Monday, March 26, 2012

Protect and defend the corporation against all enemies, foreign and domestic

I’ m sitting here writing in my hoodie, not as a solidarity statement but because it’s cold today. I hate to think that some people see that fashion choice as probable cause to believe a crime is being committed, or rather as an excuse to commit one. Maybe they should sell hoodies that say, “WHITE” across the back to avoid confusion, you know, like windbreakers that say “FBI“ and such to distinguish the players at a crime scene. Just so the crackers with guns can keep it all straight.

I said it was cold today, the general trend all winter has been 20-30 degrees above normal, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t any cold air. That’s what makes the ubiquitous tornado, the conflict between cold and warm. Spring is coming early, with farmers planting a month ahead of schedule in hopes of a bumper crop. Government crop insurance protects them if they guess wrong, another example of externalizing the risk, the taxpayers pay for global warming directly, and also cover the bets on global warming.

The best illustration lately was a Mike Luckovich cartoon - The man says, “If global warming caused a mild winter, why is it [while it’s still winter, is it] snowing?”  the woman says, “That’s [not snow, that‘s] pollen you idiot”. Wild swings in weather are the new normal. You can plan for the regular F5 tornado, that’s the new normal. One of the Alabama towns wiped out last year, was visited again already with another killer tornado. The new normal will be to live underground.

Some people are upset that Dick Cheney received a new heart at age 71, which is a full year beyond the guidelines for the age to get a donated heart. It’s not likely that this was a human heart. Dick Cheney’s only interest in a human heart would to eat it. However, you’ll know they adapted a human heart anyway, if you see him in public wearing a plastic cone to keep him chewing on it.

A reliable prediction on the Supreme Court’s view on Obama-care only requires a simple analysis.  Past rulings seem to swing from right to left without pattern, until you factor in what favors the corporations involved. Without fail the ruling goes to favor the corporation. Okay, that still makes a prediction difficult because there are two opposing positions. The insurance companies love the mandate as a revenue stream, but they have problem with the 85% rule coverage rule.

Under Obama-care they must spend 85% of premiums for actual healthcare on large groups, and 80% on individuals to actually provide needed healthcare. This compares to the 60% that many providers spent before regulation. If they don’t spend enough, then they must refund the difference to policyholders, instead of pocketing the money as excessive profits. This is almost certainly what the court will be really be ruling on, Corporate profits.

They are the Corporate Supreme Court, their oath is to support the corporations, uphold the corporations, and defend the rich against all enemies (or rather their victims), foreign and domestic. Just like all Republicans do, forever and all time, Amen.


Dave said...

If only it had been a tax, then we wouldn't be wondering if the US government has the authority to get nationalized healthcare paid for. Article one, section eight of the US Constitution makes it clear:

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

But no. . .there are too many cry-babies in this country who believe all taxes are evil, that the public services they get shouldn't cost them anything. But no. . .we decided that it's a good idea to send corporation-protecting politicians back to Congress over and over, listening to their lies rather than bothering to find out what was really going on.