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Seven Things Holder Can Do to Save Our Democracy (Because the Corporate Media Sure as Hell Won’t)

Disgusting. Once again, the GOP publically, gleefully boasts that it plans to “win” (read “steal”) the next election by denying citizens their right to cast a lawful vote. In 2000, we saw then Governor Jeb Bush hire a firm to create a bogus felons list in order to keep African-Americans from voting for Al Gore. When they could not find enough felons in Florida, they stripped the voting rights of Floridians who had names similar to felons living in other states. We now know that Gore won in Florida. However, those suppressed votes gave Bush the ability to hand the decision to the SCOTUS which broke the law by ruling on Bush V. Gore based upon the identity of the parties in the case. Who can forget O’Connor’s whine about how she wanted to retire but could not unless a Republican got to choose her successor?

Think back to 2000. How many of you ever considered the possibility that Bush Sr.’s idiot son could be elected president? That must be why we failed to stand up and declare “Hey, something rotten is going on in Florida. Lawful voters are being stripped of their rights.” Who cared if a few thousand people, mostly Black were disenfranchised? It is only news if a white person’s vote is stolen. It only became news when a whole bunch of (mostly white) people saw their own votes lose all meaning in the face of the stolen election.

In retrospect, the Department of Justice should have been all over Florida, its governor and secretary of state. Since nothing was done, 2004’s election suppression in Ohio was a cakewalk. Never mind that the second time around we were ready for it ---we paid attention in Ohio. We questioned the reliability of paperless voting. Bush/Rove controlled the Department of Justice, meaning that the American people were powerless to do anything but hate Bush/Rove with a passion that lead to the 2006 upset.

Now, the GOP is getting ready to steal another election. Who here really believes that the American people want to dump Obama for a sadistic, snooty, job-killing, silver spoon fed rich boy? But if we allow ourselves to be complaisant as we were in 2000, 2000 will happen all over again---

Back in 2000, election theft of such brazen magnitude was inconceivable. No one took the warnings from Florida seriously. This time, we have no excuse. A crime is being committed. It does not matter if the scale of each apparent Voting Rights Act violation seems small—a Congressman here, a veteran there. It does not matter how big a lead Obama gets in the popular poll. Unless we are willing to defend the voting rights of every American citizen, we might as well flush our own votes down the toilet.

That is where the Department of Justice comes in. As I understand the Voting Rights Act anything that deliberately infringes upon you right to vote---and that includes your right to cast the vote and have it tabulated and counted into the total of votes cast---is illegal. Thanks to an act of Congress in 1982, anything that “accidentally” infringes upon those same rights of a subset of the population (like having ballots only in English) is also illegal.

So, I propose that---

1.The Department of Justice review the results of the voter disenfranchise efforts from 2000, 2002, 2004 etc. Where there has been a pattern of systemic voter disenfranchisement, the fed’s should step in and analyze the current system of voter registration, enrollment, disenrollment, polling place access, polling place equipment (including the number of lost votes that are expected with the technology in place) and potential for election fraud in advance of the fall elections. Part of the DOJ’s job is to prevent violations of the law, and if there is probable cause, they need to act.

2. If a single eligible voter is found to have been stripped from the rolls in a state, this should be grounds for forcing that state to prove that other voters have been stripped from the list lawfully. If they cannot prove it, the voter is reinstated.

3. In states which require voter ID, the federal government should identify those at risk---mostly the elderly , disabled and poor who do not drive (hint, check Medicare and Medicaid rolls)---and either issue free ID or require that states provide free ID.

4. In order to detect—and deter-- tabulation fraud, the feds need to put their own exit pollsters in place, to assure that no one flips a switch after the votes are cast and before they are counted. In 2004, we learned that we cannot rely upon the corporate media or private pollsters to keep our elections fair. Google "reluctant responders" if you do not believe me.

5. Federal law enforcement officials need to be at high risk polling places on election day to make sure that no one physically interferes with our right to vote. That includes dispersing any local law enforcement officials who decide to set up roadblocks near minority polling places, as Florida police did in 2000. In addition, the feds need to be standing by the phones at a 1-800 number, ready to act if reports of suppression come in from other precincts. Again, in the past we relied upon the press to police the polls. We can no longer do that. You never know what kind of deal the GOP candidate has cut with the MSM. Maybe CBS needs another exemption from media share regulations. Maybe Rupert Murdoch has been promised immunity from prosecution.

6. Speaking of prosecution, those who deliberately change election results should be prosecuted. Those who are thinking about changing election results should know that they will be prosecuted. Regardless of the election outcome. A crime is a crime.

7. The federal government needs to run public services announcements (in Spanish as well as English) telling voters their rights and also telling them where to call when those rights have been trampled upon.

