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Capitalism and Medicine Don’t Mix

Some fool a long time ago thought that putting our health in the hands of capitalists would be a good idea. The biggest problem with that is that there’s no profit in cures. There’s a whole lot of profit in treatment because you have to keep coming back for more but if they cure stuff, you’re good to go. Over the years politicians and businessmen have convinced people that these profit seeking medical conglomerates care about the people that they sell medicine to. Why on Earth would they care about the health of their customers? If their customers are healthy, they go broke.

Today, you can get drugs to treat everything from twitchy legs to a soft pee-pee and there are usually ten or more companies trying to sell you the treatment. Fifty years ago it was accepted than when a man reached a certain age, sex was going to be less frequent and not last as long. Perhaps God intended that 70 year old men would have more lofty pursuits than a piece of tail. Maybe, just maybe, old men are not supposed to be getting young women pregnant. Perhaps there is a time when we are supposed to have sex and a time after that when we should be focused on other things.

Putting aside the vanity drugs and happy pills, we have allowed ourselves to become over medicated as a society overall. We take pills for every little itch and bump and then act surprised when the antibiotics stop working. Well, gee maybe if you didn’t take all those pills that don’t do squat for a cold every time you got sick because you thought they were some kind of cure-all they would work better when you actually got an infection and needed them. We have become so quick to pop pills that our drugs don’t really work well anymore. Every pill we pop becomes a little more profit for the company that makes it. So what incentive do they have to help us to understand the more effective use of drugs by taking them only when needed? None.

The drug companies and hospital chains have no vested interest whatsoever in our health or well-being. The sicker we get, the more they make. It is no wonder they spend millions of dollars lobbying against regulation every year. The fewer laws there are to protect consumers and patients, the more they can exploit our fears and weaknesses to make money. If we want better health care in America, we need to remove the corporations from the medical industry. As long as doctors get perks for pushing certain drugs and politicians get fat donations from medical companies, our health care system will be completely out of whack. We need to make medicine public and put public heath before corporate profits.

Money and medicine don’t mix folks. As long as there is more profit in the treatment than the cure, somebody will be trying to extend the treatment and delay the cure. Put a billion dollar government grant out there as the prize for curing all forms of cancer and socialize medicine 100% and I guarantee you there will be a cure for cancer in less than five years. You want AIDS gone, take corporate interests out of the treatment picture and make the pot of gold big for finding the cure. Not only will you find a cure, they will likely find cures for other things along the way. If you make the treatments free and the cures profitable, the cures will come quickly. As long as there is more profit in treatment than cures the people will get sicker and the medical companies will get richer.

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Happy Holidays – How Political Correctness is Killing Christmas

OK so let me start by saying to my non-Christian brothers and sisters out there that I have no ill-wishes for you or your religion. I don’t necessarily think any one religion is right or wrong 100% and think that they all have something to offer to mankind. That being said, why is it that we now have to say “Happy Holidays” every time we publicly wish people a merry Christmas?

I know there are other religions and other holidays but come on folks, why so touchy about Christmas? Nobody trips if someone says Happy Chanukah or Happy Kwanza to someone but God forbid you say Merry Christmas in a public setting. If you go into just about any deli in certain parts of New York, you will see signs wishing you a Happy Chanukah for weeks leading up to Chanukah. That’s fine I have no issues with that. The owners of the delis are Jewish and that is their way of sharing their joy with their patrons. On the other hand, if you go to Wal-Mart though and see signs saying Merry Christmas, somebody is ready to picket them for it. Why is that? The owners of the business are Christians and they should have as much of a right to say “Merry Christmas” as the Jewish business owners have to say “Happy Chanukah”. Nobody pickets the African American businesses for putting up “Happy Kwanza” signs nor should they. Again, they have the right to celebrate their culture and traditions as much as anyone else.

It seems to me that the people moaning about “Merry Christmas” signs need to find more productive things to do with their time. Most of the things relating to Christmas nowadays have to do with Santa and Frosty. Jesus items end up on the bottom shelf with the silk autumn leaves decorations that nobody buys. Saying “Merry Christmas” is not religiously persecuting anyone. Banning Christmas decorations from public places, now that is persecution. That is muzzling free speech. Nobody is telling people that they can’t celebrate their religion and their holidays other than Christmas. The simple truth of the matter is that well more than half of the population of this country celebrates Christmas. Isn’t democracy supposed to be majority rule? If we can select a president based on a five to four vote of the Supreme Court, shouldn’t we be able to choose the nationally celebrated December holiday based on the vast majority of Americans’ preference?

For the record, I am a severely lapsed Baptist who has taken the time to read most of the religious texts out there including the big three of the Bible, Torah and Koran. All in all, they’re not that different in most ways. There are definite splits that reflect when they were written but they have a lot of the same stuff in them. They do all teach about love and brotherhood on some level. Perhaps we could all use a little more love and brotherhood when it comes to tolerance. Frankly, love and hope is what Christmas is supposed to be all about.

I’m not saying that there should be nativity scenes on every courthouse lawn but don’t ban Santa just because you think that one isolated idiot might be permanently emotionally scarred by not having their ideas of the holidays validated. In the real world people see Santa and are not scarred by it. The kids love Santa and it’s fun for them to see him all over the place as Christmas arrives. Santa doesn’t come on “Holiday” Eve. Santa comes on Christmas Eve. So for you activists that feel you need to protect the world from all things Christmas, please for the love of whatever god or tree you pray to, pull the large sticks out of your rears and stop tripping on people wanting to wish others a “.Merry Christmas”. You’re really making mountains out of molehills and it’s a serious buzz-kill for those of us that want to share the joy of Christmas with others.

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Have You Been Downsized Due to Outsourcing?

For several years now we have listened to some within the business community tell us that America can't compete on a global scale unless they send our jobs overseas where they can be done cheaper. The question becomes, if we don't have good paying jobs here, how can we sustain our own economy? We want to hear from you. Have you lost your job? Have you been forced into a lower wage job due to outsourcing? Has outsourcing been a success for you? Did you end up in a better job?

Tell us your story so we can make sure the politicians see how outsourcing really impacts the workers who are backbone of America. Send your story to stories@reform-america.net

 

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