I think what we all need to do when it comes to our reactions to the Affordable Care Act (I refuse to call it "Obamacare") is realize we have NO IDEA what it's like for the rest of us out there. I've made mention of this in various other posts on this site, but, in this age of social media, we as a society have forgotten the "We" and tend to focus solely on the "Me." Personally, I couldn't give a crap about the government dipping its hand into my paycheck if it means someone else gets to eat a much-needed meal or get some much-needed medicine. I have a wife and a baby and a dog, and this economy is tough on us all, but it's tougher for our fellow citizens who don't have a job, are on welfare, are disabled, etc.
The truth is that the system is severely damaged and in need of repair. Is the Affordable Care Act the answer? No, but it's AN answer, which is better than nothing. We all have to stop, sit back, and realize that something needs to change before this ship sinks. We're taking in too much water as it is; it's time to start with some long-term repairs. If the Affordable Care Act fails, so be it, but it could bring about something even better, and we need to stay positive and look forward to that day.
Can't we all just get along?
As the rich get richer and the poor get poorer there is a rise in the rental of anything of value one might own. A second car? Your apartment for a weekend your away? Your riding lawn mower. Put it on the net for rent for cash.
Anything for some extra scratch to get by. This is getting sad, folks.
Joe Scarborough, morning talk-show host and former Republican Congressperson, has released a book in a media blitz that is timed to try to influence the 2016 presidential elections. The book is called:
“The Right Path: From Ike to Reagan, How Republicans Once Mastered Politics--and Can Again,”
The gist? "We can win again and we will. And we can do it by following the right paths of Ronald Reagan and Dwight Eisenhower. We can do it by fighting for the core principles of conservatism and emphasizing those values that most Americans agree with. There will also be times when we will follow the lead of Reagan and Eisenhower by putting principled pragmatism before ideological battles that will undermine our ability to win elections, elect majorities, and take back control of the White House."
The air goes right out of his prognostication with the election of Chris Christy and the inevitable comparisons between a moderate Republican an a centrist Democrat. Christy gets crushed by the colored ascendency (Black, brown, yellow, whatever, the whole rainbow knows whose side their bread is buttered on) by 30 points in the polls if the election were held today. He offends the purist Right-wing Kingmakers.
With Republicans efforts to stop colored people (and their children who come of age) from voting and stopping immigration reform it is insuring their own defeat. I, for one, urge them on to greater and greater heights of rigid ideology as they fossilize in their rockers listening to Rush Limbaugh.
Look for Hillary Clinton to stomp any sacrificial offering put on the Republican altar. The saddest fact? It won't make any difference to working class American who gets elected, or environmentalists, or gun-control advocates, or doves, or anybody with an intelligent brain. Sorry Hillary, don't hit your head too hard on the glass ceiling.
The dysfunctional Congress is, er, disturbing (since we are toning down our speech per the mod.) What is even more frightening is that there is very little difference between old-line mainstream Republicans and and old-line mainstream Democrats. That used to be the core of our political sysytem and the core of our problem. No meaningful choices.
Well, that pat little theory got blown out of the water! The Republicans have now gone far to the right and dragged the traditional leadership behind them to ruin. The Democrats are timidly standing behind the president without much enthusiasm.
What should be Obama's crowning achievement has turned into a high-tech quagmire that will eventually be fixed. The Congress, probably not. And that is more frightening than the whole health care crisis. The strangest thing? One of the longest bull markets ever under a Democrat.
See my following post.
in my earlier post I did not say,or intend to imply, that I hope Obamacare fails, or should be repealed, or that everyone does not deserve health-care, not in the least. It was only meant to show the frustration that most Americans feel about the total dysfunction going on in Washigton has been going on for years.
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take the personal stuff offline.
Reasonable people differ as to how to frame an issue or define a problem, and what they see as the appropriate way to address the matter. If you go around blasting or sneering at everyone who sees things differently from you, it's bad for the vibe, bad for the dialogue, and bad for getting things done, because it rapidly devolves into who's got the biggest and noisiest mob and that's where the energy goes.
This is not the venue. Please. Thank you.
sorry anna, quess you are one of the poor souls who need health care, maybe in a decade or more I might need it and when I do I will pay for it, but the government ain't gonna tell me to do it cause you need health insurance.
please tone down the abusive language and name-calling. People of good will can and do differ profoundly, and if we cannot respect that here, it's time to give up.
i agree with you anna, regarding healthcare.
and others... please think of the sentiment and concern being expressed here, not necessarily the approach and language used.