If the DOJ does not act, here is what will happen. Going up to the election, Obama will be in the lead. Then, on election day, Romney will suddenly pull 4-5 crucial percentage points out of his ass. The press will declare that Romney’s upset victory is due to massive corporate spending. They will say that polls are no longer reliable in the post Citizens United America. Another stolen election will be laid at the door of the SCOTUS which could not care less if its legacy is trashed----again. The press will cover up any evidence of voter suppression or election fraud. The corporate masters of the big newspapers and television news stations will light up fat cigars and daydream about all the money they are going to make once Romney reduces their workers to serfs….
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Tue Jun 26, 2012, 08:15 PM (2 replies)

Seven: The Deadly Sins of Romney Super Pac Supporters

1. Lust:

You thought I was going to include Sheldon Adelson under the Greed entry? That would be too easy.

We all know about Adelson, because he wants us to know about him. He flaunts his wealth and his massive Super Pac giving. The billionaire casino mogul who spent $30 million on Republican candidates in 2008 and who will spend much more than that this time around has made himself highly visible—possibly on the advice of his attorneys. You see, he is under investigation by the DOJ and the SEC for making illegal foreign bribes in connection with his Macao casino. And we all know that the best way to push a bad Google story down is to fill the search engine with lots of other news that says, in effect, you are just a good old fashioned American billionaire who wants to eliminate the unions that are keeping you down (to the tune of $25 billion). Plus, if he owns the next president, that is as good as a Get Out of Jail Free card.

Now, making illegal bribes in foreign countries may be the best and easiest way to do business in said foreign companies. But do you have to fill your casino with prostitutes to keep a competitive advantage?

The Venetian-Macao, a casino owned by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, was also the subject of a reported "sex-trade crackdown" that occurred in 2010 on the same day Adelson arrived on the island for meetings with government leaders in Macau, according to published accounts in 2010. Chinese press reported that authorities found more than 100 prostitutes inside the casino.

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/bribes-chinese-mob-ties-alleged-casino-gingrich-money/story?id=15455918&page=2#.T-OZupLX4UU

More on the prostitution ring---110 women and 22 pimps---that operated out of Adelson’s Macao casino until the government decided to step in.

http://travel.usatoday.com/hotels/post/2010/12/100-women-arrested-on-prostitution-charges-at-macaus-venetian/134424/1

Adelson wants you to know that he is a greedy bastard who hopes to add to his $25 billion by cutting the wages and benefits of the janitorial workers in his casinos. He probably does not want you to think about how casinos make money----by keeping gambling customers inside the casino. And the best way to keep customers from going elsewhere is to make sure that they can get their food, booze and sex on the premises.

2. Pride

Pop quiz. Which long time GOP strategist and fund raiser thinks that he is the Smartest Man on Earth? So smart that he skipped college, because, hey, you cannot improve upon perfection. If you answered Bush’ s Brain, Karl Rove, don't be too proud of yourself, because Rove is an object lesson in how you know what goes before the fall.

We know that Karl Rove is raising Super Pac money for Romney, because the two of them are going to celebrate their “victory” in advance. The location---a luxury resort in Utah. The guests of honor? Rove, Mittens and all those SuperPac donors who are not supposed to be coordinating their efforts with the candidate.

so if you're having a meeting about a victory, you know, strategy and you have the campaign and people in the super p.a.c. there it would seem according to common sense descriptions to be coordination of some type
http://video.msnbc.msn.com/martin-bashir/47908990/#47908990


For a self-proclaimed genius, Karl Rove manages to make some pretty dumb decisions. Like putting himself and his candidate and the big money donors in a smoke filled (luxury) back room for all the world to see. But Karl Rove suffers from an excess of pride. He thinks that no matter what law he breaks he can never get caught. Won't it to be great having another president who takes advice from a sociopath?

3. Wrath

The rich are allowed to spend their money any way they want, but why on earth does Romney supporter Harlan Crow, Texas real estate tycoon like to fill his back yard with the statues of infamous dictators like Stalin and Mussolini? Collecting WWII memorabilia is fun, but how many people boast of having an original Adolph Hitler painting and an autographed copy of Mein Kampf? What about Romney has captured the attention of this guy who is fascinated by some of history’s most notorious villains? I will admit that forcibly cutting the hair of a possibly gay fellow student and grinding your grandson's face into a platter of whipped cream is a good start towards becoming a jack booted fascist, but no way Mittens is up there with those other guys---not yet.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/02/arts/collecting-despots-assassins-and-such.html?pagewanted=2&src=pm

http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2012/06/churchill-roosevelt-and-hitler-oh-my-welcome-to-texas-mitt-romney.html/

4. Gluttony

Donald Trump and Mitt Romney, BFFs. Watch the video (warning, may induce hunger pains in the unemployed who do not qualify for food stamps).



