Chill Specter! Senator Arlen Specter wants to know why the New England Patriots destroyed those illegal spy tapes of their National Football League opponents. My advice to Arlen, "Forget it, it's just no big deal!"
You think maybe the New England Patriots are only following the protocol for such incriminations as have been established by our national leaders, be they the CIA and its torture tapes, the White House and those tens of thousands of destroyed e-mails on sensitive "security matters" Americans have no right to know about, or that grand congressional whitewash report on 9/11 in which no one was found to blame for the blackest day in American history?
And you're worried about a few destroyed Patriot's spy tapes? Lighten up. I say, "Good work, Pats!"
As goes the nation's health care, so goes the nation's health! Believe it or not, I did watch an interesting segment on CNN yesterday where a health care expert answered citizen's questions of concern.
The first was from a woman with a health problem that is nickel and diming her to death (I know, nickel and dime is archaic when it comes to parking meters, pay phones and health care). That's because the insurance her employer provides has a $5,000 deductible before it begins to kick in.
Her advice from the expert? Look for a new job with a lower deductible that accepts people with pre-existing conditions. If the deductible is still too high, she may need to procure additional insurance to supplement her primary coverage, the expert advised! (She can't afford what she has now!)
The second question was from a woman on Medicare who lives in a smaller town that has no doctor that will take Medicare patients because the government's reimbursements for such are too low. (NOTE: If Bush has his way, his latest budget will cut them even lower.)
The expert's advice to this woman was to consult some national registry that lists doctors willing to work for little or nothing by taking people on Medicare. In other words, say that woman lived in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Using the registry she might find a doctor willing to see her and her Medicare coverage in Cheyenne, Wyoming. (Yeh, I know, that's in another state - just my example, but that's only 113 miles away and with the way things are going, certainly within the realm of possibilities.)
Meanwhile, as the little people are struggling to keep their heads above water, the pools are filling up swimmingly for the wealthy among us. Just know that while struggling with $3+/gallons of gas and growing energy bills to heat/cool our homes, the latest earnings report from Exxon Mobil was a record breaker. On sales of $404 billion, Exxon's net profit amounted to a mere $1,287 PER SECOND (!) for an annual take of $40.6 billion!
These are the highest profits recorded by any company in the history of planet Earth! You might think such a glowing result might be an indication of a nation prospering. But seriously, put in perspective, Exxon's earnings exceeded the gross national product of 120 countries, or in just every four seconds Exxon earned more than enough to pay one American's health care deductible of $5,000 annually.
Thanks for sacrificing at the pumps America!
Time for a change!
"The people can have anything they want.
The trouble is, they do not want anything.
At least they vote that way on election day."
Change seems to be the key word of both party's candidates in this election year. While I don't expect anyone running to offer the significant changes needed to salvage this nation, I'm amused at the polls showing Arizona's senator McCain in a virtual tie with Hillary should he win the republican nomination. In other words, America's choices for "change" are so repugnant, I guess, that if Hillary is nominated it's a toss-up between her and four more years of more "republican" (and 100 more years of his wars!)
Sadly, we have been brainwashed to disdain anyone with the courage to open the flush valve and relieve the pressure on this nation before the pipes burst. Those people are out there, but we never hear about them. Sadly, when the pressure becomes too much, it's gonna blow and shit's gonna fly!
In the meantime, just think of these amusing stories of growing poverty and opulence as simply a redistribution of the wealth. One can never have enough now, can they?