Saturday, February 05, 2005

I'm still in shock

For a very long time I have been in a state of perpetual shock that anyone making less than $150,000/year would vote for a Republican at any level of government, let alone federal. I understand that there are many factors: cultural, religious, intellectual, not to mention that daily bombardment of propaganda from our corporate press.

But, for one example out of hundreds, how can people actually hear GW talk about medical malpractice caps and think that this is a good thing? Do they not realize that the insurance companies are to blame for the enormous premiums? I saw a study recently (I'll find the link eventually) which showed that the frequency and cost to insurance companies of medical malpractice suits has grown with the population over the past 20 years but that the premiums have skyrocketed. This is one small example of how the corporate world screws people, then turns around and says they're being taken advantage of in order to convince the masses to let themselves be screwed even more.

When was the last time you walked up to your representative in Congress (or someone else's rep. for that matter), handed him a piece of legislation which you created yourself, watched him introduce it and watched it pass into law? Corporations do this all of the time. And the kind of legislation that they write and get passed is NOT the type of legislation that does anything good for you and me. Chemical companies write legislation that loosens restrictions on how badly they can poison you. Yet your average conservative thinks that the problem lies with liberals who are trying to stop this corruption and debauchery.


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