“Steak. It’s my favorite food.” Trump

“Anything that fills my empty belly, it’s my favorite food” Unemployed America.

5. Envy

Envy starts as sibling rivalry. And no wealthy Romney Super Pac donor knows more about sibling rivalry than Charles Koch.

There has been so much scheming, name-calling, and backstabbing among these guys that J.R. Ewing might feel outdone. Bill tells of a homosexual blackmail attempt by Charles against Freddie to get his stock at a cheap price. (Charles vigorously denies it.) Freddie was partially disinherited by his father in a dispute over a missing $700. And for family harmony, you can't beat Bill's subpoenaing his mother onto the witness stand a few months after she'd had a stroke.
Snip
Why are these grown men behaving so badly? To vastly oversimplify, Bill believes that in 1983 Charles tricked him into selling his shares in the family firm for half a billion dollars less than they were worth. (Bill got only $470 million.) Charles denies it. He says he is reluctant to attack his brother publicly. Nonetheless, he paints Bill as greedy, lazy, incompetent, neurotic, and vindictive.


http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/1997/02/17/222188/index.htm

Then there is Dallas rich man Harold Simmons who sued his own daughters over their trust funds.

Simmons had tried to restructure the trusts, a process that forced him to, in effect, file suit against his daughters and their children. His third daughter, Andrea Swanson, had just returned home from the hospital with her first baby, who’d been born three months prematurely. Simmons asked his daughter to drop the court papers into the baby’s crib.


http://www.dmagazine.com/Home/D_Magazine/2010/February/Harold_Simmons_Is_Dallas_Most_Evil_Genius.aspx

If two of Romney’s biggest financial backers treat their own families like this, how are they going to treat the rest of us once they own the office of the president?

6. Sloth

This poster child for idle rich laziness is the candidate himself. Vietnam War draft dodger, Mittens Romney. His wife, Ann “has never worked a day in her life”. The Romneys were able to honeymoon in France for two years---

“The last vacation we had there walking around the city of Paris and walking not just the Champs-Elysees but also over to the Jardin of Luxembourg and around the city.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/04/23/romney-gushes-over-life-in-magnificent-paris/

----while the rest of us were juggling college and a McJob.

Now, I am not saying that Romney never gets any work done. When he isn’t being jetted to his next bus photo op or relaxing in one of his million dollar vacation homes, he is thinking up ways to piss off hard working Americans, such as by telling stay at home moms that they should get off their lazy butts and get a job. Because, apparently, it takes one to know one.

7. Greed

Do I even need to go there? Every donor who is forking over huge sums of cash is hoping to get fed at the public trough---like the Koch Brothers who make money cutting down publicly owned trees to sell through Georgia Pacific and who graze their cattle on public land and who were paid by W. to stockpile oil in the Strategic Oil Reserve in order to raise the price of their own oil. Companies like the Kochs’ and Enron have proven that the best way to get rich(er) in America is to buy a political candidate. This year, they greedy elite are lining up to buy a piece of the GOP nominee.

Posted by McCamy Taylor | Thu Jun 21, 2012, 07:16 PM (1 replies)

For the 51% Who Do Not Believe that the GOP Engineered This Recession...

Congratulations! 49% of Americans have been paying attention. They know that Republicans have set up roadblocks to prevent economic recovery for political gain. However...

Since the GOP and its CEO supporters have actively bragged about their efforts to cut jobs, limit cash flow and in general make our lives living hell, I have to wonder about the other 51%. Maybe they are too broke to afford a newspaper or cable or Internet access. Maybe each day for them is a struggle just to get by. If you know someone who has been hit so hard by the recession that politics has become and unaffordable luxury, please share the following. Because none of us---especially those who are victims of the recession--can afford not to vote this year.

For the 51% Who Do Not Believe that the GOP Engineered This Recession I submit the following into evidence:

1. “People Without Homes Will Not Quarrel With Their Leaders”

From the family that got its financial start selling the Union Army weapons that blew up in soldiers’ faces:
Capital must protect itself in every way...Debts must be collected and loans and mortgages foreclosed as soon as possible. When through a process of law the common people have lost their homes, they will be more tractable and more easily governed by the strong arm of the law applied by the central power of leading financiers. People without homes will not quarrel with their leaders. This is well known among our principle men now engaged in forming an imperialism of capitalism to govern the world. By dividing the people we can get them to expend their energies in fighting over questions of no importance to us except as teachers of the common herd.
-J.P. Morgan

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/03/01/841940/--ldquo-People-without-homes-will-not-quarrel-with-their-leaders-rdquo-J-P-Morgan

Correction: Note that Morgan's son and namesake was a Hitler backer (along with Prescott Bush) and a member of the coup that tried to get rid of FDR.

