“Don’t Forget Medicaid”

See the whole thing from Congressman Chris Murphy of Connecticut:

“As we wait for the white smoke to emerge from the ‘grand bargain’ negotiations at the White House, most Americans are already aware of the Republicans’ plan to dismantle and privatize Medicare and Social Security. But what many people may not realize is just how dangerous it would be to slash funding for a program that 60 million Americans rely on for their basic health care needs: Medicaid.

“While it seems that just about every major industry or interest group has teams of lobbyists in Washington looking out for them, some of our most vulnerable citizens simply don’t have a voice in a town where unfortunately, money still talks the loudest.

“Why? Medicaid covers only the impoverished and disabled, so it lacks a traditional advocacy base. This may be news to Republicans — but most poor people I know are spending all their time trying to find a job and put food on the table.”

SEIU next for ACORNuts?

OK, this time it’s personal.¬† The Service Employees International Union is one of my labor unions, and they came to my aid when I was being targeted by management on the job apparently because I wasn’t enthusiastic enough about … well, that’d go off-topic. ūüėČ

As tonight’s Rachel jag continues(!), she’s revealed that, thinking prematurely that they’ve run ACORN into the ground [“Unless a seed falls to the ground…!”], the Right Wing Conspiracy — Big Business, Big Lobbyists, astroturf, AM radio, the Republican Party¬†— may target SEIU (video)¬†next for teaming up with ACORN to try to make poor people’s and workers’ lives a little less awful.¬† How does this hurt them?¬† Business has to pay slightly higher wages, sharing their massive profits (often already subsidized by one or more levels of government one way or another) with THOSE WHO ACTUALLY DO THE WORK THAT CEOs AND OWNERS GET THE CREDIT FOR.

And these guys attack US for “class warfare”?!! or “revenge”?!!

And if her guest’s idea that soon they’ll attack the National Council of Churches too, sounds exaggerated…¬† Conservative Evangelical leaders have long considered this Mainline Protestant ecumenical organization Communist.¬† (The Catholic bishops’ conference, too, though that group has swung Hard Right as they smell a Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade, and in reaction against same-sex marriage.)¬† Furthermore, they’ve been dancing on the grave of the Mainline for about a generation now, even though it’s not really going away (even though many of the Mainline¬†think it is too), and recent research suggests that the relatively slight gains of Evangelicals vs. Mainline proportionately, are only because Evangelical women/couples are adopting artificial contraception more slowly than Mainline women/couples.¬† The Evangelical ‘bulge’ (no pun intended) is already slowing, but will continue growing for about another generation before ISTM the numbers start returning to their classical proportions.¬† (This is research sociologist¬†Andrew Greeley has been involved in, but where I read it I can’t recall now.¬† [Many Years, Father!])

Two other things: What they’re now calling living wage has sometimes been called family wage.¬† So much for “family values”!

And another Greeley truism is that Democratic bigwigs, candidates, campaigns,¬†either take their Catholic voters for granted, or don’t care about/are embarrassed about them … risking losing them to the Reagans and Bushes of this world.¬† Are workers and unions in the same fix?¬† Just like Official Dems, natural allies of/advocates for¬†“bitter” small town and rural residents, don’t give them reason to switch their generation-long Republican voting habits?¬† Folks, I don’t see WASP “Limo Libs” reproducing fast enough anymore to warrant such a cavalier attitude towards our Party’s traditional coalition, the “Patchwork Quilt Majority”!!!¬† And many People of Color who get richer go Republican….

Healthcare rationing as “New American Genocide”

Read all about it.¬† Except it isn’t just killing and threatening Blacks, but Native Americans, Hispanics, the disabled non-elderly like me, the poor like me, even the elderly who despite Medicare’s successes still can’t manage to get what they need, urban residents, rural** residents….¬† [*I* should be on Medicare, but that’s another story…!]

