I have analogies filling my head. I am reminded of the frog swimming in the kettle of water on the stove. He doesn’t notice the water is getting warmer until it is too late. There are 27 million Americans who are either unemployed or underemployed. Forty-two percent (42%) of the wealth in this country is in the hands of the top 1% and 37 million Americans on food stamps wait until midnight of the last day of the month so the checks can clear to buy food at Wal-Mart.
And the Meanwhile, thirteen percent (13%) of Americans think the economy is improving. But, who are they? Certainly they are not the Eighty-seven percent (87%) of us who are blissfully swimming in the warming kettle. My guess is that they are largely made up of the top ten percent (10%) who control ninety percent (90%) of the wealth in this country.
While I am on percents, it is worth noting that we, the bottom ninety percent (90%), are saddled with seventy-three point four percent (73.4%) of the debt in this country. That brings me to one of the main burners under that kettle of ours, the credit card scams. The credit card companies charge us egregious, usurious rates that even the mafia could not get away with charging, in addition to fees the Mafia never thought of. These banks, which WE bailed-out are bleeding us dry.
So, what does Congress do? They pass laws and regulations to stop this conduct. Right? But, there is one catch. Congress wrote that the heat won’t be turned down for another year yet. What’s up with that?
OK, here is another analogy. Picture this boat and it shouldn’t be hard. You are lucky to be one of those Americans who is working one or two jobs and hasn’t had a vacation in years because they are either part time jobs or your “paid time off” was used up with the flu or some such thing that made you too sick to work. You have scraped together enough money to buy a little house and you were smart enough to get a mortgage you could afford, so you still have it (the house). You are blissfully going along, shopping with coupons, driving your 10 year old Toyota, and you get sick or injured. Maybe you ate a hamburger that was full of E. coli or you injured your back at work. You end up in the hospital. Your employer doesn’t hold your job(s). You lose your insurance. You cannot pay your hospital bills. You can’t get a new job or any more health insurance because of pre existing conditions. You fall behind in your bills and the mortgage on your house. The next thing you know, you and your spouse and kids are living in that old Toyota. You don’t like that boat? Well, don’t worry. That boat won’t be around much longer, it’s sinking.
You say that the changes in Healthcare that Obama managed to get through Congress will prevent all that? Think again. First off, the one thing that would have prevented it, the one thing that every other civilized country in the world has, the Public Option, has been all but killed. The healthcare industry is not stopping there, however. They have also been going after the states, says the N Y Times today.
“The states are the next battle,” said Richard Kirsch, national campaign manager for the liberal advocacy group Health Care for America Now, “and the insurers and health care industry are primed up and ready to go. The industry has enormous power at the state level, and very few states have state-level consumer groups that are able to lobby effectively against them….”
In California alone, the industry spent an additional $80 million on advertising to beat back a California ballot measure intended to push down drug prices…
The idea of amending state constitutions to block the core of the federal health care legislation, including the requirement that individuals and businesses buy insurance, began at the conservative Goldwater Institute in Arizona, the state where the first such measure will appear on the ballot next year…
You (we) do not stand a chance against them. The healthcare industry is spending billions at the state level to get the states to “OPT-OUT” of the very thing that would save us. Our boat is sinking and we have no life vests.
The ONLY CLOUT we have is to vote these sorry bastards out of office. But that is no threat to our members of congress in either the state or federal level. They are bought and paid for. They are set for life. Look at Billy Tauzin who introduced the “doughnut hole.” He is collecting a million dollars ($1,000,000) a year for doing “nothing.” Nothing, that is, except screwing us. So, we have NO CLOUT.
So, what is the answer? Good question, you have to figure it out. But, you better hurry because whichever analogy you choose, time is running out. The water in the kettle is about to boil and that lifeboat is sinking.