Every day in the news we have horror stories about average Americans who happen to get sick and are forced to deal with a byzantine health care system designed to prevent them, if at all possible, from getting the care they need, while conservative presidential candidates declare:
“I don’t like mandating health care. I don’t like it because it erodes what makes health care work in this country — the free market, the profit motive. A mandate takes choice away from people. We’ve got to let people make choices. We’ve got to let them take the risk-do they want to be covered? Do they want health insurance? Because ultimately, if they don’t, well, then, they may not be taken care of.”
Unsurprisingly, we also have the decadent business elite, awash in cash and privilege during this second gilded age, being lavishly rewarded time after time for risky behavior. People like Merril Lynch’s Stanley O’Neill who, after being fired for overseeing the loss of 8 billion dollars the company invested in sub-prime loans, was forced to settle for a mere 160 million dollar golden parachute — on top of his 48 million dollar salary.
That statement was from GOP front runner Rudy Giuliani who had the best health-care that taxpayers could provide as mayor of New York. It would never occur to Rudy that if we all pool our resources and we get access to medical care it might just make those people that actually work for a living more productive workers. No as the Carpetbagger notes you just hang that “socialized” label on public health-care and wealthy Republicans like Rudy can relax and smoke Cuban cigar and enjoy watching America’s middle and working classes continue to struggle and in some cases sink. Not because they didn’t work hard, but because an illness in the family sunk them.
Its a recipe for success with the Bush administration. Do a miserable job, but keep your lips glued to Bush’s backside and you will be rewarded, US Attorney Rachel Paulose leaves for job at Justice Dept.
Rachel Paulose, the embattled U.S. attorney for Minnesota, will be leaving the post to take a position at the Justice Department in Washington, according to a Bush administration official and congressional aide.
Paulose was handpicked by the Justice Department for the U.S. Attorney post because of her personal connections. She is currently under investigation for allegations that she “mishandled classified information, decided to fire the subordinate who called it to her attention, retaliated against others in the office who crossed her, and made racist remarks about one employee.”
Paulose alienated most of the office staff with a leadership style that was described as insulting, an inability to listen respectfully to opinions that ran contrary to her own. Recently, she has been under investigation by two federal agencies for a series of alleged misdeeds, mostly involving the way she treated the staff but also her alleged improper handling of classified national security materials. She was also the subject of a very negative job review, based substantially on her management style.
She screwed up just enough to get a promotion to Washington. Maybe Republicans are running the government just like a business. The Peter Principle comes to mind, they keep promoting people to according to their singular lack of competence at good governance. There is also the decadence factor in their political maneuverings just like those in their attitudes about health-care. Members of the sacred order of the “R” are entitled to apparently anything and everything without doing any of the actual work required of us common peasants. Congratulations to Paulose, she gets the Republican Nanny State Award of the Week.