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.

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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.

 

           Lying

 

We live in an era of the lie. “45” started lying from his early years, part of the family way of financially getting ahead fast. Woodie Guthrie, the great song writer lived in one of is Dad’s apartments and wrote a song about their cheating tenants. It was and is family tradition with all the construction workers barely or totally unpaid.

So, fraud is in the air. Politicians whom we childishly regard as highly developed moral folk, are given money by corporations to create bills or sign corporate created bills which support the corporation. Why are so willingly taken in? Why the national regression to childish trust? The papers we read often polish our acquiescence. Papers are owned by corporations and make their money that way, not so much from sales.

We are told by commercial adds and bought newspapers and bought internet and bought tv programs, that those who question lie spouting politicians are some name or another. We act like children with protective parents which they definitely-are not.

And what does our own lying do to us? It makes us false in our own eyes. The more we lie the worse we feel…. and then the more we lie. Lying makes us feel inadequate so then we lie some more. The more we lie the more we think we need to lie as if the truth it will destroy us. It is like covering burning coals with straw which also will soon be aflame so add more straw.

The more we lie to one another, the less the trust them. It is self-referential to think that they hate us as we hate ourselves. Pretty soon we are a mass of liars who see everyone as the enemy. Lying creates isolation which makes us more susceptible to government seen as parent. They lie about danger to take whatever money or its equivalent we are holding on to. Lying makes us susceptible and weak.

Solution. Tell the truth to everyone. Know a lie when you hear it and say that is not truthful. Do not settle for a paranoid solution, you and I back to back against them. Truth and love are the same. Do you want to love and be loved. Be real.

Contemporary Horrors

I’m almost overwhelmed with the attempt by 45 and his henchmen to finish most of us off, including the animal and plants.

Let us look at current cruelty.

Undocumented Immigrant children even infants encountered at the border are taken away from their parents, a major trauma from which they will not recover. Expect PTSD, depression, hostility, passivity…. Children kept behind cages with care workers and guards who mostly do not speak their language and do not want to feel their pain. DeVos is associated with a Christian group that farms them out to people wanting a child. The original parents name is not taken, not remembered, lost.

Take yesterday’s frightful statement by the black snake in the Supreme Court.  Clarence Thomas wants the poor when brought to court on a crime charge, not to have legal support.  He argues that offering legal help to such folk is not in the Constitution.

Trump and his swamp of pro pollution flunkies are undoing restraints against poisoning all that lives. Corporations can dump waste in rivers, and release gas into the sky. Most garbage dumps are found in ghettoes, also, subjected to the release of exhaust fumes from huge numbers of delivery trucks going to local markets. No loss to those on the hill. Trump’s sons like to murder wild animals in Africa. Now is OK again to bring back elephant skins. Big man! Look at what I have killed. The animal world is being devoured as an act of sport.

What about the US prisons? We have the most populated prisons in the world. Prison has nothing to do with rehabilitation. It is all about making money. Now many prisons are being privatized which makes more money as it limits food quality and medicine given for illness and classes teaching skills that will make a living, and social services to deal with problems and help adjustment. Staff is violent. Medical care is largely absent up to and including the death of sick inmates.

Pregnant women give birth shackled to the bed. Can you imagine that? It is like when Jefferson claimed that slaves are insensitive to pain and do not feel loss, like when their children are taken away to be sold. He called slaves dirty and unattractive despite having 14 year old slave Sally as his sexual partner and bearer of his children. Say one thing and do another. Enjoy a false reputation.

Today the newspapers lie about the quality of immigrants streaming to our borders. These people are fleeing violence, fleeing drug dealers who steal their money and demand membership of their sons, who murder those who resist. These people are innocent victims.

What causes this immigration crisis? Why does a country fall? How does the US fit in with this and even cause it?  Let us look at corn, a Mexican staple. The US funded US factory farms to under price Mexican corn so that people would buy it. Mexican farmers went out of business. Now that Mexicans no longer raise corn and no one makes tortillas. The goal of the Mega rich is to make more money. Every dollar counts even if causes starvation.