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Terrorism, Candidates, and Health Care (10-29-10)

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First and foremost, I want to point you to a great website. It will show you your voter registration status, as well as show you the address of the location of where to vote. It can be found here: https://www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/Pages/VoterRegistrationStatus.aspx

The Mid-Term elections are coming up. It’s going to be a big one. Please, make sure you get out and vote. I know, as well do you, where I stand. I have a bias towards that party. If you disagree with everything I say, go out and vote against me. I don’t care who you vote for, just get out and vote. This is what separates us from the tyrannical and oppressive governments around the world. This is what democracy stands for. This is what defines us. Taking advantage of it is your choice. You can stay at home and not vote. But, when that right is taken away, you will be the first yelling about it. But it will be too late.

Remember, no single raindrop think’s it’s responsible for the flood.

Onward!

Okay, so there was relatively no news today, or anything really controversial to talk about. But there was one story that I will hit on, only because it leads me to another point. Then I will go over the Pennsylvania candidates.

So the top story for today is the attempted, pre-attack, attack terrorist plot. Yeah. If we reported every time something like this went on, we would all be crazy, living in fear, and and constantly looking over our shoulder. Wait…some are. They are called Teabaggers. Of course, the fear mongering comes from the Republicans. Democrats just tell it like it is. I’m sorry if that seems very bias, but look at the facts.

Anyways, here is my issue. When I first heard this story today, it was around 12PM. President Obama heard about it last night. So he did the right thing all the way. He had screened all cargo planes (how it was coming in), and is taking additional measures to ensure the safety, and this attack can’t be carried out. But when the AP got hold of the story, they really f**ked it up.

The first report I heard was that it was a dry test run. They had ink cartridges with wires and a white powder. Then they said that there was no signs of explosives, and that it was thwarted in Yemen. The packages were supposedly going to banks. They also said that they had grounded all planes, I assume that originated out of Yemen. End of story, right? Wrong.

Around 5PM, President Obama made a press release. He said that it was confirmed explosives, and that they had traced it back to the Saudi Arabia peninsula, in Yemen, to an Al Qaeda cell. Wow, that is quite a jump from being no threat to being potentially deadly! President Obama also said that the packages were headed to Jewish Worship places. That is also different from the original story. So in short, nothing that we heard previously to President Obama was true. So who is to blame?

I say the blame is on us, and the news source. We demand 24 hour news, and they supply it. But in doing so, the credibility of any story is thrown into the wind. Stories always develop. But develop, and completely change are two very different things. And we are seeing this more and more. Why couldn’t they simply say, there is an investigation going on into a potential terrorist run in Yemen. We will continue when more information is available. But instead, they all have to be first to the fire, and will go off of every little bit of information, without any kind of accountability.

This needs to stop. Until it does, we will constantly be fed junk stories. From the original story, to the story from the mouth of the horse, the only correlation was the cargo plane and a package. So, what would it have harmed to not know the entire story until it was confirmed by the proper official. This has got to stop.

Moving on…

Before I go on, let me give you this link. There is a lot of questions about what the Health Insurance reform all entails. And there is a lot of bad information coming from the right. Here is an independent website that will explain it all. Some great information here: http://www.healthcare.gov/

Okay, now on to the candidates for Pennsylvania. There are a lot of them in the local races. For a complete rundown, county by county, here is the official Commonwealth of PA website: http://www.electionreturns.state.pa.us/ElectionsInformation.aspx?FunctionID=12&ElectionID=39

But I will focus on the statewide elections. Running for Senator is Joe Sestak (Dem). I support Joe Sestak. I have heard him on several talk shows. He is very intelligent, not muddled by his own personal ideologies, and seems like a very middle of the road kind of guy. His website is here: http://joesestak.com/Home/Home.html

His running mate is Pat Toomey (Rep). Pat has been fairly quiet all considering. He hasn’t really went on many shows, none of the progressive radio programs. He hasn’t appeared on CNN or any other liberal media TV shows. What does this tell me? It tells me that he is sticking to the media outlets that he knows will ask him favorable questions, thus painting him in the exact way he wants. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s not very honest, and doesn’t open up a very good dialogue with the people. His website is here: http://www.toomeyforsenate.com/index.php

Joe Sestak will keep Pennsylvania fair. He will not repeal the health care reform law, which if you look at the website posted above, you will see is nothing how the Right defines it. Every Republican, and even some Democrats!, have said they want to repeal it. What part? The part that covers 38 million more people? The part that says the insurance companies can’t drop you after you hit a cap? How about the part that says they cannot deny you coverage if you have a preexisting coverage.

