Posts Tagged ‘GOP’

The Tradition of Cannibalism

November 18, 2011

Here are some laughs to launch your weekend.  Cannibalism?  It most recently came to my mind with the inception of the Tea Party.  The GOP does not have the guts to offer solutions for the many ills that plague this country.  Instead, over the last three years, they have been trying their hardest to unseat President Obama.  Their mission has had but one goal: get that smart, charismatic, well-behaved, Peace Nobelist, black man out of the White House.  Predictably, the GOP has not embraced the more right-wing Tea Party, as they see the Teabaggers as an obstruction to regaining power.  I always knew that the GOP was capable of “eating their own” if it would aid the Republicans in winning more elections.

Thus, legislative battle after legislative battle we have seen the GOP unable to rein in the Tea Party.  Health care for everyone?   Higher taxes for the wealthiest 1% of Americans?  A fair policy towards immigrants?  A jobs bill that would help towards lowering our unemployment rate?  Nah.  These agenda items  (and mind you, these are only the tip of the iceberg) were all vetoed by the GOP simply to obstruct the President regardless of  the necessity and value in bettering our citizens.  Looming over us is yet another battle before year’s end to balance the budget.  Will this be the third or fourth attempt by our Congress to enact  legislation to keep the United States “in business?”  Without the support of the Tea Party votes, the GOP is dead in the water.  Our Congress, with a satisfaction rating of 9%, has no qualms about sacrificing our AAA bond rating for political muscle.   Total self-destruction.  Thus, my curiosity for political cannibalism.

THE CANNIBAL

A cannibal was walking through the jungle and came upon a restaurant operated by a fellow cannibal.
                                                   
Feeling somewhat hungry, he sat down and looked over the menu….

+Tourist:$5.00

+Broiled Missionary:$10.00

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Fried Explorer:$15.00

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Baked Democrat or Grilled Republican:$100.00

The cannibal called the waiter over and asked,
“Why such a high price for the politicians?”

The cook replied, “Have you ever tried to clean one?
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And then in quiet desperation, The GOP realized that it cannot rely on their mainstream, bread-and-butter platform because the Tea Party wanted to take the GOP’s agenda and make it even more conservative.  That would not do, as the Tea Party’s agenda would definitely cut into the GOP’s electoral base and in doing so, would endanger the election of Republicans.
At the end of it all, there is no love lost between the GOP and the Tea Party; their relationship is clearly an example of eating their own.  The Tea Party has rocked that proverbial boat of GOP ideology.  As I read the following funnie, I found some humor in the GOP’s exasperation with their fellow Republicans and the relationship of old, set-in-their-ways married people.
OLD LOVE
I was in my back yard trying to fly a kite.
I threw the kite up in the air, the wind would catch it for a few seconds, then it would come crashing back down to earth.
I tried this a few more times with no success.
All the while, my wife is watching from the kitchen window,
Muttering to herself how men need to be told how to do everything.
She opens the window and yelled to me,
‘You need a piece of tail.’
I turned with a confused look on my face and said,
‘Make up your mind. Last night, you told me to go fly a kite.’
And so as you enjoy the stories herein, you will probably agree that the connotations of cannibalism apply to our current political conundrum of eating our own, then spitting out the end result.  And what IS the end result of all of this monkey business?  Simply to  wind up where we started from with the same old problems unsolved.  With all of the political finagling who has the time and energy to get down to brass tacks?
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The Sick Status Quo

August 6, 2009

Just like in the case of Sarah Palin and her possible run for the Presidency, I will use the utmost ridicule and even scare tactics to prevent that scenario from happening.  Thus it is with the private medical insurers.  Lawmakers like Senators John Thune and Chuck Grassley have publicly stated that our health care “system” is  fine and effective just the way it is now.  What world are they living in?  The United States has now successfully duplicated the insidious class system of Great Britain.  If this situation is not reversed, what will follow will be serious civil and social unrest.  The gap between the haves and have-nots must be narrowed.  In terms of health care, the gap must be eliminated.  Please view this clip on United Healthcare:

