[The trouble with an oligarchy is that wealthy people either have no imaginative outreach to those in need or else in this country particularly rationalize why their problems — including children’s — are their own fault — a sick expansion of Calvinism’s doctrine of predestination (you get what you deserve from the moment of birth).  Calvin got himself into trouble by rigidly following out the logic of theodicy — the notion of a three way trilemma in which only two of the following propositions can be true: 1) God is all powerful, 2) God is all good, 3) Real evil exists.  The Augustinian and Calvinist answer was the notion of original sin — every child is the product of sex, thus sin, thus deserving of punishment unless rescued by God.  If you have problems, it is your own damned fault — sick world view!!!  And very convenient for both types of U.S. conservatives — the religious feel goods and the greedies.  Ed Kent]

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Child Health Care Splits White House and States
By ROBERT PEAR
Governors pressed President Bush to provide more money so
they could guarantee health insurance for children.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/27/washington/27govs.html?th&emc=th


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