Saturday, February 25, 2006

Hillary Bashing, and Mole Whacking

Ok, I can't resist. There is scandal, money, deceit, fear, Bush-Whacking, and my all time favorite pass from the past that I still can't seem t shake (sorry mom), Hillary Bashing! Whoopee!!!!!!

To get started let's go ahead and give credit for the excerpts of today's "article roast", so no one feels left out. I was just reading the feeds and this was on Google News as of a couple of hours ago. I don't like to really just click paste and comment, like a lot of bloggers do, rather I like to digest the snack a piece at a time. Indulge me.

Clinton sticks her oar into P&O - 2 hours ago
By Nicholas Wapshott in New York (Filed: 26/02/2006).

Well for starters what is Hillary doing with an oar? Was she afraid she was headed up a certain creek and needed a paddle? Last I checked, she was pretty well motorized, albeit not necessarily with a GPS on board, but we'll bash more later.

"It should have been a simple transfer of assets, including the running of large parts of six American ports,"
"The issue of "ports security" has dominated Washington for the past 10 days, with Senator Clinton exploiting widespread public anxiety about a company owned by an Arab government gaining access to American ports."
"The fear of Islamist terrorism on mainland America is at the root of the campaign to thwart the P&O sale."
"New Jersey port authority board member told me, "putting the fox in charge of the henhouse"."

Where do i begin with these four choice cuts from the hindquarter? Since when has the transfer of a few billion dollars been simple when the US Government is involved? I mean, come on now, the all but total reassignment of 6 (and some are now saying there are to be as many as 21) American ports is definitely a security interest, and Hillary is definitely shown that she is one to exploit. Even if it is only "widespread public anxiety", and "fear of Islamist terrorism" that she is exploiting. Case in point, she got hubby elected president and ignored his cigar just so that she could exploit him and his position to become the first ever Arkansas hick to govern for the great state of New York! (and I myself think hick is a complimentary word, hell, I'm one!) Ok, maybe there was a bit more to the getting him elected thing, but you get my drift.

Let's get real. The point here is not security, we got Bush-Whacked again. Poor George II didn't know what his right hand was doing while he was sleeping and he hid the fact for the first news cycles, finally having his "administration" say he was not briefed. Come on! Do we all look that stupid? Do we all not know what the meaning of "is" is? This is a point where the Dem's need to be attacking the "administration", and not insulting an ally and soveriegn Arab nation. Homeland Security balked at first, and later signed on when security issues were settled. Bush isn't selling the ports?!, an English company is selling assets to a Dubai company and guess what...All the American port workers are keeping their jobs! If you want to Whack Bush, Hillary, then Whack 'im! This should be like the "Whack-a-Mole" game at Chuckee Cheese's for pete's sake! A Big wooden mallot with a whole lot of whakin' goin' on folks! Imagine the fun of seeing Hillary and what the author called "an unholy alliance of Senator Clinton and other Democrats", each in unison whacking at the poor furry little thing as it tried to pop up in each hole randomly trying to spin a new twist with each thud! Oh the humanity!!!!! (sorry, got carried away there)

Well, you get the idea. I am all for putting the little mole where it belongs, I just think a more direct hit would serve better.

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Plan D? or Plan Dud

Well how 'bout that?
"WASHINGTON - After promoting the wide choices available to the elderly and disabled for Medicare drug coverage, the Bush administration is now considering limiting those options."

Ya think? Have you looked at the Medicare drug benefit program? Some regions have as many as 40, that's Forty, plans for your mom, dad, disabled wife, to sift through! Have you sifted through 40 insurance plans complete with "legalese" and disclaimers that would actually have those folks in Palm Beach with something to truly get confused about? Well I have! And it wasn't pretty, let me tell you. Why I had to borrow Valerie's electric wheel chair just to help me cart the reams of paper mailed to me by said plans (all of them so obese in wordplay and grossly overstuffed with enough mumbo jumbo for me to consider taking some of her $635 a month med supply just to cope!) So this Dem from California,Rep. Pete Stark, who apparently likes to throw cow chips at this 'wonderful' program from time to time, actually gives the Medicare boys an "E" for effort on trying to slim down this ridiculous behemoth. Although he did qualify it with a statement, ""It is too bad this recognition comes 2 1/2 years after passage of the law, and two months into implementation," Stark said. What an understatement!

Now let me put the news article aside and see, if just for a moment, I can bring this into perspective from one poor SOB, to whom all this manure (remember? a high fallutin' word for bullshit) actually means something. Val has had Medicare for years since she was deemed disabled, which is good in some senses as the medical procedures and endless line of physician consults and tests are covered. Heck, she can swim in a hot pool, have massages, a nurse to visit home ( well, actually it was a motel room we called home after Charlie for 106 days,but...where was I,oh, manure, that's it), and a specialist to teach her how to pick up pennies, all in the name of therapy. Important word there, therapy, but it won't cover drug therapy. And just what do you think all these physicians etc. prescribed? You got it, drug therapy. Doc says "there, that's your problem, and this is the treatment", and the buck stops there....literally! What good is it for Medicare to pay for the dang computer diagnosis of the engine if it never intended to spring for the tune up in the first place? Again, that's another story, so where we are is left with the Bushwhack song and dance of a Plan D solution to please those pesky varmints in Palm Beach so he could get votes yet the "D" is a "Dud".

The plans offered are stacked very high with a lot of fluff versions that really don't financially make a heck of a lot of sense when you balance out the premium, vs the deductible, vs the co pay, vs the accepted drug list, vs the 3 ibuprofen I had to take after carting all that manure down to the dumpster (we're too poor to actually own our own trash can). I guess I could have recycled, but I can't really afford the lawsuit I might expose myself to from propagating such nonsense on to some other poor unsuspecting soul. (you never know if they really erase everything in that recycling plant). It appears that some advocacy groups have the wisdom to actually see that Bush's new plan to limit companies to two plans per region, as opposed to the current limit of three, might possibly not trim the piggie enough. (boy these guys are sharp). But I will give props for my pick as the quote of the day, "Two lousy choices is no better than seven lousy choices," said Diane Archer of the Medicare Rights Center.( now there's a gal who don't miss much!) I've rambled enough I guess, but I will leave you with this teaser. The big Republican based drug companies who tell you they have to charge $195 per month for quality of life are making enough money so as to afford to give drugs away for free! Just ask them, tell 'em your like me, in the Trench, and poof...Patient Advocacy Program. I'll finish that rant another time, meanwhile if the need suits click the PPA link in my list.

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