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realFedUp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-18-09 08:03 PM
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What more can be said?
Forget bowing too low due to foreign custom, many of the
Congressional Democrats have been grabbing their
own ankles for corporate support; too busy
buying their next election to do what's right in
front of their faces.

The simple answer to what we want and need is
providing a national health care plan is expanding
Medicare and adding a buy in for those under 65 who aren't
employed, not covered by their employers or
running small businesses. The age of receiving
medicare for those who are already covered
can be moved to an older age, say 68. The number
of people who would join a national health
care plan would flood Medicare coffers, making
it solvent for years and more affordable for all.

The real challenge facing Congress should be
in fixing the idiotic laws they put into place
a few years ago regarding Medicare.

This is the answer and as frustrating as it is
to see and hear stupidity on a daily basis,
it's devastating seeing supposedly competent and intelligent
elected officials bowing too low to corporatism
and shining us on.
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StarfarerBill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-18-09 09:06 PM
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1. The corporate Mob...
...has always sought to sidetrack or dismantle every legislative initiative and program that it thinks stands in its way to greater profits and power. It has industry groups and think tanks dedicated to nothing else but recognizing these barriers, and formulating ways around or through them.

One time-honored tactic is the corrupting of public officials; either through direct bribes or by contributing to election campaigns, with the proviso that the elected pol operate in the way that the contributor wants.

Until money is either taken completely out of politics or at least kept at manageable levels we'll continue to see seemingly good officials swayed by their corporate benefactors, to the detriment of the rest of us.
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