Wednesday, September 26, 2007

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Health Care in America; Uninsured, Underinsured, Universal Woes copyright © 2007 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org Health care is in the news again. This week, Senator, and Presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton proposed the latest cure for what ails this country. Clinton declared medical insurance must be mandatory. Under her plan, all Americans will be covered. Days later, President George W. Bush spoke of how he believes we can best heal the ills of impoverished children in this country. Mister Bush proclaimed parents must pay for the care of their progeny. The medical system must remain in the hands of private industry. There are no handouts here. If Moms and Dads have income, they must provide for their children. While the plans may seem drastically different, they are very similar. In each, the "citizen" is still basically a "consumer," not part of the commonweal Thomas Paine spoke of in 1776 when he explained, to ensure shared stability, government and society must be intertwined. In order to gain a clear and just idea of the design and end of government, let us suppose a small number of persons settled in some sequestered part of the earth, unconnected with the rest; they will then represent the first peopling of any country, or of the world. In this state of natural liberty, society will be their first thought. A thousand motives will excite them thereto; the strength of one man is so unequal to his wants, and his mind so unfitted for perpetual solitude, that he is soon obliged to seek assistance and relief of another, who in his turn requires the same. Four or five united would be able to raise a tolerable dwelling in the midst of a wilderness, but one man might labor out the common period of life without accomplishing any thing; when he had felled his timber he...
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Democrats Dance United; Kucinich Differs. Exit Iraq, 2007 or 2013 New Hampshire Democratic Debate September 26, 2007 part 1 copyright © 2007 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org For months, Senator Hillary Clinton stressed, she and her fellow Democratic hopefuls agree on the issues. Clinton leads in the polls. Ultimately, she guides the electoral dance. The former First Lady steps to the Right and the rest stride with her. When Hillary courageously asserts, her companions perceive they too have permission to be bold. As the graceful "girl" glides, so too do the boys. What the potential Commander-In-Chief does not say speaks volumes. Well, Tim, I'm not going to answer that . . . [T]hese hypotheticals are very dangerous . . . I think it's dangerous to go down this path . . . Well, I don't talk about my private conversations . . . Tim, I think that's one of those hypotheticals that . . . [T]hat is better not addressed at this time . . . I'm not putting anything on the proverbial table until . . . Hillary anxiously awaits the time when the table, the chairs, the floor, and the forum are solely hers. Perhaps, the gentlemen that share the stage and the spotlight with this lovely lady can breathe a sigh of relief. They too can sidestep the conversations. After all, the expectation is that they will join her in the White House. That glory is good enough for them. To partner with the President is grand enough. As long as Joe, John, Bill, or Barack is in the ballroom. Dodd too may only wish to enter the door of the Oval Office. Thus, it is a delight to discover, the tango is taboo. Let us dance with delight. A slower paced foxtrot may be preferable to those comfortable in the clothes of a frontrunner. The samba, a...

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