Back in January, I said I believe things are being engineered in such a way that our government will own foreclosed homes and will become one big landlord. I admit I didn't expect my prediction to come true so soon, though. Back then I was spitting-mad over it. Now I'm feeling sad and wrung out about it - what really can be done to stop this? Has the world run mad?
While I'm doing my shrieking Cassandra routine, let me also mention the healthcare commandeering (it can't be called negotiation, can it?) which is being played out in D.C. The economy stinks on hot ice, thanks in large part to Obama's administration effectively hobbling industry with meddling and the woefully unstimulating "stimulus" package, which we are told we need another of-. Pah! With this tanking economy, Obama sees how imperitive it is for him to get healthcare reforms rammed through before the reps and senators recess in August. He says it's going to happen, no matter what. Obama will not acknowledge there is any other reasoned argument against nationalized healthcare and shuts down any possibility of dialogue by calling opponents to his power-grab "naysayers." Fine: Nay, says I. Then he says he's got new ideas and we learn he's trotting out the same, hackneyed crappy old ideas that didn't fix things like poverty in our country the first, second or third times.
Further, I'm wondering who the large corporations are who are buying up private physicians' practices throughout the nation. Who has the kind of money companies like Pediatrix have to buy up small professional practices and go national? This seems more in line with efforts to streamline these practices into a centralized organization. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe this is just some private company which saw a better way to run these offices, but I'm frankly creeped out by centralization. Health care used to be about healing. It used to be about trained physicians, nurses and medical assistants who were members of their communities and providing vital services, but now it's looking more and more cookie cutter and soulless in my opinion. Borg-like, even.
What I'm wondering is who is making the money off this centralization, and how are they connected, politically? I'm suspicious and have been for quite some time. Articles like this one do nothing to assuage my apprehension at what is happening to our healthcare system. The HIPAA forms we've all filled out notwithstanding, have you ever considered that YOU and not your doctor-- own the rights to the information contained in your medical records?
The sad fact is that despite laws which were marketed to us as protection of our privacy and our rights, our medical information will likely be used against us in a heavily rationed and limited healthcare system in which our government has unfettered access to our medical records. If the thought of that doesn't make you sick, something's wrong with you.
We now return you to our usual programming of puppies, shoes and pink fluffy clouds. There's no place like home. *click*click*click*
who is john galt? meh
We're on that slippery slope towards Socialism, and what bothers me the most is that no one seems to care...
I don't think they have the money, or will be able to sell the tax increases, although there are those that disagree and think Obama is pushing for a financial crises to gain the power FDR had to manipulate the United States. Maybe so, but it's not the same United States as in the Depression. People are more informed, have damn near unlimited access to the government, and the number of pissed off constituents increases daily.
I say, let Obama and his minions be forced to use VA facilites for their healthcare. Let them rub elbows, and break bread, with the people that gave body parts so the Obamanites could wear $500 sneakers and hob nob with European word merchants. Add an occasional mortar round for effect. Turn off the air conditioning and ration water for drinking only.
I would much rather read about the puppies, etc... than about the social engineering happening around us every day. ;)
Semi-rhetorical question... Why do we have so many folks who don't feel good enough about themselves as beings and must therefore meddle in others' existence?
Well, Jon, back in FDR's day, there were still people with the guts to rebel. Not so, now. We are sitting here on the railroad tracks watching the government freight train race toward us, and not doing a thing to escape it. Sheep.
I guess I have a unique perspective. My corner of the world is an industrialized petrochemical and ship yard area that is full of pissed off workers that are watching their world crumble. Most would shoot you for spitting in their yard and they're running out of beer and cigarette money. The nuances of political disource are lost somewhere between the new government housing projects and the houses where people are turning off their air conditioners so they can pay their mortgages.
It's getting angry down here, and I'm doing everything I can to channel this anger in the right direction. It's the least I can do for the political wonks.
"Buyer's remorse." It's happening with the O-voters, but NOT soon enough. Those of us who are in a position to say "told you so" have VERY mixed emotions in this space.
And... you speak truth, Jon. Those tea parties keep getting larger and larger.
Agreed, and the coverage of "dissent" within the US over the Prokulus, cap and trade and health care is NOT getting on the MSM... sigh... Is it 2012 yet????
Centralization rhymes with socialization. Scary indeed.
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