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    Stand By Me: Everywhere

    by | 4 | Apr 8, 2009

    This short video will give you hope for the world. Provided by Scott Sheppard, via Facebook.

    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_A_ma2h0idk

     

     

    An American Self-Portrait

    by | 2 | Apr 8, 2009

    This is what we look like as a nation. Two-thirds of us don’t or no longer work at all. 22 million of us work directly for the government and many more work providing products and services contracted to the government (nobody knows a real number, but is likely another 15 million or so and it could easily be higher since government spending in 2009 will represent over 44% of the nation’s GNP). That leaves something less than 25% of our citizens working in “private enterprise” and generating what wealth is created and the economic crisis picture begins getting clearer. The economic crisis effects us all. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act offers targeted assistance toward some of the pieces of pie, but hardly all. The retired, disabled and unemployed are getting a little help, and they do pay taxes, but the assistance is targeted for survival and a little consumption, […]

     

     

    I’m Joining TEA Party

    by | 3 | Apr 8, 2009

    Seems to be a good idea to not just join the TEA Party, but to refuse to pay income taxes this year. Why not?

     

     

    Home movies: Let’s stay in

    by | 1 | Apr 7, 2009
    Home movies: Let's stay in

    The pickings are slim at the movie theaters this coming Friday. “Hannah Montana: The Movie” is, of course, inevitable in some households (but that doesn’t mean you have to look forward to it).  “Observe and Report” appears to be the Seth Rogen version of “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” (isn’t it thrilling when Hollywood latches on to the same idea at the same time, though I remember when a film cluster might mean dueling Wyatt Earps, not two movies about malls) and “Dragonball Evolution,” more plundered Japanese animation aimed at fanboys (also inevitable in some households). So, let’s stay in. Unfortunately, the home movie front is a bit uneven as well. The holiday releases are now in DVD rotation and that’s a good news/bad news scenario. Last week, we got Oscar’s best picture, “Slumdog Millionaire.” It’s a good movie, almost a great one. But there’s a major problem with the way […]

     

     

    Changing the channels: Final 4, NIT, MLB

    by | 1 | Apr 7, 2009
    Changing the channels: Final 4, NIT, MLB

    This was shortly after 10 o’clock Monday evening, heretofore the most thrilling, dramatic, tension-packed and anticipated night of the year. At least ever since I’d learned the terrible truth about Christmas as a kid (and no, I couldn’t handle the truth about the faux fat man) and, a few years later, once I’d stayed up late to watch Loyola of Chicago deny Cincinnati a three-peat in ‘63. Why is this night different from all others? Monday was the greatest night on the calendar. The night of the NCAA Men’s Championship Game. The culmination of our greatest sporting event: three weeks of, to use the most hoary, overused cliché in sports, March Madness. A real reality TV mini-series. A Rust Belt “Survivor: Ford Field.” The Final Four down to two: the imperial, baby-blue Tar Heels of North Carolina, and the blue-collar, people’s-choice Spartans of Michigan State. You go, Sparty. I couldn’t […]

     

     

    First Date

    by | 2 | Apr 7, 2009
    First Date

      I had my first date when I was fourteen. My date was a woman. Well, not exactly, she was fourteen too, but she had the accoutrements and was taller than me. My mother drove us to the state fair. There would be a concert that night: The Monkees. Excitement and fear mingled and my pocket was full of money. Fourteen is an awkward age and I was an expert at being fourteen. How to show my worthiness? The midway provided an answer: the ring toss. Win a bear, impress a girl. I am amazed to this day that you can lose fifteen bucks that quickly. I came close several times and each time the carney convinced me I could surely win the prize, it may as well have been gold. Each time he would gather the rings and lazily toss one over the bottle then hand them to me, […]

     

     

    Crass Transit Funding

    by | 1 | Apr 7, 2009

    The Georgia General Assembly has cleared out. Their acts of commission and omission are still being interpreted. One major omission has MARTA threatening to shut down on Fridays. MARTA depends on income from riders and sales tax in Fulton and Dekalb counties. The sales tax income has dropped, leaving the agency $24 million short in the upcoming fiscal year and $40 million short the next. MARTA managers think they can ride out the storm using $65 million they’ve got in a capital reserve account. State law requires MARTA to put half its income into capital reserve for equipment and construction. I’m sure there are arguments for keeping the $65 million reserved for rails and rolling stock. On the other hand, these are times that require reconsideration. And MARTA’s not asking for additional funds, just to use money it already has. Various half-hearted attempts were made to free the money, but […]

