies has also been very generous to Senator Baucus as well.

A symbiotic relationship seems to exist between big health insurance companies and the Republican Party. (But is it really?) Republicans want to be in power and get their funding from the insurance companies. The insurance companies are out to maximize their profits as all capitalistic ventures do and will gladly give Republicans the money they need to gain and thereafter retain power. The problem is that the public is the big loser of that which is presently the status quo. Only the force of the government will insure health costs will be kept reasonable. Republicans argue that the insurance companies cannot compete. People are declaring bankruptcy or having health care needs unmet until serious illness sets in and often dying as a result and Republicans are concerned about these insurance leviathans suffering.

The Republican Party would rather represent the insurance companies than the ever growing uninsured and those who are at risk through misfortune to become uninsured, which brings up this question- What is the difference between a hooker and those who represent the insurance industry, such as those well funded Republican politicians? The answer is that a hooker only rents out her body to a john. Those Republicans seem to have sold their souls to theirs, which is the health insurance industry. A hooker is control of the relationship with her john. But who is in control of the relationship between those GOP congressmen and senators and their johns?

 

 J'accuse...

"What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole word, and lose his own soul?" Mark 8:36

1) I accuse the Right Wing Lying Machine (RWLM) of fronting for the health insurance. These are essentially the "conservatives without conscience" in which John Dean wrote about in a book bearing that name. For these people the ends justify lying in the pursuit of their political goals. With all of the talk of being Christian, they are really ethically challenged. They have taken a page out of The Prince and have adopted the Machiavellian idea of using religion as a facade to hide both their intentions and activities from public view. 

2) I accuse the members of the RWLM of being coach potato Christians. These are people who would not even work up a sweat in the practice of their faith. "Do on to others as you would expect others do onto you." For these people those are merely words to give lip service to."Do not bear false witness." For them this commandment comes with a footnote attached excluding matters pertaining to politics. These are Christians of convenience who practice their faith when it is convenient to do so. They never need to worry about salvation because for them salvation is a license to sin. Except Christ as your savior and all of your sins are forgiven is their firm belief.

3) I accuse Liberty University, founded by Jerry Falwell, of being ran by coach potato Christians mentioned previously. This university has a web site citing things in health care legislation in which are outright lies. (See 13c)

4) I accuse Republican politicians in general of being beholden to the health insurance at the expense of the ever growing uninsured in this country. In spite of all of your rhetoric of favoring health care reform, they very well know that there is vasts amount to be made by the insurers who will of course show their appreciation by giving generously to your campaign coffers. When Republicans were in control of Congress, not once was any comprehensive health care reform ever considered.

5) I accuse Republican Senators Grassley and Enzi of negotiating in bad faith. Under the pretext of negotiations over reform, they were in actuality buying time for the spread of misinformation about the Democrats attempt to reform health care.

6) I accuse Republican Senators Hatch and McConnell of cynically invoking the name of Senator Edward Kennedy to kill of any chance of reform. (See Postscripts)

7) I accuse heath insurance corporations, such as the UnitedHealth Group, of spreading lies about the health care legislation under consideration in the Congress. They are hiding behind front organizations, which is called astroturfing, in order to give the illusion of grassroot support for their cause. These are lobbyist-run groups such as Patients Rights, Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks (See 8).

These lobbyist who had organized the anti-Obama tea party protest earlier this year, have  pursued an aggressive program of creating the illusion of mass public opposition to health care reform. This plays into a popular notion that where there's smoke there's fire. The lobbyists obviously are counting on people who have never seen a magic show. 

