Photograph taken in a ‘sweatshop’ c.1890 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
What price freedom?
30,000+ gun-related deaths every year.
What price cheap food?
Undocumented agricultural workers living in poverty.
What price cheap goods produced abroad?
Millions of foreign citizens employed under sweatshop conditions.
What price our health care system?
50+ million Americans who cannot afford health care.
What price free market capitalism?
An economy dominated by financial services, which is sucking the life out of the rest of the economy.
What price ignoring climate change and the degradation of the environment?
Death of species–including ours.
Republican vs. Democrat 2012 (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)
That is bad news. I guess that I’ll start tightening my belt now. I’ve heard that the GOP intend to reclassify food as a luxury and not a necessity after they repeal Obamacare. That’s life in a GOP future.
Food is currently 12% of our family budget. With the projected 15% increase in food prices and the 1.7% increase in Social Security, our food expense will rise to 13.5%. Not a tremendous jump, but our other expenses are rising at a faster rate, particularly insurance. My wife and I are both delaying needed surgeries because we know our supplemental insurers will find some loophole or other to withhold full payment for our costs, even though we pay more for the supplement insurance than we do for Medicare itself.
Mitt for a third world America (Photo credit: JonMartinTravelPhotography)
Now we know that Mitt can look and sound presidential and smile too. However, if you listen to what he says that is another story. Last night, he tried to sound as though he was running for president (for six years or more) only reluctantly because Barack has failed. Mitt claimed that he wanted Barack to succeed so that America would succeed. He lamented all the suffering of Americans (not the 1%) during the Great Recession (caused and prolonged by the GOP). If Mitt really wanted Barack and America to succeed, he would be running against Mitch McConnell. John Boehner and Grover Norquist, the real villains. Mitt could have consulted with Clint last night about how to fight villains in the movies.
Now that Mitt has secured the nomination (something that his father failed to accomplish), I would like to see him show some spine and political courage and start expressing his real convictions. He should start by saying that Obamacare and Romneycare are the same. He could promise to veto any attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act if he is elected and Congress tries to repeal.
Insurance (Photo credit: Christopher S. Penn)
If Romney wins and repeals the Affordable Care act (Obamacare) we will return to the good old days in which death panels existed in insurance company back offices. They (the faceless insurance bureaucrats) rather government bureaucrats will decide who lives and who dies. They (the faceless insurance bureaucrats) will decide if it is profitable to take your insurance premiums. If it is not profitable because you have a previous condition or contract an illness that is too expensive to treat, you’re going to be fired (cancelled). And then you will be on your own to sink or swim. If you sink, that is Social Darwinism, survival of the fittest and good riddance. Only those who can survive on their own deserve to live, according to the Social Darwinists or followers of Ayn Rand.
Republican Party (United States) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Republican position on most everything is , “Father knows best.” God is the Father and men are His representatives here on earth. What if God is a woman? What then? The Bible states that you will be judged by how you treat the poor among us. What if you mistreat the poor by withdrawing the safety net and Obamacare and you mistreat women as the GOP seems intent upon doing? Republicans, you are going to be in deep trouble.