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Edward Gold
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Before Obama became president, he may have had an idealistic view of government and what it could be, one appropriate to his roots as a community organizer. But since then it has been one surrender after another to the status quo.

It may be that the bailout of the banks was necessary and that appearances do count in how successful we are in averting economic catastrophe; after all, investors are less rational than emotional. But putting those same people in charge who were themselves architects of the disaster is something I will not understand.

In the case of healthcare, I'm concerned that the new laws will only make matters worse and the apparent capitulation to big pharma will make the cost of drugs even more astronomical than they are now.

The traditional town hall meetings are supposed to engender debate but the right-wing fueled Tampa Town Hall "debate", for example, was more an attack than a debate. This is thuggery at its worst and it's looking more and more like repression of opposition views that can lead to severe injuries and possibly even murder. (Iran anyone?)

The idea that these attacks are caused by people who sincerely believe that healthcare should remain as it was is ingenuous at best; it seems that these are a direct result of the healthcare and big pharma industries who have sent in their own goons to suppress opposition to their agendas.

This cannot be tolerated! A real debate on healthcare is the only thing acceptable.


(The "Gray Lady" surprised me by actually publishing this!)