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No Obamacare for Obama Score: More about Printer Friendly Send to a Friend Save as PDF

Democrats exempt themselves from socialist medicine

President Obama declared that the new health care law "is going to be affecting every American family." Except his own, of course.

The new health care law exempts the president from having to participate in it. Leadership and committee staffers in the House and Senate who wrote the bill are exempted as well. A weasel-worded definition of "staff" includes only the members' personal staff in the new system; the committee staff that drafted the legislation opted themselves out. Because they were more familiar with the contents of the law than anyone in the country, it says a lot that they carved out their own special loophole. Anyway, the law is intended to affect "ordinary Americans," according to Vice President Joe Biden (who - being a heartbeat away from the presidency - also is not covered), not Washington insiders.

Mr. Obama frequently tossed around the talking point that the new law gave people the same type of coverage as Congress enjoyed. In his March 20 health care pep talk to wavering Democrats on Capitol Hill, the president said one of the advantages of the health care legislation was that "people will have choice and competition just like members of Congress have choice and competition." At yesterday's signing ceremony, Mr. Obama said Americans will be "part of a big pool, just like federal employees are part of a big pool. They'll have the same choice of private health insurance that members of Congress get for themselves." But the American people will have a public pool; the executive branch and congressional staffers kept their country-club pool private.

Last year, Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, spearheaded efforts to have all Americans included in the plan, but he ran into heavy opposition from unions representing federal workers - the same unions that were pro-Obamacare stalwarts. In September, the Senate approved a scaled-down amendment that covered members of Congress and their staff. When this provision later emerged from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office, the leadership and committee staff loophole had appeared. A move in December by Mr. Grassley and Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, to close this loophole and to extend the law to senior members of the executive branch - including the president, vice president and Cabinet members - was blocked by Senate Democratic leaders.

Mr. Grassley has introduced an amendment to the Senate health care reconciliation bill that also will apply the law to the upper tier of the executive branch and all Capitol Hill staffers, but it remains to be seen whether Democrats will let this measure move forward.

The special exemptions slipped into the health care law are another example of how those statists who rule consider themselves a privileged class, imposing burdens on the country that they will not accept themselves. Candidates for office in 2010 should pledge to close these and other loopholes in the law that impose unequal burdens and create exclusive privileged classes in America. Meanwhile, we await Mr. Obama's explanation why if his "historic" health care law is so great for America, it's not good enough for him and his family.


Posted by Southern on Sunday, April 04, 2010 @ 02:29:17 EDT (613 reads) 

The Truth May Inconvenience Our Perceptions Score: More about Printer Friendly Send to a Friend Save as PDF Read More...
Arlington National Cemetery: Confederate Memorial

source: Flickr: Arlington National Cemetery: Confederate Memorial

Wayne Carlson

Our perceptions, whether they are accurate or false, necessarily influence those relational realities that exist in any society, at any given time. If for example, most people accept the proposition that only a Democrat, or a Republican can be elected to the U.S. Presidency, it becomes a self- fulfilling prophecy by excluding our serious consideration of any alternative candidates. Such a perception leads us to the usual “ho-hum” attitude we see when national debates exclude potential challengers, and media coverage offers them only token recognition and exposure to the voting public. This practice should be perceived for what it is, a grave threat to true representative government in this country, but where is the public outcry?

As serious as this problem is, and hoping at another time to expose the “fixed” nature of this corrupt political practice, I prefer today, to expose another misperception that has become ingrained in a sizable portion of the public conscience that threatens our ability to live in peace and social harmony with one another, especially here in the South. It is the perception that our biracial (and increasingly multiracial) society can only be understood from the historical context of white “oppressors” on the one hand, and black “victims” on the other. This widely held perception, reinforced in our educational institutions, and encouraged in the media, is a perfect formula for racial division and discord.

The histories of blacks and whites in the South are too often viewed separately, or compartmentally, rather than collectively, as members of a vast Southern society. Noted Southern historian, C. Vann Woodward, has remarked that blacks and whites “have shaped each other’s destinies, determined each other’s isolation, shared and molded a common culture. It is, in fact, impossible to imagine the one without the other and quite futile to try.” So why do we try? The attempt to view them separately, and in such stark contrast has led to several racial realities that hold little hope of truly making us one happily united people. In fact, many people appear afraid to even acknowledge, much less discuss some of these realities. For example, the inculcation of white “guilt” has led to an acceptance of an array of social programs, entitlements, and judicial, legislative, or executive actions that discriminate on the basis of race in the name of racial justice. Conversely, the cult of black “victimization” has led to varying levels of black hostility, suspicion, and resentment that can be seen in the misdirected attacks on the best known symbols of Southern history like the “starry cross” of St. Andrew (Confederate Flag), or anything else their cultish leaders deem “offensive” and “a painful reminder of slavery.”

