copyright © 2007 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org
The morning broke. There was a momentary blip in the air as broadcasters spoke of the pending United Auto Workers potential strike. Was the short and sweet General Motors walkout the topic of discussion, or perhaps, the work stoppage at Chrysler was the focus. No matter; neither was of interest to Jack, a corporate executive. He received word from his accountant hours earlier; health care costs are too high. We must cut benefits. Perhaps it would be better if we eliminate a large portion of the workforce. Certainly, that would save us much money. The company must consider the stockholders. Individual buyers and brokers look at earnings and expenses.
Granted, observers of the Garfield collection can view the three pieces of spine removed from the body of the James Garfield. They can evaluate the placement and path of the red plastic probe, which represents the pellet that pierced the body of the President. All while onlookers are asked reflect upon what was not known on July 2, 1881, the day Charles Julius Guiteau shot the late President. It is hoped that they realize that if the same occurred today, the President would have lived. According to a professor of surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and a medical historian, Dr. Ira Rutkow, “Garfield had such a non-lethal wound. In today’s world, he would have gone home in a matter of two or three days.” I inquire, would he?
They and he plot, plan, and then the ploy . . .
Pay pundits to pass on the message.
Massage the message through the media.
Create what appears to be a news-broadcast, and is in actuality,
An advertisement for their, for his, agenda!
They and he do this with programs such as Medicare.
They and he seek the support of those most involved and most influential.
The American Association of Retired Persons,
An organization that was once an advocate for those that worked hard all their lives,
So that they might enjoy their elder years,
Is now, another authorized insurance establishment,
One with their own interests in mind, and just as his,
Making more money is behind their actions.
They and he present programs that stress success,
[Please read further for the rest of my reflections. See below.]
Also offered are these reports on Medicare Reform, 'No Child Left Behind,' and Social Security.
Please review "GAO: Bush Administration Illegally Used Taxpayer Funds for Medicare Propaganda"
Please weigh the words in “The San Diego Union-Tribune, Who will profit from Medicare reform?"
Please Download "Are_schools_cheating_poor_learners?" pdf
Please pursue further, 'Every Child Left Behind,' By Britt Robson"
Please ponder this offering, "Washington Post, Administration Paid Commentator, By Howard Kurtz"
Please read and reflect, "New York Times, Social Security Bashing: A Historical Perspective
After, Another, "Max Speaks" on Social Security and more listen