     

     

    Boardwalk is Too Important to Fail

    by | 3 | Apr 7, 2009

    The Bush-Obama economic recovery plan is largely based on the philosophy post-great-depression, economist Charles Darrow and a couple of brothers named Parker. I kid you not, just read some of the actual rules of the game: The object of the game is to become the wealthiest player through buying, renting and selling of property (note that you are not able to become wealthy by actually working). Each player is given $1500 (we’ll be getting less than that through tax rebates) and all remaining money and other equipment go to the Bank. Select as Banker a player who will also make a good Auctioneer. Besides the Bank’s money, the Bank holds the Title Deeds, and the houses and hotels prior to purchase by the players. The Bank pays salaries and bonuses. It sells and auctions properties and hands out the proper Title Deed cards when purchased by a player, it also […]

     

     

    Why do you ask?

    by | 1 | Apr 7, 2009

    Nobody gives a straight answer anymore. I was at the local chain drugstore shopping for allergy nostrums and having trouble finding the prices. I’d pieced together enough information to know that the store brand was cheaper than the national brand. But did I want 10, 15, 30, 33-percent more-for-the-same-price 40, or 90 pills? I could only find the shelf stickers for the 10- and 30-pill boxes. A clerk wandered by. “Pardon me,” I said, “Can you tell me the price of this box with 40 pills?” The clerk folded his arms. “Why do you ask?” No reason to answer a question when you can deviate. But I persist: “The box says 33 percent more for the same price. Is that the same as the 30-pill box — $9.99?” The clerk glanced. “We’re out of 30-count.” They weren’t, but I had more pressing issues. “Do you know how much the 40-count […]

     

     

    Replenishing the old coffers

    by | 5 | Apr 6, 2009

    Now that he’s left the oval office — and our nation with $1.3 trillion in debt — I just read that our former president, George W. Bush is going to hit the speaking circuit, to, as he puts it “replenish the old coffers,” and “make a ridiculous amount of money.” Dubya has signed up with an outfit called the Washington Speaker’s Bureau, and “unnamed sources” have said that he’ll be charging $150,000 a pop to step up to the podium. Oh yeah, and if there’s travel involved, those hiring the former prez will be expected to provide “first class airfare or private jet transportation for four.” Schnikeys! That’s a lot of replenishing, and yes, I’d have to say, a “ridiculous” amount of money for a speech — especially in what we’re euphemistically calling “these challenging economic times” — which means, monetarily speaking, things suck big time. And who do we […]

     

     

    Changeable weather on Mt. Mitchell

    by | 1 | Apr 6, 2009
    Changeable weather on Mt. Mitchell

    The park rangers always warn you that the weather in North Carolina’s mountains can change drastically in a short period of time. It’s easy to take the warnings as just so much lawyer-inspired overkill, or a message intended mainly for tourists from Florida wearing Bermuda shorts and tank-tops. But I won’t take the warnings lightly again. Last week I hiked up Mt. Mitchell, at 6,684 feet the highest peak east of the Mississippi River. It’s an altitude my college friends from out West scoff at, and rightly so, as the city of Denver sits nearly that high and the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains rises another 7,000 to 8,000 feet above it in dramatic fashion. Six thousand whole feet, my friends say when I talk about the beauty of the North Carolina mountains. Those are hills, not mountains, they insist. If they had been with me on that hike […]

     

     

    No lie: Pinocchio turns 70

    by | 2 | Apr 6, 2009
    No lie: Pinocchio turns 70

    Time was, before DVDs and even, yikes, home videos, the folks at Disney kept their animated classics under lock and key. I’m not certain this was literal, no more than I’m certain Uncle Walt isn’t lying frozen inside the Cinderella castle. Anyway, as a marketing strategy it was pretty shrewd. Every seven years, as a new generation of prime-target tots came of age, Disney would release a film. It was a constant rotation, almost biblical in its consistency — like seven years of fat and seven years of lean. Except, mostly it was fat, with wonderful works of art like “Bambi,” “Fantasia,” and “Lady and the Tramp” returning to the big screen on a regular basis. But then came the home entertainment industry, which typically out grosses theatrical releases and the Disney machine applied its strategy to a different market — DVDs. And instead of a steady seven-year rotation, they […]

