One who intends to leave others better off for his having existed.

12/3/09

Hypocrisy from the Right and Left: Why would some “fiscal conservatives” try to prevent federal spending cuts, and why would some “progressives” striving for fiscal discipline vomit platitudes on senior citizens?


Senate votes to keep Medicare cuts in health bill


 


…the Senate rejected a Republican bid Thursday to stave off Medicare cuts…


 


Senators voted 58-42 to reject an amendment by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., that would have stripped more than $400 billion in Medicare cuts from the nearly $1 trillion measure.


 


Republicans said the proposed cuts to health insurance plans and medical providers mean seniors in the popular Medicare Advantage program will lose benefits.


 


…Democrats said seniors will not lose any guaranteed benefits. The cuts — amounting to a 2 percent slowdown in spending — will help keep Medicare solvent by making it more efficient, they contended.


 


The Medicare vote went to the heart of seniors' concerns that cuts from the program used to finance coverage for the uninsured will undermine the quality of their care.


 


AP, December 3, 2009



 

If the National Football League’s revenue


comes from television contracts, licensed paraphernalia, and ticket sales


and divided up between teams in two conferences


 


and special interest and corporate contributions


are relatively divided up between two political parties


depending on who currently holds more power


 


do most fans and constituents tend to cheer for their team


even though the financial foundations of both systems


enrich both sides of the same businesses


who exclude all and/or most of the nonaffiliated from participation?


 


Why are there only two powerful American political parties?


 


In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence


 


In time, every post tends to be occupied by an employee


 who is incompetent to carry out his duties


 


Work is accomplished by those employees


who have not yet reached their level of incompetence


 


Dr Laurence J Peter


What should the electorate expect


from leadership dependent on the status quo?


 


Has the two party system


reached an unsustainable level of incompetence?

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