Rising Drug Prices – a Legal Scam

Why is medicine cheap and just as good in Canada, England, France, Cuba, China…., places with socialized medicine. Medicine is not a profit making business when taxes pay for social services: medicine, drugs, schools, support for the elderly, etc.. The goal is to make available what is needed for everyone.

The life span is increasing where medicine is a human right. But not in the US where the price of medicine goes up each year and people die earlier. But what about the people we vote for and elect? They say that they are there to protect us? Aren’t they? No. They lie to get elected or surrender to the rule of money later.

Many sell their loyalty to the pharmaceutical industry which pays them back under the table. These elected unstated employees of the drug company allow prices to rise. They accept the corporate lies that rising prices are needed for research. Another lie. Corporations are given our tax money to do research by the government. They are given money and later charge fantastic sums for the drugs they create. The poor do without drugs or if forced to get drugs by severe illness, take money from basics: rent or food. The drug industry creates bankruptcy.

Now there is a bill in congress to make drugs affordable. If the drug industry refuses to come down in its prices, the government, our government can create reliable generic copies.

And for the congresspeople who long ago sold out to the pharmaceutical gang, there is one thing they want from us: to be reelected. They also hope for money on the sly from the drug industry. Tell them to vote for generic copies whose price remains the same from year to year. If these elected people feel too deprived without a drug industry payoff tell them to move on.There is always someone who cares about the common good who will take their place.

We need to act to protect ourselves from thieves.

Advertisements

We need affordable medicine.

Why is medicine cheap and just as good in Canada, England, France, Cuba, China…., places with socialized medicine. Medicine is not a profit-making business. The goal is to make available what is needed for everyone. It is paid for by our taxes.

The life span is increasing where medicine is a human right. But not in the US where the price of medicine goes up each year and people die earlier. But what about the people we vote for and elect? They say that they are there to protect us. Aren’t they?

No. Many have sold their loyalty to the pharmaceutical industry which pays them back under the table. These unstated employees of the drug company allow prices to rise. They accept the corporate lies that rising prices are needed for research.The drug creating corporation was given money to do it by the government. The poor do without drugs or if forced to get medicine by severe illness, take money from their basics: rent or food. The drug industry creates bankruptcy.

Now there is a bill in congress to make drugs affordable. If the drug industry refuses to come down, the government can create generic copies.

And for the congresspeople who long ago sold out to the pharmaceutical gang, there is one thing they want from us: to be reelected. They also hope for money on the sly from the drug industry. Tell them to vote for generic copies whose price remains the same. If they feel too deprived without a drug industry payoff tell them to move on.There is always someone who cares about the common good who will take their place.

Call your Congresspeople and demand they get behind lowering drug prices. Warn them that your vote is not automatic.

Memorial Day – What is There in a Name?

Every name has history that is connected with feeling and intention, with raw and terrible or wonderful past events. Every name wants you to remember that event. When that name is erased or changed, its history is no more. Conquerors take down heroic statues and rename villages in their own tradition. They work to eliminate  memory in order to control the conquered.

Take our national celebration of Memorial Day. Does anyone really know what this national holiday is about? Are we really celebrating the life of all the men killed in war when we go to the beach with our friends and family? Are we celebrating anything outside the pleasure of having a day off?

Some records show that the earliest Memorial Day commemoration was organized by a group of freed slaves in Charleston, South Carolina less than a month after the Confederacy surrendered in 1865. This was their day of great happiness. Shouldn’t we feel that event and share their joy? Their being freed is our history and our freedom too.

But bigotry against the blacks continued. We forgot their freedom celebration until 1966 when the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial celebrating all our men killed in wars. We are to admire these men’s sacrifice. Slaves worked to death for our upper class wealth- forget it.

Knowing your history keeps you rooted and forms your identity. Forced eradication of  your past is the first step in ensuring outside ownership. Let us all own our pasts. Let no one cast a shadow on all that happened which made us who we are.

