For the most part, the health care debate (debate?) has been sufficiently inane (death panels, birthers, rampant socialism) and lacking rational dialogue about real issues we are facing that I’m feeling somewhat embarrassed about being a citizen of country that actually elects to congress some of the members that have been public supporting the false irrelevant drivel that has so intrigued the media. I am acutely aware that ranting such drivel only encourages others (including me) to rant responses. I’m also aware that the only change that ranting produces is a change in one’s blood pressure level. I have therefore decided that it is time for me to post a blog that makes a simple straightforward statement of what it is I want from my government.
Regarding health care I continue to support and want a federal income tax supported single payer system. This would likely require a rather substantial increase in the income taxes that we pay. Be reminded that we are at once the richest nation in the history world, and the lowest taxed industrialized nation. To that end, I support tax increases necessary to provide appropriate health care, education, social security and other social safety nets. (For an outstanding assessment of the value and importance of competent government read Mario Cuomo’s Reason to Believe published in 1995. Reagan was wrong, government is not the problem, capitalistic greed is the
I subscribe to our country moving in the following directions:
- Advocate and financially support and the UN taking the lead in international crises,
including the current situations in Iraq and Afghanistan, (At this point the best known international humanitarian organizations estimate the total war on terror deaths at 3.4 million. – Does this mean we’re winning?)
Rely on diplomatic and economic measures rather than military ones in confronting terrorism,
Accept the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court and the World Court,
Sign, support, and carry forward the Kyoto Protocols,
Adhere to the traditional interpretation of the UN Charter,
Give up the Security Council veto,
Avoid use of force except in self-defense against an ongoing or imminent armed attack.
Comply with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which we have signed.
Comply with the Geneva Convention Treaty which we have signed.
Comply with the UN Genocide Convention Treaty which we have signed;
Sign and comply with the Ottawa Convention agreements banning the use of antipersonnel mines.
Reestablish habeas corpus .
Repeal the Patriot Act
Cut back sharply on military spending,
Dramatically increase social spending,
A federal income tax supported single payer health care system that includes coverage of preventive, mental and dental health.
And I continue to advocate compulsory voting for all national elections! Let’s hear from everyone!