Sunday, October 07, 2007
Robb From the Middle Class
Robert Robb screwed up his job and actually let a sliver of truth sneak into one of his pestilential newspaper columns.
"Well, in a May report, the Congressional Budget Office said this: "CBO concludes that the reduction in private coverage among children is most probably between a quarter and a half of the increase in public coverage resulting from SCHIP."
CBO estimated that the specific bill Bush vetoed would result in 2 million fewer children having private insurance. "
There's the rub. The idea is to take care of corporations, not children. Why should people demand from their government a service that should rightly provide profits to corporations?
The answer is: Because we are not fascists. It says so right there in The Preamble. The Founders actually believed in that stuff, you know. "We the people" and all that.
"Only lay down true principles, and adhere to them inflexibly. Do not be frightened into their surrender by the alarms of the timid, or the croakings of wealth against the ascendency of the people." Thom Jefferson again.
Back to Robb who sternly claims:
"It's regrettable when politicians won't honestly address the consequences of their proposals. Not surprising or unusual, mind you. Just regrettable."
It's even more regrettable and of much greater consequence when powerful corporations and their poltical and media whores similarly do not honestly address the true nature of their own proposals.
Middle class people who can afford private health insurance are not to be allowed government assistance. So say the rightwing waterboys for the rich. They have decided who can afford what. That's their idea of a "free market."
I presume that if Robb were to personally benefit from a program that would allow him to divert some of his own income away from private insurance and towards other things, like the purchase of a new brain maybe, that instead he would opt to send his money along to profit corporate class warriors.
Good boy. Have a biscuit.
But Robb inadvertantly let the secret out. His pimps think that the expansion of SCHIP was a bad idea because it might eat into corporate profits. He wasn't supposed to come right out and put that into print.
Bad boy. No biscuit.
One last little thing: it's not really a doggie-bone. It's a bar of soap. He should wash out his mouth with it.
Posted by shrimplate at 11:21 AM