IT IS TIME TO RADICALLY ALTER HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA!!!

July 27, 2017  By Jack Jodell, American Dissident, N.M.P.  

COUNTDOWN: I report, with a huge amount of consternation, that there are still 1,277 days left in this horridly corrupt administration’s term in office… 

Republicans, and President Donald Chump in particular, have made numerous futile attempts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare.” They have discovered, by going back home and facing their constituents, plus by visitors to the Capitol strenuously voicing their disapproval, that there is a lot of opposition to what they want to do – and it has spread discord among their once-unified ranks. Some of these GOP members have found tremendous opposition to the draconian cuts in Medicaid they have proposed. Others are justifiably sheepish about eliminating the ability of those below 26 years of age to remain on their parents’ insurance policies. Still more are incensed by the way the bill’s repeal would enable greedy insurance companies to once more establish bans for those with pre-existing conditions. But nearly all have been surprised by the outrage they have encountered from their constituents, and they are beginning to backpedal a bit, as well they should!

I have absolutely NO sympathy for these corporatists and insurance company shills!

Don’t get me wrong: I am in no way favoring the ACA’s forced mandates, wherein people are forced to sign up with some greedy health insurance company! It is hard for me to fathom why we even need insurance companies to pay for our health services at all: THEY are NOT delivering the medical expertise we need to save lives, improve our quality of life, or guide us through illness. THEY are NOT developing new, lifesaving medicines. THEY are NOT keeping health care costs affordable for regular citizens: in fact, it is THEY who are ADDING to the ever-upward spiral of health care costs with constant increases in premiums and higher deductibles!  😦

It is time to face FACTS here, my friends: this for-profit, health “care” system we have here in the United States is a RIP-OFF designed to make profitable insurance companies even more profitable – at OUR expense! This is NOT the so-called “free market” in action here – this is a gigantic abuse of market freedom! It is INDEFENSIBLE that the heads of major medical insurance companies are paid exorbitant incomes and perks while denying even one person a lifesaving medicine or treatment, or making it so costly for them to receive that they must forgo it altogether! A look at several of these salaries is quite revealing:

  • Cigna CEO David Cordani: $17.3 million. Cordani’s total compensation rose considerably compared to 2014, when he pulled in $14.5 million. …
  • Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini: $17.3 million. …
  • UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley: $14.5 million. …
  • Anthem CEO Joseph Swedish: $13.6 million. …
  • Humana CEO Bruce Broussard: $10.3 million.

You may recognize many of these companies, if not their CEOs. They dump many millions of YOUR premium dollars into expensive TV ads which plague us all many times each day. Keep in mind: these are just CEO salaries – you can be assured that each member of their Boards of Directors receives a very handsome paycheck as well! Ask yourself: when was the last time YOU received a substantial increase in YOUR annual pay? And why should these gluttonous bastards be compensated so much in the first place? 

It is high time we in this country c0mpletely ABANDON this immoral and greed-obsessed for-profit health “care” system; thoroughly DISBAND the gluttonous health care insurance companies altogether; and replace them with a far more cost efficient “Medicare for all” SINGLE-PAYER  system which works perfectly well for ALL of the other countries in the world! I wrote about the myths and lies being distributed by pro-insurance buffoons concerning Single Payer in the March 18, 2016 edition of this blog.  Much of what I wrote then is still valid and applicable today. I would encourage all who doubt this argument to refresh yourself with that entry…

Consider this: Medicare works fine with an overhead of roughly 4%, whereas the greedy health insurance industry requires a minimum of  FIVE to SEVEN times that amount! Why such a huge difference?  The profit motive lies at the root of it all. Insurance companies must pay greatly inflated salaries to attract the “best” CEOs; they rely constantly on expensive advertising campaigns; plus they must pay handsome dividends to their investors or they will lose those funds. A single-payer system relies on NONE of those added costs, and would also keep the much too greedy pharmaceutical companies from horrendously overcharging us the way they do, too!  That is why single-payer  is definitely a far superior system which we should adopt IMMEDIATELY!

