God bless Senator Edward Kennedy and the Health Care Bill
Here lies a gentleman, he was a reformer, pioneer, the most important the fixer. Regrets he had a lot, glory a few, sin at least one. May you rest on August 25, 2009. God bless you Mr. Edward Kennedy.
As a philosopher, when history comes, you knew it!
First let me say a few words about the history of Senator Edward Kennedy:
Here lies a gentleman, he was a reformer, pioneer, the most important a good- natured fixer who served the need of common people.
Regrets he had a lot, glory a few, sin at least one.
May you rest on August 25, 2009. God bless you Mr. Edward Kennedy.
If you do know Senator Ted Kennedy, you would know what I mean: regret, glory and sin. If you do not know, please listen the repeater on every big and small media. And newspapers. You’ll know what that mean: a fixer, regrets, glory and sin
Now comes his last legacy: Senator Kennedy’s universal health care bill with public option.
Here I will guarantee 99.99% a health care bill will be passed in the Congress. There is no meaning anymore to shout or debate in the town hall meeting to have or not have a health care bill. From now on, we should concentrate, what is in the health care bill.
Finally, we had (I deliberately used the past tense) a health care bill in 2009! F.D. Roosevelt cannot do it, Truman cannot do it, and Clinton cannot do it. Obama did it, it is because of Senator Kennedy! He died in the right time for his last legacy.
But the passed health care bill, was it really what Senator Edward Kennedy wanted? I wonder!
What I mean, we had a health care bill that might not agreeable with the one Senator Kennedy proposed: Universal with public option.
When history comes, you know it.
As a philosopher, I knew it; I already had a health care bill this year (2009).
In this recession, or in the early state of recovery, I think it is not the right time to pass a huge health care bill in Congress.
Regrettable, no one can resist it even a Philosopher like me. When history comes.
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A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
- According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
When these companies compete, in the current system, the people lose.
- When a company reaches the top of the ladder, they typically kick it away so that others cannot climb up on it. The aim? So that another company can't compete.
- When this phenomenon happens in the pharmaceutical world, companies quickly apply for broad protection of their patents, which can last up to 20 years, and fence off research areas for others. The result of this? They stay at the top of the ladder, at the cost of everyday people benefitting from increased competition.
- Since companies have worked out how to legally game the system, Amin argues we need to get rid of this "one size fits all" system, which treats product innovation the same as product invention. Companies should still receive an incentive for coming up with new products, he says, but not 20 years if the product is the result of "tweaking" an existing one.
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