May 2, 2002
By R. B. Ham
So George W Bush is now an advocate for expanding mental
health coverage. The informed reader will understand my cynicism.
In my humble opinion, this is both a cynical political maneuver
and a covert inside business deal.
Mental illness deserves equal treatment
If you were just a regular Joe who gets his news/propaganda
almost exclusively from network news, it would appear that
the Bush Administration is attempting to reach out to the
vast middle with an example of "compassionate conservatism".
I'll admit I don't know the details of New Mexico Senator
Pete Domenici's bill - on the face of it he wants to remove
the stigma of mental illness (one of his eight children, a
daughter, suffers from schizophrenia - it seems to be a personal
crusade for the man) and have it viewed by the medical insurance
community the same way as a physical illness.
More power to him, I say.
Unfortunately, my cynicism will not allow me to get too swept
up in this feel good PR move. I feel certain that the political
angle of moving to the center is a ploy - plain and simple.
Look, everybody! George W Bush cares! He really does!
Deception is as deception does.
What's the ulterior motive?
You don't have to look too far. Guess what? Good old Poppy
Bush, and by extension his family's evil empire, stands to
make out like a robber baron on this deal.
Last summer, the former President became a major player in
Beverly Enterprises , one of the US's largest providers of
are Beverly Enterprises Inc.?
Beverly Enterprises is a leading nursing home operator in
the US, with more than 500 facilities in about 30 states and
the District of Columbia. Its Beverly Healthcare division
operates nursing homes as well as assisted-living centers;
this accounts for more than 90% of revenues. The Beverly Care
Alliance unit provides rehabilitation therapy services and
also operates outpatient therapy clinics, hospice centers,
and home care facilities. Beverly is focused on controlling
costs as managed care continues to squeeze profits and health
care costs continue to rise.
Thanks to I AM SPARTACUS at DemocraticUnderground, here
are some details about Poppy's involvement
with this private health care company.
Don't be astounded - earlier this year, when the current
President Bush pushed his education bill that he cosponsored
with Ted Kennedy, it became known that brother Neil Bush,
of the Silverado S&L scam fame, has holdings in a private
educational computer company that could very well be getting
tax payer dollars to install their systems into classrooms
across the United States.
Bush debuts group here for CEOs
Brother Neil Crisscrosses Globe Promoting New Business Venture
When it comes to the Bushes - there's always an angle. Mixing
public policy with private business and benefiting from both
ends. That this isn't obvious to everyone and that they continue
to get away with these blatant conflicts of interest is a
tribute to the vacuousness of today's media. The supposed
watch dogs for the public interest are well fed and watered,
they are docile and subservient. It is sad beyond imagining.
One can only imagine the state we'd be in if not for the
Internet - the last bastion of free speech and genuine dissent.
In the meantime, I wait for that brave junior reporter -
languishing behind the paid for whores of a mainstream media
conglomerate - to dig deep enough and be lucky enough to expose
the murky dealings of the Bush family and their war mongering
cronies of the Fundie/Moonie neo-conservative movement. The
truth about 9-11, the truth about the pipeline deals, the
truth about the schemes behind this Global Chessboard of Oil
It's all well and good that many of us have come to accept
this cynical reality.
What's needed is the general public to wake up - before it's