Friday, August 28, 2009

Wyoming Democrat /No Representation!

If you are a Democrat who lives in the state of Wyoming, I'm sure you know what I'm saying. Our state is largely managed by Republicans on the national level. Yes, we are fortunate to have a Democrat as governor, but both senate positions and the one member of the house of representatives are Republicans. Not just with a small r, with a big,boot-wearing R. The boots are for kicking populist,democratic ass!
During the current debate about healthcare insurance reform (the calm, rational one, not the half-crazed people you see on Fox News), I have sent many emails, made phone calls, and generally let these three people know that there are people in Wyoming who are for a government run,single payer healthcare insurance option. Just like Medicare! In fact, huge amounts of taxpayer cash could be saved if they would just expand Medicare to include those who wish to be insured in the plan, and utilizing the structure that is already in place and very successful at getting the job done. No luck, that is too sensible and cost effective!
I have received letters from all three of them, Cynthia Lummis, Mike Enzi and john Barrasso, assuring me that they find my input valuable on this matter and then in the next paragraph (in much nicer words, of course) tell me that no way in hell anything will be done to help the working family get cheaper healthcare as long as they are in office. Let me say that I am a participant in Medicare and am a senior citizen, so there is no conflict of interest on my part. I already have government run, single payer health insurance. My interest in this is not selfish, I would like to see the average working family get a break for a change. They have been paying for these three government officials healthcare out of their tax dollars, and I think they should be afforded equal access to the same healthcare that these three jackasses get.
It would be nice if the health insurance companies would line the pockets of the taxpayers the way they line the pockets of these three politicians with money, but I do try to be realistic about life. Historically, they say Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. I'm pretty sure that Cynthia Lummis, Mike Enzi and John Barrasso got a lot more than that from their contributors, the insurance companies. Betrayal of the working class taxpayers in the state of Wyoming doesn't come cheap. Judas would be proud to know these three! They should be ashamed.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Dumbing down America? Mission Accomplished!

While watching all the falsified brouhaha over the healthcare insurance reform, I suddenly realized that the dumbing down of my country is complete. I have felt for quite some time now, that our public education system was being starved and mishandled deliberately so as to furnish large corporations with workers who could be worked hard and paid little. The large corporations like ignorance in their employees, because it makes them easier to manipulate and frighten. The huge big-box stores have made billions in profits using this model. Keep your associates ignorant, scared to unionize and pay them minimum wages that keep them trapped in poverty.
We have a column in the Daily Rocket-Miner on Saturday that solicits local opinions about current issues. Yesterday the question was, "As a nation, what should we do about healthcare"? Of the 6 individuals questioned thus, 2 gave pretty well thought out answers. The other 4 regurgitated the hard-line corporate and right-wing opposition party line that they borrowed from the television pundits, who are now apparently in control of all public information. That's when I realized that the ignorance of our citizenry was present in a huge majority of people. The know-nothings have finally taken over. To me that means that 66 percent of our local citizens have lost the knack for cognitive thinking! That's scary.
In my less than humble opinion, decent healthcare is a right, not a privilege. By law, we must insure our cars, trucks, and property against loss, but human health doesn't even rate a passing thought. I also firmly believe that if our national government would quit spending billions on killing and maiming people in useless wars, there would be plenty of money to ensure that all citizens recieve healthcare at an honest, affordable cost. A lot of the major diseases that are rampant in our country could be prevented by good nutrition counseling, but unless the symptoms can be treated by yet another expensive prescription drug, government pays no heed. Everytime I see a local citizen pushing a cart out of the grocery store piled high with soda pop and very little else with any nutritive value, I inwardly shake my head and think, there goes another future diabetic!
I think it is time for the 33 percent of us who can still use our cognitive powers to start raising some hell about the current state of healthcare. We make sure our vehicles have the proper fuel so that they run well, but we feed our bodies crap and expect them to run efficiently. I know personally, that when I eat good nutritionally balanced food, I feel better. Except for a quarterly visit to a chiropractor for a tune-up, I can't remember the last time I needed to go to a doctor because I was sick. That's not bad memory, just good nutrition. Take your health into your own hands and eat better. The life you save may be your own! Just a final thought! Thinking, that is, exercising your brain is very much like exercising your muscles. If you don't use it, you lose it! Quit letting those ignorant 66 percent do your thinking for you. Again, the brain you save may be your own.