2. Anatomy of the Murder of the American Dream

The Bush administration actively aided the Banksters as they created the mortgage meltdown crisis. In 2004 the FBI said that mortgage fraud was rampant in this country. Bush’s response? Prevent state attorney generals from prosecuting the criminals involved.
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0911/63214.html

When Eliot Spitzer tried to warn Americans in a Washington Post editorial called “Predatory Lenders Partner in Crime”

When history tells the story of the subprime lending crisis and recounts its devastating effects on the lives of so many innocent homeowners, the Bush administration will not be judged favorably. The tale is still unfolding, but when the dust settles, it will be judged as a willing accomplice to the lenders who went to any lengths in their quest for profits. So willing, in fact, that it used the power of the federal government in an unprecedented assault on state legislatures, as well as on state attorneys general and anyone else on the side of consumers.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/13/AR2008021302783.html

he was targeted by the Bush DOJ for malicious prosecution in the press---accusations that never panned out into actual criminal charges.

What does it all mean? You lost your dream home, because Bush wanted you to. And then, Bush rubbed salt in the wound by handing the Banksters who stole your home a tax payer funded bailout.

3. Capital Went on Strike

In the wake of the bailout that was supposed to boost up the economy by providing credit, the Banksters decided to stage a “capital strike”, meaning they refused to lend money even as small businesses---the ones that make good jobs in the U.S. were desperate for cash.

Zero Hedge: "Total bank reserves with the Fed hit an all time high, surpassing $1 trillion, as banks continue to hoard cash. The amount of extra lending that could have taken place but didn't was $65 billion week over week, or a $130 billion increase in just the past month."

http://blendedpurple.blogspot.com/2009/10/capital-strike.html

4. John Boehner Boasted About the Capital Strike That Was Keeping Unemployment High


John Boehner—who should know what the GOP is up to---said last year that the nation’s job creators had staged a capital strike. No, you did not read that wrong. He admitted—correction, he boasted that business leaders in the US had decided to stop creating jobs.

On September 15, House Speaker John Boehner announced that the nation’s “job creators” — a flattering euphemism for “business owners” — were on strike. This was the proximate cause of the nation’s unemployment woes, Boehner maintained. Until those business owners received the low-tax, deregulated world they wanted, they would continue to keep their wallets in their pockets.

http://www.harpers.org/archive/2011/11/hbc-90008323

Again, you are homeless, jobless, living on your brother’s couch if you are lucky and on the street if you are unlucky, because a bunch of mostly Republican ricvh businessmen do not think that they are rich enough.

5. House Republicans Did Their Part to Keep Americans Unemployed


House Republicans admitted to voting against a jobs bills because they wanted to hurt Obama by hurting the economy.

“’Obama is on the ropes; why do we appear ready to hand him a win?’”


Of course, it was the American worker who was on the ropes at the time when the GOP decided that it would be politically expedient not to lend a hand. So, if you are currently unemployed and out of benefits, the Republican Party is extremely pleased to hear it.
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0911/63214.html

6. Republicans Embraced Fiscal Policies Designed NOT to Help the Economy or Create Jobs

How did the GOP under Bush spend our tax money? On tax cuts for the rich and military spending---the two forms of federal spending that are least effective at improving the economy. Massive tax cuts for the rich which decrease the government’s ability to spend are actually detrimental to the economy. The most effective way to stimulate the economy through government spending? Education, followed by infrastructure and health care. (See the links below). This is old stuff. Every businessman and politicians knows what is good for the economy and what is bad for the economy. So, if the GOP insists upon more tax breaks for the rich and more military spending and less spending on education and infrastructure and health, it can mean only one thing---they are following Grover Norquist’s advice, which is to drain the federal bathtub so that our tax dollars can no longer do us any good. Why does Grover Norquist hate us? He doesn’t. The lobbyist is simply looking out for his alcohol and tobacco customers who do better when we are despondent.

http://www.peri.umass.edu/fileadmin/pdf/published_study/PERI_military_spending_2011.pdf

http://nontrivialpursuits.org/economic_stimulus.htm

7. American Business Leaders Vowed Not to Lend Money or Create Jobs

At least not until Obama is out of office. For example:

A Georgia businessman has an ultimatum for America: Fire President Obama, or he will not hire any more workers.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/11/georgia-businessman-refuses-to-hire-until-obama-is-fired/

And he was not the only one. If someone can remember the name of the CEO who called upon fellow business leaders not to create jobs or loan money during the Obama administration, please share it. Hint: I think he said that they would be "traitors" to their class if they didn't do all they could to keep the economy in the toilet.

