Monday, March 15, 2010

This Could Be the Week

It looks like the week that begins with the Ides of March is going to be the week that any Health Care Reform is going to happen or not. Is that a bad omen? We have been whipsawed so much of the every facet of this reform that it is really hard to get a grasp on actually is going to happen. All the whip counts show it losing in the house but the White House is saying it is going to happen. We are just going to have wait and see. If it does happen it won't be perfect as we all well know but it will be movement in the correct direction. It's faults can be chipped away at over time. If it loses then I have a hard time seeing any reform at all for maybe as long as a generation and in the meantime the U.S. will just continue to slip into 'has been' status among the rest of the more progressive countries in the world. Our current system is unsustainable and will collapse if not fixed. How much pain and suffering will have to happen before we manage to come into the current century with respect to 'social democracy' is a fearful thing to ponder.
I guess the big question this week is whether the corporations own us completely or whether we still actually have some semblance of a republic.

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