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Since the media gave this very little play - alyburns' (aka sideburns & alyjude) Hiding Place
If you spoke faster than David Hewlett you’d travel back in time: Michael Shanks
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alyburns
Since the media gave this very little play
for reasons I can't begin to fathom, I'm putting it up here and hope others will spread it around too. It's important to all of us, as women.



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caarianna From: caarianna Date: March 31st, 2012 04:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry, but I think the media is controlled by Republicans and I'm surprised the President gets any play at all. They're sure not going to air a message that would have half the voters in the country thinking about where their best personal interests lie on election day.
kaleecat From: kaleecat Date: March 31st, 2012 05:04 am (UTC) (Link)
You are so right.
cluesby4 From: cluesby4 Date: March 31st, 2012 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know what's odd. I have to admit this. Yes, I am for the most part a Republican. I agree with most of the policies.

On the other hand, I can't stand ANY of the Republican candidates. But then I also strongly dislike O'Bama. So it is no telling what I will do during the election. I will vote though.

But...what is so funny...is that I feel the same way that you do, except opposite. I feel the media is run by the Democrats. I can't stand to listen to mainstream media. In fact I prefer BBC news. But...funny...every time I hear a news item on politics I hear a Democratic slant. ;-)

But I will add here something I have said over and over, we need to change one why in which our government establishes budgets and laws. Though it may take forever, it should be line item. Decide by each individual thing. Don't clump things together.

Look even the Supreme Justice said it....paraphrase, You want to force me to go over this long document is cruel. Yet, he is making a decision that could kill the Healthcare Bill. For my stand on the Healthcare Bill there are things that are bad. Yet there are some very good suggestions.

Edited at 2012-03-31 03:53 pm (UTC)
alyburns From: alyburns Date: March 31st, 2012 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

I SO agree

about the lumping different items into laws. Both parties are equally guilty of this and yes, it should stop. Maybe "WE, the PEOPLE" are the only ones who can get it changed. Grass roots efforts have worked miracles and this could be one of them.

As to the Supreme Court remarks on the size of the Health Care Bill? They've read position papers and other laws that were actually longer, so I thought it was just kind of a joke. *shrugs* I have an RSS feed to all Supreme Court judgements and there are often links to the items in question and many of those were double the size of the Health Care Bill. :) They're used to it, honest. And you're right, they should take it item by item but since the real issue is the Mandate that all people must have insurance, that's the real constitutional issue. It boils down to:

"Does the law overstep federal authority, particularly with the "individual mandate"? Must the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be scrapped if that key provision is determined to be unconstitutional? Are the lawsuits brought by the 26 states and other petitioners barred under the Anti-Injunction Act and must they wait until the law goes into effect? Are states being "coerced" by the federal government to expand their share of Medicaid costs and administration, with the risk of losing that funding if they refuse?"

So actually, everything hinges on the mandate, also known as the "minimum coverage" or "must-buy" provision. But it's the key funding mechanism -- the "affordable" aspect of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- that makes most of the other 450 provisions so possible.

It's a tricky issue for many people and I think that's because the Democratic party - and Obama in particular - never truly explained the Act to Americans. A HUGE mistake. But even if they'd tried to explain it properly, would the mandate still be an issue? I suspect yes. After all, the Federal Government didn't have to step in and mandate Auto insurance - the States did that themselves (only 3 states don't mandate it - I believe they're Virginia, New Hampshire and Mississippi, both of which do offer vehicle owners the option to post cash bonds). OTOH, mandating health insurance seems far more important, especially when trying to pay for the health care bill without undue financial burden placed on the Federal government. *shrugs*

I think what bothers me most is so many Americans have moved from "My Brother's Keeper" to a "Let 'em die" attitude. I never had kids, but my taxes funded schools and education for other peoples children and I never minded that. My taxes used to pay for lots of things I didn't use, right? But we're an UNITED country and we should care about others as much as we care for ourselves. Er... imho. *G* I still remember that one Republican debate when Ron Paul was asked about if a man got cancer and was uninsured, are we supposed to just let him die - and the audience (no doubt hand-picked because I refuse to believe most Americans feel this way) yelled out, "YES, Let him die!" It was not our proudest moment. :(

Basically, I guess I'm saying that most Americans still don't understand the Health Care act, and without understanding, well, it's easy to say anything about it and to scare folks. :( And the Democrats failed - big time - in making sure we understood the bill.

I also have a question I've been meaning to ask everyone. Do people still vote party lines even when they hate their own candidates? I know I'd never vote for a Democratic candidate if I didn't believe him/her or trust them. I'm not a "Democrat or Die" kind of person. I vote my conscience, and if there are no presidential candidates I like, I don't vote for a president that year. So...how many others do that?
cluesby4 From: cluesby4 Date: April 1st, 2012 01:00 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I SO agree

As to voting, my record is mixed. I want to say that I voted for the person not the party. But to be truthful as far as the presidency goes I have never voted for anyone but a Republican. To me it was in some cases the lesser of two evils.

But if you looked at other offices, especially on the state level it is totally different. I never voted for Governor Sanford. Met the man personally and couldn't stand him. (I about died when at one time they thought HE might be a candidate for president.) And almost every time I have voted for the democratic candidate for State Superintendent of Education. So I do for the most part feel as though I will vote for the man or woman not the party. I have never done a straight party vote.

I so wish we could establish a new party...but what? And could we indeed agree or cooperate in major issues.

I do think we need a major restructure of the process and terms of service. For all the negatives I can say about Gov. Sanford there were two things I did admire about him. He limited his years in Congress. He served two terms. And he actually lived out of his Congregational office and worked. No as far as his service as Governor....that's another matter. ;-)
alyburns From: alyburns Date: April 2nd, 2012 03:02 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I SO agree

I *have* refused to vote for a Democratic President when I felt neither candidate were worth my vote. For me, a bad Democratic Presidential candidate is just as a bad as a bad Republican candidate, so yeah, I'll either do a write-in or vote everything else but.

