Strolling with a skeptical biochemist
Larry, you're right about Dennis. Too bad big media will ignore most of what he has to say and feature others who have deep corporate pockets.
perhaps because he indulges in magical thinking. Or because all Dem candidates want to work towards universal care but all except Kucinich are realistic about the way to get there (e.g., see JimPortlans' comment on this post.
coturnix (Bora Zivkovic) writes,perhaps because he indulges in magical thinking. Or because all Dem candidates want to work towards universal care but all except Kucinich are realistic about the way to get there (e.g., see JimPortlans' comment on this post.The other candidates are all proposing the same-old, same-old approach to politics. They're focused on "bipartisan politics" and the process of appeasement. It hasn't worked in the past, but, who knows, maybe it will work in the future. :-)Kucinich says that America needs universal health care without involving the private insurance companies. He say that it should be paid for with tax dollars. Everyone will be covered and America will finally join the group of civilized nations.That's not "magical thinking." It may have zero chance of succeeding in the near future but somebody has to say it and I'm glad that Kucinich is speaking out. We all know that Kucinich will never be President and that's probably why he can say these things. That doesn't make him wrong.Won't there ever come a time in America when the people wake up and find that politics as usual just isn't an option?
At the moment I plan to vote for Edwards in the primary- despite some flaws, he is the leftmost candidate (especially on economic issues) who has a real chance to win. Since I find myself caring not at all about choosing betweein Tweedledum and Tweedledee i.e. Clinton and Obama, if Edwards is out of the race or in a clearly hopeless position by the time the Ohio primary rolls around, then Dennis will indeed get my vote.By the way Larry, and Dennis, are 100% right. No plan has a ghost of a chance to work unless it cuts the predatory middlemen- the insurance racket- right out of the picture. This "industry"'s bloated transaction costs and obscene executive salaries are primarily responsible for the fact that we pay more for health care and get less coverage in return than the citizens of any other industrialized country.
Have you clicked on the link? He is REALLY believing in magical thinking, some New-Age woo and who knows what else - I do not trust him to make any kinds of decisions. Bush believes God talks to him, Dennis believes in some cosmic connections. I want a pragmatic, and a progressive, and a non-triangulator. Obama is an appeaser and Clinton is scary. That leaves Edwards as the only genuine fighter for the little man. And his helathcare plan will produce a direct private vs. public competition which the private insurance will inevitably lose. He is the only one with a detailed healthacare plan of them all while others talk slogans. Hillary promises universal healthcare in her 8th year in office. Obama states that he "is for the universal healthcare". And Dennis hopes that quantum energy will do it for him. Edwards wants to that first, in his first year. And is not afraid to say that he will kick some rich-man's taxes to get the conversion paid for. Have you seen his environmental and energy plans? Kick ass.
I live in the Cleveland area. I know all about Dennis, warts and all. I wouldn't want him to actally be president (though I'm glad he's in Congress). But just look at the shithole the "sane", "sensible" people have turned this country into...
"He is the only one with a natural healthacare plan while others talk slogans."Someone once said that "insanity is doing the same thing over & over, but expecting different results." There are a lot of "insane" people out there.
If I was in the US I would vote for Dennis Kucinich. But maybe Americans are to scared of their own shadow to take a chance on a little optimism.