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It does not matter where in the political spectrum one adheres. The same rules of right and wrong, good and evil applies to everyone. Our greatest danger of extinction comes from those that think the rules do not apply to them. www.timws.com

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Does political advertising influence how you vote?

How much would we save just by

getting the private insurance companies out of the drug and medical insurance business?

How do CEO 's bousus and stock holders dividends help keep health care cost down and how do they contribute to your good health, anyway?

We keep talking and dancing around the real problem as if it doesn't really exist and keep coming up with grandiose ideas that are nothing more than diddling with the symptoms that are caused by the simple fact that private insurance companies are involved in the first place.

Todd Akin's advice for uninsured cancer patients: Sell your car

This guy bills himself as a Constitutional expert? Really? Maybe he needs to read the Constitution itself for comprehension.

[font size="4"]Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America:[/font size]
We The People "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

Section 8.
"The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and PROVIDE FOR THE common defense and GENERAL WELFARE of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;..."

Twice in our Constitution it mentions "general welfare" What constitutes 'General Welfare'?
The old-age benefits provisions of the Social Security Act of 1935 is an example of providing for the 'general welfare'. Medicaid/Medicare are 2 more examples of providing for the 'general welfare'.
Government controlled, Single Payer, Universal health care for the people of the United States IS covered by the Constitution, because the relative health of our citizens does affect the general welfare of the Nation. 45,000 dead people a year are proof the profit driven, privately run systems we have in place now are not working to provide the necessary health care for our nation.
How can our present private health insurance system, with its many insurance companies (each with its own way of doing things), its own highly paid management, its own attention to the bottom line for its share holders, its own claims requirements, its own forms for submitting claims, each trying to maximize profits, etc., be more efficient than any government controlled single Payer system, with its single set of rules and forms?

Sell your 12 year old car? How much health care will that get you?

If their god is so powerful, then why

do they need to get laws passed so they are not exposed to other religions and countering viewpoints?
Sounds to me like they are rather insecure in their beliefs.

Besides that, if any religion is True, then why are there so many of them? Don't any of those monotheist gods really care if there is a one, true, correct religion? One that their subjects need to adhere to, for salvation or whatever?
Or maybe the god(s) have gotten tired of sorting out all the souls we have sent them in the name cleansing the earth of souls having the wrong religion, and are ignoring us for the rest of eternity?


[center]Imagine there's no heaven, it's easy if you try
No people below us, above it's only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there's no countries, it isn't hard to do
No need to kill or die for and no religions too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one

Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger a brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing for the world

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
Take my hand and join us
And the world will live, will live as one

You do realize that Living wage jobs pay more than part time, minimum wage jobs, correct?

Even if you have 2 or 3 of'em. Low wage jobs that is.

Social Security and Medicare were fine until our unemployment went up to10%+, when they were shipping our Living Wage jobs overseas.
The official unemployment was 10%. That's a cooked number. The real employment unemployment rate was actually over twice that and even over 50% in some areas of the country. Most of those were Living Wage Jobs. Manufacturing jobs. The rest came from the ripple effect of businesses cutting closing because their customer base was now out of work and didn't have the money to spend.
So of course what was being paid into Social Security and Medicare took a nose dive, when those jobs went overseas. That is when the Republicans started with their bull shit of Social Security being in trouble and it could be fixed by cutting benefits and raising the retirement age. That is what the Republicans want you to think.
They made it that way, so they could "fix" it. But the truth is Social Security is good for another 30 years or so. You know that trillion dollar surplus? There is plenty of time for economic recovery. Social Security does not really need to be fixed now.

If our business are hurting because their former costumers don't have the money to spend anymore, doesn't is stand to reason the Social Security, whose tax is dependent on the pay of those people, would also take a nose dive?
And don't forget to factor in the Baby Boomers. They have already been accounted for.

I like your graphic.

We need to question everything. The problem is too many of us are open to too much, without questioning. Not all who call themselves Democrats, Liberals or Progressives are.
Too many of us, on both sides, blindly pick a 'leader' to follow, no matter of any self interest, and cheer and excuse everything the leader does, regardless of the ideology of the leaders actions.
We as a country have been dragged so far to the Right, the real political center is on the horizon on the Left. Your average Democrat now, is to the Right of the run-of-the-mill Republican of 40-50 years ago. The few real Liberals get derided from both sides as being part of the Loony Left.
Not only is our tent too big, but the sides are being rolled up to accommodate even more, which drags us even farther to the Right. And we wonder why we can't get anything done to move the goal posts back into the end zone.

Uncle Sam is Coming to Town

Getting ready for Christmas yet? Our militarized police forces across the country are having an early Christmas, by acquiring various types of Drones to keep track of us [strike] potential criminals[/strike] citizens, to get us off the streets and into their new private, corporate owned and run prisons, before we commit any crimes to disrupt their visions of Utopia. A song to help us celebrate.
Welcome to our new crime free society!

Uncle Sam is Coming to Town

You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Uncle Sam is coming to town
He's making a list
And checking it twice;
Gonna find out Who's naughty and nice
Uncle Sam is coming to town
He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!
O! You better watch out!
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Uncle Sam is coming to town
Uncle Sam is coming to town
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