MONEY FOR HEALTHCARE BUT NOT WAR…

Posted on April 1, 2012

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U.S. Presidential flag, 1960-present (not usua...

U.S. Presidential flag, 1960-present (not usually called a "standard" in official U.S. government terminology). It is defined in Executive Order 10860. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

United States of America (US) ia a champion for everything, you name it. A champion of democracy, a champion of huma rights, a champion of  Arab Springs and a champion of almost anything, except for hralthcare for its people. Recently Predieent Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms took a beating when Republican-controlled plus conservative Democrats Senate stayed as quoted by Daily Inonesai, 1 April 2012 “mum about excessive spending.” Now we know which country harbour “terrorism” and yet still boasts as the champion of world democracy. What a farce!. Daily Indonesia, a mainstream media from Jakarta quoted Simon Singa on 9 January 2010 as follows:

No Money For Healthcare: Money For War

Simon Sinaga.Daily Indonesia
9 January 2010

The U.S. government, politicians, and generals have decided to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan to add to U.S. and international forces already there. The Obama administration and its war team have also been discussing new war strategies, and even nation building for the dilapidated country.

// What does this war mean for Indonesia?

Any significant U.S. troop increase in Afghanistan is likely to be bad news for Indonesia. As repeatedly shown in the past, any U.S. military enforcement in a foreign land, especially in a Muslim region, raises anti-US sentiment in Muslim-majority Indonesia. Once the full-fledged increase is carried out, it could well anger and provoke street demonstrations by outspoken Islamic groups, to the detriment of many ordinary Indonesians.

For the U.S., more troops to Afghanistan means more spending for the cash-strapped U.S. government and future tax burden for the American people, many are already heavily indebted.

Many members of the U.S. Congress are eager to call themselves fiscally responsible legislators. These legislators state opposition to a proposed healthcare reform that would add to budget deficit and public healthcare insurance. These politicians, mostly Republicans and conservative Democrats, have said they will vote against any public healthcare; however, when it comes to sending additional troops to Afghanistan, these very same politicians have stayed mum about excessive war spending.

Again, the U.S. Congress–both the House and Senate–appear to be little more than a big auction house. With the political clout and financial resources to tell many U.S. elected officials what to do, the health industry and the industrial military complex have proved to be unquestionably powerful in exerting their influence on government decision making. President Obama’s administration also increasingly appears to be part of the politics-as-usual — something that Candidate Obama (dishonestly?) promised to change.

 

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