We no longer need the archaic for-profit insurance companies to pay our medical expenses for us and then have the gall to charge us dearly for their “services”! Their claims of us having the best medical care system in the world, and how foreigners keep coming here for medical treatment, are largely unfounded. Not only that, but our outcomes for many health categories are NOT top of the line, and surely do NOT justify what we are paying for them! After all, people living in single-payer systems in other countries are hardly dropping dead on the streets of their cities from lack of proper medical care, nor are they paying 400 – 500 times our tax rate for their systems! They are simply getting their money’s worth on health care because they have ELIMINATED a for-profit health care system, something WE should be doing as well!

Liar-in-chief Donald Chump  came our forcefully against single-payer recently. He is instead urging immediate repeal of “Obamacare”. Like almost all of his stances and agenda, this, too, is a very reckless recommendation which MUST be rejected by ALL who hold political office! After all, the non-partisan CBO has found that 32 MILLION people will lose access to health care if Obamacaew is repealed and then replaced by the Republican-sponsored, pro-insurance industry plan which has been put forth.

I  STRONGLY encourage you to attend all local gatherings or town hall meetings your Congressperson or Senator may be appearing at over the next few weeks – especially if they are Republicans – and let them know in no uncertain terms that YOU NOW FAVOR THE ADOPTION OF A “MEDICARE FOR ALL, SINGLE-PAYER SYSTEM” to be enacted IMMEDIATELY in this country! We have got to stop this insanity of health insurance companies robbing us blind NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Why Trump Goes Flake Squeezing

July 24, 2017  By Jack Jodell, American Dissident, N.M.P. (in association with the gifted writer BURR DEMING, creator of and chief author over at the brilliant blog site FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll in the right hand column of this page).       

COUNTDOWN: We are greatly troubled to report that yet another 1,280 days still remain in this petty President’s term in office…

Happy Monday, everyone. Much has been made about President Donald Chump’s thin-skin and inability to handle even the slightest bit of criticism from anybody. Many have correctly noted the petty manner in which – much like a stereotypical scorned young lady – Chump reacts with disdain and vindictiveness toward the one who has been critical of him, and then tries his best to wreak vengeance upon this person.

This, of course, is not the sign of a great leader – it reflects instead upon a weak person of questionable moral character.  

Throughout his entire life, the misfit who unfortunately now occupies the White House has been involved in one pathetic skirmish after another  with a number of different people. One thinks of how Chump became the butt of a skillfully-delivered presidential joke during a White House Correspondents Dinner in 2011 , and how, once he himself entered office, Chump deliberately began his attempts to dismantle and reverse nearly every major action undertaken by President Obama and to negate or minimize each achievement which might contribute to any possible Obama legacy.  

These are the markings of a small-minded, immature little BOY – and hardly befit a 71 year old male who happens to be President! Nonetheless, they do constitute what Donald Chump is really all about.

In  today’s revealing podcast, podcaster extraordinaire BURR DEMING muses over how politicians of other ages employed similar yet different  tactics toward opponents, and outlines how Chump’s latest object of scorn, Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, has become a target of his vindictive  ire.  As he does so, Burr cleverly weaves in the tale of the first transgender person in history – Christine Jorgensen.

Burr says, “Spiro Agnew purged a Senator in 1970. Trump hates a Senator in 2017.

One was about policy.

The other is simply petty.

PODCAST

Transcript:
http://fairandunbalanced.com/?p=6749
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KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON VENEZUELA!

July 20, 2017  By Jack Jodell, American Dissident, N.M.P.  

COUNTDOWN: Regretfully, we must still put up with the Thief-in-chief   Donald Chump for yet another 1,284 more days…

Venezuela has erupted in a series of often violent anti-government protests. The U.S.  corporate-owned media has placed the blame on the Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, and what it views as growing citizen opposition to its 18 year old socialist government. As I have learned to take reporting from these corporate-tainted sources lightly, I have instead gathered info for this post from eyewitness reports given investigative journalist Abby Martin in one of her informative documentaries featured in her fabulous Empire Files series which has been airing on FREE SPEECH TV, plus additional info from the BBC.

