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Similar to my last post, regarding the capitalists attempts to save their system by giving small victories to the working class, this one is about the health insurance industry doing the same thing. Major insurance companies are telling the Obama administration they are ready to play ball this time. This isn’t because they want to help provide all citizens with adequate health care for minimum cost, but because they know through Obama’s plan they can gain more control and rake in larger profit for their private companies.

Of course, if private insurers can provide everyone with the health care they need there would be no reason to complain. Just because its private is not necessarily a reason to attack something, but if its private and horribly inefficient and down right evil at times, it is.

In Paul Krugman’s op-ed today he is much less cynical about this and seems to genuinely feel it is very good news. However, I think all of his fears will come true. We can not allow the option of buying into a public insurance plan be removed, and we can not allow this to be a way for the private insurers to dig in their claws to prevent the eventual move to fully public heath insurance.

These are the same people who have been preventing reform and fighting to limit Medicare for decades. It is obvious they can not be trusted. They want Obama’s plan because it will mean more people having private insurance and they hope by being at the table they can mold it to be even more beneficial to them and less to us.

Single payer is the only way to go. We all know the Democrats are employees of the large insurance companies and not us, so I have little faith we will see true health care reform. But we must do our best to make our voices heard and pressure the Democrats to work for us not profit.

Its been pointed out by many “talking heads” that when we come out of this recession we will have a “new economy”. This point is made to say that we won’t know when we are out of it exactly, since things will look different. And some make the point that we can’t go back to the economy of speculation and debt. So, what will this new economy look like? Can it exist?

With stagnant wages for workers the economy has become based on credit card debt and mortgages. I’ve heard lots of talk about what the banks have been doing to ruin the economy, but it is rare to hear someone put out any sort of idea on how to fix a fundamental problem such as providing the working class with living wages, health care and housing. The banks are showing they are very much opposed to changing how they do business and no one has a plan to help the working class, so how can anything change?

The current system does not work and will not be changed willingly by those in power. However, they will do their best to modify it in order to keep the masses from revolting. The depression gave us the New Deal, but only to ensure the continuation of the capitalist system and the increasing profits for corporations. But will Obama be able to pull of something similar? With the Republicans so out of it I see this being a very tough thing to accomplish.

The only true solution is the removal of this system and its replacement with a society run democratically by the workers, a socialist state. I will be very interested in seeing what the Democrats are able to come up with to patch the global capitalist system, as it stands I see a good chance for real change — not Obama “change”.

Following an investigation and trial of those involved in sanctioning torture to be used we’ll be rid of a large portion of the top Republicans and Democrats. Happy days, to see Cheney and Pelosi behind bars.

I may be wrong, but I believe all criminal trials are about something that happened in the past. So why does this, “We don’t want to look back”, nonsense have any acceptance!?

As many of you have probably heard by now, since its finally hitting the air waves, after World War II Japanese soldiers were tried for water-boarding and various other torture techniques that the United States uses in their prisons. Some received prison sentences with hard labor, others death.

Yet, Obama does not  see a reason to prosecute those who made waterboarding, beating, humiliation and burning part of United States integregations. Nor is he against these techniques since he allows prisoners to be sent to non-US prisons for them to be used (and possibly worse techniques).

The mere thought that Obama can stand up at a podium talking about governing for all the people and how he is bringing change and then to allow these disgusting criminals to walk is mind blowing. He is not governing for us. He governs the same as all the presidents have, for the rich and powerful. He knows an investigation into this will turn up way more than just that some Republican neo-cons were behind it, but that Democratic politicians had a chance to speak up and DID NOT. They use these populace outrages to their advantage, they do not truly care.

Do not stand by as Obama continues to push the same policies of war, torture and bailouts for the rich while acting like he is doing it for us and the world. I do not want Obama to fail as Rush Limbaugh does, but I do want his public support to be 0%. I want him to fix the economy and get us out of Iraq and for the people to stand up and say, “You know what? That’s not enough. We are still being robbed and you are still destroying lives around the world. Pack your bags, its our turn to run things.”

I was happy to hear Shepard Smith’s passionate outburst against torture, the torture the Bush administration put in place. But as usual, I am saddened and angered by the response of those on Huffington Post and his reasoning.

We are the United States of America. We have participated in incredible acts of torture, murder and genocide our ENTIRE HISTORY. So why, in any way, bring up that America does not do this (Smith) or to speak back claiming, well do we know America anymore (Huffpost commenter)? This is our past and our future. Obama is keeping in place extraordinary rendition. We still support torture. We have in the past supported the massacre of the American Indians, Mexicans, slavery and torture of African, atom bombs and fire bombs on Japan, East Timor, South America, Vietnam, …… Why is this a shock? How can you fucking “liberals” act like this is something new? Your great Obama is sending more soldiers to Afghanistan. Open your eyes, you are all the same lying fucks.

And don’t forget there is much evidence, not reported often of course, that the Democrats KNEW about these torture methods. Why else have they not been and will they not be intensely investigated.

If you liberals are truly against the what the past government has done you must not support this government. Organize into a truly progressive organization to place the people in power. Revolution is the only way — for a future democratic socialist society.

Abduwali Muse is the Somalian being tried in US court for piracy. He faces life in prison. Life in prison is in no way an appropriate sentence, nor will it do anything to deter attacks off the coast of Africa. Free Muse and consider what is really going on in Somalia and not see it simply as something to be solved with military action.

It would be a great show of solidarity with the world if people in the United States would stand up and demand Muse not receive such a sentence.

There are many possible reasons why he was driven to do what he did. His mother claims he was brianwashed by Muslim “gangsters with money” and there is the obvious Somialian turmoil that requires people standing up against foreign nations attempting to take advantage of the turmoil and looking for ways to survive. Circumstances can not excuse terrible crimes, but where is the evidence he harmed anyone and in anyway deserves life in prison?

Update:

A great interview with a Somalian pirate can be found here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8010061.stm

I get very annoyed when someone uses the “freedom of speech” or “people are entitled to their own beliefs”, or even worse “its their religious freedom”, in response to me calling a bigot a bigot. The fact that I point out someone is a bigot and attack them for being one is in no way attacking their right to have a belief. I would never want a world where people were not allowed to form their own opinions and hold their own beliefs.

However, this right does not put someone off limits for criticism. The same that it is not off limits to attack someones religion just because they have the right to belong to whichever they choose. Racists, homophobes, members of NAMBLA, etc are all free to think the way they do,  but they are still ignorant people who must not be allowed to spew their horrific beliefs unopposed simply because its their right to hold those beliefs.

Now, this is where someone says, “Well, its your belief that they are horrific. So, why should they be attacked for your beliefs, who decides this?” That is very true. Obviously, only those who find those views horrific should and will attack those people. I do not want to force people to attack others beliefs, but the idea that people who claim to think those beliefs are horrible do not attack them leaves me feeling they do not truly understand the damage done by these ignorant drags on humanity.

The most recent incident of this problem came with Miss California’s answer during the Miss USA pageant where she said she did not believe people of the opposite sex should be allowed to marry. If you truly believe they should be allowed to marry and want religion out of State law you should attack her belief full force. Do you not want everyone to have the same rights? Do you not understand the damage bigotry like this has done to so many people?

People need to stop accepting other beliefs when they know they are wrong, offensive, hurtful and potentially deadly. Don’t let people hide behind their freedom of speech and freedom of religion. If you really care you’ll use your freedom of speech to let that person know they are on the wrong side of history.

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.  – Dr. Seuss