It’s ALL Politics

25 Feb

In the past week I’ve learned lots of new blogging-related stuff but have also realized there’s more out there than I care to know. Found it hilarious that there are “giveaway” online communities: comment on my blog and you’re entered to win, say, a box of expensive chocolates! It’s a tried and true method; people like getting stuff for free. I attracted new members to my student organization meetings with pizza, and Eric Cartman got tons of people to attend his “anti re-release of classic movies” group with free hats. For the time being, I’ll just post and be content with that. No free chocolates. I’d probably eat them or take too long to ship them and then get some kind of negative feedback and lots of hate.

A little quid-pro-quo. I’ve always been bad at it. I don’t know if it’s naiveté, but I always feel a little sleazy trying to imply a “do this for me and I’ll do this for you.” Case in point: I was recently in a car accident, so Shrek is in the shop, getting fixed. I sent him to my boss’ mechanic because the guy would be able to “take care” of me by “working the numbers” so I wouldn’t have to pay my $500 deductible. That sounds pretty damn awesome – except I couldn’t get the words out to ask for it.

What am I supposed to say?? Hey, can you lie on your estimate so I can get some money out of this? I’ve never met you, but I promise I’ll be a loyal customer.

So my boss offered to do the talking. Call me a wuss, or inexperienced… I have a hard time doing that kind of stuff. I’m not shy when fighting for my rights, but when it comes to “favors,” I shudder. That’s why I hated my sales job. Some of the same people are still working there, years later, making bank and loving their jobs. It’s a nice company and Kendall Square is a nice area, yada yada. But I couldn’t stand having to twist my words – ever so slightly – knowing that I was giving the customer a visual that wasn’t exactly accurate. So I quit with my dignity upheld and low funds in the bank.

Listening to the health care summit this afternoon raised every hair on my body. I cannot, for the life of me, comprehend how a [expletive adjective] [expletive noun] could possibly sit in front of his colleagues, in front of cameras, and to the people who pay his $170,000 salary + phenomenal benefits say: “We have the best health care system in the world.” How the fuck dare you?

These people are spreading the notion that things are fine the way they are, the free markets will adjust themselves, that the reform will cost too much, that catastrophic care is perfectly fine for most, and that, if treatment is expensive, people will “make do” with just the necessary. Are we hearing this? These people are throwing us to the lions. We live in a world where doctors are compensated by pharmaceutical companies to prescribe more and more medicine. Where over a billion dollars are spent yearly on lobbyists – in 2009 there were eight of them for each congressman – and where health insurance companies raise their premiums by as much as 39%. It’s a circus. It’s a free-for-all for all the [pluralized expletive] with no shame in engaging in a little quid-pro-quo. Money for me is money for you. Both democrats and republicans listen to lobbyists. But it’s at times like THIS when we see who (despite selling out) still wants to make people’s lives better. Who is still trying to find solutions with an open mind and without eyes strictly on the money. I don’t think democrats are saints. I just think that politicians who say feeding welfare children is like breeding unwanted strays and those who quote and support the stupidity that came out of CPAC and Tea Party orgies… these creatures should be sent off to an island, given shit-tons of fake money, bibles and barely-legal porn for all eternity.

The point of the matter is… after all of this drawn out bullshit, it is pretty clear that it’s time to move on. Pass the bill and tell them to fuck themselves. OK? And then please, grow some balls and stop bickering with each other.

There are also those who think we need to “scrap this” and “start over”… I understand; the plan isn’t perfect. But unless you’re gonna take up arms and stage a coup, you get this plan or you get nothing at all for another decade. And if you think this isn’t the case, then you’re [very] naive.

If this post offends you, don’t worry, deep breaths – you’re a republican. Just start reading and listening to some news for a few weeks, ask questions, and have a democrat friend checking in once in a while to clarify some concepts you may never have heard before. Have patience, and when in doubt, read Paul Krugman, Bill Maher, or watch The Daily Show. You will begin to understand.

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7 Responses to “It’s ALL Politics”

  1. woojo February 26, 2010 at 21:13 #

    I’m deeply offended I’m going back to my glen beck programing.

  2. inna February 26, 2010 at 22:58 #

    great writing. love the “conclusion”.

  3. Martin February 27, 2010 at 00:16 #

    The health care “debate” is pretty depressing these days. On the one hand, I wish the President had been more…authoritative in the beginning. He had campaigned on the promise of universal health care, and wish that there had been more of an attitude of “this is how it’s going to be” in the beginning, when we had a mandate to make things happen. It’s almost like we (dems) entered the negotiations already willing to compromise too much.
    The current proposals are basically neutered and spayed versions of a plan that could have actually made some incredible changes for the country. If we had actually been able to pass a bill that included a public option? That would have been huge. As it stands now, I am far less excited about it. It should still be passed, as it’s better than nothing, and will do some good, but seems pretty small in comparison to what we could have had.
    Regarding the republicans, it definitely makes you wonder just how far removed from the average person they must be to claim that we have such an excellent health care system. Simply put, they have zero identification with the “Joe Plumber” that they put forward as an ideal.

    Sad story all around…

    • Night Writer February 27, 2010 at 01:08 #

      Spaciba, innachka!
      Martin… I’m in total agreement with you.

  4. Duke Fandango February 28, 2010 at 19:05 #

    I have to say that as an outsider I’ve been pissing myself laughing at the arguments against universal healthcare in America.

    The death squads one was my favourite.

    • Night Writer March 1, 2010 at 00:28 #

      man… i was laughing too, when this nonsense started. then i saw footage of real ‘Amuricans’ regurgitating it all… not to mention the ridiculous ads… then i started getting angry 😛

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