Albeit for much different reasons, the electorate of Venezuela is split,  just as is that of the United States. On one side is the ruling government party, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), knwn as the Chavistas (the name given it to describe its pro-Socialist followers of the late President Hugo Chavez), and on the other side, the Opposition, which is made up of upper middle class and upper class people and business owners, who cannot wait to return to power. This opposition charges that the PSUV, now led by President Nicolas Maduro, is attempting to set up a dictatorship along the lines of what exists in Cuba. It claims that since it first came into power in 1999, the Chavanistas have steadily been eroding Venezuela’s democratic institutions. They claim media censorship, but Ms. Martin went freely to different newsstands and found 4 opposition newspapers on display, as well as 2 pro-government ones and one neutral paper. She found little evidence of censorship on television networks, so it appears this opposition claim of media censorship is NOT accurate. She also toured restaurants and supermarkets to determine how accurate the claim of food shortages were. Agsin, she found that some items were in short supply, but most foodstuffs were available. It would seem, then, that the claim of widespread shortages may also not be fully accurate. On the other hand, the Chavinistas view the opposition, with some justification in my view, as being elitists who have exploited poor Venezuelans for their own profit. The Chavinistas applaud the fact that this socialist party has lifted millions out of poverty and has justifiably used the country’s oil revenues to largely reduce income inequality.  Maduro is far less charasmatic than his predecessor: much less flamboyant and visible. Chavez was elected and then re-elected, but died of cancer while in office in 2013. Maduro ran for President after Chavez had died, promising to continue his predecessor’s reforms, and won election. Whereas world oil prices were relatively higher in the days of Chavez, they have dropped significantly since his death, leading to a decrease in revenue for the country. This has caused curtailment of many of the country’s most popular social programs as well as to shortages of food and medicines, and the opposition is having a field day heaping blame on the PSUV and Maduro in particular. This has led to outbreaks of violence and rioting in the streets of many of the largest Venezuelan cities. Another cause of violent outbreaks was the Venezuelan Supreme Court’s suprise March 29 announcement that it was taking over the powers of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, stating that the Assembly had disregarded previous Court rulings and that it was therefore placing it in contempt of court. Though this decision was reversed three days later, it caused  a huge wave of opposition-fueled dissent and repeated outbreaks of violence. The opposition is now calling for several immediate steps to be taken:

1). New general elections to be held this year.
2). The removal from office of the Supreme Court justices who issued the March 29 ruling.
3). Release of all “political prisoners”.
4). The creation of a new “humanitarian channel” to enable and  administer the importation of medications which are now  in severe shortage in the country.

According to Reuters, in a national non-binding plebiscite held July 16,  almost 7.2 million votes were cast against Maduro and the leftist PSUV government he now leads. Incidentally, those figures correspond roughly with the 7.7 million votes which were cast against his government in the last midterm election in December of 2015.

Faced with nearly daily riots, the besieged President Maduro has understandably refused to hold a new presidential election. He claims, with some justification, that the opposition is trying to overthrow his legally elected government in a coup. He further states the he is being victimized by an “economic war” being waged against him by monied forces in the United States. Though he has yet to name these forces, this blogger’s educated guess would be the far-right wing bloc of sneaky billionaires who prefer to do their dirty work out of the public eye, like the Koch brothers, the Mercer family, Sheldon Adelson, and / or their like-minded billionaire allies. Another key group would be billionaires who fled Venezuela after Chavez was first elected 18 years ago. Inside the country today, Abby Martin found evidence of hoarding by the monied forces of the opposition, which would certainly lead to shortages and discontent. These creeps all prefer to spend vast sums of money behind-the-scenes to influence domestic as well as international politics. Even billionaire President Donald Chump has declared the situation in Venezuela  to be “…a very, very horrible problem.” Chump also urged Colombian President Miguel Santos, who visited the White House recently, to pressure Venezuela to end the violence it has been plagued with.  Who else can say exactly what other sources of funding may be involved here?

Maduro is pushing to rewrite the constitution of his country, claiming that doing so will”neutralize” the opposition. He has announced the creation of a new Constituent Assembly. The oppos9tion, of course, is dead set against this.     They claim the creation of it will further weaken their National Assembly and will delay regional elections this fall and the next presidential election in 2018.

