Sunday, 7/15/12, Public Square

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  1. Freedomwriter

    I saw the following article yesterday about a “maximum wage”. It may be an idea whose time has come. Everyone would prosper! Can you imagine what it would be like to work in that environment?
    http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/274-41/12415-time-for-a-maximum-wage

  2. Freedomwriter

    By the way, anyone who’s tired of secretive donors using huge sums of unregulated money to influence, and in some cases outright buy elections, can show their support for a Constitutional Amendment to overturn the 2010 Citizens United vs. The Federal Election Commission Supreme Court ruling by attending the Wichita City Council Meeting this Tuesday July 17th at 9:00 AM. This is a symbolic effort to build momentum around the country to expose this problem and correct it. Citizens will be asked to stand to show their support for a resolution supporting a national Constitutional Amendment. We need as many people as possible to be in that audience on Tuesday morning.

  3. Absolutely obscene.
    I’ve never understood why this is presumably fine but not providing health care to all is not.

  4. “Back in 1970s, the United States looked a lot like other countries when it came to health care spending. In 1980, we spent $1,110 per person on health care, which worked out to about 9.2 percent of Gross Domestic Product. But in the 1980s, health-care costs in the United States began growing much faster than in other countries, rising to $8,402 per person in 2010. That amounts to a total of $2.54 billion spent on health care, or 17.9 percent of our total economy.”

    Insurance companies were able to get filthy rich collecting and pocketing premiums, dropping people when they got sick, dodging bills and hiding behind a lifetime maximum. A lot of people died as a result. You can’t get chemo-therapy or organ transplants in an emergency room. Care IS denied of the uninsured or “under” insured and the unpaid bills are spread around.

    Think about this when the discussions for privatizing Social Security, Fire and Police departments come up. Think about the seething hatred the business party has for the public school system.

    Privatized Healthcare for profit did not work for anyone other than the insurance companies and those who profited from it. Those who are fighting this tooth and claw, wasting money on “symbolic” votes to over-turn a law now confirmed by all 3 branches of the government and spreading lies… need to sit down and read this thing.

    Here are 7 handy graphs and charts:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/the-history-of-health-care-spending-in-7-graphs/2012/01/09/gIQAFlCCmP_gallery.html#photo=6

    • Let’s not forget – Reagan brought us the years of GREED-GREED-GREED

      When I was growing up – doctors were usually in practice for themselves. How many doctors do you know today that are NOT connected to a corporation .

      And let’s not kid ourselves – Via Christi is a corporation – even though they fall back on that CAtholic Church status of freedom of religiouns/liberty nonsense twhen they watn to control women’s vagina.

  5. One opinion, of course there are others that find different seats most vulnerable…

    The Terminal Ten: The most vulnerable House seats in the country

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/the-terminal-ten-the-most-vulnerable-house-seats-in-the-country/2012/07/13/gJQAI1UMiW_blog.html?tid=pm_politics_pop

  6. This week, the House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. On its own, such a vote would be unremarkable. Republicans control the House, they oppose President Obama’s health reform law, and so they voted to get rid of it.

    But here’s the punchline: This was the 33rd time they voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

    Holding that vote once makes sense. Republicans had promised that much during the 2010 campaign. But 33 times? If doing the same thing twice and expecting a different result makes you insane, what does doing the same thing 33 times and expecting a different result make you?

    Well, it makes you the 112th Congress.

    Hating on Congress is a beloved American tradition. Hence Mark Twain’s old joke, “Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” But the 112th Congress is no ordinary congress. It’s a very bad, no good, terrible Congress. It is, in fact, one of the very worst congresses we have ever had. Here, I’ll prove it:

    14 reasons why this is the worst Congress ever

  7. A new report out this week by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office projects that if the Budget Control Act’s automatic spending cuts take effect, the Pentagon’s budget, in 2013 dollars, will still be larger than what it was in 2006, a finding that undermines claims that sequestration will be “devastating” to the military and the defense industry:

    Accommodating those reductions, in particular, could be difficult for the department to manage because it would have to be done over only nine months. Even with that cut, however, DoD’s base budget in 2013 would still be larger than it was in 2006 (in 2013 dollars) and larger than the average base budget during the 1980s.

    The automatic spending cuts would amount to about a $500 billion reduction in military spending over the next decade.

    http://www.cbo.gov/publication/43428

  8. Ever wonder why it is that Fox News can lie over and over again – yet continue to call itself “News”? It’s because Fox News is a corporation – and ever since that 1886 Supreme Court case of Southern Pacific Railroad versus Santa Clara County when a rogue court reporter named JC Bancroft Davis slipped corporate personhood into the legal record – the courts have ruled time and time again that corporations – since they have all the rights that actual people have – could also lie just like people can.

    Except for one time. Back in 1998 – a political activist named Mark Kasky sued Nike alleging that Nike was lying to its customers by publishing in the San Francisco Examiner a letter assuring everyone that the corporation’s workers around the world enjoy basic labor rights like a minimum wage – health and safety regulations – and equal opportunity employment. Kasky knew this claim wasn’t true. A 1996 audit of the Nike revealed that workers in Vietnam were routinely exposed to cancer-causing chemicals that were illegal in the United States. And a Mothers Jones article later cited a Nike-funded study that found, “evidence of physical and verbal abuse and sexual harassment at nine of its contract factories in Indonesia.” After realizing he and thousands of other Nike customers were lied to and were buying Nike products under false assumptions – Kasky took the corporation to court. And in 2002 – Kasky won his case before the California Supreme Court which ruled that Nike did indeed break laws against unfair competition and false advertising…