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A stupid veto
President Bush is unbelievably stupid. He vetoed the State Children’s Health Insurance Program because he did not believe in the federal government running the health care system and that some of the bill’s benefits would go to families with higher incomes. Who does he think is paying for his medical bills, and those of all politicians, if it isn’t the federal government? He certainly qualifies as a family with a higher income. It will be so nice to get rid of him and hopefully a lot of other incumbents, both Republican and Democrat, in 2008. This has got to be the most screwed-up and crooked administration in history.
For years George Bush and his advisors told us that we could not compare the Iraq War to the Vietnam War. Now, somehow, Bush does find at least one comparison.
Let us see if we can find some more parallels between the two wars. The Gulf of Tonkin incident in the Vietnam War and the WMDs in the Iraq War were both phony issues designed to justify the U.S. going to war. LBJ learned nothing from the Korean War. Bush learned nothing from the Vietnam War. Both LBJ and the Bush administration were warned by the old generals that they were headed for a quagmire and failure. Both ignored the old generals. Apparently they both believed that war was too important to leave to generals. McNamara, just like Bush and the neo-cons, believed that new technologies and techniques of warfare rendered experience and history irrelevant.
Both wars were started without a clear, competent strategy. Both presidents continued to react to events rather then develop a strategy. The U.S. Constitution was not followed in getting the U.S. involved in either war. Congress was derelict in its duty in both cases. LBJ, Bush and their advisors believed that the U.S., through the determined exercise of its unquestioned military dominance, can perpetuate American global primacy and impress its values on the world at large. This view can also be called arrogance.
Both LBJ and Bush were idealists, not realists. They ignored reality and engaged in fantasy and illusions. Neither president or their advisors understood guerrilla warfare. They did not respect their enemy, which is one of the first rules of a real warrior. The U.S., through carelessness or reckless management, helped arm both the Viet Cong and the Iraq insurgents.
ROBERT F. BOLAND
Costs rise with illegals
I enjoyed your Sept. 23 article on health care (“New report hikes who lacked health care”). As a registered nurse, the issue is near and dear to my heart, and the statistics are appalling.
What I find extremely interesting about the four states that have the most uninsured is that they are border states. I don’t think this is a coincidence at all. Illegal immigration is draining the lifeblood out of many states’ health care coffers. Our hospitals are going bankrupt, and our employers soon would be if they tried to keep up with the rising costs of health care for their employees. Obviously, they can’t, so most of the cost increases are coming out of the employees’ pockets.
As for our working poor, and even middle income and self-employed workers, many are just unable to afford any health care at all. There used to be a plan through the state AHCCCS program that was very reasonable and could be purchased. But due to rising costs, the state did away with some of these programs, and lowered the income level to qualify for the remaining programs. So therefore the choice is to be on welfare and get health care, or work and get none. Some choice.
I’m tired of paying for everyone else’s health care when I can hardly pay for my own. Every legal resident of the U.S. deserves basic health care. It’s as simple, and complex, as that.
Not an answer, but an assist
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Very few people these days are not affected in some way by this disease. Here in Arizona, 3,220 people are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.
We want people in our community to know that the Phoenix office of Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization is here to provide free and confidential information and support to anyone concerned about breast cancer.
Y-ME has the country’s only 24/7 hotline staffed entirely by trained breast cancer survivors with interpreters in 150 languages. We are there for you, day or night at (800) 221-2141. Additional information is at www.y-me.org.
Y-ME also offers match programs for patients and husbands or partners supporting a loved one through breast cancer; a wig and prosthesis bank; the ShareRing Network, a monthly teleconference; and brochures and Web content in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Hindi and Russian.
Please know that Y-ME is here today for those who can’t wait for tomorrow’s cure.
Sometimes showing support means passing on information. The people in your life may have questions about breast cancer or may need to talk to someone who’s been there.
There’s help and there’s hope for anyone touched by breast cancer.
WALK TO EMPOWER FAMILY TEAM COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR
Y-ME NATIONAL BREAST CANCER ORGANIZATION, TEMPE