Saturday, September 26, 2009

Quote of the Day ...

... on the apathy of Americans (as excerpted from an article, The Ultimate Sign of Lethargy by Bill Maher)

....That's the ultimate sign of our lethargy: millions thrown out of their homes, tossed out of work, lost their life savings, retirements postponed - and they just take it. 30% interest on credit cards? It's a good thing the Supreme Court legalized sodomy a few years ago.

Why can't we get off our back? Is it something in the food? Actually, yes. I found out something interesting researching last week's editorial on how we should be taxing the unhealthy things Americans put into their bodies, like sodas and junk foods and gerbils. Did you know that we eat the same high-fat, high-carb, sugar-laden shit that's served in prisons and in religious cults to keep the subjects in a zombie-like state of lethargic compliance? Why haven't Americans arisen en masse to demand a strong public option? Because "The Bachelor" is on. We're tired and our brain stems hurt from washing down French fries with McDonald's orange drink.

(Dada note: With apologies for the graphic. Washington is not in meltdown. Washington continues to grow more prosperous by the day. It's the rest of the fuckin' country that's in meltdown, but this is the only graphic I had and I thought it added a nice touch of color to an otherwise bland blog.)


Fran said...

Just because the wingnuts are louder, does not make them right. The majority may indeed be brainwashed with Dancing with Felons (Tom Delay), or Idol American, or the Bachelor....
but the majority ARE in favor of the public option.

You don't see so much in the streets action on the topic.... maybe because it has become ineffective?

But this is a topic that literally is a life & death matter.

Or we can go with Eric Cantor's plan....
when asked what should people should do if they have a serious health condition & no insurance coverage---

Sell everything & beg.

I'm guessing Cantor will not be on the list of Nobel Humanitarian candidates

Helen said...

We don't do anything about it because we feel we deserve it. It is the American way. While we get screwed sideways, some corporation, board of directors, and upper management team are taking our money and we are adding another three zeros to their bank account.

And that is why we can't afford more taxes.

Dada said...

Oh, "Sing to me choir!" I appreciate - deeply - your comments. It is ye who keep me (of little faith) blogging.

I don't blog to provide a venue for those who don't agree. God knows I don't need the aggravations of their incoherence (as driven home to me in this summer's town hall meetings).

But it is you who respond to this little blog with your comments of validation with some modicum of coherence I so deeply appreciate. And for that I thank you.

There was an interesting article in this weekend's EP Times. It was a syndicated piece I'm sure appeared in many papers across the nation about a man with a private insurance "Medicare ADVANTAGE" insurance who, for a premium of $200-250/mo (i.e., $100-$150 MORE than his Medicare) was denied physical therapy because he had Alzheimers.

After many appeals and complaints, his family took matters into their own hands, spending $15,000 of their own out-of-pocket money for coverage they thought their Blue Cross/Blue Shield *ADVANTAGE* plan provided. Result: their grandfather is able to walk again, to get around on his own - an ability he was DENIED by his PRIVATE INSURANCE's *ADVANTAGE* COMPANY.

But I have this lingering suspicion the tea bagger yahoos I encountered this summer -- so adamant against the fed'l gov't's
"socialized medicine" and the gov't making health care decisions that will expedite grandma and grandpa's demise before their times is already being accomplished far better by the more expensive private insurance co. system cloaking itself as a Medicare *enhanced* program (we can't afford)!

And my deepest fear is those fear mongering right wing gobblers of extremist propaganda from their radio talk show hosts who fill the daily airwaves around the nation, can't tell the fucking difference between the government's Medicare and a private insurance company's Medicare *Advantage* who'll kill you far quicker.

As the article concluded with a quote from the victims of their "better" private insurer,
"I am for getting rid of Medicare ADVANTAGE plans. If everyone received regular Medicare, they would be so much better off."

Helen said...

Perhaps we could institute some sort of death panel for stupidity.

Dada said...

Hels: Oh, now there's a tempting thought, but can you just imagine? Having to exterminate 1/3-1/2 the entire damn nation?

Hmm, well, as I said, "Oh, now there's a tempting thought."