It needs to be said: before we add costly new programs (cap and trade, health care for everyone, internal civilian corps, etc.) we need to attend to problems at hand. We need to fix the following first:
• The Medicare program which runs a massive deficit.
• Our Social Security program which will run out of money it doesn't even have.
• Our massive and growing federal deficit.
• The imported oil problem.
• Ethical problems of many individuals in our government.
• Our massive and growing federal debt and growing interest payments.
• The electorate's inability to gain the attention from our elected representatives.
• The parts of our existing health care program that can benefit from action now.
• The postal service losses.
• Our porous border problems.
• Our inadequate educational achievement levels.
•Our faltering economy.
• Conduct of the war(s) in the mideast and return of our troops home
• Our trade deficit and lack of jobs for Americans.
• Many more too numerous to mention here.
We need to do these before we add costly new programs which will only succeed in pushing the existing problems further down the road to our children and future descendants.
Health care concerns
Many citizens wait for our government officials to make decisions concerning our lives. Many stick their heads in the sand and then cry foul when they wake up. They believe they know about everything (Wrong!)
Before 1965 our hospitals were community based, staffed with mostly primary care doctors, nurses and staff had only one thing in mind, just help the patients get well. People were not a commodity or just a number. Then someone decided that companies could make hospitals run smoother and make a profit. That's when people became a number and care costs started to skyrocket. Now these giant HMOs are billionaire companies, with health care costs one-sixth of the U.S. $12 trillion dollar budget expenditures. Yes, $2 trillion dollars gives them more money and power than most other countries. A documentary called Money Driven Medicine (PBS 8-29-09 Bill Moyers) states hospital emergency rooms are packed with patients waiting two to three hours to see a doctor, not poor homeless, but middle class patients that have lost their jobs or health care (red flagged) and not able to see their own primary doctor for 3-4 weeks, because they are over booked. The call for primary care doctors is especially high because graduates are going into specialized medicine because the profits are much greater. Now a necessity becomes a commodity. With many billions invested in technology, many countries are healthier and spend one-fifth the money, 23rd in world longevity, our health care is loaded with waste, inefficiency, self interest and disrespect for patients. Many specialty treatments ordered by hospitals are unnecessary. Hospital bills are the primary cause of bankruptcy. Patients now are transferred to hospitals according to their HMO's contracts. There's now a war between hospitals building huge fancy complexes on your money.
Pressure from the right
It has come to the attention of freedom-loving people in the area that a few school districts, including the Brainerd School District, have chosen not to air the president's speech on education slated for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8. One of the reasons given is that it is a politically charged event.
This is perplexing in view of the fact that both George H. W. Bush in 1991 and Ronald Reagan in 1988 were able to have programs beamed into schools. The rumor is that a few right-wing activists have applied pressure to stop President Obama's program from being shown at its scheduled time. We hope this is not the case, especially in view of the fact that the right and their tactics were thoroughly repudiated at the polls last November.
What's next... the burning of books?
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