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  •  BMP makes a good point. Lamont is (13+ / 0-)

    not calling for universal health care. At this point I'd say that's a wise decision. Plan for the future, work with the present.

    -6.88/-5.64 * You know what's happening. Fight it.

    by John West on Wed Aug 16, 2006 at 07:51:09 AM PDT

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    •  look at his audience (5+ / 0-)

      When you're trying to talk to the people who read the WSJ editorial page, universal healthcare is a good way to get them to put hands on ears and yell "I can't hear you."

      However, I think Dems need to start making this case when talking to entrepreneurs  and small biz owners. Why are small business in America paying 10 times what a Canadian pays for esssentially the same health care? Why are small businesses responsible at all?

      Tax breaks mean nothing to small businesses. Most of them are barely profitable from year to year. The way to reach small business owners IMO is to say to them "we don't believe you should be responsible for this at all, so we're proposing using the aggregate buying power of the entire nation - just like all the nations taking away our jobs do - to offer healthcare to all citizens."

      The specter of brain drain to Canada, Europe, and even Southeast Asia is a very real bogeyman to hit them with too. But that's a function of other dumbass Republican policies/actions, such as intelligent design, stem cells, Schiavo, and aggressive invasions and occupations of nonthreatening nations.

      •  I became disenchanted forever with the WSJ (2+ / 0-)
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        when I unpacked my grandparents' things from storage after my mother died. They were wrapped in the WSJ. My grandfather had been a bond trader, his father a commodity trader,and my grandfather had clients who went down on the Titanic. That's what bond traders did in those days, preserved the wealth of the wealthy. They do the same today so when interest rates climb who profits? Remember what I just said when rates start to go up because of inflation.

        These papers coming into my hands were dated in the 1930's. Early. 32-33-34-35 when things were really bad here and all over the world. So I looked at the stock market pages to see what stocks were doing then and read the op eds and editorials that were on those pages or close to them.

        Every fucking one of them was optimistic. Things were getting better. This stock was going up so it was getting recommended. There was nothing in them to suggest that we were irrevocably stuck in a quicksand of ever lowering prices and commodities, and not likely to come out of it. Nothing of the truth watever. So right then in the 1980's I realized that whatever was going on we were not going to get the truth from this paper. Especially if it were bad news.

        We only came out of it, even after the New Deal, was war after Pearl Harbor. Does this scenario sound familiar?

    •  Downthread, Smallbottle points out (0+ / 0-)

      That Connecticut is a center for the insurance industry.  Making me slap my forehead again and say, "Duh."

      The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind. - Thomas Paine

      by javelina on Wed Aug 16, 2006 at 01:13:03 PM PDT

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