What follows is a memo issued by the United Health Group to its employees;

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/documents/2009/08/united-health-group-astroturf-letter.php?page=1

8) I accuse FreedomWorks, a conservative political  organization founded by ex-Texan Congressman Dick Armey (R) and backed by corporate interests, of organizing health care reform protests at many of Democratic legislators' town hall meetings. FreedomWorks has issued instructions and tactics on "how to make the demonstrations look homegrown" for these tea party style protests. They encourage their stooges to be "aggressive".These protest have been typically disruptive by making impossible civil discourse. Recently a new low was set when a woman with not one, but two incurable auto-immune diseases, dared to pose a question to Representative Frank Pallone of New Jersey (D). This woman was confined to a wheelchair. She was shouted down by the unruly mob. One of those rude jerks was even heard to complain that the wheel chair bound woman had more rights than he did. What he failed to mention was that he still had his health. This is the kind of behavior that the RWLM has condoned through its silence.

A leaked memo from Bob MacGuffie, a volunteer with the FreedomWorks website, gave instructions on how members should be infiltrating town halls and harassing Democratic Congressmen. This was in regards to the town hall meetings last month. To see this document, see the link that follows;

http://thinkprogress.org/2009/07/31/recess-harassment-memo/

9) I accuse Betsy McCaughey in particular of being a pathological liar on behalf of health insurance. She was the inventor of the fictional death panels who supposedly decide who is worthy of living. The foundation for such a lie is the proposal for the federal government to pay doctors for counseling their patients about their end of life wishes. Do they wish to be kept alive by any means or simply "go gentle into that good night."*

The reality is that are no death panels involved. This is a Democracy, not Nazi Germany. The Nazis who once in power, had not depended upon elections in order to retain that power. Putting morality aside, to be in favor of death panels would be the kiss of death. It would be political suicide for anyone to appear to support it, which is what Betsy and the RWLM are counting in the midterm elections of 2010.

*Dylan Thomas

10) I accuse the ex-governor Sarah Palin and Congresswoman Michelle Bachman of also being pathological liars on the matter of health care reform as well as on death panels in particular.

11) I also accuse Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman of being pathological liars on other matters as well.

12) I accuse the RWLM and especially the Republican Party of possessing fascist tendencies.

13) I accuse the RWLM of falsely accusing Democrats of emulating the Nazis of Hitler's Germany when the irony is that they are the ones who are emulating that Nazi regime, although in a milder form. Here are some examples; 

a) Hitler was supported by industrialists. Big business such as the health insurance industry greatly favors the Republican Party. 

b) Hitler would encourage his followers to carry out violent acts against the enemies of the Nazis, such as the Jews and the true socialists* and other members of the left. The RWLM has sent out thugs to disrupt Democratic town meetings and to disrupt such meetings in order to prevent any civil discourse on health care reform. Often they would shout down anyone who would attempt to have real concerns about reform addressed. These thugs were even given talking points as to what to say in their disruptive activities. These activities are condoned by the silence of Republican politicians.

*Even though Nazi is an acronym for the National Socialist Party, this was done in order to sow confusion among the German People.  The reality is that the Nazis and industrialists were allies and both were opposed to socialists and communists who by definition would want to nationalize industry.

3). The Nazis have used"Big Lie" accomplish their goals. This expression was coined by Adolph Hitler in his 1925 autobiography Mein Kampf. It refers to a lie that is so "colossal" that no one would believe that anyone "could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously". 

Needless to say, the RWLM has embraced the Big Lie for they have spread such lies across this nation. Illegal aliens will not qualify for health benefits. There are no death panels or rationing of care being proposed. People with their own insurance may keep their own insurance and Medicare along with the VA system of treating the health care needs of veterans will not be affected. Government funding of abortions are not included. Such are already prohibited by the Hyde Amendment. In spite of the RWLM ridiculous rhetoric about the threat of socialism hidden in the proposed health care reform, all of the before mentioned programs are ran by the government and are therefore socialistic in nature and so is Social Security as well. Much of the before mentioned have exposed the RWLM and big insurance corporations of secretly being against such programs such as Medicare since they are obviously examples of Socialism. If they are true to their word, they would be against Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. The only example of Socialism that they would support is the VA medical system. That would be the patriotic thing to do.