Posted by McCamy Taylor | Wed Jun 13, 2012, 03:04 PM (37 replies)

One Long Monday Night in the Greatest Healthcare System on Earth

“’(E)ven if Obamacare were a perfect piece of legislation, and it’s not , we can’t afford a trillion dollars of new federal spending,’ said Romney.”
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/74404.html

Dear Mr. Romney. We cannot afford not to do something about the nation’s uninsured problem. Case in point:

My husband was making pork with garlic sauce when the knife slipped and he sliced open his index finger. The one he uses every day as a massage therapist. I took one look at the gaping, bleeding wound and said “That might need stitches.” Within minutes, my husband, my adult son and I were in the car heading for the closest hospital emergency room. Let’s call it Hospital X.

Just to set the stage, I should tell you that I am a family physician. I have group insurance through my employer. So, this is not going to be a sad story about how my family had to choose between health care and eating. This is a report from the trenches of our nation’s beleaguered urban emergency rooms.

Usually, I go to Hospital Y, which is a bit farther down the road. But the last two times I had been to Y’s (busting at the seams) emergency room, the physicians had treated my abdominal pain without actually touching my abdomen. Apparently, the Y ER doctors were too busy to perform the two minute exam, because both of them (on different nights) ordered blood work and CT scans in lieu of examining me.

Hospital X was closer. And, on the two occasions that my family had been there in the past, its ER was not nearly as crowded. Unfortunately, that was about ten years ago, before the uninsured crisis drove three area hospitals out of business, and the ER volume at those left standing went through the roof.

We were triaged right away. The RN on duty knew her job. She told my husband to apply pressure to the wound and have a seat in the waiting area. That was where the fun began. For, sometime in the last decade, Hospital X’s emergency room had become just another after work walk in clinic for those without health insurance.

The waiting area with packed with people. One woman, with abdominal pain and “bad nerves” had been there for three hours. Bad sign. Abdominal pain usually takes priority over a laceration. After waiting for hours to be seen, Bad Nerves was mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. Her friend suggested that they visit one of the city’s other emergency rooms, but Bad Nerves said she had outstanding bills at all of those.

I could tell that Hospital X’s ER was understaffed, when a woman came in shouting that her husband was in the car having chest pain. The only visible hospital employee, the RN doing triage, had to leave her post, get a wheelchair, go outside to their car and wheel the husband back to the patient care area, leaving triage unattended for about 20 minutes. Keep in mind that X is a huge urban hospital that does transplants, cardiac bypass and high risk obstetrics. Oddly, we did not miss the triage nurse, because no one in the ER waiting room that night, except for my husband with the sliced finger and the young man with a sport’s injury and the guy in the car having chest pain actually seemed to be having an emergency. They were all there to visit the after work walk in clinic that was required (by federal law) to treat anyone who showed up regardless of ability to pay.

We waited about three hours to be seen. Did I mention that slicing your index finger is very painful? But my husband was stoic. Eventually, we were seen. The care was fine. We went home and my husband’s finger is healing well. Happy ending? I don’t think so. Ninety percent of the people in that waiting room could have been treated more quickly, more cheaply and more effectively in an office. But doctors’ offices demand payment, either in the form of cash or insurance. So, they wait until after work and visit the “walk in clinics” also known as the nation’s hospital emergency rooms. There is only so much that emergency rooms can do for chronic conditions, so the care is half assed by necessity. Half assed and as expensive as hell—

Oh, I almost forgot to mention. About five years ago, we were out of town and my son had an asthma attack in the middle of the night. Since we did not have his inhaler, we took him to a local emergency room where he received one nebulizer treatment, got a prescription for an inhaler and was sent on his way. The bill for that visit? Over $5000. Half assed and as expensive as hell---

Which just about sums up the state of heath care in the U.S. right now. We spend over twice as much person per year (half of it coming from the government) as western European countries and Canada, and yet our health indicators, such as life expectancy and infant mortality are at third world levels.

The moral of my story? Spending a few pennies to insure more Americans will not break the bank, because the bank is already broken. Insuring more Americans is the only way we will put the bank—and our broken health care system---back together. If 30 million more Americans---many of them with chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure---can get insurance, our hospitals will stop hemorrhaging money, everyone's health care bills will go down, and we will stop dropping like flies from preventable illness.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sun May 27, 2012, 01:35 PM (37 replies)

Prince Mittens in the Ivory Tower

Today, the presumptive GOP nominee said that Congress should not do anything to help the plight of working Americans until AFTER he (Romney) is elected. Now, I realize that Mittens and I live in different worlds.