If racial harmony is really the goal, then I suggest that current trends and our present social reality demonstrably proves that we are going in the wrong direction and that we need to re-examine what we are doing. In light of what I see as the ridiculous attacks on what is viewed as an exclusively “white” Confederate, or Southern past, perhaps a good place to start would be to challenge this notion that white and black Southerners have always lived in disharmony and antagonism, and cannot come together by embracing all that has been good in their shared history.

Posted by Southern on Saturday, March 20, 2010 @ 01:59:22 EDT (846 reads) 

American Heritage- KKK Lynching (killing) Republicans Score: More about Printer Friendly Send to a Friend Save as PDF
Posted by Southern on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 19:45:36 EDT (723 reads) 

The Reagan/Obama Debate Score: More about Printer Friendly Send to a Friend Save as PDF

A study in contrasting political philosophies.


Posted by Southern on Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 16:44:21 EST (679 reads) 

This year, US public debt could reach end game Score: More about Printer Friendly Send to a Friend Save as PDF Read More...

Maurizio d'Orlando


Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke issues the warning. Asian nations, China and India first, are no longer willing to purchase securities issued by the US Treasury, which this year has about US$ two trillion short-term debt to refinance. Beijing is buying gold instead.


For at least four years, AsiaNews has sounded the alarm bells against the risks due to the huge size reached by speculative finance[1]. In 2008, we said that the attempt to save US banks could push the US debt beyond the point of solvency (see Maurizio d’Orlando, “US debt approaches insolvency . . .,” in AsiaNews 19 December 2008)[2]. Back them it could appear a bit overblown, but now even US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S Bernanke is warning the US Congress about the danger. In a statement before the House Financial Services Committee,[3] he said that the US public debt might no longer be sustainable very soon. Financial jargon aside, the subtitle of an article by The Washington Times—Stage is set in U.S. for a Greek tragedy—says it all. Interviewed for the article, Bernanke says the United States is likely to face a debt crisis like the one in Greece sooner than later, “not something that is 10 years away”.

In 2008, the size of the debt was such that it was quite clear that it was not sustainable. Now we have a timeframe to measure the likelihood of insolvency for the US public debt, and it is this year. The reason for that is described in an article whose title needs no explanation: “The bankruptcy of the United States is now certain”.[4]

The abyss of debt

By the end of 2010, the US Treasury will have to refinance US$ 2 trillion in short-term debt, plus additional deficit spending for this year, estimated to be around US$ 1.5 trillion (US$ 1.6 trillion today two months after the original article was published). Together, the US Treasury will need to borrow US$ 3.5 trillion (US$ 3.6 according to this writer) in just one year.

In 1999, two well-known economists—Alan Greenspan and Pablo Guidotti—published a formula in an academic paper. Kept secret for a long time, it is designed to predict with precision when a country’s public debt will lead it to be insolvent. Called the Greenspan-Guidotti rule, it says that to avoid a default, countries should maintain hard currency reserves equal to at least 100 per cent of their short-term foreign debt maturities.

Posted by Southern on Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 16:36:19 EST (763 reads) 

The Chemist's War Score: More about Printer Friendly Send to a Friend Save as PDF Read More...

The little-told story of how the U.S. government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition with deadly consequences.

Deborah Blum


Detroit police inspecting a clandestine underground brewery during Prohibition.

It was Christmas Eve 1926, the streets aglitter with snow and lights, when the man afraid of Santa Claus stumbled into the emergency room at New York City's Bellevue Hospital. He was flushed, gasping with fear: Santa Claus, he kept telling the nurses, was just behind him, wielding a baseball bat.

Before hospital staff realized how sick he was—the alcohol-induced hallucination was just a symptom—the man died. So did another holiday partygoer. And another. As dusk fell on Christmas, the hospital staff tallied up more than 60 people made desperately ill by alcohol and eight dead from it. Within the next two days, yet another 23 people died in the city from celebrating the season.

Doctors were accustomed to alcohol poisoning by then, the routine of life in the Prohibition era. The bootlegged whiskies and so-called gins often made people sick. The liquor produced in hidden stills frequently came tainted with metals and other impurities. But this outbreak was bizarrely different. The deaths, as investigators would shortly realize, came courtesy of the U.S. government.

Frustrated that people continued to consume so much alcohol even after it was banned, federal officials had decided to try a different kind of enforcement. They ordered the poisoning of industrial alcohols manufactured in the United States, products regularly stolen by bootleggers and resold as drinkable spirits. The idea was to scare people into giving up illicit drinking. Instead, by the time Prohibition ended in 1933, the federal poisoning program, by some estimates, had killed at least 10,000 people.

Posted by Southern on Friday, February 26, 2010 @ 23:00:11 EST (1000 reads) 

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