There’s No Free Lunch

  I saw an estimate in the trillions for “Medicare for All,” and it got me thinking about the humbug that passes for political discourse these days. I don’t care whether you’re a diehard conservative or a doctrinaire Socialist, you’ll probably agree there’s no free lunch. The government has to find money from somewhere to […]
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When People are Pawns

  America is losing its most precious asset – its humanity.  I used to think of Americans as generous, compassionate people. And I still see signs of these admirable traits. In the success of so many crowd funding projects, for example… In the open-handed response to the needs of children’s hospitals… In random tales of individual […]
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A Matter of Life or Death

As I remember it, Jamaica had public hospitals when I was growing up there. They weren’t fancy. But they were free. These hospitals were funded by the government – the British government because Jamaica was then a colony. And some of them dated from Queen Victoria’s time. I don’t think Queen Victoria was a “socialist,” do […]
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Perils of Privatization 3

My privatized health care adventure continues to befuddle me. One Home Care Solutions told me (at the last minute) on Friday evening they were not coming to administer my IV infusion, and referred me to Integrated Home Care Services. But Integrated now assures me One Home Care is responsible for my IV infusions under their contract with […]
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There will be blood

I predicted this would happen, I just didn’t know it would snowball so fast.  From before the election it was clear that Obama was going to win and that there was going to be a falling out in the GOP soon after… and it was never shaped to be pretty.  I just didn’t think it […]
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The Sick America that Conservatives Want

In the aftermath of the 2010 elections, America is getting a sample of the kind of society conservatives want to create. It is not a pretty picture. With the House of Representatives under Republican control, and many states with Republican governors and legislatures, a pattern is emerging that foreshadows the future we can expect if […]
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It’s True. We’re all Socialists Nowadays

An H.G. Wells character said it more than a century ago: “We’re all Socialists nowadays.” And he was right. Even back then, the vast majority of people in the civilized world believed in Socialism to some degree. And they still do. Yes, even Americans who recoil in horror at the label. To support my claim, […]
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Rope-a-Dopes

Methinks that Obama outmaneuvered and outflanked the republicants and their teapartymadhatters.  Reassessing the last few months, I think that Obama’s calmness and strategy have once again outsmarted the party of ‘No’. I’m starting to believe that the administration clearly planned a campaign based on the negative knee-jerk mentality of the madhatters.  He orchestrated the whole […]
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Not in my backyard

Was talking with my sister (she’s Canadian) the other day about the ‘Not in my backyard’ mentality of many people, not just Americans.  She was telling me about plans for alternative energy sources through windmills and how homeowners in an area slated for windmills were against the idea because it would bring their home prices […]
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