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Re orchestrated crises.

Unless healthcare is primarily a jobs program, what reason has The Nation to examine, on behalf of the reader, what it is that makes an idiot (such as Glenn Beck) to be an idiot?

Conservatives, I think, would like to be able to say to the rest of us that, under the new system, it will be government employees who have us ("us" now being the employers) by the balls, and that this will not be essentially different from our being had by a smaller number of more blatantly greedy insurance executives.

The Post Office, too, was a great idea. Now, even though, six days per week, it still gives personal attention to every address in this country, it's going out of business. Yes, this is caused, in great part, not by demands made by ordinary postal employees (though you'd see postal employees' wages and benefits differently if it were your good health and not a letter from Grandma that was at stake) but by the presence in the Post Office of highly paid, bonus-promised administrators, who were foisted upon us by conservatives. It's simply the case that conservatives can't bring themselves to say this of themselves. There's no reason why we can't say it to ourselves, of conservatives.

If we had control of Congress, it would've taken at most one day for our employees in Congress, those usually known to us as bureaucrats, to have written a bill that said that those who employ members of Congress have a right to at least the insurance plan that Congress has, and that such an insurance plan is best administered under a one-payer system. Democratic members of Congress, I would remind the reader, figure their income taxes on the same form as the one used by Republican members. And so do those who are responsible for meeting/exceeding whatever has been decided will be the bottom line for The Nation.

J.E. Bernecky

Westover, PA

Mar 26 2010 - 7:50am

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It is futile to answer the acusations if the wingnuts by using the terms and characters they have set up. It becomes "you are"... "are not."

The socialists, communists, friends and fellow travellers of the forties and fifties learned at the Congressional hearings that it is not the question of involvement but the principle involved--and ultimately, principle won out (Joseph Welch, "Have you no shame?").

To argue who did what or who thought what is not the point. It is the ideal that poor folks, working folks share in the decency that American offers to its citizens. That is the point.

For instance, to point out the obvious: the biggest crisis ever facing this country was putting our country into a war the world did not support, keeping it off the budget, allowing subprime maneuvering (endorsed by Bush in his many home ownership pitches) letting Wall Street manipulations go unregulated and forcing a downturn in anticipation of a new Democratic Party president.

Let us stick to the point. The light of truth will prevail.

Richard Ray Harris

Desert Hot Springs , CA

Mar 25 2010 - 6:35pm

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