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    And I would say that, yes, this campaign lacks a moral core, or at the very least, has a very difficult time of communicating what that moral core is.

    It is RIGHT and it is JUST to deploy the common resources of a wealthy nation to those items which benefit the common good, like education, healthcare, infrastructure, and national defense.

    The only item this country is in agreement about is national defense. For the rest of it, we are all to scrabble about and try to make the best of a situation where increasingly higher education and healthcare are becoming the bailiwicks of the wealthy and the privileged. Our infrastructure is falling apart.

    Wages are eroded, wealth is transferred to the wealthy and connected, employment is increasingly being disconnected from healthcare and yet no replacement or alternate system is provided that offers an alternative to our immoral, for profit system that is the subject of ridicule for the rest of the world.

    These are not hard or difficult arguments to make. But our leaders are not willing to even begin to take a moral approach to the problems facing us. President Obama was never willing to assign the obvious blame for the financial collapse on Wall Street and the banking and investment banking and mortgage industries and instead promoted their canard that the victims were responsible. He and the Fed made us bail out and reward and protect industries for their bad acts. His Justice Department has done nothing towards prosecution of the miscreants. THEY DON'T WANT TO. It's just that simple.

    Once, a long time ago, the President tippy toed to the edge of discussing healthcare as a moral imperative and a right but backed off and I've never heard that argument made again. If he is not elected to a second term, even the incremental successes of the ACA will be lost and more millions than ever will find themselves on the human refuse pile of those who will have to choose between health insurance or food and shelter and between treatment or bankruptcy.

    I will vote for President Obama and every Democrat of course. But they are like putting on a sweater and going out into a blizzard.

    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

    by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 04:24:00 AM PDT

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      many people who have to choose between health insurance or food and shelter, treatment or bankruptcy. If your caught between being poor enough for subsidies and too 'rich' to afford the 1,500$ a month for insurance. Lot's of us are self employed or small business owners and have no choice other then going without insurance.

      I resent people saying that people who while not living in  poverty are 'irresponsible' if they don't pay the vig to the for profit extortion racket we call health insurance companies. If I bought insurance I could not afford to pay for our day to day health care needs like going to a doctor or a dentist.

      If we bought insurance we would not be able to afford our home, mortgage taxes and insurance, or worse keep our modest business to business profitable enough to provide a decent living. Health care for profit is an oxymoron. The healthcare for profit industries, hospitals included killed the PO. There is nothing affordable in the affordable health care act. It's main purpose is to keep the for profit's profitable.

      When both candidates start talking about how they need to 'reform' medicare or SS to trim the cost's or keep our 'entitlements' safe, it means ordinary people those that are struggling to feed their families or keep a roof over their heads and the poor are going to be in for more austerity. All of this just to feed the giant vampire squid on humanities face and to pay their bad gambling and war debts.

      This election seems like extortion rather then a choice. Vote for the Third Way disaster capitalist's who now own our party or else you will get the maniac hardliner  RW'ers who will not only make us all serf's but also impose a perverted theocracy.

      So while I may have to vote for these Vichy Dems. I will do so with eyes wide open and keep looking and working for a way to take back both my party and country. This is not what democracy looks like. What happened to the common good or no taxation without representation or our human and civil rights? As for morality forget about it social justice or economic equity isn't on the ballot. This lot doesn't even 'feel our pain' and fines you when you slam the door.

                     

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