The affordable care act has turned out to be fairly unaffordable for most, sadly. Corrupt insurance companies and insanely priced medical schooling costs continue to make the price of healthcare ridiculous in the US. Employers can't afford what the insurance companies are dishing out.
An animated, easy to understand,
comparison of spending in the United States.
Those that do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
The wealthy corporatists in power want the religious community to believe that they must side with them, in order to side with their faith.
And they've always used abortion as a tactic to do this. But the reality is this: Have Republicans ever repealed Roe V Wade? Nope. And they never will. They would lose a huge part of the independent vote. So they won't. But dangling that carrot on a stick is how they get non-wealthy conservatives to back their anti-working class agenda.
But make no mistake, Corporatists could care less about anyone's faith or family values. They value only one thing: money. Their OWN. They are not going to give you a job, or a break because you work hard or because you vote for them. They are more likely to outsource your job overseas, actually, so they can make more money for themselves.
They just don't want you to show up at the capital protesting, so they throw in the conservative values thing, to keep working class conservatives quiet. Unfortunately, I think it will take some serious, hurtful disparity before conservative working families wise up.
This is not about ideology. It is about money and power. The Corporatists (which also include Democrats) figure that by dividing the non-wealthy people into ideological camps: Liberal vs. Conservative, that we will be too busy fighting each other, to realize they have robbed us blind.
from the page: "It ended on this day: August 5th, 1981."
Beginning on this date, 30 years ago, Big Business and the Right Wing decided to "go for it" -- to see if they could actually destroy the middle class so that they could become richer themselves.
And they've succeeded.
* The super-rich will make more, much much more, and the rest of you will scramble for the crumbs that are left.
* Everyone must work! Mom, Dad, the teenagers in the house! Dad, you work a second job! Kids, here's your latch-key! Your parents might be home in time to put you to bed.
* 50 million of you must go without health insurance! And health insurance companies: you go ahead and decide who you want to help -- or not.
* Unions are evil! You will not belong to a union! You do not need an advocate! Shut up and get back to work! No, you can't leave now, we're not done. Your kids can make their own dinner.
* You want to go to college? No problem -- just sign here and be in hock to a bank for the next 20 years!
* What's "a raise"? Get back to work and shut up!
This video from Boston Legal was posted by a Ron Paul supporter on YouTube. While I'm not a Ron Paul fan, this video still makes a very interesting point.
Thoughts about the media and art. Check out the site http://www.droppingknowledge.org
for more thought provoking questions.
A Testament to the Subjectivity of Art
From the Page: Art Society Times posted by Greg Ross on June 10th, 2009; Excerpts from the reviews of James William Davison, music editor of the London Times from 1846 to 1878
Perhaps a more overrated man never existed than this same Schubert.
Schumann is the very opposite of good.
We should rather be inclined to class Berlioz a daring lunatic than as a sound, healthy musician.
Never was a writer of operas so destitute of real invention, so destitute in power or so wanting in the musicians skill as Verdi.
The entire works of Chopin present a motley surface of ranting hyperbole and excruciating cacophony.
Wagner is such queer stuff that criticism would be thrown away upon it.
He who imagines that, at any time within the last half century Franz Liszt was a musical composer must entertain either very odd notions of art or must be, qua music, an absolute ignoramus
In the end, a critique means nothing to anyone except the critic. You cannot take anyone's word that you will experience the art similarly. Just think of what the poor souls who read and abided by the above reviews missed. It is a good thing the artists, themselves, did not take the comments to heart.
A moving tribute to those lost in the tragedy of 9-11 and their families. The song is beautifully composed and an eloquent, poignant expression of the universal experience of grief. I am certain that this is a man who has experienced some grief in his life.
This is how it feels sometimes...
Integrating your online with your offline life.
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