Who Said It? Part IX

Who said it?

On the reactions of American people:
“So on one hand, you have Bill O’Reilly, who is celebrated for perpetuating the most antiquated racist stereotypes, and rewarded with an 18-million-dollar salary, and on the other hand, you have a young, black American athlete who is vilified for silently and civilly protesting against racial injustice…

You can call Kaepernick a shitty quarterback all you want — and I’m not going to argue that — but to celebrate his unemployment and not speak up against oppressive assholes like Bill O’Reilly makes you a racist.”

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8,025,600 Minutes

I manage no longer the energy or spirit required for eloquence, so here I will beat around no bush and plant no literary seeds to be sown down the road.

I predict that in the not-too-distant future, buying a home will be something most Americans don’t even have on their radar. American investors will stockpile real estate for the sake of selling to corporations and foreign investors. Those corporations and foreign investors will, along with some of the American investors, stockpile it for the sake of stockpiling a bunch of American real estate. Regular people will almost exclusively rent.

I will at that time argue that rental contracts for all (or certain) houses or condominiums (home types typically designated for individual-unit ownership) be legally required to include a buyout plan. Basically, any renter of a house (not apartments, for example) would be on a rent-to-own contract. It would be illegal to offer a single-family home to someone as a pure rental.

Think about the pros and cons for yourself. One variation of this could be a limit of one rental property (of the single-family variety as per above) per person (including corporate people).

This is a long way away, and probably crazy now, but talk to me in 2032.

Who Said It? Part VIII

Who said it?

On the current “regime”/administration:
“…because now, instead of progress being driven, to some extent, from the top — encouragement for that progress — we’re instead going to have roadblocks set up by people like Jeff Sessions, and they’re going to be doing whatever they can to keep things exactly the same. And this is why letting someone like Donald Trump become President is such a goddamn disappointment — because we were seeing progress; we were seeing it every year, and we just set that back… bigly. “

Live American, Die Young

Melissa Borkowski had an abnormal pap smear and needs more testing, but because of her $13,000 deductible [the minimum price she must pay before her insurance will cover any treatment or testing (no such thing in Japan)], she can’t afford to get the test. She may be walking around with cervical cancer, and she can’t go find out because…

Borkowski: Senator Sanders, my question is, why should my family be forced to pay so much money for an insurance plan that is essentially useless and doesn’t do anything for me?

Me: Because you didn’t vote for him! Because you don’t listen. Because freedom.

Because you live in America.

Sanders: Pam? Melissa. Sorry. Melissa, you ask a great question, and the answer is it is totally absurd. It is TOTALLY absurd. But the real question we should be asking — Melissa is talking about an outrageous deductible* … The real question which is never talked about, or very rarely talked about, is why we end up spending, as a nation, twice as much per capita on healthcare as do people in any other country.
Now if you were in Canada, you know what? You would get the healthcare that you needed.
If you were in the UK, France, Germany, Scandanavia, you would get the healthcare you need as a right of being a citizen in this country.
The idea that we have policies like that, like the one you described, is clearly an outrage, and should tell every American that we’ve got to join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee healthcare to all people as a right.

*Dear America, what the fuck is a “deductible”? Sincerely, Earth

Jesus, Take the Chalk

American parents, 2035

Mike: You guys sending Breighlynne to school this year?

Phil: Nah, with the asthma, we had to pick treatment or school. Maybe if we hadn’t already sold the condo for the childbirth.

Mike: Yeah. We can afford one, so Lisa will go this year and Mike Jr. next year. We’ll make them do homework together or something.

Who Said It? Part VII

Who said it?

On Trump:
“Our best hope tonight for the world’s understanding of this new version of the American Presidency is that heads of state and stock markets around the world grant this President no credibility in moments like this.”

God Save Humana

It’s pretty simple.

I just watched Paul Ryan reason with a man about the importance of redesigning the private/public healthcare scheme of the United States. He clearly stated that the ACA needs to be replaced, which it does. I’m glad he is thinking about it from a technical standpoint and not buying the horseshit argument that it is an infringement on freedom.

You know what else is an infringement on freedom?

Traffic signals.

Healthcare is not less important than fire protection or law enforcement. It’s as important.

Paul Ryan claimed that one of the shortcomings of the ACA (Obamacare) is that, “You have unhealthy people more buying it [sic], healthy people not buying it, and that is why the rates are going up so much. That’s why all the insurers are pulling out. Biggest health insurance company in the country last year, United, pulled out of Obamacare. Aetna… pulled out of Obamacare. Humana… pulled out of Obamacare.

As I mentioned, five states now are down to one insurer. Over a thousand counties in America are down to one insurer. And they’re all getting double-digit premium increases, because they have a monopoly. So CLEARLY that’s not working.”

Yeah. I wonder what the problem is. How about a solution?

United, Aetna, and Humana want to leave certain markets? OK. Bye.

Imagine if Ford, Chevy, and GM all decided to stop selling their cars in certain states after new emissions regulations were created. OK… I bet that would be good for business.

The worry is that if these companies leave, monopolies are created. That’s totally true; when there is no competition in a certain market, Americans have a tendency to not want to do anything about it.
Tesla? Apple? No, they weren’t born as challengers to oppressive market dominance.

Or is the worry over the well-being of corporations? God knows we can’t allow a corporation to die; it would look bad on our résumé.

Maybe the concern is for the jobs of people working in those corporations, but you have to ask, “Would we protect a Soylent Green factory to save jobs?”

The issue of monopoly is a genuine concern. If only there were a solution that could preserve our dear competition, something like what we have done with the thriving marketplaces for law enforcement, fire protection (we wouldn’t want to hurt our fire brigades), education, and road access.

If only…

 

Who Said It? Part VI

In 1986. Who said it?

On US Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions:
“Mr. Sessions is a throwback to a shameful era which I know both black and white Americans thought was in our past. It is inconceivable to me that a person of this attitude is qualified to be a US attorney, let alone a US Federal Judge. He is, I believe, a disgrace to the Justice Department, and he should withdraw his nomination and resign his position.”

2016

The American people: Look, Madame Secretary, you’re just too corrupt.

Clinton: I played the game. I did literally what every other politician was doing.

America: So if every other politician jumped off a cliff…

Clinton: So that makes it OK to vote for an illiterate rapist?

America: OOOOH PLEASE HILLARY! Don’t go making this about him!