The Real Health Care Debate by Chris Hedges (repost)

Reposting in case you missed it.

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
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Truthout
April 9, 2012

Single-payer rally

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The debate surrounding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act illustrates the impoverishment of our political life. Here is a law that had its origin in the right-wing Heritage Foundation, was first put into practice in 2006 in Massachusetts by then-Gov. Mitt Romney and was solidified into federal law after corporate lobbyists wrote legislation with more than 2,000 pages. It is a law that forces American citizens to buy a deeply defective product from private insurance companies. It is a law that is the equivalent of the bank bailout bill—some $447 billion in subsidies for insurance interests alone—for the pharmaceutical and insurance industries. It is a law that is unconstitutional. Continue reading

Romney’s Campaign of Inanity by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
June 14, 2012

Day 9 Occupy Wall Street September 25 2011 Shankbone 25

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Mitt Romney’s daily dittohead assertions make one wonder what he got out of the law and business degrees he received from Harvard University. One of his regular blasts blames Barack Obama for the daily reports of bad economic indicators. Unemployment increases – blame Obama. Retail sales decline – blame Obama. Profits not rising – blame Obama. Housing crisis continues– blame Obama.

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The Loss of American Democracy By Timothy V. Gatto

By Timothy V. Gatto
Featured Writer
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liberalpro.blogspot.com
June 10, 2012

Graffiti "4 More Years of Fascism"

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We can evaluate Obama’s track record using statistics and apply them to unemployment, GNP, military spending and inflation (or deflation). This is probably how the GOP will try to portray his presidency. It’s an effective strategy mainly because many economic indicators were better when he took office then they are today. It’s easy to point to statistics and convince people, based on empirical evidence, that this nation was in better shape when George W. Bush was President. In fact, it’s so easy to manipulate numbers, that even a brain-dead candidate like Romney could “prove” that things have undoubtedly gone downhill since Obama took office.

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End Corporatocracy by Rand Clifford

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October 9, 2011

occupy dismantle the corporatocracy

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In the late Douglas Adams’ masterpiece of wit, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything is…42.

Philosophers whose ancestors built the gargantuan computer Deep Thought to calculate an answer to that Ultimate Question were mortified upon learning that their computer spent 7.5 million years to come up with, 42. Deep Thought’s response was along the lines of: How do you expect to understand the answer, when you don’t understand the question?

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American Psycho: An Elite Exposed in an Exit Speech by Chris Floyd

It appears that Chris Floyd’s website has been hacked again or is down for another reason. Check back later.  See: Ain’t Gonna Let No Cyber-Thugs Turn Me Around: Empire Burlesque Returns ~ Lo

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This is one of Chris’ best pieces, please read the entire post on his site. ~ Lo

by Chris Floyd
Empire Burlesque
Friday, 08 February 2008

If you would like to see just how sick the American elite really is – how morally depraved, how intellectually diseased, how addicted to the taste of human flesh, the scent of human blood, and the sight of human suffering – then you need go no further than the speech given by Mitt Romney to the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 7, 2008.

Now you might say that Mitt Romney is old news. After all, this was the very speech where he declared he was quitting the presidential race. He’s toast, he’s over, the fork has been stuck into his well-roasted hide; who cares what he says? This is of course the witless “horse-race” view that dominates political discourse in America: who’s up, who’s down, who’s getting the column inches, who’s on TV? But in reality, the American elite – or the Establishment, or the power structure, call it what you will (as long as you don’t call it what it really is: the ruling class) – is like an iceberg: most of its vast bulk exists unseen, it plows on beneath the surface, unperturbed by the media storms that rage around the small bit of exposed material at the summit.

Mitt Romney is an immensely wealthy, well-connected man, a former governor of the state of Massachusetts, born and bred in an extensive web of privilege and power. His defeat in a presidential campaign changes none of that. He will simply submerge – for a time – back into those depths where the real business of the elite is largely done. Thus his words to the conservative activists remain a highly relevant indication of the mindset that holds sway over the world’s most powerful nation. They show the barbarism, hatemongering and bloodlust that are considered perfectly acceptable in the polite company of our rulers and their sycophants.

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