Democrats Are Acting to Lose

Noam Chomsky woke me up about how the Democrats are arranging to fail. The Republicans are horribly embarrassed by Trump’s outrageous behavior: molesting and insulting women, mocking the disabled, scorning Muslims, maligning people from south of the border calling them druggies and thieves, pseudo parents using unrelated children as a front. He condemns anyone who votes against him and recently threatened violence. While the Republicans can’t stand the man for all of this behavior, the main thing he does makes him their star. He funds corporations and gives tax breaks to the super rich. That is what they want. The Republicans who only appeal to the seriously wealthy, have scooped up the red neck southerners by attacking abortion and the anarchic militarists by supporting guns. The uber rich actually don’t care about abortions or guns. They care about power.

The old Democrats who one time stood for labor, have an open field now to win if they support basic life support. But they don’t. They say little or nothing about global warming, about solitary confinement, putting undocumented immigrants in walled in spaces the size of a bathroom which makes them insane and frequently suicidal. They do nothing about separating immigrant children from their parents, say nothing about Trump and his cronies undoing restraints on pollution. They say nothing about our president being the most dangerous man in the world because he denies global warming and does what he can to increase it. They are paralyzed because their corporate sponsors call the shots.

Instead of focusing on the immanent disaster caused by president and his swamp cronies, the Democrats use distraction. They focus on something unimportant as if it counts. It’s Russia and Putin all the time.  They talk about how Russia affected our election. But the Moeller report does not support this. A hotel in Russia bearing Trump’s name does not buy an election. The vote is affected by who we allow to vote via gerrymandering and by who gets the cash to campaign.

Democrats talking about the Russian influence totally miss the issues; kids attend schools that are falling apart, too few underpaid teachers, too many kids and few supplies; they don’t act to stop kids and older folk from getting shot in school, in clubs, in cars. When they hear about a new mass murder, they ask for a moment of silence. Hooey. They are sorry about unaffordable medical care but do not control or terminate insurance companies that make vast incomes by funding little.  They do nothing about the forests burning and drought turning land to desert, about the rising sea level and endless rains that flood, about the heated air and species dying everywhere.

Why are Democrats silent about the spreading 6th great extinction? Most likely the cause is as it always is: money. The Democrats, once the worker’s party is now on the corporate payroll. The corporations want to sell war toys everywhere. They want to keep digging for oil while oil and gas and coal set the world on fire. They fund the people who run for office. If elected, these money slaves will vote to please their paymasters. Ignore if their product kills a few thousand or millions. Deny if their product kills life on earth.

The old Democrats, the millionaire kleptocrats, may have already lost the election. The new young ones may set alive the response of voters whose needs are totally ignored. Ocasio Cortez and Ilhan Omar and other young senators have to speak for the “little guy/gal,” hear the cries of ordinary people begging for help. Perhaps then, if it isn’t too late, “45” will not be in office again.

Our Democracy is Programmed to Fail

We are headed to that loss by not dealing with reality.

Take the Democrat’s preoccupation with Trump’s holding Putin’s hand as evidence of collusion. Moeller said forget it. No good evidence. Why do Democrats keep talking about Putin when clear evidence of government destruction is there before our eyes?

Who can deny that taking babies and children away from their mother is anything but destructive? It creates children grown into adults (if they survive) who will suffer from endless isolation, post traumatic stress disorder, unmet needs, inability to trust anyone or anything for life. We are told that the grabbed immigrant children are in “summer camps,” barbed wire fenced enclosures traded for huts out in the desert full of innumerable kids wailing for their parents or silent, defeated and emotionally destitute. ….

Who can justify jailed immigrant children dying of untreated ailments soon after capture? That has not happened to processed immigrant children for decades and not in any number. Aspirin if given at all does not cure the flu. And who of us knows about the torture of putting just rounded-up people, entire families into iceboxes, (Spanish word is “nevera”) without blankets and clothing – keeping them there for days before letting them out, sick, overwhelmed and helpless? Why do we not know about this? Are people in government ashamed of it? Would they do this to their family and children? Would you?  Can we vote for people who endorse it?

What about Kansas’s Kris Koback’s contrived “Cross Check” list that allows people to be erased from voting centers due to a list in some other state or region on which people with only partly similar names are written? Most of these registered people have names with a black or Latin ring and thought to mostly vote Democratic. Cross Check gets rid of them, clearly a scam.

