Where are the Little People?
Our terrible, corporately craven journalism corps crossed a line in their hopelessly clueless devotion to profits recently, mindlessly parroting that if we implemented such-and-such in legislation, why, we’d have health care rationing in America.
Holy mother of God and all the saints, just what the freak do these enraging lizards of insurance and their hair-do front pieces think exists this very second to 47 million Americans? They’re been brutally rationed out of the market for years!
Americans have been hurting—often in the most horrifying, callous death spirals imaginable—with no health care to the point of forcing political change since 1992. In all that time vestiges of journalism and desperate activism have told the awful story of totally unnecessary pain and grief, but just in the absolutely critical 15-week window of creating legislation, how many human stories of horror from the little people do we get in our journalism to constantly remind everyone how we got into this infernal mess?
Nothing, none. But hey, look out, the liberals will bring America rationed health care.
The exemplary Jane Hamsher is trying to change that, every American has a real healthcare story to tell and it’s a good way to get it across, if you want to tell it to her.
Bob Herbert of the New York Times weaves his unemployment story today with basically the same question: what happened to the little people in the stimulus? Readers should note this very strong Obama supporter took the President and vice-President to the woodshed, ouch, Obama and Biden made lame excuses for making a bad mistake and Herbert would have none of it.
Herbert’s completely correct, of course, little people liberals have been swearing and stamping their feet at the employment inadequacies of the stimulus for months. For months, now why is that? Same reason the little people health care stories suddenly won’t get told, just when it was time to create rules for little people all we get out of corporate CBS and ABC are the sounds of silence.
Shoving the little people stories out of journalism and their lives out of American politics is nothing new historically. Why is the American democracy so far, far behind all other industrialized democracies in the most crucial of little people metrics like employment, wages, health care, hunger, and infant life expectancy?
Race, coupled with immense natural wealth that made up for the scraps left to the little people. America is the only significantly African bi-racial industrial democracy and the issue was exploited to deny social benefits.
Militarism, after WWII red-scare politics and a truly violent world committed too much American wealth out of social goals.
Corporatism, quick now, can anyone instantly say confidently that America was set up for the little people? Or set up for corporations? Even to ponder means disaster, the issue and question should never exist in the first place. American journalism is hopelessly, rampantly corporate and in the end, always, they will protect and defend corporate interests. So after screaming little people agony for 20 years about a horrifying health care system, what do we get? Stories about rationing.
Structurally, the foolish American bi-cameral Senate makes obstruction far too easy.
Race, militarism, corporatism, structurally in a wealthy country, maybe so maybe no, is there a viable solution to fixing it anyway? Many easy technical ones, of course, but they all require a total political acceptance that Bob Herbert wouldn’t even use the word for: liberal.
The happy, productive, shining social investments required to truly get America back to work and relieve so much suffering cost money, and the only way to get it is to raise the tax base revenue streams, cut defense spending, or both. Over time, surprise surprise, the emerging America would politically begin to look like all the other industrial democracies out there.
It’s particularly hard in California right now, we’re watching the national health care and employment stories with our own little Hoover on the march, we’re breaking our little people to the payday loansharks with funny money now, today. Arnie and the Republicans, as usual, are totally clueless to the political price their absurd brutal fantasies of California downsizing (closing 170 parks), so they’re fanatically determined to try anyway.
Will the urgency and pain of the little people over-ride all the factors aligned against them to deny a real health care solution? History, coupled with the classic recent employment story, suggest a very bleak answer, but I am more optimistic that Billmon, we will at least get a public option out of this, the system is simply too broken with no risks to fixing it for nothing to happen.