Let me give another example of a corrupt medical insurer.  One of my dearest friends has a twenty year old son who was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes eight years ago.  His disease was a bear to stabilize, and only when he went on the insulin pump did his life resemble normalcy.  At any rate, about a year ago, my friend’s insurance changed.  The new plan covered the cost of the pump, but NOT the cost of the “wires” connecting the pump to her son’s body.  The insurance carrier deemed this connector to be  a “prosthetic”.  How could they in good conscience cover the pump, but not the integral parts necessary to use it?  Whatever benefits they gave with one hand, they took back with the other hand.  This is a common, deceitful practice among the private insurers.  And don’t tell me partial payment is better than none at all.  The parts necessary for the pump to work at all are hugely expensive, a cost my friend can not bear.

Moreover, those opposed to any reform in health care always cite the Lewin Group, supposedly an independent think tank, as a source of numbers validating whatever kind of health care system we have in existence today.  The Lewin Group is also against any proposal offered by the Obama administration.  Lo and behold!  Guess who is the main financial sponsor, the power behind the throne, of the Lewin Group?  United Healthcare!  The Lewin Group IS United Healthcare.  They are one and of the same.

Believe it or not, the bigger the lie the harder they fall for it.  As was the case with Hitler’s rise to power, as was the case with our unwarranted entry into the Iraq war and our ridiculous seven year destructive occupation of that country, we are being duped by the powers that be, i.e. the powers that want to sustain and maintain their own elitist positions.  Not only is our health care system insufficient and dishonest in covering those supposedly “insured”, but it also offers no coverage for the over 50 million uninsured individuals.  With health care costs climbing upwards of 30% a year, and the profits of private insurers mimicking those those costs (Isn’t it interesting how the insurers’ profits track the percentage of increase in costs?  Which came first, the chicken or the egg?), our current situation presents as  the perfect storm for a health care collapse which, in turn, could be the death knell for our economy and the United States as we know it.

Get on the bandwagon with President Obama.   He has gone back to his campaign strategy of implementing a grassroots approach to getting health care reform passed.  It is unfortunate that our President has to do this job himself, but just like the old saying, if you want something done right, do it yourself.  He is young, he is healthy and he is determined.  Please help him out here.  Call, write or email your representatives and senators.  Let them know the time for change is now and the status quo is not getting the job done.  Enough of the lies and cover-ups.  THIS is the time to fight back, to hit them hard, BEFORE any gross mistakes are made.  Do not assume the “Woe is me” position.  After the fact will be too late.   We have seen the future and it must not be a continuation of the present.

Ever Vigilant

July 12, 2009

It is high time for the United States of America to act on the inclusive directives of our Constitution rather than the exclusive  policies of our partisan lawmakers.  An ideological overhaul must precede any major policy alteration.  Therein lies the rub.

Once again, Frank Rich of the New York Times brings home the bacon.  His piece today is magnificent, saying perfectly what I have tried to say in drips and drabs.  The danger of Sarah Palin and her ilk is very simply, that she might one day actually become our President.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/12/opinion/12rich.html?_r=1

How can this possibly come about?  Sarah Palin’s popularity derives from and feeds on the anger, the ethos of the American people.  Their cultural character goes deep and especially in hard economic times,  will rear its ugly head in a backlash against perceived sinister forces, such as minorities, immigrants, the educated and a status quo that has shown some progressive growth .  Rich uses the words “resentment and victimization” to describe this head-in-the-hole attribute of Palin and what remains of the GOP.  Here is my favorite part:

That’s why Palin won’t go gently into the good night, much as some Republicans in Washington might wish. She is not just the party’s biggest star and most charismatic television performer; she is its only star and charismatic performer. Most important, she stands for a genuine movement: a dwindling white nonurban America that is aflame with grievances and awash in self-pity as the country hurtles into the 21st century and leaves it behind. Palin gives this movement a major party brand and political plausibility that its open-throated media auxiliary, exemplified by Glenn Beck, cannot. She loves the spotlight, can raise millions of dollars and has no discernible reason to go fishing now except for self-promotional photo ops.

