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The Chicken Electorate

kfc-1It is a tired analogy among progressives that anyone voting with the GOP   not among the top 1% are like chickens electing Colonel Sanders.  This is especially evident in Kentucky, where the “Kynect” health care exchange is a hit.  Refer to it by its Other name (begins with “O” and ends with “care”) and Kentuckians cluck along blissfully.  I suggest that the Dem candidates in 2014 are also accurately labeled chicken.

Maher summed it up best, emphasizing that Obama had given us “healthcare, not herpes”.  Among other positives that could have been brought to our attention are lower gas prices, the stock market at a record high, a depression averted, two women on the supreme court, Bin Laden dead and unemployment dropping from over 10% to less than 6% (“if you’re a Fox News viewer trying to do the math, that’s less”).  Instead they ran away from an opportunity to reinforce these realities, if not any chance of wining.

It was barely mentioned in the Georgia gubernatorial race that the incumbent had, out of spite and party loyalty, denied healthcare to his state by refusing the gift of Medicaid expansion.  In the U.S. senate race, Michelle Nunn avoided discussing a minimum wage increase, strengthening the middle class, wall street reform or any popular aspects of the democratic platform. Instead her narrative was emphasizing bipartisanship and avoiding Obama like Ebola, denying his proven ability to energy the  base.  The very base she needed to turn out the vote needed for a win.  Both candidates ignoring family legacies, as if no one would notice their last names.

Looking ahead to 2016, the networks are desperately attempting to set up another Clinton vs. Bush race.  Here I’m confident the narrative won’t go their way.  Need I remind that Hillary not only failed to get the nomination in 2008, but fell into a distant 3rd?  Already Bernie Sanders and other dark horses are quietly emerging, ready to a least discuss real issues, like past elections bought and paid for by corporate wealth.  Wouldn’t a Sanders/Warren ticket be nice.


“Here’s Your Dinner, Mr. Koch”

While I’m not among those in a panic, the Ebola scare has brought to light so many duplicitous shortcomings in a government “for the people by the people” that it was impossible to resist elaborating.people

The first U.S. diagnosed case, Eric Duncan, appeared in Texas, another state that refused Medicaid expansion for no reason other than spite.  His estimated health care cost is around $500,000.   This reminds anyone with memory longer than the span of news cycle that the CDC (along with the federal government) was shut down a year ago for related reasons (hate/spite).  The National Institute for Health (NIH) has stated, if not for budget cuts, there would be a vaccine now.  Partisan politics also denied us a Surgeon General during this time.  Has anyone from the supposedly liberal media asked governor Rick Perry whether he could reconsider expanding Medicaid if the crises worsened?  Of course not.  They’re too busy interviewing fiction writers.

Nurses who treated Duncan were afraid to complain about inadequate preparation for fear of losing their jobs.  Members of Nation Nurses United have no such reservations.   Those dependent on minimum wage jobs aren’t likely to risk calling in sick, even if they could pay to see a doctor.  It is possible Duncan was turned away on his first hospital visit because he lacked insurance.  While not wishing disease on anyone,  wouldn’t it be poetic irony if this manageable disease returned full circle to bite those at the top of corporate food chain?

“Here’s your dinner, Mr. Koch.”   This has potential to be most demonstrable result yielded from two generations of failed  trickle down economics.


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