Edmund Burke

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Yesterday's quote (or the day before) by Burke reminds me of so much that is wrong in the politics of today. Not that the spite and malice is worse than any time previous, but the foundation underpinning the spite and malice is what is most troubling. So much of what is tossed about has no truth to it. It is simply words based on rumor and innuendo; attitudes replacing sound thought; and all of it replacing considered thought, thoughful consideration of alternative views, acknowledgement that there are good insights in alternative views.....
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  • CHARST46
    Being able to step back and think first is easy to say and so hard to do. I am probably stepping into really dangerous territory here, but I think the recent controversy that exploded in August over health care reform is exactly the kind of issue that Burke was considering.

    I respect the fear that is really being put forth. But when you see a woman in a wheel chair pleading for reform because she is one step away from the abyss, she deserves to have her voice heard. I don't know her circumstances, so for now I have to take it at face value. She works hard, pays her mortgage on time, pays her bills on time and alternates eating so that she can pay for her meds. Her insurance only pays for part of it. She could not complete her point because people in the back kept screaming at her calling her a socialist.

    They refused to allow her the opportunity to voice her position.

    When there is no respect for the least of us, there is no respect for anyone.

    The Bureau of Economic Analysis released data from the early 1990's to mid 2008. The figures looked at the components of personal consumption. Starting in the late 1990' and continuing on until 2008, spending on durable goods increased until 2002, then began to decline. Durable goods are defined as refrigeators, washer/dryers and similar goods. Non-durable services are items like insurance, health insurance and similar items. Mortgages continued to increase until 2007 when they began to decline. Paralleling that movement was the increase on spending for health care.

    In essence, what was apparently happening, people were getting refinanced and second mortgages not for new 52" screen tv's (although I am certain that happened). What they were using the money for was to pay medical bills.

    What would be more enlightening for everyone would be to actually discuss what is happening, looking at real numbers: not yelling at people and screaming out at the top of the lungs the latest rumor.....
    4041 days ago
    Funny that you wrote about this on this particular day, cause my life was represented in your words. That week made me a better person as a result, even though I was being judged by a few people.
    4041 days ago
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