In my world, hard working Americans work two jobs, struggle to take care of elderly relatives and their grown children who can not find work, go without health care, lose their homes, get thrown in jail because they can not pay their bills, go to bed hungry at night.

In Mitten's world, newly weds live off their trust funds. They vacation in Paris, their kids get ponies, and folks only go to bed hungry if they are trying to shed five pounds in order to fit into a Dior gown.

In my world, a pink slip means no food, no utilities, no house, no blood pressure meds.

In Mitten's world, pink slips mean an increase in corporate profit and a rise in the price of the company stock.

In my world, $1750 (the tax increase someone who makes $50,000 a year will see next year if something is not done this year by Congress) will pay for a clunker that a hard working American can use to drive to his two jobs.

In Mitten's world, $1750 will pay for a weekend for two at a nice hotel----

Mittens thinks that Americans should tighten their belts. He thinks they should do without that weekend for two at a nice hotel. Mittens lives in an ivory tower. That's why I have started this thread. I want to tell the story of Prince Mittens, but I need your help. I will post the first paragraph. I hope that some of you who believe in fairies and unicorns and happy endings will help me tell the story so that we can all enjoy a happier, lovelier America, the one you can only view if you live in an ivory tower.

Here goes.

Once upon a time, there was a prince named Mittens. Prince Mittens lived in an ivory tower. The tower was so tall that when he looked out his bedroom window, all he could see were clouds. White, fluffy clouds...

Posted by McCamy Taylor | Wed May 23, 2012, 03:05 PM (4 replies)

How Much Money Will Super Pacs Spend on the 2012 Presidential Election?

I propose a contest. Guess how much Super Pac money will be spent only on the presidential part of the 2012 election.

In 2008, $1.3 billion were spent by the two candidates. I predict that this amount will be reached again---and that it will be dwarfed by Super Pac spending fueled by special interests that have cut jobs while raking in huge profits. And the banks, which have squirreled away their bailout money to use as an election slush fund. And by Big Oil that continues to get government subsidies to price gouge us. Since the various special interests---Big Oil, Big Pharm, Insurance, Banking, Retail sector--have competing interests, as one group gives, the others will give, too, in hopes of controlling the White House in 2013-2017. Because what is good for Big Oil may not benefit United Health. And what makes Pfizer profits may not do much for J.P. Morgan. And with the federal government circling the bankruptcy toilet thanks to all the corporate welfare handed out by Bush. Jr, there will be only so much federal money to go around in the next four years, and everyone of the special interests cited above will want to get all of that money, even if it means starving every other sector of the economy to death.

Ok. I'm guessing $10 billion in SuperPac spending.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sat Apr 21, 2012, 05:48 PM (0 replies)

Sleep apnea---the most commonly missed common problem in the US.

If you have migraine headches, fibromyalgia, memory impairment, uncontrolled high blood pressure, middle of the night insomnia, middle of the night chest pain (that is not GERD), middle of the night strokes, congestive heart failure for no reason, erectile dysfunction, lots of traffic accidents or a first degree relative with sleep apnea....

You may be one of the millions of Americans (about 10% of Americans over 40) that has OSA and does not know it (about 80% of that 10% of all Americans). And you will not suspect it, because the number one sign---snoring and choking at night---happens only when you are asleep and stops just before you wake up.

I have OSA. It made my life a mess for years before I realized what was really wrong with me. Now, I am back to work and feel great. And no, you do not have to be morbidly obese or a man to have sleep apnea.

Here is a resource for anyone who wants to learn more about this common, common, common---but missed, missed, missed---diagnosis available at Kindle.

http://www.amazon.com/Everything-Never-Needed-Obstructive-ebook/dp/B007USP5UA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334790286&sr=8-1

If you know that something is wrong with you but no one has been able to tell you what it is or make it better, consider the possibility that you have a sleep disorder. Sleep apnea is not the only sleep disorder. Restless leg syndrom, bruxism etc. can also cause problems. But OSA is one of the nastiest in terms of what it will do to your body if you do not diagnosis it. My grandmother was an OSA casuality. Got up from the bed in the middle of the night to use the bathroom like she did multiple times every night, was dizzy and confused probably from lack of oxygen, fell down the stairs and suffered an intracranial bleed.

Posted by McCamy Taylor | Wed Apr 18, 2012, 06:10 PM (3 replies)

Time for an Obama "Let's SAVE Medicare" Tour of the Nation

Once again, the GOP House has voted to replace Medicare with vouchers. The vouchers will be given to Republican SuperPac donors like Aetna and Blue Cross. In return, Aetna and Blue Cross will give the nation's seniors limited choice, sky high deductibles and copayments. And they will refuse to write policies for the 25% of Medicare recipients who used up 80% of Medicare's fund becasue they are sick with serious illness like cancer and heart failure. If the 25% is lucky, their state's Medicaid program will pick up the slack. If they are unlucky, they will die prematurely from lack of access to health care.