The essence of Palinism is emotional, not ideological. Yes, she is of the religious right, even if she winks literally and figuratively at her own daughter’s flagrant disregard of abstinence and marriage. But family-values politics, now more devalued than the dollar by the philandering of ostentatiously Christian Republican politicians, can only take her so far. The real wave she’s riding is a loud, resonant surge of resentment and victimization that’s larger than issues like abortion and gay civil rights.

During the last week, I have done some serious thinking about the state of our economy, where we are coming from and where we are headed.  The Palin furor, wrapped up in its ignorance and repudiation of anything substantive and instead playing on the deep-seated fears of the American people, has only served to crystallize my thoughts.  My premise is that there are two issues that have historically dragged us down: foreign energy dependence and health care reform.  We are trying to repair those problems with an insufficient band-aid when a total re-design is needed.

President Obama knows these two problem areas are of the utmost importance and the bane of our very existence. However, along with the full plate he was handed on January 20th, 2009, these specific realignments take time.  I dearly hope that he realizes his words and theories will work if and only if he has the guts to truly re-vamp these problem areas, to “go deep” and actually alter attitudes, and not succumb to compromise, which will act like just a band- aid again.

First, we must minimize our dependence on foreign oil as totally as possible.  In a very unscientific manner, sort of like a mental monitoring, I have tracked the price of a barrel of oil and watched a definite correlation with economic weakness, individual, corporate and institutional financial hardship, and a significant decline in public confidence.  America must waste no more time in developing as much of an alternative energy program as possible.  Natural gas, solar, wind and even nuclear energy are there for the taking, if we so decide to actually spend the money.  These sources of power are within the borders of our own country.  In order to fully develop these possibilities though, we need to embrace a new mind set.  That is the difficult part.  Imported oil is poison for us.  Further, the jobs potentially created in establishing these alternative forms of energy would also provide new life for our nation.  Thus, we have a double, positive whammy that could inject new life in to our faltering, outmoded, wasteful downward spiral.

The second issue that likewise needs to be totally redesigned is our health care “system.”  As it stands now, the waste and corruption fueled by our patch, patch, patch strategy is a disaster in the waiting.  Over 50 million Americans have no health insurance at all, and of those that do, many are teetering on the brink  of being able to afford such coverage (i.e. health care should not be a contest between spending one’s money on insurance, medications, or food on the table).  How many more medical insurance company executives are going to have to go public about the greed, corruption, and illegal refusals to honor their policies before we realize that what we have is just a facade of benefits for a wisp of a population?

Our current health care quagmire is very complicated and each new option carries with it a domino effect.  The answer is simply not just reducing doctors’ and hospitals’ fees; that by itself would serve only to create an exodus of qualified professionals and much needed points of service.  Rather, health care professionals and patients need to be re-educated about the benefits/costs relationship.  “If you build it, they will come” might be a good description of a ball field, but certainly not of a health care system.  Just because we have the existence of, for example, MRI’s, does not mean that physicians must prescribe such tests across the board.  Of course, their intention is to avoid any liability punishment.  It is defensive medicine.  So the domino continues to roll: until we have reform in the area of medical liability, we can not realistically expect the caregivers to become more prudent in their requests for more, often unnecessary, testing.  Thus, the waste inherent in our current program will continue to grow.  And so on and so forth.

This piecemeal approach to health care will not be changed by the current proposals in front of Congress.  Nothing less than a major overhaul will suffice to provide all Americans with decent health care.  Universal, mandatory, single payer health care is really what is called for.  Yet, I would settle for a “babying-in” of such policies at this point, in which case we must offer a public option.  Americans must be realistic as well; it would be foolish to expect the Cadillac of health care coverage on a minuscule budget.  That is just not going to happen because it would seal the fate of  financially burdened businesses and government.  If people want fantastic benefits, they will have to pay fantastic premiums.  If they so desire overall coverage for for the cheapest cost, they are going to have to realize that restrictions and yes, even rationing, will be the the order of the day.  We are at a crossroads now, and while it is imperative to adequately and fairly cover all citizens, that notion must be tempered with the  reality of overuse, abuse, expectations and entitlement.  Once again, a mind set change is called for.