For more on the lies, click on the link below;

http://www.newsweek.com/id/214254

14) I accuse the RWLM of lying about the Health Care Systems of United Kingdom and Canada, employing many of the lies  previously mentioned for the purpose of bolstering their false claims. (See Stephen Hawking Endorses the National Health Service of the UK)

15) I accuse the Republicans along with the rest of the RWLM of collaborating with the health insurance industry in the spread of this misinformation.

16) I accuse the Republican Party of using the town hall meetings as propaganda for their cause. While intentionally disrupting Democratic Town Hall Meetings, the town hall meetings of Republicans tend to be more civil. This is because those attending are often screened for that very purpose. These were naturally recorded by the media for broadcast. This a cynical manipulation of the media in order to give the impression of wide spread opposition to reforming the health care system. These are tactics that would make Hitler proud.

17) I accuse the Republican Party of putting its own self interest above the welfare of the United States of America. By foiling the President's agenda, they hope to regain power. Once they are in power, as it has been since World War II, they will do nothing to fix the health system whatsoever.

18) I accuse the Republican leadership of intentionally lying in order to accomplish their political goals. In particular I accuse John Republicans John Boehner of Ohio  and Eric Cantor of Virginia of being pathological liars on such subjects as death panels and qualifying illegal aliens for access to the health care benefits in which the citizens of this country will receive under the public option if enacted. 

19) I accuse the insurance industry of having the real death panels as opposed to the fictional death panels that do not exist in any health care reform legislation being considered but are alleged to exist just the same. As it has been said, "The love of money is the root of all evil."* The insurance corporations are proof of this. For example,

a) Preexisting conditions are not covered by these insurance.

b) In cases of serious illnesses, it is not uncommon for the insurer to cut off payments to those who need the help the most, often at a most critical time for the sole reason that the insurer's need to maximize profits deemed it necessary, even at the cost of human life. Such is tantamount to murder. (For a fictional depiction of this, See The Rainmaker by John Grisham.).

c) As a result of before mentioned reasons for denying coverage, the sick are left to get by on their own resources no matter how scarce they might be. One of the result are numerous bankruptcies that occur annually. Another result is the estimated 18,000 people who die every year by virtue of being denied insurance or just being able to afford insurance and thus having to deal with soaring hospital costs on their own.

Health Care should be considered a right of all citizens, not a privilege. Thus, it is much too important to be left to the market place which is incapable of distinguishing the difference between a fair profit and sheer greed. In short, I accuse the health insurance industry of putting its own interests above the welfare of the nation.

*1 Timothy 6:10

20) I accuse the members of the Republican minority in Congress for the most part of being co-conspirators in the murders that the insurance corporations are guilty of.

21) I accuse Fox News and right wing talk radio of also collaborating in this endeavor as well. This is especially true of Glenn Beck, the prince of paranoia.

22) I accuse Rush Limbaugh in particular of being a jerk. So, what else is new. (See Postscripts.)

23) I accuse the RWLM culprits of cruelly worrying senior citizens and others with their blatant falsehoods for the sole purpose of advancing their own selfish agenda.

24) I accuse those within the RWLM of violating the 9th Commandment- "Thou shalt not bear false witness." * By inventing death panel lies et cetra, they are in effect making  accusations in which demeans the motives and character  of those who for idealistic reasons believe that the health care system must be reformed, such as the late Edward Moore Kennedy. Since many of those of the RWLM call themselves Christian, I accuse them of being stinking hypocrites.

*Exodus 20:16

 

