I’m a gun owning machete wielding landowner (Haven’t found a better cure for devil’s club on a steep slope than a big knife). I live on a ridge line in the Chugach Mountains of Alaska. I believe that the TSA should be constrained, the Patriot Act should be eliminated or critically rewritten by people who value their rights more than their safety, or even my safety. I think that every hospital and medical clinic in the US should be able to fearlessly take in every American patient that comes through the doors without worrying about who is going to pay, because they know that the bill will be paid. Medical care costs have grown beyond the resources of the middle class, and yet the country only exists as a country because of the efforts of that middle class. We build the chips and datasets, cars and trucks, and the economic environment that allows the rich to become rich. We do have the right to expect healthy lives, considering how much we participate in empowering this land, for how little of the pool of money, and there is more than enough money in the medical care system to ensure that all of us can. Just the money wasted on insurance overhead and caregiver financial administration would more than care for a sturdy health care system for the currently uninsured.
You might say that I’m an independent voter. I believe that the banks, not President Bush, took down Wall Street and created the mortgage crisis for a clean and continuing profit (take over a mortgage, foreclose when the owner is one or three payments behind, take the mortgage insurance, sell the house for it’s full market value, never repay the insurance payout. What’s not to love about that?). The national debt was created to fund a war half-way around the world that we won, but whose outcome was never going to create any greater good in the U.S. Why? Weapons of mass destruction? Not bloody likely.
Saddam Hussein and his minions were never a legitimate threat to the U.S. I’d like to know what the real reason was, but I’m betting I’d disapprove. Western cultures have been trying to remake the Middle East for more than two thousand years and it always ends poorly. Maybe the U.S. really shouldn’t go 11,000 miles away and exercise American dominance games. I’m not sure who it’s helping. I know it isn’t me, and I know it isn’t my country’s economy.