And, once again, the Washington Post has launched its "Obama wants to chainsaw massacre Medicare" campaign, something they do every time the GOP House gets together to act like a bunch of frat boys who could care less what AARP says about them next fall.

Therefore, I think it is time for our president to hit the road, touring cities with high percentages of elderly folks who depend upon their Medicare for their lives. He should visit research and teaching hospitals that are able to stay in business because their elderly, sick population is insured. He should visit nursing homes and senior citizens centers. He should make it clear that he is not willing to see the elderly sacrificed in the name of greater corporate progress.

If Obama is too busy, Michelle can go. And take the kids once they get out of school. Old folks love kids.

Remember, if we lose this election, we will lose Medicare for good---because the private insurers know that as long as Medicare exists, the nation can expand it to cover all citizens. And Mittens is in the pocket of the health insurance industry.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sun Apr 8, 2012, 04:33 PM (1 replies)

Obama is a Conservative…Only If You Think Equal Rights are Optional

Some people do not know the meaning of the word “conservative.”

“A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who has never learned how to walk forward.” FDR


A “conservative” is NOT someone whose DOJ enforces federal laws. He is not someone who bargains with the other party in power. (Remember the political acrobatics that LBJ and VP Humphrey performed in order to squeeze out Medicare and the Civil Rights Act?) He is not a president who failed to enact single payer health care as an executive order after Congress proved not to be up to the task. He is not someone who escalates the war in Afghanistan and hunts down Osama Bin Laden---that’s just called keeping a campaign promise. A conservative isn’t even someone who attacks the members of his own party who have different views.

You can only call Obama a “conservative” if you believe that equal justice is a luxury that has to take a back seat towards improving the economy. And yes, I guess if you are white and heterosexual and not a Muslim and not handicapped---if you drew a winning lottery ticket at birth, equal rights for those less fortunate than yourself may seem less important than money. Your money.

When I look at the current administration, I see a no tolerance for gay-bashing policy that is light years ahead of anything we have had before. Which former president threatened to cut off aid to schools that tolerate the bullying of gays? I see the first efforts by the DOJ to enforce the Voting Rights Act in a decade. I see the equal pay for women act---and an administration that is not afraid to cut off Medicaid funds to states that seek to deny women choice. I see a president who is not afraid to stand up for Planned Parenthood and the rights of a young Black man to walk down the streets of America without having to worry that his skin color (or choice of dress) will scare the shit out of vigilante with a gun.

If we want to see real and lasting improvement in the financial well being of workers, we can not adopt a "Let me get mine first and then the ____s can have a taste, too" policy. Every woman who is paid 74 cents on the dollar is wage depression for you. Every young Hispanic denied an education is an underpaid no benefits worker who will keep your salary and benefits low. Every young Black man sent to a for profit prison where he is paid pennies an hour to be a telemarkter is more taxes for you and less jobs for you. Every closeted, frightened gay is a worker who will take whatever shit the boss dishes out---which means more shit for all of us.

No man is an island, and that includes you, dude.

Now, I want to ask a question. How would you define journalists who accused Obama of wanting to chainsaw massacre Medicare every time the GOP House votes to end Medicare and replace it with private insurance subsidies that will enrich the coffers of Aetna, Blue Cross and United Health---without actually guaranteeing seniors the care they need?

I would define them as shills for the GOP. Yes, Washington Post, I am talking about you. The Washington Post wants you to know that Obama is going to destroy Medicare. They---and the people who quote them as if the WaPo is the voice of God---are going to assail you with this same old tired story, “Obama is a Republican in disguise” all the way up until November, because they are scared shitless that you might remember instead that the House has voted twice to abolish Medicare. Let me repeat that again, in bold letters this time:

The House has voted twice to end Medicare.

!!!!

On reflection, maybe Obama is a conservative---when it comes to conserving the gains the country made under FDR and LBJ. Maybe those who point fingers at him and call him “conservative” are actually pissed that he is not more reactionary.

“A reactionary is a somnambulist walking backwards.” FDR
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sat Apr 7, 2012, 09:03 PM (53 replies)

To sum up the GOP health care plan for the country….Just Die.

"To our seniors, I have a message for you: you're going to die sooner," if the health care bill passes, Sen. Tom Coburn (R- Okla.) said on the floor of the Senate in December.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/21/the-most-outrageous-quote_n_506288.html#s74885&title=A_Chavez_Tactic

Looks like the nation's seniors are not dying fast enough to suit the GOP. That is why Republicans are taking matters into their own hands. Here is what the party has planned for us. Call it the Just Die! prescription for America.