The Scorched Earth Solution For Health Care Reform- A means of fighting back

With the Republican Party of no in no mood to compromise and showing no sign of accepting any health care reform, why are Democrats wasting the time even talking to them. The problem with them and the health insurance are the lies they are spreading which is dealt with in J'accuse 3c) Ironically this is scaring the very people who would benefit the most from reform. To make things worse, thugs are being sent across the nation to disrupt town hall meetings sponsored by Democratic congressmen and making impossible any chance of civil discourse. Another matter concerns the Blue Dogs who are queasy about supporting the matter of the public option. The solution for all of this is simple. It is KISS, or keep it simple stupid. Just scrap all the legislation concerning health care reform and simply expand Medicare to cover the uninsured. Any changes desired can be made after the act expanding the Medicare program is passed. The beauty of this is that it will totally undercut all that nonsense about rationing, death panels, federally funded abortions, et cetera because none of these are a part of the Medicare Program in which people are already familiar with. If the Republicans have any objections to this action, then just accuse them of being against Medicare. Whether the accusation is fair or not is nothing to worry about, considering the misinformation being spread by them. Insofar as the Blue Dog Democrats are concerned, it is possible that they will come over to the side of true reform if the opposition is exposed for what they are and the tempest has subsided. If not, then put them in the uncomfortable position of appearing to be against Medicare as well.

Having decided to go with the Medicare expansion plan, the next step would be put it off until next year and just let it simmer until next summer. Let it then become embroiled in the upcoming political campaign. In the meantime congress should not remain idle. Since congress has the power to investigate, why not use that power and investigate. Expose the insurance corporations for what they are- greedy. The profit incentive for them  a motive to keep costs down at all costs. Quite bluntly this means screwing the people they insure if paying off claims to them threatens their bottom line- their profits. This could mean refusing coverage  based  on technicalities as trivial as a typo or simply failing to mention having acne as a teenager in ones medical history.

Let the public understand why the status quo is unacceptable; that health care is too important to be left to a marketplace whose only ethic is the profit incentive. In regards to that profit incentive, what is the difference between it and sheer greed? Should health care be considered a right for everyone and not be rationed by the marketplace based upon the Social Darwinian theory of the survival of the fittest or should the status quo be upheld? Those are questions that needs to be asked and answered. Have a multitude of witnesses appear before the investigating committees and testify how greatly they have suffered from the incredibly insipid insensitivity of those corporations. Put on the stands CEO's of those companies and make them justify their practices in dealing with those people that they insure. Ask them to justify their salaries, bonuses and other perks while millions are uninsured and are going bankrupt or dying because of the petty parsimonious practices promoted by CEO's in the name of capitalism. Ask them about their sleazy efforts to kill off reforming the system by spreading lies about it.

Furthermore, make the Republicans defend the health insurance industry and expose them as the lackeys of that industry. In the words of Harry Truman, give them hell. This will rally support for real health care reform.

 

Stephen Hawking Endorses the National Health Service (NHS) of the UK

On July 31 2009, the Investor's Business Daily  put out this warning about end of life counseling in the proposed health legislation. Somebody obviously quite inspired wrote that Stephen Hawking, a brilliant scientist with a neuro-muscular dystrophy, would not survive in the United Kingdom because of his condition. According to the editorial;

"People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn't have a chance in the UK, where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless."

There is one problem with that statement. Fact checking really seems to be in short supply at that journal, because a simple google search would have revealed that STEPHEN HAWKING IS BRITISH! Afterwords, Dr. Hawking declared in a interview with the Guardian that he "wouldn't be here today if it were not for the NHS" and "I have received a large amount of high-quality treatment without which I would not have survived."

To the credit of the Investor's Business Daily , the reference to Dr. Hawking has been taken out. A correction has been incorporated which states the following. "This version corrects the original editorial which implied that physicist Stephen Hawking, a professor at the University of Cambridge, did not live in the UK." What is left unsaid is that Dr. Hawking also is on record as saying that the NHS saved his life. They still insist that they were right about the NHS and accused those that would dare bring up the matter of "changing the subject." They just cannot admit that they were wrong.

The fact is that the NHS is so popular in the UK that conservative politicians there, such as the late Margaret Thatcher, would not even dream of touching it. If it were as bad as the as the Investor's Business Daily says it is, then why is this so?

 

A Town Hall Meeting in Kansas

The following is an exchange between Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins of Kansas (R) and one of her constituents, Elizabeth Small. The latter is a 27-year-old waitress from Ottawa, Kansas. Her two year old son, Jonah, seated nearby had not seen a doctor in the prior 21 months, the only exceptions being visits to the emergency room for ear infections. This is because she can neither afford health insurance nor regular scheduled checkups for her son by a pediatrician. The source of this transcript is the Huffington Post.