Yes, under President Obama’s leadership, we have avoided total financial collapse.  Is this the best we can hope for? Or can we also better our future outlook?  Optimistically, we are on a corrective path.  However, these major changes take a lot of time.  Paul Krugman has been hollering for quite a while now that the stimulus will not be enough to recoup our sure economic footing.  We need more.  Granted: only 10% of the $700 billion designated as stimulus funds has been spent.  Of course, capital projects such as road building and major infrastructure improvements take a considerable chunk of time to implement.  So is the rehabilitation and renovation of our economy stymied by the typical American trait of a lack of patience, or a lack of new, viable policies?  Will we settle once again for the band-aid approach or have the courage of our convictions to alter our attitude and thereby update our American world?

If we truly want to alter our past policies, we need to admit and then restructure  our energy policy and health care coverage and delivery system.  The first step would be to acknowledge the ethical and moral void that permeates our system of government and private enterprise.  Democracy is a funny thing: while providing for freedom and justice, it also allows for capitalistic corruption.  There  exists a fine line between total economic freedom and abuse.  President Obama is on the right track, but a new mind set regarding our needs and wants versus their cost must be squarely faced.  Whether our present economic lethargy is due to just a factor of time or real, long-term faults in the system is moot.  We must initiate corrective policies with the underlying emphasis being on a more equitable system of values.

This is the point where Sarah Palin and the GOP fall flat on their faces.  They have no regard for all the people.  Instead, they think every American should be on their own and not at all reliant on any government assistance.  Those that can afford necessities will receive them and those that can not, will not.  Less government, more for the top 5% of the population.  Instilling fear and prejudice against the have nots is one way to ensure the continuation of this dominance.

As my husband wisely warned our children upon Barack Obama’s election, “You must continue to be vigilant lest we have another Bush.”  The fight goes on, for Sarah Palin could well be our next Bush.  There will always be another scoundrel waiting in the wings, draped in self-righteous, hypocritical, blind faithfulness expected from the general population but not from himself.  We need President Obama to do more than just lay the groundwork, both ideological and actual, for drastic policy change; he must get the job done.  There is little distinction between capitalism’s well-intended aims and its discriminatory, selfish, often destructive ends.  The same holds true for democracy.  That is why we must pursue significant, meaningful and long-term policy changes at this time.   Our constitutional ideals and timbre of our society can be protected only if our policy implementations take precedence over our  leaders’ selfish ambitions our own personal agendas.

So my loyal readers, consider me vigilant.  I will continue the fight for what is good, right and just for the sake of my children and future generations.  If I do not pursue these lofty aims, I might as well just up and join the GOP.  And the American people will maybe get what they deserve: President Sarah Palin.

Rx For Reform: The Health Care Balancing Act

July 7, 2009

Let me finally get down to some of the issues involved in health care.  This piece will not be a treatise on the nuts and bolts of the variously proposed facts and figures.  I will leave that to the policy wonks.  Rather, I will, through my experience as a consumer of health care in our country, an insurance policyholder and an employee in a medical office for over 25 years, attempt to give an overview of the changes we need to provide health care worthy of our nation’s ideals.  Keep in mind that my recurring theme has always been a fair, just and ethical government, no matter what specific issue is at hand.  First I will address the process of designing this system, the political and financial mechanics.  Then I will deal with some basic principles that are a “must” for our health care to be effective and relevant.  And finally, I have to mention some of my own pet peeves.

