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Today's single payer post: HR 676 vs FISA abuse

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I was thinking about that article in The Hill, Dems hedge on healthcare:

“We all know there is not enough money to do all this stuff,” said Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), a Finance Committee member and an Obama supporter, referring to the presidential candidates’ healthcare plans. “What they are doing is … laying out their ambitions.” ...

... Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), a member of Senate Democratic leadership and a key Hillary Clinton ally who also sits on the Finance Committee, said he is “not sure we have the big plan on healthcare.”

“Healthcare I feel strongly about, but I am not sure that we’re ready for a major national healthcare plan,” Schumer said.

Now as we know, HR 676, Medicare for All, is far less costly then our present system. We will save billions. But ultimately this is a moral question.

Consider how much money we are spending on the destruction of our constitution. The current maladministration is probably spying on 8 million citizens. Now we know that Comcast charges $1,000 set up fee and a monthly charge of $750 to violate your fourth amendment rights. So we can calculate the cost of this part of the destruction of our constitution as (8 million x $1,000) + (8 million x (11 x $750)) = $8 billion. That is $8 billion dollars a year we are borrowing from the Chinese, plus interest, to destroy our constitution. How much nursing home care would $8 billion buy?

The only time the Very Serious People and the Wise Men on Washington care about fiscal responsibility is when someone suggests that we spend a nickel on ordinary Americans. When it comes to financing their jingoistic fantasies, price is no consideration.

This is a moral test of national priorities.

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Submitted by BDBlue on

Wise Men on Washington care about fiscal responsibility is when someone suggests that we spend a nickel on ordinary Americans."

Very true.

Along the same lines, there was a post that Avedon linked to awhile back on the Wall Street bailout where the blogger asked questions of the bankers that are asked of welfare recipients. Very telling.

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Submitted by BDBlue on

To the piece suggesting Bear Stearns get a job or sell some bling - http://www.first-draft.com/2008/03/its-a...

But, of course, Wall Street will get its money. So will Comcast. As you note, the only time anyone cares what something costs is if it's going to an American citizen and not a corporation.