Yes, Socialized Canadian Health Care has waiting lists. In the U.S. capitalist system we have what we call appointments… and wait even longer.

and pay more…

and get less…

and die younger…

and our babies die more often…

When You Ask Yourself If Your Vote Matters Consider This…

What if George W. Bush had never been elected? What if in any one of those swing states enough people had voted so that the election never even got to the Supreme Court? Just how different might this country–the entire world–be?

If George W. Bush had not become President of the United States it is entirely believable that the whole 911 trajedy might have been avoided. Alito and Roberts would not be Supreme Court justices. If there had been no President Bush, government agencies would not have seen the “fox guarding the henhouse” type of regulatory appointments we saw for eight years. The government surplus would have been banked for a “rainy day” and we probably never would have heard of Sarah Palin.

So when you cast your vote, if you haven’t already, or if you are thinking about not voting, consider just how much it matters. Read on…


911 Trajedy: Warnings were there. High level people in government were notified and they ignored all the warnings. Even if the Bush negligence over 911 was not intentional, it was certainly ignorant arrogance. And if there was no 911 there would be no war in Afghanistan. And without GWB there would definitely not have been any war in Iraq.

So what has been the cost for electing a war-mongering, corporate-suck-up-Republican?

“The United States will have spent a total of $3.7 trillion on wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, costing 225,000 lives and creating 7.8 million refugees, by the time the conflicts end, according to a report released on Wednesday by Brown University.”…

But that barely touches on the actual costs. $3.7 trillion doesn’t tell the whole story? How does $20 trillion sound?

Columbia University Economics Professor Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes, a lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government:Whatever the cost, some experts say that it wasn’t what was financed in the Iraq War but how it was financed that is problematic…”It’s really the decision of how to pay for it that has had such a negative effect on the U.S. economy. Because unlike any previous war in U.S. history, this was paid for entirely by debt at the same time that we cut taxes,” says Bilmes. While entitlements and other mandatory spending make up a majority of annual federal budgets and contribute heavily to deficits and debt, the Iraq War also contributed significantly. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities has estimated that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, together with the Bush tax cuts, will account for almost half of the projected $20 trillion debt in 2019. (emphasis mine)…

Add to that another nearly trillion dollars for long term health care for veterans. That’s right. Another trillion directly attributable to Bush. The 2000 election should have never been so close that they could steal it. Yes, your vote matters! Did you see the pictures of the voting lines in Florida? Don’t let them steal it again. But I do digress…

Supreme Court Appointments: With no GWB there would have been no Roberts and no Alito. That means no Patriot Act, no Torture Rulings, no Guantanemo, no eroding of women’s rights or civil liberties, and no rulilng that Corporations are People, too, opening the flood gates to the obscene spending in this election cylce. I could go on and on…

Fox Guarding the Henhouse: Without GWB we would have had a sensible energy plan for the nation. We would be less reliable on fossil fuels. We would have safer coal mines and may very well have averted the BP oil spill in the gulf. We would have had stronger regulations on bank and investment houses. We would have stopped Enron–remember Enron–and thousands of retirees would still have some savings in the bank. We would probably be enjoying the second decade of universal health care. And we would be so much farther along in our need to save the planet. Yes, your vote matters.

Bush Tax Cuts: Do you mean that rebate that the citizens got for overpayment of taxes brought about by a thriving economy at a time when tax rates were higher which by the way said higher tax rates likely contributed to the thriving economy that allowed for the rebate–temporary as it was or isn’t.

Sarah Palin: ’nuff a that.

Consider how the world viewed America during the Bush years. Consider how the world views America currently. Then imagine how the world would view America under Romney. YES, your vote matters. It matters to everyone in the world. Really.

A Romney victory is unthinkable.


Do You Have Hateful Signs Like This in Your Town?

There is this wonderful, idyllic village in the mountains of Washington State. A dairy valley situated immediately beneath Mt. Adams, the second highest volcano in the Northwest. Like most tiny mountain towns where the summers are incredible and the winters are long we have a diverse population that depends to a large extent on the tourists that come for the various seasons: fishing, hunting, huckleberry picking, snowmobiling, camping, mountain climbing. And every single one of those visitors to our small berg sees this sign as they enter. They don’t always see the same message, though. Sometimes it’s much more offensive. I wish I had taken a picture of last week’s sign: “Obama supporters are all uninformed, on the dole or stupid.”