Medicare will be phased out. No, this is not because the President has decided to “chainsaw massacre” Medicare. The GOP House has voted twice to kill the program that has served America's disabled and elderly for over half a century. Your mother will be given a small sum with which to purchase health care “in the free market.” For those of you with mothers less than 65, you know how successful she has been at finding an insurer willing to write her an individual policy. (Yeah, yeah. I am being sarcastic). She will have even less luck once she is over 65.

Poor elderly should still be able to qualify for Medicaid. However, as we have learned today, Medicaid nursing home payments will be phased out. Once your mother has sold her house and run through her savings, the nursing home will come after YOU for payment. If you do not have $80,000 a year lying around, you will be more than welcome to take her home with you. One of the breadwinners can quit work to stay with her round the clock. If you are not married, you are shit out of luck, because there will be no paycheck coming in to pay for rent, utilities etc. Soon, you and your elderly mom will be living at the nearest homeless shelter along with your (now homeless) children. I wonder if the Union Gospel Mission supplies Depends and tube feedings.

Meanwhile, your mom can say “Hello again!” to that pesky donut hole that requires her to spend thousands out of pocket for overpriced prescription medications. This will cause her chronic health conditions to worsen, putting her one step closer to that nursing home that she (and her family) will not be able to afford.

How many of you have already exceeded your “lifetime” dollar limit for healthcare without even noticing it? You will find out just as soon as the SCOTUS strikes down the health care law and your insurer tells you that you have already had your fair share of dialysis/chemotherapy/congestive heart failure treatment so please go somewhere and die.

If you haven’t used up your lifetime allowance, you may still find that your health insurer drops you, simply because you have gotten sick. That is another part of “Obama Care” that the GOP cannot stand. How dare Americans expect health insurers to keep their part of the bargain! Aetna writes insurance policies to make money, not to feed your need for frivolous life saving medication. Oh, and more good news for Aetna. It can now spend all of the money it collects in premiums on CEO bonuses and stock dividends and NONE of it on actual health care. Thank you, GOP!

Your children aged 18-26 will no longer be able to get insurance through your employer . Those who are supporting themselves with fast food industry McJobs while waiting for the economy to turn around will have no medical care. This will be a problem for young women more than young men, since women 18-25 are at the peak of their fertility and need good, affordable birth control.

Your daughter aged 18-26 who can no longer get health insurance through your job will no longer be able to get birth control through Planned Parenthood if she lives in one of the “red” states like Texas which are slashing women’s access to health care in the name of ending abortion. You and your mom will no longer be able to get breast cancer, high blood pressure and diabetes screenings at subsidized clinics, because the “red” states like Texas as slashing ALL women’s access to health care---in the name of ending abortion.

Your daughter age 18-26 will no longer be able to get an abortion when the condom breaks, because the GOP plans to outlaw the morning after pill---and all birth control pills, because they can be used as morning after pills and IUDs because they prevent implantation not fertilization and your mom’s rheumatoid arthritis medication because it can also be used to terminate a pregnancy. And, when they get one more Scalia on the Supreme Court, they will overturn Roe v. Wade, opening the door for states to declare that life begins at conception and any women who travels to a “blue” state for the morning after pill is a first degree murderer.

Your daughter age 18-26 who develops severe eclampsia during that unplanned pregnancy will no longer have the option of delivering early to save her life. That means two tombstones, one for her and one for the fetus that will not survive long once its mother is dead from a brain hemorrhage.


Those of you with chronic health problems like high blood pressure who were (briefly) able to get insurance in high risk pools, despite your pre-existing conditions will now be uninsured (and uninsurable) again. So be sure to get as much done in the next few months as possible, because it may be years before you can afford to see a doctor---in this country. I hear that health care is pretty decent and a whole lot cheaper in Mexico.

Your special needs child? She will now be uninsurable again, unless one of her parents quits their jobs so that the family is poor enough to qualify for SCHIP or Medicaid. This means you will have a choice. Become Bob Crachitt and hope that some kind hearted Scrooge takes pity on your little Tiny Tim. Or, read your daughter the part of Little Women in which Beth dies so that she will know how beautiful her own death can be.

And all you folks who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid who have been holding your breath until 2014 when you will finally be able to get affordable health insurance for your pre-existing high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, lupus, multiple sclerosis, heart disease---continue holding your breath until you turn blue and die. That is Republican health care.


Posted by McCamy Taylor | Tue Apr 3, 2012, 07:27 PM (8 replies)
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