Every one of these events and many more, is like having termites dig on the foundation of your house. The house is your democracy. If we keep ignoring government’s war on what is good and decent about our common life, the structure has to fall.

 

Prisons Support Crime

Prisons have become a business, a very sadistic, thoughtless affair. The business of jailing is increasingly cut off from rehabilitation. Being tough on crime” means not allowing prisoners to attend college there, not teaching them a skill which will earn an income once they are out. Being in prison means working for a few dollars as you are rented out to large corporations.  Once arrested there is very little chance to support your dream of becoming a useful member of society.

Let us start with parole. The parole board is an essential part of inflicting hopelessness. Because of the way it operates, I have to say that it should not exist at all. Let’s say that the prisoner has served his time often allocated by a judge, because he was too frightened to appear before a jury and also, because he would serve a huge amount of time in jail awaiting trial since he lacks the money to post bail.

Say that now his judge-allotted time has been served so he comes before the parole board to discuss leaving confinement. But they do not look at his excellent time there, no fights, no drugs, doing volunteer work – you know earning the kind of report card that gets young people into college. No. It does not count. The parole board talks about the original crime that got him/her there and gives another 5 years locked up based on that and another 5 years again after the next appearance before them. What does a person so trampled down by all this learn in prison? To go on with a life of crime, the only profession that he knows.

So, we need to end parole. Reinstate education and psychotherapy and social work for the prisoner and their entire family. But the prison corporation “screams” we can’t afford that. A lie. The cost of keeping a person locked up in jail is more than all of the suggested therapies and education combined.

Do we want a peaceful society where people trust each other? Institute a society of mutual regard and help. Then we won’t need to lock our doors.

People who can’t get past their own early disturbing life can live in places that do have locks but are otherwise set out to teach and help and care. If society was set up to educate and help the entire population instead of stealing social services from the non-rich (Medicaid, Medicare, Aid to Dependent Children, providing oil or gas to heat the homes of poor people in Vermont, and on and on), to give that money to the super rich in terms of tax breaks…..those who already have servants and planes and yachts and homes …. the prison population would disappear.

       And Then There Were None

 

This country when Columbus arrived called it terra vida (empty land) but that was a lie. The country had Indian nations long time settled here who regarded it as their home. But their occupation did not please those who came to freely take it, So there was killing. Lots of killing. Indians were killed in Massachusetts at a time we have labeled Thanksgiving, as if the Indians and the new settlers came together to share a feast of corn and turkeys rather than the Indians be murdered. Many were treaties signed to give reservation land to a few and the newcomers keep the rest. Many were sent on the Trail of Tears to foreign regions, many dying on the way. Those hard to live on far away areas are now being reclaimed by the national Kleptomaniacs for coal and oil and fracked gas and uranium. Treaties ceding these lands to Indians are broken and ignored.

Then came a new form of extraction by the new comers, those who worked for free. Slaves. It was said that slaves were insensitive folk, hardly caring if their children are sold, their marriages broken, female bodies raided for sex and to produce more young-ones to work the fields, clean the house, care for the master’s young, The child with such a nanny is eventually taught not to love that woman, to see her as inferior.

Those post Columbus travelers came to steal. Today, our economy remains framed on extraction. We dig into the earth for oil; we send poisonous gases into the earth to frack gas leaving behind poisoned water. We shave the tops of mountains for coal. Fracking causes  earth quakes. All our burning of gas and oil heats the air which dries out trees, root, leaf and limb and causes  enormous forest fires. We use the waterways as dumping places.  We fill the ocean with plastic which breaks down more and more but does not disappear. Animals eat plastic as if jelly fish.  Turtles are smothered, strangled. Every animal has ingested our poisonous waste. We destroy Milkweed which feeds the Monarch butterfly. We poison bees that pollinate our crops. Nothing gets away. We raid life to make a quick buck and get rid of EPA authorities that tell us we need to stop.

We treat the earth as a lifeless object. Greed is in the driver’s seat. We need all these life forms to survive and are finding it out the hard way. We need to stop it now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C

Can we stop before we humans are mistake that ends?