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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Time to put anger back in its rightful place

You know what's the only thing more than ridiculous than Medicare recipients attending town halls to speak out against health care reform? Working class, poor, and unemployed people who lack health care insurance and do the same. Yet Kathleen Parker finds it important to tell us "Even if protests are staged, the town-hall anger is real":
The town-hall protests may be orchestrated, but nobody had to manufacture the anger on display. With unemployment at 9.4 percent, the dog days are beginning to feel like the dogs of war. Congress and Obama might want to take note.
So according to this professional writer and pundit, it's genuine for the unemployed and those fearful of unemployment to protest the possibility of getting or keeping health care. Hello--When you're unemployed you will no longer have employer-based healthcare and won't be able to afford to maintain your healthcare payments for long on your own. Turn on the left side of your brain before you write next time, will you Ms. Parker? And I'm just getting started on the dumbf---ery of those she defends in her article.

If the United States were a sophisticated nation, we would have had national health care already by now. It seemed to me that with a Democratic President, a Democratic majority in the House, and 59 votes in the Senate (not 60, Lieberman is a anti-Democrat in sheep's clothing), health care would be a slam dunk. But as H.L. Mencken said, and Rush Limbaugh ($400 million contract), Sean Hannity (approx $40 million a year combined), and Glenn Beck (if it's more than minimum wage it's way too much) put into practice, "Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public." The health insurance propagandists also know "there's a sucker born every minute," and the anti-healthcare fanatics who take their marching orders from millionaires telling them what billionaires want them to think make Linda Lovelace look like she suffered from dysphagia. Anti-healthcare fanatics need to turn off the AM radio and Fox noise and give their brains some fresh air. Who knows, maybe a Limbaughtomy is reversible.

Those of us who should be especially angry are the temporary workers. We do full-time work at reduced pay and get no benefits. We neither receive, nor can afford to buy, health insurance. The anti-healthcare fanatics disrupting healthcare at townhall meetings are trying to kill us. If they don't have health care they are also bent on killing themselves. The difference between them and psycho-killers such as Seung-Hui Cho and George Sodini is that the anti-healthcare fanatics are not using guns. At least not yet.