Medical Reform is gone and with the Supreme Court’s decision to allow corporations to fund ads in campaigns, our government has been sold to the CEOs of our major corporations.

The Democrats really blew it letting medical reform become so confused that few if any knew what the competing plans were proposing. They should have, say, asked the American Medical Association (which favors single payer medicine) to draft a plan for Congress which could have been modified and voted months ago. Later bits and pieces of reforms can be put in place. For example people doing physical jobs quite often are injured or their backs can’t take it any more, so that reducing the age for Medicare should have strong support.

The one hope for Democrats is that they can propose such reforms that will be blocked by Republicans which over the long run will force them either to join with the reforms of discredit themselves with voters.

Obama is still respected and liked by people so that much of this burden will fall on him — along with the innumerable other problems he inherited — the nearly destroyed economy, two wars, etc. He is a quick learner and so will hopefully be able to handle all of these messes. Public jobs and more funding of people in need may help.

The recent Democratic c defeats were all of weak candidates, so strong leadership now may restore trust. If not, we had better plan to migrate elsewhere.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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