Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Who decided that the bottom line is the ONLY line?

I know that I'm incredibly naive, but I'd like to think that things like education, medicine and national defense are too important to make them places where the ability to extract obscene levels of profit are the central motivating factor. When I see literally billions of dollars disappearing into the pockets of private contractors in Iraq, who are carrying on functions that the military should be carrying out itself, but can't because there just aren't the soldiers to do all the work, it makes me think that there is something seriously messed up in the basic structure of the system. Same goes for health care, where the CEO's of the health care organizations are paid unimaginable amounts of wealth, as if what they were producing were just cars or toasters, while at the same time the actual product they are producing is being portioned out as if it were a privilege, and not a right. If you can't afford it, tough on you, sonny. Scrooge comes to mind, again. And finally, public schools are suffering drastic budget cuts, while at the same time the administration trumpets the LIE "No Child Left Behind", and colleges are becoming the refuge of a healthy mix of the rich and the super rich. I don't know what to do about it except to say, "Open your eyes, people. Run to your window, throw it open and yell; "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore." " Wait a minute. Didn't the last guy who said that get shot for his trouble?

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