Monday, 14 September 2009

...i think the word is "flummoxed"


TENS of thousands of protesters carrying signs saying Obama = Socialism and Keep Government out of Health Care, descended on Washington to oppose government spending and the rising US budget deficit.

Demonstrators, wrapped in American flags, holding banners and wearing shirts condemning President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, expressed disapproval of plans to overhaul the US health-care system and place a cap on carbon emissions, as well as of the bail-out of companies.

''This tax-and-spend government wants to limit our freedom and erode people's rights,'' said Leonard Starr, 65, from Richmond, Virginia. ''We're building a giant bureaucracy headed to fascism using untruthfulness and lies.''

Are you fucking kidding me? For the last eight years the US has spent 2-3 trillion (2-3,000,000,000,000) of your money on a stupid war in Iraq that isn't even over yet and has done little except to further destabilise the Middle East. And in that time the US trade deficit has doubled. Where were you then?

Now the government wants to spend a bit of the pie, not on guns and missiles to maim poor people on the other side of the planet, but on your fellow countrymen and women, to heal your sick and desperately needy. And this you oppose?

Conservatives have strange priorities.
They are no different here in Straya, and when in opposition tend to confuse good public policy/services to the disadvantaged with communism. Well I have a question for all the conservatives tripping over each other in the quest to regain lost power; If social services should be left to the will of the freemarket, then why have government at all?

So let us all pray at the altar of the free market, for it shall be thy saviour of the great unwashed. People will no longer hunger or fall ill when the their care and wellbeing is left to the shareholders of Coles Group Ltd. and Macquarie Bank. All people will undoubtably have equal access to quality education regardless of their parent's income, if their education was the responsibility of the board of Telstra, and our elderly will be fine in the new chain of Woolworths Ltd. Retirement Homes. If we were clever, we could be a bit more like the USA, where an unbridled free market has clearly ended socialist-induced poverty and disadvantage.




At 14 September 2009 at 13:36 , Blogger killerrabbit said...

Here here, you pinko lefty commo.

Also hasn't the GFC shown that unchecked capitalism is the best thing as all those banks that overextended themselves have given up their profits to help those in need.

I find it interesting that the free marketers are the first to approach the government for handouts when these companies overextend themselves.

At 14 September 2009 at 18:11 , Blogger Kath Lockett said...

Well said. And what killerrabbit said, too.

Not that Straya is any different because Kerry Packer (when he was still an alive and breathing lizard) never paid income tax, Sol is spending his payout in Mexico and Alan Bond's memory has now returned....

At 15 September 2009 at 08:07 , Blogger Baino said...

What can I say . .I've been banging on particularly at my American commenters about this fear of socialism for ages. They just dont get it. Ask the chronic diabetic or the disabled of America what they think of a universal healthcare option and yes, it's a bloody option! Ours is far from perfect but Jesus it's better than theirs. How quickly they forget the arrogance and irresponsibility of the Bush years. I'm sick to the eye teeth of all this Obama bashing. Thankfully so are many of the more liberal yanks! (Notice most of these objections are coming from the south? Poor darlings never got over the Civil War). They're even against school uniforms because it stifles individuality! Pish . .I'd have been driven to the poor house if it wasn't for the second hand clothing pool! Oh and I used to have a commenter who called me a Pinky Convict Mongrel living in a Nanny State . . we have ceased to correspond!

At 15 September 2009 at 08:59 , Blogger elaine said...

I think you are under a misaprehansion.

Universal healthcare is BAD for the people and will make healthcare WORSE.


At 15 September 2009 at 09:00 , Blogger elaine said...

ps yes, I actually heard a really dumb american (my uncle, the shame) say this.

He also says that the state of the US auto industry is Obama's fault and it wouldn't have been this way had McCain got in.


At 15 September 2009 at 10:02 , Blogger The Man at the Pub said...

Wise words, one and all.

I think we could sum up by saying that Americans are their own worst enemy.

That said, we should remember that there are lots of compassionate, switched on Americans who often get overlooked when the conservatives make a fuss.

At 16 September 2009 at 11:09 , Blogger Baino said...

Yeh also your note next to the picture says 'tens of thousands'. Hey, that's no so many in a country of just over 300 mill.


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