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January 12, 2011

Chris Rock On Gun Control

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 10:09 am

This was on Rachel Maddow’s show last night.

January 11, 2011

Letters About Arizona

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 9:10 am

Sometimes the letters to the editor of the NY Times are so good and so interesting that they deserve a special look.

January 10, 2011

Ever Hear Of Eliminationism?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 3:34 pm

It has to do with not just discussing issues with your political opponents, but threatening to eliminate them.  This article talks about several examples of it.

January 7, 2011

Healthcare Reform In Vermont

Filed under: Medicare, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:54 am

Don’t you wish we had a governor like this?

Here is an excerpt from Governor Shumlin’s Inaugural address – January 6, 2011:

The rising cost of healthcare for Vermont’s middle class and small businesses provides an equally daunting threat to economic prosperity. Just ten years ago our little state was spending $2.5 billion a year to stay healthy. Today we spend over $5 billion. That increase represents an enormous hidden tax on families and small businesses across our state. If left untethered, the rising cost of health insurance will cripple us.

That’s why we must create a single-payer healthcare system that provides universal, affordable health insurance for all Vermonters that brings these skyrocketing costs under control. Let Vermont be the first state in the nation to treat healthcare as a right and not a privilege; removing the burden of coverage from our business community and using technology and outcomes-based medicine to contain costs. By doing so, we will save money and improve the quality of our care.

Some will say it can’t be done. The special interests; insurance companies, pharmaceutical industry, medical equipment makers; the same lobbyists that spent hundreds of millions of dollars to make sure that real reform withered in Washington can be expected to exercise their will to protect their enormous profits.

Others will say reform will destroy our existing healthcare system. But logic suggests – and our experience shows – that our current system is unsustainable; that underfunded reimbursements starve our doctors and hospitals; that duplication, waste, inefficiencies and rising costs will drive more rural providers into bankruptcy and destroy our quality of care, which is the very best in the land. I ask the defenders of the current system to explain how small businesses, municipalities and taxpayers can sustain double digit premium increases year after year.

Shortly we will receive plans from Dr. William Hsiao to help us design a health care system that Vermonters can afford. I’ve assembled a healthcare team that will invite providers, consumers, businesses, municipalities, insurers, and our congressional delegation to the table to help Vermont build a sensible healthcare system. I call upon single payer supporters to resist the temptation to oversimplify the challenge. I call upon skeptics to challenge us, but to join us at the table. I call upon Vermonters to join together with the common purpose of our state once again leading where others dare not go; universal, affordable, quality healthcare that follows the individual and is not tied to employment.

January 1, 2011

Cuba – The Good Neighbor

Filed under: Cuba, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:39 am

Cuba’s impressive medical assistance to Haiti, and earlier to Indonesia and Pakistan, goes virtually unreported by Western media.

December 22, 2010

Daniel Ellsberg Tells Us What To Do

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:55 am

December 8, 2010

Killing The Wikileaks Messenger

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:16 am

This article from the Guardian in Britain discusses the violent reaction of “Democratic” officials and media when their own shady dealings are exposed by Wikileaks.

December 2, 2010

“Get Over It; Wikileaks Is Good For America”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 3:49 pm

Our friend, John Grant, makes an excellent case for Wikileaks being the best thing for America since the Freedom of Information Act.  Even Walter Lippmann would be impressed. Paste the link to your browser.

November 16, 2010

Where’s “Events Of Interest”?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:16 am

The way the blog works, every time a new article or posting is put up, everything posted earlier – including Events of Interest – moves down a notch, so you have to scroll down to find it.  But we do work to keep the Events up-to-date and complete.  To go to “Events of Interest” directly, move your cursor to the right, under “Categories,” and click on “Events of Interest.”  And there it is!  Try it for “Films” too and find out where and when some good flicks are showing.

October 20, 2010

Robert Reich And The Perfect Storm

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:13 am

Batten down the hatches!  Our former Labor Secretary sees real danger ahead.

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