So I’m just wondering: Are there a lot of the smaller towns out there with whackos and hateful people who put these embarrassing signs up. I know a good portion of my town’s 1000 or so permanent residents, and many of them, representing all political persuasions, are truly bothered by this sign. The welcome sign to our community.

The message on the back side.





The Blackmail Caucus

Paul Krugman makes a great argument.

Q: Should we vote Romney because then the bullies will cooperate?

A: Of course not.  Bullies don’t stop being bullies just because they get their way. They get even worse.

Q: Should we vote for Romney because we “know” he would be more centrist that his campaign rhetoric?

A: So we should reward the liar for lieing?

Q: should we vote for romney because he would be able to work with the Republican Congress?

A: The last thing I want is a Romney presidency where the congress rubber stamps his wishes or where he rubber stamps theirs.

Q: Should we vote for Romney because his party says they will do everything than can to stop Obama’s policies if he is elected?

A: Are we the kind of nation who gives in to organized protection racketeering? That is is exactly what the Republican party is. They are saying a vote for them will save us from –them.

Gerrymander for 174

It’s late and I want to write. I am compelled to write. But all I have on my mind these days is the presidential election. And I do not want to write about that. It is depressing. The wasted money by the zillions. The dishonesty. The frustration. The acceptance from the American public for candidate behavior no reasonable parents would ever accept from their own kids. I simply cannot bring myself to write any more about this. I’m done. Really, I’m done. So I’m opening up Words With Friends to get a whole bunch of random opponents. I’ve been injecting the political stuff like heroin and Words will be my methadone treatment. I’m too weak to go cold turkey. So tonight I’ll overdose on disconnected and totally irrelevant vocabulary stuff. It’s fun. It’s mentally stimulating. It feeds my competitive urges. It will take my mind off the Romney/Obama fix I so desperately crave. Do you think playing 12 games at one time is too much? Do I need to get a life or what?

Billybobintexas57 is looking for a match. I find myself wondering if 56 clever fellows beat Billy Bob to the name of his dreams. Desperately craving campaign aversion therapy I sign up for matches with some folks named firstratefrog, spellingchamp1122, kitman, and jrjrjrjrjr. I never did figure that last one out. But now I am up to a dozen games and if the frog guy and the others are any kind of a challenge at all, I won’t have to shoot up on the election for a few hours at least. Get my head clear. Drink a cool adult beverage of my micro-brewing choice. Play the music a little too loud…but don’t you love Pandora?

Firstratefrog opens the game with VOTE for eight points. I hate him already for playing that damned word. I notice a faint trembling in my left arm.  I get lucky and play VESTIBULE using all my letters and get the 35 point bonus. Ha! Before I even look at my new letters I’m over to spellingchamp1122 for my turn. I gasp…out loud. She played.(I’m not positive she is a she but she is a spelling champ!) The only word on the board glares at me, mocks me, thumbs its alphabetic nose at me. There it is: LOBBYER! No, no, no, no! I came here to escape the political jargon and propaganda that pollutes my very veins. Even so, my first thought is who, really who but a spelling champ would spell that word with a ‘Y”? I pick up a little tic in my right cheek. It’s gone now, but I’m sure it was there off and on for a couple of minutes. At any rate, I can’t play on that word. I can’t.

I get a fresh beer, turn up the volume on Pandora and get Chris Smither singing Dylan’s Desolation Row, and I know the world is seriously against me. I go first against kitman and get a pretty good opening score with VACATE. We each play a few words while I totally ignore the guys who played the political words. Sheesh, those guys need help. Then, as if I was mainlining the good stuff, I see what I think is impossible. There, on the left hand side of the board, weaving in and out of words like GRAIN, ANYONE, SAND, DISTRICT and I-don’t-even-know what other words were in the abomination before me, was a word the likes of which has never graced a Words With Friends board before. I’m sure of it. Who in their right mind, just a few days before an election, would play GERRYMANDER for 174 points? Good God. The trembling left arm, the right cheek tic, and now an involuntary flinch in both shoulders…