Archive for March, 2017

IMPEACHMENT

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

An article today by William Boardman suggests that Trump has committed impeachable offenses by violating the Constitution’s emolument’s clause.  You can read Boardman’s article here.

I alerted my Senators to this, though they are surely well aware of it, and asked that they work for impeachment.  I also contacted the congressional representative from my district and asked that he begin proceedings in the House of Representatives.

I well remember the impeachment process that had begun against Nixon, who resigned before he could be impeached.  Maybe we will see something similar now.

BERNIE SANDERS CALLS FOR UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Bernie Sanders has called for healthcare for all in the United States, saying that “We have got to end the international disgrace of being the only major country on earth not to guarantee healthcare to all people as a right not a privilege.” Read about his speech here.

I have written several times on this blog, including the post just before this one, about the benefits of such healthcare in France which I have experienced personally.  Indeed, other people in many countries in the world have such care and we lag far behind in this matter.

Hooray to Bernie for standing up and speaking out on this.  I urge everyone to support him in this effort.  It is to our benefit to do so and to have universal healthcare here.

US HEALTH CARE

Friday, March 24th, 2017

France has universal health care paid for with tax money.  They also have what is regarded as the best health care in the world (the country of Louis Pasteur and Marie Curie is carrying on the tradition).  As many of you know, I had personal experience of that system a few years ago when a medical emergency sent me to the hospital there.  I had two surgical operations and was in the hospital in Tours for two months.  I can assure you French medicine is both excellent and costs magnitudes less than in the US where some people have excellent medical care and many have none. My two months in the hospital in France cost my health insurance the equivalent of $6000.00, which would have paid for a weekend in the hospital in the United States at the time.  This also included three meals a day for my sister who came each day to be with me.

By contrast, the title of an article I just read was “US health care debate: A bipartisan drive to lower life expectancy.”

I read in the article:

“According to the Congressional Budget Office report released Monday, 21 million Americans will lose [health care] coverage by 2020, and 24 million by 2026. How many of these people will die as a consequence?

“Under the Republican House plan, a 64-year-old worker earning $26,500 will see his or her premium increase from $1,700 to $14,600 by 2026 due to the disproportionate cuts in tax credits for older consumers. A 21-year-old earning the same amount would see his or her premium drop from $1,700 to $1,450.

“In so far as overall premiums drop, this is because older workers—whose health care costs are higher—will simply leave the market because they can no longer pay for insurance. The result will be a sharp increase in mortality and fall in life expectancy, which is already on the decline in the US due to the rise in suicides, drug abuse and other social ills.”

Read the complete article here.

This is not the description of medical care in a developed country.  The US could have health care like that of other first world countries, but it will require a revolution in thinking and in practice.

TRUMP POLICIES LEAD US TO LOOK MORE AND MORE LIKE A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Poor and Hungry Children in the US

According to an article published today on alternet.org, Robert Reich says that Trump’s plans for “huge leaps in military spending plus tax cuts will mean big cuts to programs like food stamps and Medicaid (at a time when the U.S. has the highest poverty rate of all advanced nations, including 1 in 5 American children).”

I would ask if a country with 1 in 5 children living in poverty is an “advanced” nation. It looks more and more to me like a third world country or at least to being on the way to one.

These latter are characterized by a hugely wealthy elite who are very small in number compared to the entire population, a small “middle class”, and the vast majority of the population forming a poor class. We are not a third world country yet, but 1 in 5 children living in poverty certainly excludes the US from first world nation status, or should.

I am alarmed and don’t really know what my responsibility as a citizen is. I can protest Trump and his evil policies and vote for people who say that they would have different policies. But what is needed, it seems to me is a huge resistance to Trump now and to what he stands for going forward. We need a sort of political revolution in order to establish a true democracy where the majority of the population are the holders of power and government programs are for the good of the people, not of corporations. We really have a “corporatology” now not a democracy.

How can we change this?

TRUMP, HITLER, AND IMMIGRANTS

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Below is part of a chilling article by Heather Digby Parton which appeared today on Alternet (www.alterner.org).

In response to talk in the Trump regime about immigrants, especially Muslim and Latino ones, the author wrote:

“But the drawing up of lists of criminals of a certain ethnicity to publish for public consumption brings to mind the most famous scapegoating of a population in history. That would of course be the systematic persecution of the Jewish population of Europe during the Nazi era.

“From the early 1930s onward, the pro-Nazi newspaper Der Sturmer published lists of crimes allegedly committed by Jews. When Adolf Hitler came to power the government took over the job in order to further stoke anti-Semitism. The point of Trump’s order is to stoke anti-immigrant paranoia, almost entirely directed at Latinos and Muslims. The parallel is ugly but it’s accurate.

“Trump may not stop there. During the presidential campaign he was caught on tape saying that he thought Muslims should have to register on a national database, which also brought up a nasty echo of the Nazi era. The idea wasn’t discussed much again until after the election when it was reintroduced by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a key Trump adviser on immigration. The president said, “You’ve known my plans all along.”

“The administration hasn’t officially proposed a Muslim database yet. But the sinister implications of the VOICE program should make clear that no matter how much he modulates his tone and how many times he fakes a “pivot,” Trump is prepared to go in the most sinister direction.”