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    You're only a couple of years younger than me, so The Beatles' version of Happy Birthday should be remembered by you, too.  :-)

    I hope you will continue to have input into policy and discussions related to health care in the US.  If you want ideas, keep watching the Daily Kos pages for diaries about health care and insurance programs.  We are a cross-section of Americans whose daily lives are impacted by decisions made in Washington, and many of us are none too happy with the idiotic position of our Congress Critters who said, when they passed these cockamamie corporate schemes, when they said [paraphrasing]:  "Well, this is the best we can do for now, so we'll pass it and tinker with it later."  Yeah.  Riiiiiiiiight.  Figure out how to get more money for corporations, they mean!  NOT the way to keep friends happy and influence enemies.

    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.
    -- Franklin D. Roosevelt
    I'd like to see a not-for-profit single-payer health insurance system like civilized countries have (esp. Norway, Denmark, Sweden with the generous parental leave for both parents when new babies are born).  They also have paid sick leave, paid time off to take care of a sick relative, and jobs are guaranteed when they can go back to work.  The easiest thing in the US would be to turn it all over to Medicare where the infrastructure is already in place and working efficiently (no overhead like executive bonuses and shareholder payouts to worry about), set caps on what corporate-owned hospitals, clinics, and pharmaceutical companies can charge (they're richer than god already, get fantastic tax breaks; what do they need more money for?).  The economic impact of hiring more workers IN the US to handle all the extra paperwork would be nearly instantaneous.

    I want ALL corporations taken OUT of government, especially in the medical fields, but also in the military-industrial and mercenary fields.  Yes, the civilized countries have a high tax base..., but their governments also serve the people, not the f##king corporations!

    In addition to the medical care given as a right, they also have free education from kindergarten through college, and if they can't live at home when they go to college they get a living stipend to pay for rent and food so they don't have to work and go to school.  They can devote full time attention to their studies.  They have good public transit systems and roads.  They have state of the art internet and telephone communications offered to anyone living in their countries, plus they have ad-free TV & radio programming.  Yes, they do get a LOT in return for that high tax base..., which is why no one particularly objects to paying a high tax rate.  Of course, they do NOT have more than half of their country's yearly budget take up by illegal or unconstitutional wars, and no one makes the military personnel into heroes.  A two-year national guard service is mandatory for the able-bodied, but it's only one phase of their lives, and it's not dwelt upon like it's the be-all and end-all of a person's life.

    To trigger philosophical and ethical thought processes, I'd recommend a fictional account of slavery and human trafficking: Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy, first published in Sweden as  Män som hatar kvinnor = Men who hate women, and in English the titles are The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.  I highly recommend all three books and the Millenium Trilogy DVD extended version with English subtitles (one choice on the DVDs is dubbed English, but since the voices are different and it's not synchronized with the mouth movements, it's distracting to watch).  The extended version has each movie in two parts (the theater version had a lot cut out), so each DVD is about three hours long.  If one has read the books first, the extended version movies do not vary much from the printed version of the story, so one can get by with the English sub-titles nicely (I understand a few Swedish words, so I can follow some of the story without translation, and I remember the plot lines; the only thing I didn't like is the alteration in the last scene from what it was in the book).  The story delves into human trafficking and slave labor, primarily as it is directed against women.  The one saving grace is that the violent scenes don't go on endlessly (as an American film would have done, which is why I find American movies so disgusting most of the time), so one only has to endure enough to know how unbearable the reality would be.

    The emotional impact of the books and the movies is pretty difficult.  By the third book or movie, anyone empathetic enough to understand where the character Lisbeth Salander is coming from after flashbacks of years of systematic institutional, familial, and social abuse finally understands her personal moral compass and sympathizes with her.  [Or, at least I do.  I get it, and wonder if I would have been as merciful as she was in certain circumstances.]  The psychology of Lisbeth Salander is quite interesting in and of itself.

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 09:11:51 PM PST

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