So Ron Crawford, over at http://www.sewerwatch.blogspot.com/ posted several column on the fact that county staff DID NOT present the BOS with complete information they needed to make a gazillion-dollar decision, and I noted how the Tribune reported on the BOS postponing their decision but they also DID NOT report on that missing piece of information (concerning SB959 that allowed the county to utilize home detention for non-violent, first-time, suitable offenders & etc. at a humongeous savings, compared to building (and running) an expanded jail) so the taxpayers (who would be on the hook for running said expansion) were in the dark.
So the Tribune reported again that the BOS put the issue on hold so they could review their options BUT the Tribune AGAIN failed to mention anything about SB959) though it did report Adam Hill pointing out that more attention needed to be paid to various “detox and rehabilitation facilities.” So the taxpayers (and Tribune readers) are still in the dark about a couple of things:
1. County staff did NOT give the BOS the complete information they needed to vote on this matter until Ron Crawford pointed out the oversight and alerted the Board members that they were missing some critical information.
2. The Tribune reported NONE of this, so the public has been left in the dark. Which is how the Tribune likes it.
3. But you, dear reader, can follow the latests little dots over on Ron’s blog at http://www.sewerwatch.blogspot.com/
So, Just How Stupid Are We?
This from the Associated Press recent poll of 1,251 adults found:
Most people didn’t know that the provisions they cared and wanted, are actually in the bill, with many of them already taking effect. .
50% mistakenly believe the overhaul of health care will raise taxes for most people this year.
25% mistakenly believe that there are “Death Panels” in the bill.
81% mistakenly believe that the health law would raise the deficit over time (Correct answer from the Congressional Budget Office: it will reduce the deficit over time.)
These same misinformed/mistaken people are likely set to vote for Republicans who have vowed to repeal the health care law, and they’ll likely be voting based on their misinformation. (“Quick, Herbie, let’s vote to Stop Them Death Panels That Are NOT In The Bill”)
Yes, the sound you may hear in Nov is likely to be the shriek that follows the loud bang that comes after the bullet leaves the gun and hits the foot.
Oh, and you just knew THAT was gonna happen . . .
Because the voters didn’t vote in enough progressive/Democrats/Independents who would have voted for a “Medicare-for-All Public Option” in a real Health Care Reform Bill, what the congressfolk they voted for actually created effectively sold the American people right back into the paws of the Insurance Company Monopolies.
And because the voters didn’t make sure they elected people who actually would be looking out for THEIR interests, (not the corporate masters) it was just a matter of time before the health insurance industry would start manipulating the new rules so as to avoid or bypass those rules to ensure that their profits will continue to bloom.
And, sure enough, step one was reported in the L.A. Times: “Insurers to stop issuing policies for kids.”
Want to buy a separate, stand-alone policy for your sick kid who has a pre-existing condition? Sorry. None available from ANY health insurance company at any price. No longer selling them. Nope, sorry.
Ah, yes, there’s the first salvo. Sans the solid check-and-balance of a solid Medicare-for-All option (which the voters COULD have ensured and that would have been available for themselves, had they voted for the right candidates) we’ll all now have to start a little list, because the elimination of things the insurance companies are going to offer in their policy coverage are going to start coming in, one by one.
Yep, once again, that sound you’ll be hearing from this point forward will be the continuing shriek as one-by-one the bullets keep hitting the voter’s feet, all shot from the gun in their very own hands, bang-Owww!-bang-Owww!-bang.