THIS IS DEFINITELY A RANT!!!
I have a new header that is replacing the dolphins. It features the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution isn’t that long, but it is rather obvious that beyond taking an oath to support and defend the Constitution, the government of the United States can’t be bothered about doing what it tells them they must do, nor not doing what they are told they cannot do.
The guys who wrote that document had very clear opinions about a number of issues.
They didn’t like corporations. As Thom Hartmann pointed out: “the real Boston Tea Party was against the Wal-Mart of the 1770s”, the British East India Company. The government of Britain handed the company rather generous tax breaks that broke the back of competitors.
Their view on banks wasn’t quite as blanket, but even the supporters saw them as a necessary evil, that was never fully trusted and they were right. Did you ever wonder why all of your credit cards seem to come from Delaware or South Dakota? Because those states don’t have usury laws which allows the banks to charge whatever they want.
The Treasury has apparently been terrified that Wall Street would go Galt if they weren’t given everything they wanted. Galt? The slimy scum went Gekko years ago and had no intention of giving up any of their perquisites just to be bailed out by the taxpayers. If bankruptcy was good enough for Thomas Jefferson and General Motors, it is good enough for Citicorp. They aren’t lending; they aren’t dealing with foreclosures; they aren’t dealing with their toxic assets – just let the FDIC deal with it. Only the government of the United States is “too big to fail”.
Steve Bates noted that Alexia Kelley, founder of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, has been selected as director of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.
Wrong! Read the First Amendment – the Federal government is prohibited from involvement with religion. This isn’t even close. The Federal government can not be involved in the establishment of religion.
“We the people” are the government, as Badtux keeps pointing out, and the government is supposed to be promoting our general welfare. The government is not for corporations, banks, health insurance companies, churches, or any other group, it is for all of us. When do all of us start seeing some benefits from our taxes?
Since this is a rant I will take a gratuitous cheap shot:
For years I have been hearing that the private sector can provide services much more efficiently and cheaper than the public sector, and watched my tax dollars wasted on one failed privatization attempt after another in New York, California, and Florida. Oh, the first year is cheaper, but then people notice that the service is terrible and they want to return to same level that they had, which turns out to be much more expensive.
So it was with great satisfaction that I read this quote in a post by Lambert:
But critics argue that with low administrative costs and no need to produce profits, a public plan will start with an unfair pricing advantage. They say that if a public plan is allowed to pay doctors and hospitals at levels comparable to Medicare’s, which are substantially below commercial insurance rates, it could set premiums so low it would quickly consume the market.
They finally admit that the private sector cannot compete with the public sector on price or performance. With this admission, why are we even bothering with other alternatives? The marketplace will prove what everyone already knows, single-payer is the way to go.