I understand President Obama’s focused aim to get this health care policy from the Congress, rather than from his own office; the mandate would be larger and more meaningful.  The Clinton’s health care initiative came from the White House, and was slammed down from the get-go.  However, our President  must be careful about certain procedures.  First, as soon as Al Franken is seated as the junior senator from Minnesota, there will be a filibuster-proof Democratic majority in the Senate.  I urge him to rely on that majority and not waste time and effort on coaxing the GOP to add their line items.  That would be a fruitless course.  The Republicans simply say “No” to all bipartisan proposals because their only game plan is to destroy the party in power.  Secondly, it will be important for President Obama to stand firm on the specifics of the policy once they are laid out.  If he chooses to dilute the policy and introduce drastic changes in the spirit of bipartisanship, consensus and compromise, he might then lose some of his initial supporters who would correctly view the altered policy as totally different from the one they supported at the beginning.  So I urge our President to listen to all reasonable ideas, work through them while trying to overcome the opposition’s destructive tendencies, and then go with what makes the most sense in terms of coverage and costs.  Content and substance should have a higher priority than speed, although history had shown that a new President will never have as much power as he has in his first year in office.  So President Obama is faced with yet another careful balancing act.  Under no circumstances should the GOP and, I might add, rogue Democrat lawmakers looking out for their own personal electoral popularity and rewards from health care lobbies , be allowed to high-jack a national health care coverage program.

It is high time for the United States to have mandatory, universal health care coverage for all of our citizens.  We are the only industrialized nation in the world which offers no such program.  It is a blight on our reputation as a fair democracy and outright neglect on behalf of our citizens.  We have never had a health care “system”; rather, medical coverage has been a slapped together, change-the-rules-in-the-middle, cover-your-ass hodgepodge of exclusionary, discriminatory, greedy and vengeful non-policies.  The time is now and President Obama must be very firm about his leadership goals.

There are a number of aspects that must be included in any viable, beneficial health plan.  To begin with I am of the mind that supports a public option.  In my more volatile moments, I tend to back a single payer system.  Knowing that that will never happen at this time, I believe that the public option is a necessity for a successful program.  Why, you might ask?  As directly as I can state, there must be the public option in order to keep the private insurers honest.  The private insurers are greedy and  dishonest about paying for one’s designated benefits and ignorant about what health care delivery signifies.  They think that health care delivery is keeping as much money as possible for themselves.  They are not interested in positive health outcomes for their policyholders.  Their overriding concern over and above all else is their bottom line.  These private entities are in no way, shape or form health care insurers; they are simply loss minimizers.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/29/opinion/29mon1.html?_r=1

Yes, we do need competition to ensure that medical care gets delivered as promised.  The public option would also help reign in the waste inherent in our current jumble of services rendered.  Our Medicare system is the largest health insurer in the world and overall, it has been quite successful, both in the medical care it provides and cost containment.  There is a term that Medicare uses as the holy grail of their coverage: adjusted average per capita cost (AAPCC rate).  This figure is computed for every county and/or zip code in the nation.  Medicare knows exactly how much health care will cost any citizen at any given age in every county in America.  There are pockets of very successful, cost-effective  health plans throughout our country and then there are other pockets of wasteful yet restrictive plans.

Before we can morph into a single payer program, we need to test the waters.  Why not set up some regional plans, using the AAPCC information, and actually see if such a proposal has legs?  Americans will have to make compromises.  Perhaps higher taxes are in the future picture to help defray the costs of health care.  Rationing will occur to a certain extent.  However, with all the waste in our current model, it will not be as bad or inflammatory as the opposition politicians would like us to believe.  Here is an interesting article on rationing:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/25/AR2009062503360.html

Furthermore, the health care “system” that is in place now is like throwing good money after bad.  Reform will be expensive, but hopefully,  more financially streamlined, democratic and beneficial.  We certainly can not continue on the doomed path of wasteful care and overwhelming costs we are on now.  Our consumption of health care must be tempered with, on the part of patients and care givers, a reasonable allowance and realistic expectations.  The takers must also be the givers:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/07/opinion/07tue1.html

Regarding cost-containment vis-a-vis rationing, hospitals will also have to bite the bullet.  Don’t kid yourself by the designation “non-profit organization”, which many hospitals embrace.  In my county, the non-profit status of our hospital system pays its chief executives well into the seven figure range, similar to the exorbitant wages earned by our health insurance companies.  Of course, if I charged $10 for an aspirin or $20 for a sanitary napkin, I too would be pulling down a one million dollar salary.  So there is going to have to be a careful balancing act on all sides: the patients, the caregivers, the insurance companies and the associated sideline enterprises such as malpractice insurers and drug companies.  We are all in this together and every single one of us must make sacrifices.

