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Re: “If Tennessee opts out of the Affordable Care Act, voters may have good reason to feel sick

I find it hypocritical when I hear Republicans decry the cost of Obamacare but supported Dubya's $1.3 trillion tax cut to his rich buddies and when they overlook the trillions of dollars the Iraq War cost and the $700 billion Wall St Bailout. The tax cut did nothing for the economy (the US economy had two recessions during Bush's tenure in office; what happened to all those jobs it was supposed to create?). Some conservatives will point out that the US economy averaged 4.5% annual growth under Bush but most of that was due to the housing bubble. If it weren't for that, economic growth would have only been 1% annually. And according to the Census Bureau, when Bush left office in 2009, 49.9 million Americans had no health insurance. Yes, universal healthcare will cost money but it is deplorable for a nation with the best healthcare in the world to be ranked 32nd in the world in the overall health of its citizens. This is largely due to the fact that so many Americans have no health insurance and can't afford to pay for medical care out of pocket. OK, Republicans don't like "Obamacare" then they need to tell us how they will insure the uninsured. To simply say that they will repeal Obamacare but will not replace it with some viable alternative is not an option. So far, I have not heard a Republican plan. If there is one, then they need to tell us what it is. Before you tear down, learn to build up.

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Posted by mungo park on 08/10/2012 at 6:51 AM

Re: “The effect of 9/11 on American policy and politics has been a tragedy unto itself

Perhaps the real tragedy (besides the loss of life) and legacy of 9/11 is that it gave Bush and Co the excuse they needed to invade Iraq so that companies that had supported Bush in the 2000 elections could make billions from the spoils of that war. Halliburton, Cheney's own company, was the classic example of such greed. And the fact that Bush - whom we mustn't forget was a draft dodger who used his father's good offices to get out of serving in Vietnam and was placed 1st on a long list of applicants who had applied to serve in the Texas National Guard - used this tragedy to enrich his supporters is the greatest outrage to come out of all this. Bush was the most self-serving president we ever had and I still can't understand how or why anyone reelected him in '04.

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Posted by mungo park on 09/11/2011 at 10:11 AM

Re: “A Nashville company fires a recently paralyzed teenage employee, cutting off her medical coverage — and raising doubts about health care reform

This is what happens in right-to-work states. Proponents think that a right-to-work state is one where you can work wherever you want to without having to join a union. But it is also one where employers can fire you for any reason and unless it was because of race, creed, color or national origin, you have ho recourse. In these states, the only rights workers have are those specified in their employment contracts but with collective bargaining, contracts protect workers from such abuse. Right-to-work is not all it's cracked up to be. Don't be taking in by this fancy rhetoric.

Posted by mungo park on 09/07/2011 at 5:36 AM

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