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LeftyFingerPop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 11:58 AM
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Maybe I'm too goddamn simple and stupid to comment on politics. That must be it.
My pea brain mulls over the role of Government as such:

The primary roles of the United States Government are to ensure the health and happiness of all American citizens, as well to establish policies that make America the shining example of a good world citizen.

Which is causing more death and suffering in our country? The lack of health care or the threat of terrorism? The answer is the lack of health care, by a long shot. This tells me that more Federal resources and intensity should be devoted to fixing this problem. Notice that I did not type that the threat of terrorism should be ignored. However, the response to the terrorism threat should be balanced by using a large portion of our military here at home for protection, rather than overseas in occupations of other countries.

Additionally, part of being a good world citizen means that we do not fuck up the lives of the citizenry, as well as the infrastructure, of countries that contain rogue elements that pose a terrorism threat. Doing this can only create more hatred toward our country that will last for centuries.

Bring home most of our military. Create a single payer health care system. Reduce or eliminate the number of our people being harmed by lack of care...for that is our REAL threat. Don't kill civilians in other countries and write it off as collateral damage, because that really tends to piss those people off.
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 12:01 PM
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1. clue-- we're being lied to about what's important to *us*....
The government and its supporters are busy blowing smoke up our asses 24 hours a day. Terror! Terror! Drugs! Illegals! Terror! INSURGENTS!
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LeftyFingerPop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 12:03 PM
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2. I hear you, but I can guarantee you that...
someone, somewhere, who was just diagnosed with liver cancer without having health insurance could give a shit less about the occupations overseas.
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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 12:05 PM
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3. traffic accidents kill more Americans than terrorism. Our foreign policy
inflames not reduces terrorism.

Kind of like the Indian Wars in the 19th century.
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shraby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 12:06 PM
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4. Another add-on that will cause more death and suffering
on top of the health care system..lack of jobs and now the dropping of unemployment benefits. That will throw more people out of their homes before long and that will not improve anyone's health or welfare.
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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 12:10 PM
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5. lack of access to decent health care is a form of terrorism as far as
I am concerned.
Having a system where having a job is nearly a requirement (but not a guarantee) of health care puts people in fear of being unemployed and forces them to become slaves to jobs they hate.
Then to take money that could be used for HC and put it into bombs to blow up in other countries is about the ultimate in stupidity.
What really amazes me is that those few who actually profit by this system ca easily convince voters to uphold a system that just rapes said voters.
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emilyg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 12:19 PM
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6. Those days are gone. It seems to me
that the gov ensures health and happiness for themselves and their money pals. The hell with us.
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mix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 12:40 PM
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7. k&r nt
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BuelahWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 12:49 PM
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8. I don't think your statement was simple OR stupid
But rather profound and enlightening. Problem is, if our esteemed representatives pull the plug on their wars and spend the money on their constituent's needs, they've also pulled the plug on getting re-elected. Which as another poster said before me, is their main concern.
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Lilith Velkor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 03:04 PM
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9. Lack of health care IS terrorism
Terrorism: the systematic use of terror as a means of coercion.
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