Our expectations must be tempered.  For example, regarding liability insurance for physicians, there needs to be a state cap on damages, such as we have here in Virginia.  I am well aware that some medical malpractice is real and murderous.  However, frivolous litigation should not be rewarded by huge, punitive payments based on purely emotional reactions.  Until the cost of liability insurance comes down to reasonable levels (which can happen only if caps are put in place for damages), physicians will be scrambling to cover those costs, sometimes in gluttonous and greedy ways.

Which brings me to my most strongly held pet peeve: the minimization of our physicians by referring to them as “health care providers.”  The title “Doctor” has been conveniently removed from their names, as if by omitting their title not only would their personal value be minimized, but also their professional worth.  Does this invalidation mean that health costs would also diminish?  I think not.  Our physicians spend close to ten years in post college education and spend around $200,000 just for medical school.  Unless a person has enlisted in the military to cover their education, no one, absolutely NO ONE, contributes to their medical education besides themselves and perhaps their parents. So yes, you damn well better call your health care provider by his or her  well-earned title of Doctor.

In the New York Times, David Brooks said it all:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/07/opinion/07brooks.html?_r=1

Our search for dignity, morality and everything that should be sacred to us, like children, is embodied in this attempt at providing health care for all Americans.  Can we pull it off effectively and cost-consciously, or will it be yet another victory for the haves and to hell with the have-nots?  As usual, my opinion on health care is couched, like everything else I write, in the hope for a just and moral benevolence for all Americans.  In our quest for universal medical coverage, and as it should be in government, politics and life, we have the best possible man on the job.  President Obama’s temperament, intellect and moral demeanor is just what the doctor ordered.  President Obama needs to rely on himself, his instincts, his character.  I know I do.

No to Negativity

June 13, 2009

You can’t win for losing.  In order for good things to happen, we all must first acknowledge that the capacity for good exists.  That is not an option for many people in our world who have negative outlooks and will never, ever change their take.

I publish some of my posts on Daily KOS and the comments from “Lefties” are rife with negativity — on everything.  They just tear down everything in one fell swoop; they allow no room for a somewhat rosier outlook or even consideration of a partial solution to our many problems.  President Obama usually takes the fire first hand, no matter what the topic or policy is.

No less harmful, this negativity is also embraced by the Republicans, Conservatives, right-wingers, whatever you choose to call them.  In the midst of an economic meltdown, a war on ethics, environmental disaster in the making, international nuclear proliferation on the verge of unthinkable explosion, continued global terrorism and our very own homegrown war of hate here in America (How’s that for negativity?), the GOP has sat pat, offered no new ideas or solutions to these problems and then had the gall to criticize our President for any successes he may have accomplished.  For them to label the President a “Socialist” but not combine  that attack with any answers of their own is self-defeatist and void of any positive outcome.  Regarding President Obama’s economic policies, which have given our financial institutions a “save” from the brink of disaster, Steven Pearlstein of the Washington Post writes :

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/11/AR2009061104224.html?wprss=rss_business

The right and the left can only tear down; they are incapable of building up.  The outcome is that the people they were elected to represent get squat, all for the sake of destruction, rather than construction.

Within a larger context, moving from the constant criticism of policy to its natural outgrowth of hate in general, Paul Krugman writes  in the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/12/opinion/12krugman.html

Krugman’s premise of hate bubbling to the surface in America is what really scares me.  Remember: the Nazis came into power in the 1920’s and 1930’s as a result of economic hardship.  Their extreme hatred, which translated into the slaughter of  millions and millions of people, was a response to the helplessness and hopelessness sweeping their country.  So the Nazis, embracing their hatred as a cure-all for their misery, lashed out at a group of people who they thought were responsible for all of the negative circumstances.