Yes, folks, we’ve been rationing healthcare all along: TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, or in more “economical” terms, “as high as the market will bear.”¬† Reform ideally should care on the basis of need, without regard to class, party, religion, orientation, race, Tribe, language, Ability, age, religion, color, intelligence, or any other criterion.¬† Frankly, I think we get an NHS like Britain (once had), add the benefits of the French and Norwegians and Germans AND America … and KICK BUTT!!!!!¬† AND SAVE MONEY!!!!!

PS #1: Is Rachel Maddow getting cuter and cuter?¬† Sweetheart, if you ever want to give “the other team” a try….¬† I kid!¬† God grant you and your loved ones Many Years!

PS#2: “Whitey On The Moon” — ah, the ’60s, great larks!

(**–Now THAT’S going to make you “Bitter”!)

Recession Advice: Stay Home

As seen on KABC-TV Los Angeles¬†previously, and on ABC News tonight probably courtesy of the NY Times¬†Wednesday, now is not the best time to relocate if you don’t absolutely have to,¬†unless you have money to burn,¬†or if price is no object of course….

When I was a reporter in the suburbs and exurbs of one of this country’s major cities in the ’80s, “homeless hotels” and mega taxicab fares to jobs closer-in to that city were being picked up by some local Public Housing Authorities, but I don’t hear or read that in this week’s stories.¬† Were Bush/Cheney really worse for the needy — of whatever supposed “class” — than Reagan/Bush?!¬† Persons more in-touch with recent homelessness and hunger stats than I, might know.¬† Maybe it’s just the combined onslaught of the whole last 28 years (DLC/Clinton included).¬† I guess our REAL long national nightmare isn’t quite over yet….

Remember Next November

… in 2010 … who the Republicans voted to bail-out, and who they told ‘Drop Dead.’¬† They were OK with letting crooked bankers rob us blind, but when it came to union auto workers and the rest of America, they thumbed their noses, except Senators Specter, Snowe (an Orthodox Christian!), and Collins.

Yes, the GOP is as amenable to “bipartisanship” in opposition as they were in so-called leadership.¬† Why should WE?!!¬† They march in goose-step, hoping with Rush Limbaugh that America goes down like the Titanic … apparently even McCain, Mr. Conciliatory, is celebrating the Depression.¬† (‘Why do “conservatives” hate America?’)¬† Not hurting THEM too much, is it!¬† I’ll take a “Limousine Liberal” over a¬†hypocritical, self-declared¬†“Compassionate Conservative” any day!!!

In the interest of Full Disclosure, apparently I’m going to get a few more dollars in Food Stamps, and that one-time $250 lump-sum in my SSI/Disability (which will probably¬†claw-back¬†the Food Stamps!¬† Talk about taking from Peter to pay … well … Peter!).¬† Again, frankly, most individual beneficiaries of Bailout 2.0 are gonna sock it away in the bank and not “Go shopping” like us pobres who have NEEDS, so really, it would’ve done more good going more to us.¬† But then, apparently not even Specter, Snowe, and Collins, as Repugs,¬†could stomach that.¬† And Specter comes from Philly….¬† With friends like him….¬† But hey, where else are we gonna get the money to pay your “Eat the poor,” upward-transfer taxes, eh?!!!¬† Wages?¬† Lotto?¬† Dean Graziosi?!

“Social justice is a matter of life and death”

Speaking of Canada, some reports out up there and elsewhere suggest maybe we all need more than a little dose of “socialism.”¬† As someone else put it, “The rich get richer, and the poor get sick” … AND DIE EARLY!¬† Even in Toronto.¬† Although they haven’t had a true progressive federal government up there in decades….

It’s called The Common Good, people.¬† You ARE your brother’s keeper: Genesis 4:9.¬† Remember the Rich Man and Lazarus: Luke 16: 19-31.¬† And the Last Judgment: Matthew 25: 31-46.

Vote Suppression ’08 UPDATE