     

     

    Old foes could resist Barnes’ return

    by | 2 | Apr 6, 2009
    Old foes could resist Barnes' return

    So Ol’ Roy Barnes is itching to be governor again. It’s like Sheriff Lewis Parker down in Baxley, Georgia, said when people wanted him to toss his hat in the ring for state representative: A couple of folks whispering in your ear don’t make a landslide. You’d have to think there are more people who remember what they didn’t like about King Roy than folks hankering for him to return. The flaggers, for a couple hundred thousand. They’ll be climbing power poles sticking up posters they’ve already got printed. Heck, if Roy runs, it may be a boon time for Rebel flag manufacturers. A lot of those old banners have gotten threadbare. And the teachers. Sonny Perdue’s been passing out $100 gift cards for every public school teacher in the state every year. Compare that with Roy’s threat to throw them to the gators. Still, Barnes is experienced and he […]

     

     

    Way up North … in Korea

    by | 3 | Apr 5, 2009
    Way up North ... in Korea

    Here’s another reason I live in the flat woods and not the White House. If Kim Jong-il and the North Koreans started the countdown on their rocket I’d drop a daisy-cutter on the launch pad before they got to 3-2-1. Then I’d say, “Wow, man, something blew up! You guys need to be more careful with your rockets.” As it is, the North Koreans dropped more garbage in the Pacific and they’re telling the folks back home that they’ve got a satellite in the sky beaming down “immortal revolutionary paeans.” Since they’re going to lie about it, I’d rather hear the revolutionary explanation of how Kim Jong-il spent everybody’s lunch money blowing up the launch site.

     

     

    Street scenes

    by | 1 | Apr 5, 2009

    A rugby team called Macon Love taking the field for a match against the Golden Isles Hammerheads for a match in Brunswick, Georgia. Someone dressed as the Chick-Fil-A cow sitting on the back of a golf cart as it cruises along a path at St. Simons Island, Georgia. Intending to ask a veterinarian at an Atlanta animal hospital whether her cats can be sedated on long drives, a woman begins, “When we take the cats to the beach … .” The veterinarian interrupts, “ Don’t let them go in the water. If you do, they’ll become catfish.”

     

     

    Good Grief: Southern Funeral Food

    by | 7 | Apr 4, 2009
    Good Grief: Southern Funeral Food

    As a child the funerals were mysterious things. I never understood the camaraderie, the laughter and guffaws. And how on God’s earth could they eat and drink and carry on the way they did, ‘specially when somebody had died?’ I’d tiptoe among the adults, periodically bear-hugged by a distant great aunt, who’d say, (between bites of a cheese biscuit), “Aren’t you Jack and Mary Ellen’s baby?” I would nod, dodge their eye contact and chafe at the idea of a twelve year-old baby. I’d barely make my escape before, once again, I’d find myself pressed against the lavender scented enormous bosom of another aunt who was sure to inquire, “Aren’t you hungry, sweetheart? There’s plenty. Go over there and get yourself a piece a that pie your Aunt Millie always makes. We wish she’d make it at Christmas ‘stead of waitin’ for somebody to die.” Nary a morsel of that […]

     

     

    The Sarah Palin of the South

    by | 11 | Apr 4, 2009
    The Sarah Palin of the South

    Check the front page of most South Carolina newspapers today and you’ll find a story on the state’s Gov. Mark Sanford. Sanford has made a name for himself of late by grandstanding against the federal stimulus plan, which so far is the best idea anyone has put forward to jump start the sagging American economy. After making a lot of noise, Sanford — who is widely believed to be positioning himself for a presidential run in 2012 — accepted more than $2 billion in stimulus funds for Medicaid, transportation and other uses. He’s in the headlines right now, though, for refusing to accept $700 million for education. Sanford is one of two governors who are so far rejecting that aid. The other? Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska (who, of course, also thinks the White House is in her future). Even many of Sanford’s fellow Republicans in South Carolina oppose his […]

     

     

