Yesterday, we reported that a passel of grotesque Dickensian caricatures gathered in the House of Representatives to vote, by a margin of 217-213, to let poor people die and to punish women for the blasphemy of having a vagina, effectively putting some 24 million Americans at the perpetual risk of poverty should they fall victim to accident or debilitating disease—a monstrous display of selfishness that, by their own admission, many of them performed solely out of adherence to partisan dogma and unabashed spite, and a ghoulish, symbolic bloodletting ritual that they then commemorated by drinking Bud Light. However, we have now learned that they did not, in fact, drink Bud Light.
It seems to me that, at this point, anyone who is still against the Affordable Care Act is actually against affordable care and on the side of a very un-christian lust for greed and power.
Paul Buchheit writes for Buzzflash at Truthout:
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses…I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” These words, from poet Emma Lazarus, were inscribed on the Statue of Liberty over 100 years ago. Today the golden door has a lock on it, paid for with record profits from the health care, education and financial industries.
- We’re Near the Bottom of the Developed World in Children’s Health and Safety
- We’ve Betrayed the Young People Who Were Advised to Stay in School
- The Main Source of Middle-Class Wealth Has Been Largely Wiped Out
- We Give Prison Sentences for Smoking Marijuana, but Not for Billion-Dollar Fraud
- You Can Have Health Care, If You Pay for It
Privatization simply hasn’t worked for health care, mortgage banking, higher education, or prison management. There is little incentive for profit-motivated firms to invest in disadvantaged or underemployed Americans. That’s why taxes are necessary – to provide for the common good, and to return some of the gains from 60 years of productivity to the great majority of Americans who contributed to our growth. Unfortunately, the golden door on the Statue of Liberty seems to have an invisible hand holding it shut.
Read the complete article with further information about each point at BuzzFlash.