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    The American public has their minds filled with junk every day in our "news." They don't know what is going on. It is a world of sound bites. Where is the music to put the sounds together into some coherent pattern so that Americans can be citizens?

    Paul Krugman today in NYT describes the Republican budget after a column last week which called it the worst budget in history.

    In the last 30 years, the market has been the solution and government is the problem. Thus an attack on all forms of government and an explicit goal to bust unions, including teachers unions.

    What is "The Real Education Debate?" Whatever it is, it has a lot to do with our culture and the economy.

    Here is an equally large problem, health care. The title of his article this morning is "The Real Health Care Debate." by Chris Hedges. Here is the first paragraph.

    The debate surrounding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act illustrates the impoverishment of our political life. Here is a law that had its origin in the right-wing Heritage Foundation, was first put into practice in 2006 in Massachusetts by then-Gov. Mitt Romney and was solidified into federal law after corporate lobbyists wrote legislation with more than 2,000 pages. It is a law that forces American citizens to buy a deeply defective product from private insurance companies. It is a law that is the equivalent of the bank bailout bill—some $447 billion in subsidies for insurance interests alone—for the pharmaceutical and insurance industries. It is a law that is unconstitutional. And it is a law by which President Barack Obama, and his corporate backers, extinguished the possibilities of both the public option and Medicare for all Americans. There is no substantial difference between Obamacare and Romneycare. There is no substantial difference between Obama and Romney. They are abject servants of the corporate state. And if you vote for one you vote for the other.

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