You want to know the difference between the Right and the Left, while we’re on the topic. While Democrats are advocating for the human rights issues, Republicans are comparing human life to property:

“It sounds so good, and it’s such a warm message to say we’re not gonna deny anyone from a preexisting condition,” Huckabee explained at the Value Voters Summit today. “Look, I think that sounds terrific, but I want to ask you something from a common sense perspective. Suppose we applied that principle [to] our property insurance. And you can call your insurance agent and say, “I’d like to buy some insurance for my house.” He’d say, “Tell me about your house.” “Well sir, it burned down yesterday, but I’d like to insure it today.” And he’ll say “I’m sorry, but we can’t insure it after it’s already burned.” Well, no preexisting conditions.” –Mike Huckabee (http://tinyurl.com/HuckabeeHealthCare)

So, to them, your health and quality of life is the same as a burnt down home. Classy.

And the list goes on. The fact of the matter is, and this is what it comes down to. While Democrats are for human rights, and advancement of social programs, the thought that you can achieve whatever you want, and if you are down, we will help you up. The thought that we have a responsibility to our citizens that when you are in the most need, we will not turn our backs on you. A government of the people, by the people, for the people.

Republicans stand up there, and say that they are outsiders, and that they want government out of our lives, but what they are truly saying is, we want to create an atmosphere where, instead of you having assistance from the government, you will be under the full control of the corporation. Instead of the thought of everybody pitching in to society to ensure that the tired, the weak, the huddled masses can create their lives, it will be over run by corporate greed and profit for the top 1%.

I strongly believe that the right direction is on the Left. You will see that when you inspect the candidates further. I gave you the resources for the start. But don’t take anything at face value. You can’t believe their propaganda website. Dig into what they say. See where they truly stand.

Only you can make your final decision. Just make sure that it is the right one for you, and that you do not vote against your own self interest. If you are a multimillionaire, and believe that you do not deserve to put in your equal share in taxes and responsibility for safety and care, than you go ahead and vote Republican.

But if that isn’t you, or even if you are a multimillionaire, but understand that it’s only right to put in your fair share, then the Left is where you belong. We’re the fun party anyways 🙂

Before I finish, a few notes on taxes. Did you know your taxes are at the lowest rate they have ever been at? Yeah. Don’t believe the Right machine and their pack of lies. Between tax rates, mortgage rates, interest rates, and tax breaks, you are paying less now than you ever have. More and more millionaires are coming out and saying that it’s not right that they are paying the rate they are, that it is too low.

If the Bush Tax Cuts are allow to expired, it would only affect people making over $250,000. The tax breaks under that would stay in place. Some say that would bury small business, but the fact of the matter is, they would only be taxed on anything OVER that $250,000 mark. For example, if it were a 3% tax rate, if they made $251,000, they would only be taxed on that $1,000, which would be $30, just so you have an idea of what is going on.

Republicans fully oppose this, just like every other bill that Democrats have tried to push though the Senate. The House approved over 400 bills, all of which are hung up in the House because Republicans refuse to even hear it. Bills, such as this tax cut, that Republicans and Democrats used to support fully and bi-partisonally. That is gone. The Republicans have turned into complete obstructionists.

And to kind of tie Health Care to taxes…if we had a single payer system (universal health care), Republicans try to scare you by saying that your taxes would go up and it would be inefficient. First, and easier to explain, the inefficiency of it. Look at Medicare. This would be Medicare for all. Medicare works great. Doctors love Medicare, because they get paid MUCH quicker (3 weeks, opposed to 15 weeks+ to standard insurance). They may get paid slightly less, but it works much better. And often times, insurance will never pay the doctors.

Now, the slightly more complex issue of taxes. First off, all medical expenses would be gone. So your monthly premiums, gone. Deductibles, gone. Medication bills, gone. Surgery, Free. So let’s say they tax you 5%. The amount is SIGNIFICANTLY less than what you are paying out currently.

Don’t believe me? Let’s use me for an example. These are real, true numbers. $2400 (my rate for individual premium yearly) + $1320 (My medicine yearly) + $1000 (My yearly fee for doctors visits), that equals close to $5,000 a year, and thats if nothing goes wrong and I don’t need specialists, or god forbid, surgery. I make 22K/year. If I were taxed 5% of that, I would put out $1,100 a year in taxes for medical. But again, that $5,000/year I pay would be gone. Let’s say this is standard for an individual in my salary range. Only in America would somebody rather pay $5,000 in bills as opposed to $1,100 in taxes. Go ahead, do the math in your case. See how that turns out for you, and where you stand on the issue.

This Tuesday, the direction of the future rests in your hands. Let me refer back to my previous statement. No single raindrop thinks it’s responsible for the flood.

Written by aversas

29/10/2010 at 8:01 PM