    Home Movies: Home is new Metro stop

    by | 2 | Apr 4, 2009
    Home Movies: Home is new Metro stop

    One of the best movies I’ve seen since I started reviewing in the late ’70s is Francois Truffaut’s “The Last Metro.” The picture, newly available on DVD, opened the 1980 New York Film Festival and I remember parts of it better than I remember some films I saw last month (please make your own joke about senility here). At any rate, “The Last Metro” is set during World War II, during the Nazi occupation of Paris. Actress/theater manager Catherine Deneuve keeps the curtain up while her Jewish husband, a famous director, hides out under his own stage. Complicating matters is a newcomer to the company: a handsome young and, yes, comparatively slim and, double yes, very sexy Gerard Depardieu, who threatens to become Deneuve’s new leading man off-stage as well as on. Truffaut, who, at 54, tragically died far too young of a brain tumor in 1984, is examining matters […]

     

     

    The past is always with us

    by | 1 | Apr 3, 2009
    The past is always with us

    Legislatures in at least six states have given serious consideration this year to proposals that would compel their states to apologize for the roles they played in the historic abomination of slavery. Five Southern states — Arkansas, Alabama, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida — had passed similar measures before this year. Maryland, a border state that was widely supportive of the Confederacy during the Civil War, is also among the states that have adopted apologies. Last year, New Jersey became the first Northern state to take that stand. States where apologies are actively among consideration include Tennessee in the South, along with Connecticut, Rhode Island, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Meanwhile, in Georgia, where the General Assembly operates in a parallel universe, legislators this year have been more concerned about passing legislation setting aside April as Confederate Heritage and History Month. T.S. Eliot wrote that “April is the cruellest month,” and […]

     

     

    Hospice and health care

    by | 1 | Apr 3, 2009

    I’ve been having more than my share of conversations about death lately, but my meeting with the local coroner was unplanned. Being coroner in a rural county is hardly a part-time job. But when anyone dies unattended by a physician, the coroner has to investigate. We weren’t talking CSI Miami, we were talking about elderly friends and family members who are facing end of life issues. The coroner told me he’s discomfited by folks who let their loved ones enter hospice programs only to call 911 for the emergency medical technicians when a life-ending crisis appears. “I ask them, ‘Why did you call the EMT? You’d signed up for hospice so he could die at home in peace.’ And they tell me, ‘Hospice was just going to let him die.’ ” Well, that’s the point of hospice, isn’t it, to let a person die naturally instead of being attended by […]

     

     

    Will speak … for cash

    by | 12 | Apr 2, 2009
    Will speak ... for cash

    Now that he’s left the oval office — and our nation with $1.3 trillion in debt — I just read that our former president, George W. Bush is going to hit the speaking circuit, to, as he puts it “replenish the old coffers,” and “make a ridiculous amount of money.” Dubya has signed up with an outfit called the Washington Speaker’s Bureau, and “unnamed sources” have said that he’ll be charging $150,000 a pop to step up to the podium. Oh yeah, and if there’s travel involved, those hiring the former prez will be expected to provide “first class airfare or private jet transportation for four.” Schnikeys! That’s a lot of replenishing, and yes, I’d have to say, a “ridiculous” amount of money for a speech — especially in what we’re euphemistically calling “these challenging economic times” — which means, monetarily speaking, things suck big time. And who do we […]

     

     

    It Always Involves Poultry

    by | 2 | Apr 2, 2009

    Hold on to your seat… the Senate Banking Committee has passed the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act. Oh boy. We’re saved. No more “Any Time, Any Reason” never ending penalty interest rate hikes and line cuts. Of course, it will still have to pass the Senate. And the House. And get signed. The bank lobby being what it is, I suspect the only thing the bill will still have by the time it gets through is this post in an archive. On to the poultry. This is my personal experience. In the fall of 2006, I received an offer from American Express for a $20,000 limit 0% credit card. I called them, and they said all the right things. Rate’s not going to change as long as you pay on time. Sure, they could pay off other cards. Sure, I’ll get a card for my wife, too. All […]

     

     

    Aim for their behinds

    by | 1 | Apr 2, 2009
    Aim for their behinds

    How many ways can statehouse leaders think of to shoot Georgians in our collective behinds? As the 2009 Legislative session jerks toward conclusion, the gold dome squatters are poised to lower taxes for buyers of pricey autos while making sure that anyone who buys a car under $21,400 pays up. House Bill 480 eliminates sales taxes and annual property taxes on vehicles in favor of a one-time, up-front, seven percent title fee. But wait: The maximum title fee is $1,500. That means if you buy a car or truck for $21,400 you’ll pay a title tax of $1,498. If you can afford a $50,000 edition, you’ll pay … let’s see now … 7 percent of $50,000 is $3,500. No, that’s not right. The maximum is $1,500. Great! Anything over $21,400 is tax free. See how that will help the economy. The better, richer people will get to keep more of […]

