Stop Dithering

Sometimes words just strike me as crazy kewl – like ‘flummox’ or ”preclude.’  So in the suddenness of the Goppers going after President Obama about ‘dithering’ while “our troops die,” I was struck by the word because it was evident they’d forgotten Bush’s (under Cheney’s tutelage) contributions. It might have been the military reference, but for whatever reason, I thought of those troops we sometimes passed in the hallway of the hospital while stationed at Ft. Campbell,  doing what was referred to as the ‘Thorazine shuffle.’  Most were Vietnam vets and for whatever reason were on certain heavy meds, Thorazine among them.  Perhaps dallying or dawdling were more fitting descriptors then.

Recently I began a subscription to a weekly e-zine, ‘DIRECT Ezine for Democrats‘ and this was the cartoon in last week’s edition.


Accompanying the cartoon were a few great reads speaking to Darth Vader Cheney’s rambling line of bullshit with this one from Joan Walsh at Salon.

Where do I begin? How does a man who spent much of his vice presidency hiding in a secret bunker get off accusing the president of being “afraid”? How does a guy who got five deferments from service in Vietnam, because he famously had “other priorities,” call someone else a coward? (Still, Chickenhawk Cheney had no problem sending other people’s children off to die in needless wars.) How does a guy who dropped the ball on the Afghan war, letting Osama bin Laden escape and the Taliban retrench, blame someone else for “dithering” on Afghanistan?

For what it’s worth, I NEVER supported the unprovoked attack on Iraq.  And as far as Afghanistan there was, in the beginning, the justification as it related to 9/11. However it quickly became obvious – at least to me – these wars were simply avenues for the war whores to increase their wealth level, and to scare the hell out of everyone who could be convinced that Osama bin Laden was still in some cave on his dialysis machine in the mountains between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Then I happened upon this by morialekafa. He connects the many in why there is all this dithering going on as it relates to health care ‘reform’ and it is with that where I agree with him – heartily!

Quityergoddamnedithering, that’s what I say. I’m not talking about Afghanistan. I’m talking about health care. . . . . But when it comes to dithering, can there be any greater example than our President and Congress dithering for months over health care? It is perfectly obvious that the easiest, quickest, cheapest, most efficient system of health care we could have for all our citizens would be a single-payer system, basically Medicare for all.

He lays it out succinctly – [T]this vacillating, pussyfooting, wishy-washy, timorous approach to health care will get us exactly nowhere. Precisely – and then, he draws together some of the thoughts I’ve also thought, gets to an accounting of who and their why they have no real desire to push what the American people want, need and can actually use.  From the Liebermans and the Bayhs, Max Baucus, and those beholdin’ to the corporate interests of health care business, he throws the mix together.

If willing to read more, Michael Collins at The Agonist has a posting with a similar vein of thought on the public option, the financial repercussions, and who’s really conning who.

The current kind of public option is essential to The Money Party’s long con on health reform. It allows people to think that there’s a real debate going on. Someone is fighting for our option to choose decent and affordable health care.

This vacillating, pussyfooting, wishy-washy, timorous approach to health care will get us exactly nowhere.

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  1. Urgent!! Robert Reich on your healthcare

    Why A Strong Public Option Is Essential – By jacksmith – Working Class

    Robert Reich explains the pubic option:

    Hollywood Supports The Public Option 🙂

    Beautiful HEATHER GRAHAM 🙂

    It’s not just because more than two thirds of the American people want a single payer health care system. And if they cant have a single payer system 77% of all Americans want a strong government-run public option on day one (86% of democrats, 75% of independents, and 72% republicans). Basically everyone.

    It’s not just because according to a new AARP POLL: 86 percent of seniors want universal healthcare security for All, including 93% of Democrats, 87% of Independents, and 78% of Republicans. With 79% of seniors supporting creating a new strong Government-run public option plan, available immediately. Including 89% of Democrats, 80% of Independents, and 61% of Republicans, STUNNING!!