One thing is certain: far-right wing advocates in the U.S. have long hated the existence of a popularly-elected socialist government in South America. They and their stooges in the corporate-controlled U.S. media heaped tons of sarcasm, abuse, and misinformation upon Hugo Chavez when he twice won election as Venezuela’s President. They previously expressed little sympathy, and actually subtly supported the Nixon White House’s-engineered overthrow in 1973 of Chile’s popularly-elected Marxist leader Salvador Allende. So now that Rupert Murdoch’s Fox “News” is on the scene, and the billionaire class is covertly engaged in the subversion of American democracy, I fully expect this Venezuelan opposition to become even more emboldened and violent. In her brilliant coverage of these disturbances, investigative journalist Abby Martin found that it was not the Chavinistas but rather the opposition which was responsible for the largest share of deaths which have been caused by this violence. Naturally, though, our very biased and flawed mainstream corporate-controlled media has yet to report this correctly, and has instead implied that the Chavinistas are somehow to blame. Our corporate-owned media has thus far not reported on mass pro-government rallies which have occurred and has chosen instead to highlight violence and opposition demonstrsations. It is still too early to predict with certainty how this will all come out. Maduro apparently lacks not only the charisma of his predecessor, but also seems to be less adept at political maneuvering. This does not bode well for him or his gpvernment.

My advice to all of you is to keep a close eye on Venezuela, and do NOT allow our corporate media to hoodwink you!
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Taking America to a Dangerous Place

July 17, 2017  By Jack Jodell, American Dissident, N.M.P. (in association with the gifted writer BURR DEMING, creator of and chief author over at the brilliant blog site FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll in the right hand column of this page).

COUNTDOWN: We are disgusted to report that 1,285 days still remain in this horrid administration’s term in office…  

Greetings to you on this start of a new week. As we are repeatedly subjected to outright lies from key players in the Trump :administration” (namely from Sarah Huckleberry Slanders, Kellyanne Con-job, plus even Mike Pence and Donald Chump himself) it is becoming quite apparent that they are all a very depraved group of scoundrels. They exhibit a disgusting load of gall to constantly assert that their wholly justified detractors are spreading “fake news” when it is actually they themselves who are spinning tons of bullshit with every utterance. In today’s gem of a podcast, our master podcaster Burr Deming examines the latest batch of lies coming from this sorry group, and contrasts their scurrilous behavior with that displayed in 2000 by the members of Al Gore’s campaign. These differences are astounding and notable.

Burr relates, “They accuse fake news of dragging America to a dangerous place.

But it turns out the news was not fake and those reports are showing us who has been doing the dragging.”

Transcript:
http://fairandunbalanced.com/?p=6646

PODCAST

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THIS PRESIDENT’S IGNORANCE, BEHAVIOR, AND BLUSTER EMBARRASSES THE COUNTRY!

July 13, 2017  By Jack Jodell, American Dissident, N.M.P.  

COUNTDOWN: I am grieved to report that an unbearable 1,289 days still remain in this terrible administration’s term in office…

I have seen through President Donald Chump’s preposterous bombastic blowhard bluster for years now, and it mystifies me that he still is managing to hold sway over so many people.  Not only his ridiculous Twitter rants and repeated lying statements, but his behavior has been atrocious, also. As I write, this  wholly unqualified oaf has an approval rating  of only 38% according to the Gallup weekly poll, and I wonder just who these approving stooges really are. It defies logic that a man who has bragged about “grabbing a woman by the pussy”, encouraged  violence against dissenters, and who has physically pushed aside the president of Montenegro to get all the camera action for himself could retain popularity with anybody. The steady stream of lies coming from his mouth plus the numerous outright contradictions of campaign promises are stunning and wholly unforgivable. This pitiful man has been called an excellent salesman by some and has been likened to an automobile salesperson. From my vantage point (as  I have viewed him for a long time now), Donald Chump has been a shameless con-man. His closest associates and press “spokespersons” like Sean Spicer, Kellyanne Con-job, and Sarah Huckleberry Slanders all lie with impunity, doubling down and trying to reinforce his continual babbling nonsense. NONE of this group have any credibility – nor do they deserve any – with sane, thinking, informed individuals. This so-called President isn’t presiding in the least, unless you consider a burst of Twitters sent out in the middle of the night presiding over the needs of the country. For this pathetic old man is masquerading as a leader and is simply not up to the job he is in.  Legislators from his own party reported that he was having difficulty grasping all the details of the recent health care legislation they were attempting to pass before the July 4th break, and that is not a good thing. We can all be grateful that the vote was called off, or this bumbling, confused goof would have signed this disastrous bill into law. As his array of press spokespersons show, and the fact that he has selected his 31 year old son-in-law to be his closest presidential “advisor”, Chump is in fact a woefully insecure person who feels he needs the constant adjulation and companionship of servile “yes-persons.” We must acknowledge his insecurity, but we must NOT tolerate any excesses which will result from it!  

