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Posted by dhpgetsit in General Discussion
Thu Mar 03rd 2011, 08:00 PM
I'm usually pretty mild mannered and respectful. Not one to cuss a lot.
Today I went off on someone in a long discussion:

Con trying to defend Walker and Grothman:
"What is has been doing is political favors to big corporate sponsors"

How is this different than democrats giving sweetheart pension and HC deals to unionized state employees?

Like we've agree to on here before....all special interests need to be removed from politics.


Me:
Unions work for working people like you and me. Unions are on our side. Their leadership is democratically elected by their members. Workers contracts are negotiated honestly in an open process. And you fuckin bastards disrespect teachers and firefighters and cops with your RW talking points like "sweetheart pension and HC deals"! These people will put their asses on the line to protect your fuckin business and property and try to give your brats a fuckin decent education!

HAVE A LITTLE DAMN RESPECT, ASSHOLE!


I've just had it with trying to be nice, sometimes. Listening to these people bash workers is like watching a gang of punks kicking an old lady in the teeth. I swear, I have had it!
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Posted by dhpgetsit in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Sep 15th 2009, 08:41 AM
The purpose of this tale is to illustrate that bacause hospitals can't just kick dying people out onto the curb when they arrive without cash, SOCIETY ultimately ends up paying for health care.
Why free market principles fail in the health care arena.

Joe Six-pack Is a healthy 25 year old starting his own business in landscaping. He has no dependants and sees no need to buy health insurance. He has just finished a very nice patio and gotten paid, so he grabs his camping and fishing gear and heads out of town. While rounding a bend in the highway, he runs over some debris in the road, has a blow-out, skids off the pavement, rolls his truck and slams into a tree. Someone calls 911 and an ambulance is dispatched. Joe Six-pack is rescued and taken to the emergency room. He is stabilized but his leg is badly broken and he has to remain in traction for 2 weeks.

Who pays for his medical bills? Because Joe Six-pack is unable to pay his bills, the hospital is forced to raise its rates. This means the insurance companies have to pay Joe Six-pack's medical bills. The insurance companies in turn have to raise their premiums in response.

Sally Six-pack is trying to work her way through college. She has health insurance through her employment, but she needs to pay half of the premiums. And thanks to Joe Six-pack, the premiums have gone up. She figures she will get a better job when she gets her degree so rather than pay the additional premiums, she drops the health care.

Thanks to Sally Six-pack the insurance company has lost some revenue. Realizing that raising premiums will probably cost them some more customers, they look for another way to preserve profits. They look for areas where they are losing money and they find Freddy Fifth. Freddy has recently been diagnosed with cancer and his radiation treatments and drugs are costing the insurance company a fortune. But Freddy failed to disclose the fact that he was treated with a prescription drug for acne as a teenager. So Freddy's insurance policy is canceled! High fives all around the insurance company board room!

Freddy quickly burns through his life savings and still needs more treatment, so who ends up paying for it?
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Posted by dhpgetsit in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Oct 25th 2008, 02:31 PM
If they did, they would get very few votes.

Cons have always been about concentrating wealth and power in the hands of a few elites. They think that stability and social order requires that.
That is why they always oppose a minimum wage.
That is why they always give tax breaks to the super wealthy investor class.

In order to get votes, they promote various social causes that they know certain people are very motivated to vote for. Abortion is one obvious example.

They also play on your fears in order to Con people into voting for them. They whip up fear of communism and terrorism. They subtly exploit racist and xenophobic fears.

There is nothing new about the way Cons operate. They have always been a part of society. During the American revolution, they were the loyalists.

Democracy is a liberal concept, and although Cons dare not mention it, democracy scares the hell out of them! That is why they are the ones trying to suppress the vote.
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Posted by dhpgetsit in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Oct 24th 2008, 02:12 AM
Election reform. No private companies get to count the vote on their proprietary machines again.

Build legislation to get corporate money and influence out of our government. Do not let them have any say in government policy.

Bust up the big corporations through the Sherman Antitrust Act.

Pry media (TV, Radio, and printed media) out of the hands of umbrella companies and make them truly indepandant and transparent.

Launch a program to build green energy infrastructure, similar to the CCC projects of the 30s.

Increase the minimum wage to at least $10/hr and tie it to inflation.

Single payer health care.

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