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  •  Your comment displays shocking ignorance. (6+ / 0-)

    My entire adult life I have worked in professions most people would consider beneath them. And I have always been well aware that there was a line of  a dozen or more folks behind me who would jump at the chance to work if I quit.

    The reason that you've been able to clean shit out of pig pens is because you got there first, or beat out several others for the job. I beg you to open your eyes.

    I've been there too, and I've also been on the outside of that door.

    HCR is emotional enough without dragging in nonsense about the poor not wanting to work.

    •  You're right. (3+ / 0-)

      I got there first. I was at the unemployment office. The lady behind the desk had already told me that there was nothing. I told her that I'd shovel shit if I had to. Her eyes lit up and she told me she had something for me. The next day, I was shoveling shit.

      Look I know what going without is like. My father left when I was 4. My mother had a perforated ulcer that nearly killed her. Digestive juices ate at her insides until she passed out because the boss wouldn't let her leave. So, she ended up with her health compromised for years. We survived on welfare for most of my childhood. My mother eventually regained her health, went back to school and got a desk job.

      Welfare was no picnic. I mowed lawns in the summer, shoveled snow in the winter and sold donuts door to door in between seasons to help out.

      I hate the fact that the social safety net that rescued my family has largely been destroyed. It didn't happen over night. The oligarcy that has pushed this country to near third world status has plenty of power and will fight tooth and nail to avoid compensating or protecting the pyramid of people below them that create their wealth. I am thrilled that we've managed to claw back just a little bit of the safety net. I am not going to complain that we only got half a loaf because I have spent my entire adult life seeing loaves taken from us.

      It's going to take time, patience and more than a little solidarity to regain the social justice that has been taken. Undercutting the president and those who are fighting this fight is not helpful.

      I believe in love as democracy - Salman Rushdie

      by crystalboy on Wed Jun 23, 2010 at 04:06:03 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks for your response. (1+ / 0-)
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        I understand that your comments come from the idea that the Health Care Reform was a good step forward. I agree with you on that.

        I hope you understand that my comments, and I would dare say many of those like mine, are motivated by the idea that health care is now regarded as being "solved", and policy won't move for another twenty years or so.

        •  no, the bill was designed to have a (1+ / 0-)
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          whole lot of changes to be worked on and the best ones spread (best practices). It has a lot of general principles and minimum standards that can be tightened up further as time goes on. It has change built in.

          "You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it." - Rabbi Tarfon

          by samddobermann on Thu Jun 24, 2010 at 03:22:52 AM PDT

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