A diary @ dailykos asks several key questions of Mitch McConell who stated
"the key to a bipartisan bill is not to have a government plan in the bill."
But, before you read The Unmitigated Gall of Mitch 'The Public Option is a Problem' McConnell!, readers should watch a discussion among Bill Moyers and guests Dr. Sidney Wolfe and Dr. David Himmelstein (full transcript here).
Watch the entire interview because, on the whole, it's a mind-blower making bluntly clear why Sen. Max Baucus invited NO single-payer advocates to discuss reform options:
It just cannot pass. We can't squander this opportunity. We can't spend - we can't waste capital on something that's just impossible.
Bill Moyers answers his rhetorical question of why no single-payer advocates testified to Baucus' Roundtable immediately, despite change promised in a clip of State Senator Obama, once we 'take back the White House', Senate and House: "I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health care plan."
Moyers is clear:
A quick look at this panel of witnesses appearing before the Senate Finance Committee, it tells you all you need to know. The Business Roundtable. The U.S. Chamber Of Commerce. The conservative Heritage Foundation. Representatives of the insurance industry, including Blue Cross Blue Shield - all in favor, more or less, of the status quo.
After I heard Obama's speech in New Mexico, recently, I accepted in his argument of the difficulty that would result from presumably displacing one-sixth of the economy in moving to become a single-payer nation. But the Moyers' guests tell a very different story, of a nation very much like our own including exactly the same insurance companies, for example, that made the transition to a CHEAPER, more reliable health care system that covers a much greater portion of the population.
Just a few of what I found to be the mind-blowing points in discussion follow.
BILL MOYERS: I've heard you say that several times. I've read you're saying it. We can do away with the health industry.I mean, them's fightin' words, a very powerful part of the economy, and they're a powerful part of the political statute, as David said.
This evening, Bill Moyers interviewed William K. Black, the former senior regulator during the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s, who blew the whistle on the Keating Five (the U.S. Senators implicated in taking “gifts” from S&L bankster Charles Keating was convicted of racketeering and fraud in both state and federal court after his Lincoln Savings & Loan). Black is now an Associate Professor of Economics and Law at the University of Missouri, and the author of the recently released book, The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One.
James Thindwa, whose campaign for economic fairness for working people in Chicago has brought him up against the city's powerful political establishment and corporate giant Wal-Mart.
First posted Sat, 02/14/2009 - 23:31, not to be overlooked - standingup
“The financial system is playing us for chumps”
And the interview became even scarier. What Johnson and Moyers made clear, without saying it in so many words, is that American democracy is on the line.
Not Chile. Not Argentina. Not Bolivia or anywhere else. America.
What is at stake is the continued existence of the United States as a democratic republic.
There's a reason I use the breakin line to Greg Mitchells book So Wrong for So Long: How the Press, the Pundits--and the President--Failed on Iraq.
Part of that reason is an article printed in the Asian Times, I just finished reading.
From the mailbag, a reminder press release from Media Reform about the conference in Minneapolis:
2008 National Conference for Media Reform Coming to Minneapolis -- Bill Moyers, Dan Rather, Arianna Huffington, Senator Dorgan, FCC Commissioners to join thousands of activists on June 6-8 in the Twin Cities
WASHINGTON -- On June 6-8, several thousand activists, journalists, scholars, policymakers and concerned citizens from across the country will gather at the Minneapolis Convention Center for the 2008 National Conference for Media Reform, hosted by Free Press. Now in its fourth installment, this unique event is the largest gathering of media reform advocates in the country.
"This is a critical year for our country -- and the future of our media," said Josh Silver, executive director of Free Press, the national, nonpartisan media reform group that organizes the conference. "There's a growing movement for better media in America that wants more quality journalism, a diversity of voices on the public airwaves, and a free and open Internet. After years of fighting to prevent a bad system from getting worse, the National Conference for Media Reform will focus on advancing bold visions for the future of the media and finding concrete solutions to get us there."
From the mailbag, a press release for the National Conference for Media Reform:
It's an election year, and the problems with the media are clear -- just turn on your TV, and notice what's on...and what's not.
But how do we fix it? Where does change begin?
In Minneapolis on June 6-8, thousands of activists, journalists and policymakers will converge at the 2008 National Conference for Media Reform.
If you care about the state of the media, this is the one event you can't miss. Reduced-rate hotels and registration are limited. Sign up now.
There are only two houses sporting presidential candidate lawnsigns in this small town of about 6000 residents.
Both signs are for Ron Paul.
One might assume that such tiny anecdotal evidence suggests a wide divide in the support for Paul and the other candidates -- with nary a lawnsign proclaiming support for any of the others, but you would be forgiven for not coming to that conclusion, especially if you made your assessment based on coverage in the main street media or as more and more people refer to it -- the corporate media.
The results from Iowa show Paul garnered 10% of the vote and came in fifth on the Republican side. But as Bill Moyers indicated in his interviews with Kathleen Jamieson (Director of the Anneberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania Anneberg School for Communication), Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul, you would not be faulted for thinking that Paul and Kucinich had dropped out of the race for their respective parties' nominations.