Elizabeth Smith: I'm a 27 year-old single mother. I work full-time. I do not have health insurance. My employer does not provide health insurance to me and I cannot afford it privately. Why shouldn't my government guarantee all of its citizens health care?

Lynn Jenkins: Thank you. I'm sorry, maybe you missed my opening remarks, but absolutely. That's why we have Medicaid in the current system and that's why under the alternative proposal we have an option for low-to-modest-income people to be able to afford health care and then we've got the SCHIP program for children. I think we've got all of the bases covered.

Audience member: She's not covered under SCHIP!

Lynn Jenkins: OK, if you're not then you're the perfect example for why we need reform and why we need it now but we have to do it right and if we can do an alternative proposal, as I'm suggesting, give you the money to go buy it in a reformed marketplace where it is affordable, that's my preference rather than to saddle the nation with yet another government program when they can't afford the government run programs we have.

Elizabeth Smith: I want an option that I can pay for. I work. I pay my bills. I'm not a burden on the state. I pay my taxes. So why can't I get an affordable option. Why are you against that?

Lynn Jenkins: A government-run program (laughs) is going to subsidize not only yours (laughs) but everybody in this room. So I'm not sure what we're talking about here. I think it comes down to the whole discussion of...

(The crowd erupts. At this point, it's safe to say even they aren't buying Jenkins position...)

Lynn Jenkins: OK folks. Let's be respectful. UH-OH (talking over crowd). We're gonna make time for everybody. We're gonna all listen to each other respectfully, even if we disagree. I think we can agree we need reforms, again it's just how we gonna do it. I believe people should be given the opportunity to take care of themselves with an advanceable tax credit to go be a grown-up and go buy the insurance.

 

Postscripts

To G. Gordon Liddy, who is a convicted felon,

I saw you on Hardball being interviewed by Chris Matthews. As someone who buys into this nonsense that the birthplace of where Obama was born is unproven and that he may not be a natural born citizen. When confronted with the evidence of the COLB, you then resorted to nitpicking. It says "Certificate of Live Birth" and not "Birth Certificate". Never mind that semantically the two mean the same thing or as Shakespeare had written "That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."*

The document lacks the name of the hospital he was born in or the name of the doctor that delivered him. The same information is also missing from the birth certificate I got from the state I reside in.

Perhaps not all states do not all share the same kind of information on the certificates that they issue. For example Barack Obama has on his birth certificate the time of day he was born and mine does not.

Furthermore, why can't anyone come with the real certificate as opposed to this obvious fraud. They should either put up or shut up.

You keep insisting that the preponderance of evidence" suggests that he is not a natural born American citizen and that all of evidence such as the certificate of live birth, the birth announcement published in the local Honolulu press and the statements of verification issued by Hawaiian state officials, are all irrelevant. The truth is the exact opposite. The preponderance of the evidence indicates that he is an American citizen.

You and the other birthers will just never be satisfied. This is because you are determined not to believe what you do not want to believe.

To William Crystal of the Weekly Standard,

I saw you on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart when you actually conceded that the US government is capable of overseeing a first rate health care system. The soldiers deserved it is your rationale. This is what people will remember. What a lot of people overlooked is the implication of that remark. You believe that health care is not a right of everyone, but rather veterans for there service. This was made more clear with that other remark that others should buy their own insurance. Bill, what about the forty six million plus who cannot afford to buy their own insurance. According to you, they do not deserve it? Do you by any chance believe in Social Darwinism? You know, "The survival of the fittest."*

*Despite common belief, this is a quote of Herbert Spencer, not Charles Darwin.

To Representative Todd Tiahrt (tee-hart) of Kansas (R),

Why does your name look like a typo? Is it because you do not have a real heart? That would certainly explain your votes against the SCHIP program for children and your opposition to health care reform.

