Annals of career "progressive" idiocy
First, some important, not idiotic stuff that has nothing to do with "progressives" (sorry for the redundancy).
I don't know if you noticed but Starchild died of lung cancer last Wednesday, leaving us without the premier funk guitarist in the world. ... That's far too young.
But Booman leaves out a couple of things:
1. This tidbit from the obituary in the Times:
Benefit concerts to help pay Mr. Shider’s medical bills have been scheduled for July 10 in Plainfield and July 11 in Manhattan.
Of course, under a single payer system, that concert would be about joy for Shider's life, and the joy he brought to others with music. And not paying off the health insurance parasites.
2. This website, for the Garry Shider Medical fund:
We are reaching out world wide, asking Garry’s friends, family, loyal fans, and music industry constituents to make a donation to The Garry Shider Medical Fund in an effort to defray the medical expenses that are already starting to add up. Because Garry will be undergoing a series of radiation treatments and will need various medications and aftercare, he will not be able to tour
Single payer, of course, would solve this too.
Maybe if career "progressives" had worked to move the Overton Window left, so that single payer was part of the discourse, thousands of people would not have been condemned to die "too young" (before, and after, 2014). Great artists and the obscure alike.
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It's utterly typical of our career "progressives" to burnish their cred and weep crocodile tears over the death of a black man, while silencing and shunning those who advocate a policy -- single payer -- that might have saved his life, and the lives of many others. Well done, all.