     

     

    Still shrimping … after all these years

    by | 5 | Apr 1, 2009
    Still shrimping ... after all these years

    Every spring for the past 41 years, the sleepy Southern fishing town of Darien, Georgia, has come alive with the three-day festival for the Blessing of the Fleet. Darien, with a population of around 2,000 people, is the second oldest city in Georgia. It was founded by Gaelic-speaking Scottish Highlanders — led by Lachlan McGillivray and Lacklan McIntosh — in 1736 near the site of an abandoned British military outpost, Fort King George. Formerly one of the largest ports for shipping lumber, it has been a center for fishermen since the early 1900s. Once famous for its oysters, it is now best known as a shrimpers’ paradise. Darien’s Blessing of the Fleet is believed to have originated when Portuguese fishermen moved to the area and brought the tradition with them. It is generally considered to be the largest ongoing festival of its kind on the East Coast. Activities at this […]

     

     

    The Path Less Traveled to Energy Independence

    by | 1 | Apr 1, 2009

    Generally, there are three approaches toward cutting our dependence on oil: taxes on gas to increase the cost and cut demand; subsidize alternative fuels to make them competitive; and requirements to force more energy efficient cars and trucks. • High gas prices were tested conclusively last year and we don’t want that. • Subsidies for alternative fuels require lobbyists to determine who gets the money and corn always wins. • Cafe standards also require lobbyists and we’ll never get there by that alone. Here’s an idea that will cut our dependence, that is fair and relatively painless. Don’t be freaked out by the name: Gas Rationing. It’s really just a variation on Cap and Trade used to cut pollution where a standard is set and users buy or sell allowances. • First, we set a national standard for gasoline consumption – for the sake of discussion, let’s say in the […]

     

     

    And the Beat goes on?

    by | 2 | Mar 31, 2009

    The Atlanta Beat made the playoffs in the now defunct Women’s United Soccer Association all three years the league existed. They were the only team who could make that claim. Twice, the Beat went on to play in the league’s championship match. Sunday, a new effort to bring professional women’s soccer to America began as the aptly named Women’s Professional Soccer league debuted with the Los Angeles Sol defeating the Washington Freedom 2-0. The Atlanta Beat will not be playing in the new league this season. But there is good news: They could be back in action year. An Atlanta team is scheduled to enter the league in 2010, and fans are being given the opportunity to choose the team’s name. Sunday, as a result of online voting so far, the list of possible names was narrowed to three finalists: Attack, Beat, or Storm. If the new franchise keeps the […]

     

     

    Carpetbagger

    by | 4 | Mar 30, 2009
    Carpetbagger

    My father was what you might call a carpetbagger. Born in the frozen tundra of upstate New York he was selling ads for a newspaper in Oswego when he caught a train south.   Saying the only things to do in Oswego were drink whisky, freeze to death and figure out how to get out of Oswego, he took his boss’s train ticket to Raleigh, North Carolina when the boss decided not to go.   He worked for the Raleigh Times selling ads and began doing the artwork on the side. When the paper told him that would be part of his job he realized he could make more doing the ads than selling them and quit.   He started the first advertising agency in Raleigh, which is still flourishing as Howard Merrell & Partners.   He was witty with a love of laughter but was known as a man […]

     

     

    Some news that refreshes

    by | 0 | Mar 29, 2009
    Some news that refreshes

    Every day brings more bad news about business and corporate leadership: A ninth Georgia bank fails. Anger mounts over the arrogance of AIG and the Madoff scandal. People groan that the “customer service” of days gone by has become the lack of service of today. As I walk around my community taking notes, the stories tumble out of my neighbors. They have grown wary of business leadership in general, and the bigger the business the greater their disdain. Used car dealers can take heart. At least, now they are held in higher regard than many CEOs. Even people who still want to believe in capitalism have begun to despair. The strongest believers among them — including a friendly stock broker I bump into from time to time — thirst for some evidence that corporate leaders at least want to act responsibly. But even in this growing darkness, occasional candles are […]

     

     