To Representative Lynn Jenkins of Kansas (R),

Why isn't Elizabeth Small entitled to the same kind of insurance you receive which is in fact subsidized by the American taxpayers and is sheer socialism. Since you make more than she does, then why don't you just buy your own insurance and stop feeding off the public trough. (See A Town Hall Meeting in Kansas)

To Senator Max Baucus Of Montana (D),*

When are you going to wise up and realize that Senators Grassley and Enzi on that gang of six are not negotiating in good faith in regards to the health care reform legislation. The Republicans are out for blood and will not compromise. Give it up already.

*Since this has been written, Senator Baucus has expressed a willingness to pursue reform without Republican support.                      

To President Barack Obama (D),

Bipartisanship is fine in theory. What is needed for this to happen is for the other party to cooperate. Otherwise you are left dancing alone.

To Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma (R) who already has government supported health care*

Regarding your reply to that woman weeping and pleading for help for her husband with traumatic brain injury, are you serious? A health insurance company seeing no profit to be made have refused to cover her husband. Your response was to the effect that we "as neighbors" should help. It's like let us all just get together and raise the hundreds of thousands of dollars needed to help her out. He also said that you will help through your office. This was followed with the warning that the idea of government as a solution is inaccurate. Yeah right. The solution is big health insurance companies which is in it just for the money. They are only interested in those who are healthy. If you become too ill, you become a liability and must be discarded like garbage, which really defeats the purpose of insurance in the first place.

It has been said by many of your fellow conservatives that we as a nation have the best health care in the world. That is only true insofar as one can afford it. I know the rationing of health care is a concern of yours. Guess what? We already have the rationing of health care in this nation through big health insurance corporations. This is in part based on what the insurance has to pay that is not covered by that fine print. Preexisting conditions will leave you on your own and if they just get tired of paying your bills, they will throw you away like garbage. You need not worry about rationing under any government sponsored health care plan. It already exists under a different guise.

One of the highlights of the meeting was when Rick Sanchez, a reporter for CNN, nailed you with this response on the air,

"What's interesting about that is that Senator Coburn just essentially said the government is not the solution, but then you have to ask yourself. He just told her to come and see him, isn't he the government? By the way after helping her, what will he do about the other 46,999,999 who don't have insurance, and the thousands upon thousands of Americans who say they do have insurance but like her, they're not getting covered? We'll ask those questions."

In spite of what you think, it should be obvious that health care is a right for all Americans and should not be left in the care of big health insurance corporations.

*On 25 August 2009 Tom Coleman held a town meeting in Bristol Oklahoma.

To Senators Orrin Hatch of Utah (R) and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky (R),

Your statements that if Senator Kennedy had not had cancer and died, things would have been different in regards to health care reform is quite disingenuous. Even though you have been able to compromise with him on other issues, this has never been true on reforming the health care system. Did you  forget that he would not compromise in 1994. 

He would not have compromised on the public option this time and you along with your fellow Republican Senators would never support this option. Senator Kennedy has argued for a long time that health care was a right for all Americans; not just a privilege. By the way is this your way of blaming Democrats for the possible failure of health care reform?

To Rush Limbaugh,

I had read about one of your latest rants and I just have to wonder just how low can you go? But rather simply write about it, I will allow you to hang yourself with your own words.

"The Left is exploiting him – his death and his legacy – and they are going to do it, as predicted, to push health care through." Rush, the number one thing the late Senator Kennedy  would want as a legacy is health care reform. By pursuing it one would hardly be exploiting him, but rather be paying tribute to him. They are doing exactly he wanted to get done."... Everything they say is going to be predictable: 'let's put aside our differences for today and respect the great work and achievements of Sen. Kennedy.' I am going to vomit and puke all over everyone with this analysis today."

If you must vomit and puke, please try not to it on any innocent bystanders. That would really be disgusting.

 

To Senator Edward Moore Kennedy(D)

Goodbye and may you rest in peace.

"The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die."

Edward Moore Kennedy

(1932-2009)

 

 

                                       Glynn Braman

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