In my very first election (McGovern vs. Nixon) I disliked both, so I wrote in George Carlin. *G* - Then, in...was it '76? I actually voted Republican (Ford, who I've always trusted, but unfortunately, he may have been *too* good a man for politics). In the 80's, I didn't vote for any president (did write-ins again) - I knew Reagan would set both Civil Rights and Gay rights back a century - and he did, but the alternatives (Jimmy Carter in '80 and Mondale *rolls eyes* in '84) weren't any better. Although, I will say that I've changed my mind *slightly* about Carter - but still....

I didn't vote for any President again until Bill Clinton and, even though his morals turned out to suck (no pun intended)and he had a bunch of crap hanging over his head, I believed him and, considering he had a Republican Congress, he managed some pretty incredible things and, for me, turned out to be one of the smartest men out there, both politically and humanitarian wise. He seems to be trying to make up for so many personal errors, maybe? Anyway, I'd love to be a part of his CGI - it's doing incredible things here and all over the world.

Oh, I also voted for Al Gore (and still think the Supreme Court should be imprisoned for their actions, not to mention Florida, but then Florida is turning out to be so NOT the "...happiest place on Earth"!) but I didn't vote for John Kerry (another write-in instead) because I really disliked his choice for VP. In 2008, I'd have voted for either Obama or Clinton (in the primary, I was torn and actually didn't make up mind until I received my voting material in the mail (since I couldn't stand in line to vote, I was a 'mail-in') and yep, voted for Clinton. But I was still very happy to vote for Obama in the general election. Do I regret it? Yes and no. I don't regret it because Hilary would never have won as women still rank lower on the minority list than even blacks, and that would have left us with McCain, which thanks to his choice of Palin, made him impossible to vote for. Today, he seems like a very bitter man and has reversed all of his moderate leanings. :( The yes part of regretting my vote for Obama is rooted in his first two years, when he could have accomplished everything he needed to do and then, *maybe*, he wouldn't have lost the House in 2010. But he simply wasn't prepared, didn't have a good staff and thus, blew it. Now he's stuck in "NO" land and still has problems 'selling' his plans to America, which again, is both a staffing issue and perhaps an experience issue. :( Hopefully all other presidents will learn from what we've gone through since 2010 *shrugs* and we can get some reform in politics (fat chance).

I hope Republicans who have made their dislike of ALL their candidates very public will refuse to vote simply because they're Republicans. It doesn't mean they have to vote for Obama, but they can, in good conscience, leave the Presidential block blank and vote on all the other issues. And I'd make the same statement if this happened on the other side of the foot. :) I think we should all vote our conscience and not our party, but that's just me. :)
alyburns From: alyburns Date: March 31st, 2012 10:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yeah, but I sure expected it to get more

coverage on NBC - until I remembered that while they still have MNBC (their liberal news station and the opposite of Fox News), NBC was purchased by a conservative group - so that might explain it. I'd never have heard about it if not for Rachel Maddow's show and to my knowledge, she's the only one who's played it. She's becoming - along with Lawrence O'Donnell, the only two I trust - and okay, sexy Brian Williams too. *BG*
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 12th, 2012 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Yeah

It's mostly about campaigning these days. The various levels of governance don't seem to intersect the way they used to. I'm more interested in seeing the post-election action. Doubt I will get involved as I'm planning to go to Europe shortly. At least I can read the papers online.

Roslyn (with a belated apology for negligence)
kaleecat From: kaleecat Date: March 31st, 2012 05:04 am (UTC) (Link)
*snort* As if the media would get it right. The coverage of this issue is so screwed, as screwed as the whole issue. I only knew about the President's message because I get email updates from my regional PP & they wrote about it. In this respect he so has his priorities right.

In fact what he's saying was the exact argument I used in an email to my Republican congressman when they were trying to yank the funding originally. He wrote back he's against the funding because he's against abortion. I wrote back, so its okay if women get sick and die from lack of cancer screenings, or proper GYN care, just so long as the 10% of the PP in the country that offer abortion services are out of business? (not to mention that the fallout of their attempts would also gut state programs all over the country). I also reminded him that in my state there is only one PP that offers abortion services--meanwhile all of the other PP in the state are providing vital healthcare services for girls, women & men who have no insurance & limited funds. Funny thing is I never heard back, not even a form letter. Hmmmm.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: March 31st, 2012 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

Not hearing back?

Yeah, that doesn't surprise me either. You made sense and it's impossible to fight common sense and facts. :( Although, they sure try, don't they?

From: (Anonymous) Date: April 12th, 2012 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Not hearing back?

Hi, glad to be peering in during a quiescent moment in my travels- I'm currently in Florida and agree with you, Aly, that Florida today is far different than it has been in recent years. However, it will always be a battleground state. They don't call 'em gators for nuthin'!

I agree the court it tied up in knots about governmental regulation of commerce within and between states. None of the other details is really going to attract them and will be left back in the hands of Congress.

I am quite discouraged about health care access today. Even though I have full coverage, my access to care is very disorganized. When I recently had cancer surgery, I witnessed very disparate levels of care and you needed to have an advocate with you to ensure full understanding about every detail. It was quite an assembly line and my own surgeon was forced to come and look for me in radiology late in the day; personally wheeling me to the OR. It was very unsettling and I dislike the degree of 'pull' needed for access to this supposed 'right'. We have a long way to go on all that- as with many issues.

Glad to have looked in! Always something interesting here :-)

Roslyn
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