    It’s not just because it will lower cost. Because a strong public option will dramatically lower cost for everyone. And dramatically improved the quality of care everyone receives in America and around the World. Rich, middle class, and poor a like.

    It’s not just because it will save trillions of dollars and prevent the needless deaths of millions more of YOU, caused by a rush to profit by the DISGRACEFUL, GREED DRIVEN, PRIVATE FOR PROFIT MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX!

    It’s not just because every expert in every field, including economist, and Nobel laureates all agree that free market based healthcare systems don’t work. Never have and never will. The US has the only truly free market based healthcare system in the World. And as you all know now, IT IS A DISASTER!

    It’s not just because providing or denying medically necessary care for profit motivations is wrong. Because it is WRONG! It’s professionally, ethically, and morally REPUGNANT!, Animalistic, VILE and EVIL.


    The public option is ESSENTIAL because over 200 million of you are trapped in the forest of the wolves. Which is the forest of the DISGRACEFUL, GREED DRIVEN, PRIVATE FOR PROFIT MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX! With no way out except through needless inhumane suffering, and DEATH. While the wolves tear at your flesh, and rip you limb from lib. Then feast on your lifeless bodies like a dead carcase for transplant parts.

    At the most vulnerable times of your lives (when you were sick and hurting), millions of you have had to fight and loose cruel, but heroic battles. Fighting against the big guns of the DISGRACEFUL, GREED DRIVEN, PRIVATE FOR PROFIT MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX! in the forest of the wolves. All because you have no place else to go. You have no other CHOICE!

    But the PUBLIC OPTION will give you someplace safe to go. And it will give us someplace safe to take you. The public option will be your refugium (your refuge). Where the wolves cannot get at you when your down, hurting, and vulnerable. Where everyone who needs it can find rest, security, comfort and the care they need. Protected by the BIG GUNS of We The People Of The United States. THE MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE AND COUNTRY ON EARTH.

    This is why it is so critical that we do not lead another 50 million vulnerable, uninsured Americans into the forest of the wolves, without the protections of a Strong Government-run MEDICARE like public option. We The People Of The United States MUST NOT LET THAT HAPPEN to any more of our fellow Americans. If healthcare reform does not contain a strong MEDICARE like public option on day one. YOU MUST! KILL IT. Or you will do far more harm than good. And millions more will die needlessly. Rich, middle class, and poor a like.

    To those who would continue to obstruct good and true healthcare reform for the American people, and who seek to trap millions more vulnerable Americans in the forest of the wolves. We will continue to fight you. We are prepared to wage all out war against you, and will eagerly DESTROY! you. Time…is…UP! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! No Co-op’s! No Triggers! NO INDIVIDUAL MANDATES! without a Strong MEDICARE like public option on day one.

    Healthcare reform can be the GREATEST! Accomplishment of our time and century. A time when future generations may say of us, that we were all, AMERICAS GREATEST GENERATIONS.


    I therefore call on all my fellow Americans and the peoples of the World. To join us in this fight so that we may finish becoming the better America that we aspire to be for everyone.


    I have been privileged to be witness as many of you fought, and struggled to take your first breath, and your last breath on this earth. Rich, middle class, and poor a like. Life is precious.

    Whatever the cost. WE! MUST SUCCEED.

    God Bless You My Fellow Human Beings

    jacksmith – Working Class

    ATTENTION!! Congress Has The Votes Needed To Pass A Public Option – TODAY

    Things You Can Do To Help NOW!

    A majority of voters would rather have a Democrats only bill with a Public Option. Than a bipartisan bill without a Public Option.

    A state based insurance plan is NOT!! a Public Option. Nor is it a Strong, National, Medicare like Public Option.

    No Triggers!


    Krugman on heathcare (

    Senator Bernie Sanders on healthcare (

    John Garamendi on the Public Option and the Grassroots:

    Howard Dean on the Public Option

    We’re Number 37! in quality of health care

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