    A wise leader in a time of crisis

    by | 3 | Mar 29, 2009
    A wise leader in a time of crisis

    Kentucky-born Abraham Lincoln was a one-term Congressman from Illinois when he was elected president of the United States. Hmmm. That sounds a little familiar, doesn’t it? Like Lincoln, Barack Obama, a one-term Senator from Illinois who was born in another state, ascended to the presidency in a time of crisis. But, as crises go, the one in Lincoln’s day was even more dire, as an exhibit at the Carter Center and Presidential Library in Atlanta shows. The exhibit, titled “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” is one of many around the country coinciding with the 200th birthday of our first overtly anti-slavery president. Obama faces a divided country, with some factions convinced that government needs to play a bigger role in solving the challenges we face while others argue, without offering any other real options, that more government is not the answer. But, so far at least — I […]

     

     

    See the Papers

    by | 0 | Mar 29, 2009

    This site offers an interactive map to see the current front page of most major newspapers by clicking on a town.

     

     

    ‘Now in these dead latter days’

    by | 0 | Mar 29, 2009
    'Now in these dead latter days'

    My choices as the best opening lines in Southern literature: “Now in these dead latter days of the U.S.A. and of the Christ-forgetting Christ-haunted death-dealing Western world I came to myself in a grove of young pines and the question came to me: has it happened at last?” — “Love in the Ruins” by Walker Percy “There was a man and a dog too this time. Two beasts, counting Old Ben, the bear, and two men, counting Boon Hogganbeck, in whom some of the same blood ran which ran in Sam Fathers, even though Boon’s was a plebeian strain of it and only Sam and Old Ben and the mongrel Lion were taintless and incorruptible.” — “The Bear” by William Faulkner “All weekend the two girls were calling each other Temple One and Temple Two, shaking with laughter and getting so red and hot that they were positively ugly, particularly […]

     

     

    Walking with Giants

    by | 1 | Mar 29, 2009
    Walking with Giants

    For a moment I walked with giants, or at least posed with one, after watching the tag team duo André the Giant and Abdullah the Butcher humiliate lesser gods in a ring of ropes and canvas. The Cobb Civic Center, offering hope for culture, found dismal attendance for flower shows and art exhibits but filled to capacity Friday nights for wrestling, a primal art form with more resonance in that county. Being the journalist I was and having libated on a six pack, I attempted objectivity but there was none. André stood above all, he was the man, more than man in fact and all hope was lost for the challengers. No Davids in that ring. Hundreds of pounds of flesh and hurt stuffed into a skimpy outfit that would embarrass a Frenchman seemed natural that night and afterwards the unvanquished emerged from his shower and greeted his worshipers. His […]

     

     

    A GOB Tradition Like No Other

    by | 1 | Mar 29, 2009
    A GOB Tradition Like No Other

    With Augusta and The Masters winding its ugly, antiquated way towards us again. I have to make a little bit of noise about their as-yet unchanged policy regarding women on those sacred links. OK, so the Masters comes once a year and means something — that I could never begin to understand — to certain Good Ol’ Boys (GOB) whose masculinity is deeply tied to exclusivity and a putting iron. The same fuss about African-Americans was dealt with smoothly (so smooth as to be cruel) years ago. Let one of ’em in … Oh, maybe that kid Tiger Woods. But as the drunk GOB who took my husband as a guest back in the ’90s said about, I believe, VJ Singh, “That jacket” — (you know, the famous green one) — “just doesn’t LOOK right on him.” On the other hand, the, uh, gentleman had complimentary things to say about […]

     

     

    Vigilante Watch

    by | 2 | Mar 28, 2009

    Somebody please tell me you’re watching these people and they will stay in their cages: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeYscnFpEyA

     

     

    Turning an Opportunity into a Problem

    by | 2 | Mar 28, 2009

    The storm must have seemed perfect. An issue that had matured since Nixon first introduced it in 1974. An overwhelming Democratic majority in the house. An almost filibuster-proof Democratic majority in the Senate. A Democrat in the White House with 60%+ approval ratings. And polls showing an overwhelming majority of the American people, Republicans and Democrat alike, in favor. Decades of horrific cost increases. A terrible economy. New pressures on business to be globally competitive. A new “transparency” sure to limit the influence of lobbyists. The health insurance industry must have been preparing for the worst. Not a chance. The health insurance industry wants to turn their problem into an opportunity by turning our opportunity into a problem. The recipe is all too simple. ▪ Provide a dash of spin to the party of no that re-defines “universal healthcare” into a requirement for all Americans to buy private health insurance. ▪ Add […]

     

     

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