We can no longer permit this charade to exist. It is NOT enough for us to sit around complaining as Chump continues to embarrass this country. We can’t expect “Russiagate” to magically be the answer to our prayers – it won’t be! We MUST therefore begin active resistance NOW: resistance which will culminate in a massive shift in the control of Congress starting next year, and the replacement of Chump as President in the 2020 election! For the reactionary CON-servative Republican Party is hopelessly bought-out and is fully compromised, and the existing Democratic Party is far too compliant and is also compromised to the point where it, too, cannot effectively legislate for the benefit of the 99% MAJORITY, as it should! We must push for a responsive Congress and President! We must focus and dedicate ourselves to the election of a PROGRESSIVE legislative and executive branch of government, like this country enjoyed and prospered under in the 1960s. Until this is accomplished, we can only expect the same-old, same-old tweedldee and tweedledum – something we have had our bellies full of for the past four decades.  So let us all commit to  JOIN HANDS! RESIST! FOCUS! ORGANIZE! ELECT! And, last but not least, REPLACE and RENEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!          
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Chris Christie, the Snow, and the Beach

July 10, 2017  By Jack Jodell, American Dissident, N.M.P. (in association with the gifted writer BURR DEMING, creator of and chief author over at the brilliant blog site FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll in the right hand column of this page).

COUNTDOWN: We are sad to say that an abominable 1,292 days still remain in this inept administration’s term in office…

Happy start of a new  week, everyone! Today, our podcaster magnifique BURR DEMING  examines the typical hypocrisy and contempt for his constituents exhibited once more by the mouthy and self-centered Republican Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie. This fat slob closed down  all the public beaches in the state (forcing a number of homeowners whose property was on one of those beaches to leave their homes) so that he, along with his family could have the beach, piggishly, all for themselves.

Burr explains, “Most of us are values voters. When we decide our candidate is a real jerk, we support someone else.

That can give us hope.”

PODCAST

Transcript:
http://fairandunbalanced.com/?p=6545
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WHY ART LAFFER, MILTON FRIEDMAN, AYN RAND, AND THE CHICAGO SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS ARE ALL FULL OF S-IT!

July 6,2017  By Jack Jodell, American Dissident, N.M.P.  

COUNTDOWN: I HATE to report that an awful 1,296 days still remain in this horrible administration’s term in office…

Today’s reactionary, politically and economically off-the-charts radical right wing Republican Party seems hell-bent on delivering the extremely errant Libertarian dream of as little government regulation over business as possible, and that “the market” will cure all ills, provided it is left alone to self-correct whatever mistakes it may have made. This blogger is unconvinced, and completely rejects this idealistic and naive philosophy! In fact, I see the need for even greater regulation! In this age of Donald Chump and his presidential cabinet stocked to overflowing with anti-government and anti-labor billionaires, a dangerous precedent has been established: roll back or eliminate regulations, allowing these careless businesspersons to soil and pollute with impunity, and ensure that, above everything else, they profit immensely with no interference at all! As these greed-obsessed  billionaires help themselves to record profits, they are proving what a failure their capitalist system truly is.  

Evidence of what a farce corporate capitalism is abounds all around us, from the record, ever-growing wealth disparity we have been living under for years now to the ever-increasing amount of advertisements we are plagued with on commercial network TV stations to the ever-shrinking amount of individual owners of television stations, radio stations, newspapers, and magazines. The free market loving supporters of this craziness all claim to believe in competition, and claim that government influence or regulation hampers competition, but in actual practice, they engage in monopolistic behavior which by its very nature stifles competition.  

