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Confounded Interest

"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys." - P. J. O'Rourke

buggy rideI'm not the sharpest thorn in the lion's paw but it sure seems to me like we, the over-taxed public, are being taken for the biggest buggy ride of all time. How is it our economy was chugging along just fine, without a care in the world, when BLAMMO suddenly every company in the world is going under for the third time? And each one is threatening to take everyone else down with it unless we yield to their extortionist demands for the keys to the treasury?

I've watched the Bush boys empty the Treasury, for the benefit of their cronies, for the past eight years with their phony little wars, putting us $5 trillion dollars deeper in national debt over that period. All this "bail-out" now seems to be is another case of using fear to squeeze every little drop of what's left in the safe, transferring it safely into the hands of the top 1%. Keep in mind these are the same people who tried for years to tie the Social Security reserves to Wall street. Think of all that immense boodle-bag in the hands of the same people who mishandled the sub-prime crisis. Who are now, seemingly, skating away with bags of unaccountable government monies, laughing all the way to the next high-priced resort getaway.

This is payback, pure and simple, for the people who put Bush and company in office.

I say fuck' em. Loan money to the car companies to keep them afloat but let the financial institutions crater. Something better will inevitably take their place and we'll regulate the hell out them... at least until the public's memory of this latest debacle fades, and it will, and another band of Republicans get their hands on the wheel of this floundering ship of state.


Speaking of bad news, that evil, corpulent suck-monkey, Karl Rove, appeared on TV last week , Fox News, of course, reassuring everyone one that our health system is just fine. Now return to your homes.

The truth?

• Since 2000, the ranks of the uninsured have grown by 7.2 million.

• Health care premiums have doubled under Bush. Employer-sponsored health insurance premiums have risen from $5,791 in 1999 to $12,680 in 2008.

• The fastest growing component of health care is health insurers’ administrative costs.

• Enrollment in Medicare private plans doubled. Through such plans, insurers “have increased the cost and complexity of the program without any evidence of improving care.”

• The combined profits of the nation’s largest insurance companies and their subsidiaries increased by over 170 percent between 2003 and 2007.

But I'm no genius like Rove, so you'll have to make up your own minds about who's misrepresenting the facts lying to you.


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