The Senate Takes A Magic Carpet Ride

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I wonder when will freedom come?
Not just for you, not just for me.
But freedom for everyone!
Lord, are we too late?
How long must we make freedom wait?
–Memphis Slim, Blues artist


When America was great, all it took was a tab of acid to produce a thrilling, danger-laden, alternative universe, magic carpet ride. Now the thrill zone of no-return belongs to a President and Republican Senators who fly frequently near the dark edge of evil, feeling its very power. Among the Men-as-devils, living demons (living evil!), a few who are imperfect cratered a bill that removes 15 million Americans from healthcare. To kiss and make-up, they boarded a bus for the White House* (*No Democrats allowed; they are blocking appointments not nominated!).

In the White House, white servants broke out hidden flasks of Russian vodka, and posed nudes photographed and stashed during a state visit emerged as the White House reception turned into a locker room. The vodka was traded for the Comey tapes. Who cares about healthcare? Obama obstructed–“the pressure is off.”

The strange smell of death and new wealth, of uninsured cadavers and newly minted money stacked/shrink-wrapped/and strapped for the rich mingled in the Red Room, above the rim of the giant crater left by the insurance implosion. Drolling with botox and anticipation, each waited to lick the rim, a secret ritual demanded by Leader McConnell, but some refused.

The transgender lesbian president (watch his hands!) who refuses a gray rinse spoke on behalf of the White House Klan chapter and big business. His remarks, unencrypted and leaked: “Senators–fellow rogues, demons, and barbarians–ignore the doctors, nurses, hospitals, AARP—ignore America! White magic will deconstruct the administrative state. The bill will steal Treasury’s bunce and give to the rich while scattering death among the poor and traitors, among the blamed and hated. It bans incentives/initiatives, new thinking, new health policy. It isolates America from single payer. It will kill not only people but also hospitals and put doctors, nurses, and technicians out of work, leaving only unfilled jobs for the next election cycle.”  The carpet he got from the Saudi king hovered in the corner, idling.

“By economic alchemy, death becomes wealth! Its excess rises from waste! Decrease is increase!”

The coal furnace, newly installed, blackened their faces, but black lives didn’t matter. Nor did women. The coven, swooped around the room flying on backward brooms; they mingled with shadowy figures. They were intoxicated with power, filled with darkness, its powers of deception. The Senators, guardians of this power, know to keep opposing the bill’s new draft; it will make the final agreement look like a good deal.



Death Is The Source Of New Wealth

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Death is the source of new wealth and is scattered throughout Republican policy. It can be gauged by gathering statistics. Of the scattered statistics, the administration never mentions deaths from opiate addiction. In 2015, 52,404 persons died from overdoses of prescription or street drugs. 20,101 of these deaths were from prescription overdoses! Three years earlier, in 2012, 259 million scripts were written by doctors for opiates! (All explicit acts by doctors, insurance, and pharmaceutical companies in the free market we are told to trust with healthcare.)

The average death rate of 1,000 people a week exceeds the threat from terrorism! Yet there is no call to suspend opiate prescriptions for 90 days (there are alternatives!) until a review and an improved policy can be put in place. These deaths do not excite fear, only grief. But in 90 days, fear or not, 13,000 people will die.

Death is adding to America’s golden pockets.

In agriculture, industry, or policy, wealth creates waste: its excesses include grain shortages, abandoned plants, and broken neighborhoods littered with the dead. The Greater Ville community in St Louis, MO has a murder rate three times the the country which is world’s capital of homicide, Honduras; Greater Ville, 290.8 per 100k population, Honduras, 90.4 per 100k. (The US: 4.9 per 100K! The Greater Ville rate is 58 times higher than the country as a whole!). Ninety percent of women killed in the industrialized world lived in the US.

The main Republican policy of death is their competing healthcare plans. After 7 years of nothing, their rush to politics has created bills to deny coverage (by caps, higher premiums, and more restrictions for preconditions) to some 24 million people in order to provide 765 billion in tax breaks for folk earning over a million dollars a year.

Although death is the new public wealth privatized. the Senate bill is being written in secret. Why is it being written in secret if it is such a good bill? The President says it is, but he hasn’t read it. Neither have representatives of doctors, nurses, hospitals and other care facilities, neither have addiction specialists, pediatricians, oncologists, or specialists in preventative medicine or hospice–or consumers! Why is the work of democracy being done it secret?

The economy is expanding and healthcare is a key benefit that impacts labor and mobility to make the economy more efficient. Why is the nation’s most important legislation–Buffett says more important than tax policy–being written in secret? Are women present? Blacks? Latinos? Or is the Senate exercising white male privilege?

Politics should not be a private brand. Public death should not become a source of private wealth. But it has: death is an asset on wealthy balance sheets! In policy, death scatters its statistics, in deadly civility, and hides its results. But in this America, it puts bunce at the top!

The Senate has gone into hiding. What does it say when the world’s most important deliberative legislative body establishes a secret cabal accountable only to the leaders of a single party? Especially when the surrounding talk openly describes the dark secret of this “replacement” bill: it will not benefit the poor, the elderly, or middle class working families with better prices or better coverage, but only add major bunce for the rich. How? In exchange for $765 billion in tax relief for the rich, 3 million Americans will die.

Unnamed graveyard, 1936. Walker Evans photo.

Unnamed graveyard, 1936. Walker Evans photo.


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