I have only scorn to heap upon these “free market” advocates, as they have been lying to us for decades. Our economic system has NOT grown fairer or more inclusive over the past 40 years – exactly the OPPOSITE has occurred for all but a tiny handful. Former Reagan-era economic advisor Art Laffer gave us his preposterous Laffer Curve, which assumes that as the rate of income taxation gets closer to 100%, the rate of production will fall as there would be no incentive to produce anything. This completely ignores the fact that a top income tax rate of more than 90% was instituted by FDR in the Great Depression and remained in effect for a great many  years thereafter. While it’s true that World War II and its aftermath greatly added to the size and scope of our economy, the fact that our highest tax rate was very high never impeded production – thoroughly disproving Laffer’s assertion. As a matter of fact, during the 1950s, with Republican Dwight Eisenhower as President, the top tax rate was 91%!

Not to completely dismiss Laffer, though: even a child would recognize that, by greatly overtaxing an individual for a very long time, that person’s incentive will be reduced. It is actually a sort of mindset or perception thing. Post World War II America’s goal was to avoid the horrible, near-universal poverty of the Great Depression and to maintain high wages for American workers. This was accomplished through a strong network of labor unions and a progressive tax system, wherein the earners of the highest incomes were taxed more heavily, as they could more easily afford it. This goal was met and these high wages and progressive taxation produced the largest and strongest Middle Class in the history of the world. But business owners eventually grew tired of paying what they viewed as excessively high wages,  They began looking for cheaper sources of labor, and began to export American jobs to much cheaper, foreign slave-wage labor markets.

There soon dawned our current era of stagnant wages and corporate capitalism, which dominates globally today. During the 1980s, we saw this phenomenon of destroying or nullifying labor unions come into being.  Along with Laffer came the rise of economist Milton Friedman, his Chicago School of Economics, Ronald Reagan, and Margaret Thatcher. The goal of the economy now became to maximize the profits of corporations, to be achieved by decimating labor unions and by slashing as many government regulations as possible. These regulations had been necessary to protect the public from the excesses of concentrated capital, and monied types and corporations set about to rid themselves of as many of them as they could. Snide, sneaky billionaires like Sheldon Anderson, the Mercer family, and the Koch brothers began to corrupt our political system by contributing millions of dollars to the campaigns of like-minded conservative and/or reactionary political candidates. Previously accepted candidates whose mores and morality expressed the values of traditional New Deal or Great Society Democrats became labelled with supposedly negative monickers like “socialist” or “far-left”, by slick new far-right sleazebags like Frank Luntz, Roger Ailes, and Rupert Murdoch – even though they had once been the politically, economically, and socially-accepted norm. Regrettably, this outpouring of millions to buy political influence has so far been successful and has resulted in the election of a Republican Congress led by House Speaker Paul Ryan (RUIN) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as well as the crazed, billionaire-friendly President Donald Chump. If that sorry collection of greedy plutocrats disguised as public servants doesn’t provide a strong case to GET MONEY OUT OF POLITICS – it appears that nothing will! We have been brainwashed into believing a number of fallacies: that the capitalist system is the best there is (it ISN’T); that business is more efficient than government (SELDOM, as in many cases, EACH have their drawbacks); and that billionaires are somehow smarter and more deserving of wealth than are workers (One glimpse at the bumbling oaf Donald Chump puts that idea to rest permanently). Paul RUIN is a follower of the hypocritical author Ayn Rand, who maintained that the rich unquestioningly deserve everything they have and that government programs are undesirable – until she herself became destitute in her old age and gladly accepted Social Security and Medicare! It is a tragedy that, even today, she still has followers like RUIN who believe in her crazy notions!

The fact of the matter is this: corporate capitalism is a bankrupt system that depends on lying, cheating, and exploitation to survive. It is inherently greed-obsessed, and therefore has little to offer the non-wealthy 99% MAJORITY.  It perpetuates cycles of boom and bust, and MUST be replaced with a far more just, fairer, and much more inclusive system!

Art Laffer, Milton Friedman, Ayn Rand, and the Chicago School of Economics are all FULL OF S-IT!!!
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