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Yet another great podcast!
I think the Boortz clip tells us about right-wing-nut humor. I believe that right-wing-nuts actually believe that the sick and racist sentiments like Boortz's is actually satire. I think this tells us a lot about the mind of the right-wing-nut. They don't understand real satire. Actually if they understood real satire, their minds would have to be open enough to see through their right-wing-nut ideology...
I think the Boortz clip tells us a lot about right-wing-nut humor. I believe that right-wing-nuts actually believe that the sick and racist sentiments like Boortz's is actually satire. I think this tells us a lot about the mind of the right-wing-nut. They don't understand real satire. Actually if they understood real satire, their minds would have to be open enough to see through their right-wing-nut ideology...
When you mention government run single payer system two things come to mind: Medicare and VHA (Veterans Health Administration) I pity the person who depends on either for care.
Having the best medical care in the world is a matter of opinion. People come here to the USA from all over the world for specialized medical treatments. I don't think that would be the case if we didn't have the best medical care in the world.
Do you really believe everyone has an absolute right to medical care? Medical care is a service. Someone has to provide the service. Would you compel someone to provide medical services without compensating them for the services they provide? Are you suggesting slave doctors?
On the issue of illegals what is the problem with enforcing the law? That it was ignored in the past does not invalidate it.
You don't like the way the illegals are being jailed? Some murders, rapists, and burglars don't like being jailed either. Bottom line is that if you violate the penal code you may well end up in a penal institution. Don't break the law if you don't want to do the time.
Identity theft is a huge and growing problem. If the illegal aliens are a part of that problem that is just one more reason to get them out of the country. If they are illiterate and don't know what a SSN is it makes no difference. If they weren't here illegally in the first place they wouldn't be dealing with these 'other' criminal issues.
Socialized insurance is medicare, but not VHA. Jack seems to prefer the former.
Of course, both do considerably better than the private market alternatives, so I don't "pity" anyone using either.
VA hospitals continue to rank well above private sector hospitals, despite being incredibly underfunded and
overstressed. While most hospitals still use large file-cabinets, VA digitized records and modernized years ago.
VA hospitals rank above the private sector average in quality of care and 40% higher survival rates among the
elderly in alternative private plans.
Everyone knows Medicare is more efficient by now, with overhead costs near 3%, compared to the private sector
average of 20%+.
Of course, we allow private insurers to compete with Medicare, but they always die out. Those still around cost
significantly more, have lower payout rates, and higher denial rates.
The Government heavily subsidizes private plans just to keep them alive.
France and Germany are the most popular destinations for foreigners seeking specialized care, not the US. Medical
tourism generally goes the other way - Americans seek care in other countries more than the other way around. There's a reason the Pope was sent to France when he was dying.
The US produces FEWER doctors and nurses than most industrialized nations. The national systems don't seem to have a hard time attracting people into the field.
We should be so lucky to have immigrants using false Social Security numbers. This just means they get to pay into our retirement plans, but never get to collect a thing. In fact, they are responsible for reducing the projected deficit in 75 years by 1/5th just because of this.
As usual ChickenHammer zones in on certain points while completely ignoring others. CH, take another listen to the podcast. It seemed obvious to the translator who WAS THERE the whole time, that these people were not guilty of identity theft. Rather the Employer who actually filled out the papers was the guilty party. Yet the Employer walks free. I assume then CH, that you are in favor of selectively applied rule of law?
Clark documents the right's wars on the poor,
civil liberties, the right of workers to organize
at work and obtain a decent working wage and work
conditions, and against other countries who refuse
to accept American domination. Jack provides all
the sources so that you can see for yourself how
the right is out to enrich itself at the expense
of everyone else. Great job, Jack!
Submitted By: magyarbill
always backs up his statements against
the right wing with fact and data, which
gives him all the more credibility.
As conglomerate media controlled by
politics clouds the mainstream news
media, Jack Clark, along with NPR and
Democracy Now! have become my primary
news source. Awesome podcast!
Submitted By: jgates118
Meaty, Hardcore Knowledge
podcast is not just entertainment, humor,
chimp-bashing, or gee-whiz recap of
the weeks events. Instead, it hits hard
and in-depth on the world economic situation
and how right-wing policies impact the
poor and less advantaged all over the
world. He examines Americas support
of the World Bank, IMF,multinational
corporations, etc., and connects the
dots. This is a podcast for grown-ups.
He gives good reasons why the right
wing is NOT living up to its precious
Bible, without putting down the Bible.
As a Jesus-loving Christian and moderate
Democrat, I respect this podcast for
its subject matter. The grown-up manner
of the speaker is just icing on the
cake. He IS funny, but hes not trying
to be, he just has a deadpan delivery
but doesnt have to make jokes to make
it interesting. The facts make it interesting
Submitted By: ebrenn1
Breath of Fresh Air
Clarks Blast the Right podcast is truly
a breath of fresh air when it comes
to political commentary. Jack is not
like some commentators who simply climb
on their soap box and state their own
opinions as fact. Instead, Jack welcomes
competent challenges to his way of thinking,
and with logical analysis and sound
research, debunks the lies, distortions,
and self-deceptions of the right wing.
I strongly recommend Blast the Right
for people who seek the truth and care
more about the long term health and
well-being of the whole citizenry than
the short term personal gain advocated
by modern conservatives. Listen as Jack
carefully shows how the high-sounding
"God and country" rhetoric
of the right wing is really just a smokescreen
for policies that ultimately lead only
to the increased misery, suffering,
and death of the less fortunate for
the particular benefit of the wealthy
and the well-connected. And, if you
find yourself in agreement, return to
Podcast Alley to place your vote! Thanks!