The Nazis’ premise of misguided blame stemmed from a depressed economy, fueled by the need for social retaliation and spread far and wide to create scapegoating and murder.  I fear that continued negativity coupled with hard times is an incubator for hate crimes, turmoil and social unrest.  The Conservatives and the Lefties are walking a very dangerous line by dwelling on only the bad things and not recognizing when and where progress has been made.  Their steady attention to hardship and hard times serves to add more fuel to the already raging fire.  Their lack of any alternative antidotes to Obama’s policies further increase the anger and social instability.  On a deeper level, our country must act swiftly, decisively and harshly against any hate crime, such as those based on race, religion and sexual orientation.  It is time to raise the standard for decent behavior, and back that up by setting the example by punishing those people who carry out such heinous crimes.

What do you think is going on in Iran today, even as we speak?  Yup: they are following an example of positivity, of hope.  They are holding national elections for their top civilian post.  The incumbent, Ahmadinejad,  looks like he might have to cede power to Mousavi.  Keep  in mind though, that there are four candidates in the running, so that a run-off looks probable.  At any rate, what the Iranians want is what we have: hope in the face of change.  President Obama, against all the odds that are stacked against him, has maintained that positive outlook, that constructive position, that underlying  approach that embodies rewards, results and effectiveness.  Can sanity be infecting the world?  Progress, whether it be political, economic or social, is contagious.  Is it not more beneficial to have a positive outlook than an overriding negative mindset?

Mind you, I am not that naive that I believe  looking at the world through rose colored glasses is the answer.  Certainly not: solutions to issues must be prefaced by plain old hard work, innovation and the willingness to take risks.  The GOP has so far been unable to muster up enough guts to partake in these three necessities for progress.  Unfortunately, this behavior (or lack thereof) has not only created an ideological vacuum, but also has fertilized the ground for extremist behavior to succeed.  This is not playing politics; it has turned into murder and mayhem.

I encourage each individual, each community, each society, each nation, to recognize accomplishments that are on the side of moderation, to give our President a chance to get the work done.  His intentions are honorable, and even a partial success in various areas is a victory for all of us.  What WILL NOT work, and certainly WILL prevent,  the promotion of our general well-being, is the constant attention given to the negative side of things.  It is poison.  Negativity fosters negativity, which in turn, breeds plain old hatred.

Weekend Wackos

March 28, 2009

Let’s hear it for those wacky, wily and widiculous Republicans.  They want to return to power so badly that they present empty (literally) political ploys which have translated into twisted rationalizations and ended up as mere delusions.  But hey!  President Bush, at the height of his unpopularity, still scored favorable ratings of around 25%.  New York’s Governor Paterson recently posted a 19% favorable rating.  So it appears that even in the worst of times, at the nadir of public servants’ performance records, about a quarter of Americans are still supportive of incompetence, mismanagement and laziness.  And the GOP is thrilled with that.

Michael Steele, head of the GOP, put forth that his gaffes are actually carefully planned strategies, not incidental, but totally purposeful.  I do not believe this for a minute:

http://blow.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/28/steele-ridiculous/

Can you imagine if Steele was ever elected President, and committed some atrocious act of policy and then came back and said, “I was only testing the waters”?  Yikes!  He may be able to fool himself, but he dare not throw that baloney at me for even one second.

Perhaps the piece de resistance is the budget the GOP brought forth.  It included very few actual numbers, but instead, was an 18 page whatever, a pledge to Republican principles without any numbers.  No numbers in a budget?  Eighteen pages to describe the largest budget in the world?  Am I missing something here?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/26/AR2009032603694.html?sub=AR

So welcome to our world, where 25% of us will always be there for the nothingness that passes as leadership and government.

POSTSCRIPT

Lookee what I found: