I finally got around to reading the TIME magazine that features an "expose" of how carbon non-neutral and energy deficient corn-based ethanol is. Great article. 5 years to late exposing facts that were well known then, BEFORE policy was implemented. Too Late Now. My guess is that Global Warming will have a Golden Age of similar objectivity AFTER we have implemented the tax and regulatory control schemes that have made this a cause celebre with Tax and Regulate folks.
In any case, I saw an interesting ad for WE television WE Vote initiative. WE is Entertainment for Women Television. It has a picture of a fat white man with a cigar and a cowboy hat... yep, it looks just like me... saying something about Healthcare and "Being Tired of Freeloaders" and "If you can't afford healthcare, don't get sick!", then asks the readers that this is what is coming of they Don't Get Out and Vote.
By any objective standard, it was a bigoted ad that advanced negative sterotypes, which means it was alright as long as it was pointed in the right direction... guys that look like me. Sensitivity, apparently, is not a trademark of the middle age, girth enhanced white male. Mock them at will. It's alright.
In any case, I look like that guy, and I agree with the part about the freeloaders. The "Don't Get Sick" comment was thrown in to make it look like Guys Like Me are uncaring about the rising costs of healthcare (never mind that we pay a good chunk of it for those that work for us), and that we have a shallow understanding born of privilege and wealth, and not in touch with the Women Who Watch WE in their concerns for the family.
Incredibly insulting, I thought. Do I support Universal Healthcare? Does it matter? We have it today. We have mandated the responsibility to our cities, who have emergency wards not used much for emergencies, but rather uninsured health care clinics. That is why it is now about Universal Coverage, NOT Healthcare.
Do I want something for nothing? Sure. Of course, there is no such thing. Voting for Government Mandated Universal Coverage literally means "I want other people to pay for me to have healthcare, and I am willing to make it even more poorly managed and run in order to get this". I could be snide and add that "because I value a new car more than my families health" or some such, but that would be insensitive. The part that you can't argue with is that the movement is about having the Federal Government manage the damn thing! The folks that brought us the IRS, the Post Office, and the most worthless bunch of bureaucrats ever designed.
What am I missing here? I have a lot of progressive readers here... Make a cogent argument for this, please!