What’s More Important Than Saving American Lives? Almost Everything
Let’s spell this out. You can’t have health care reform which increases the deficit because the borrowed money was all given away to corporations and rich people. The 15 trillion of bailouts are the case in point, but the lousy Cap and Trade bill is also to blame. If it was auctioning all of the permits instead of 15% that would have raised 582 billion dollars more than the current bill.
Spending money is a matter of priorities. Congress and Obama’s first priority is not health care, if it was, they’d be willing to spend money on it. They aren’t, so it isn’t. Period.
If find this especially odd given that “protecting Americans”, aka “saving American lives” is supposedly the job #1 in Washington. 22,000 Americans die every year due to not having health care and many more due to inadequate care,, but apparently “saving American lives” is only job #1 when it means you get to spend money on the military, kill foreigners and put American troops in body bags; or when it means you get spy on Americans and torture people.
Al-Q’aeda would need to commit 11 9/11’s a year to kill as many Americans as die due to not having health care.
So, what’s more important than American lives, as measured by willingness to actually add to the deficit for it?
- Killing Iraqis
- Tax Cuts
- Killing Afghanis
- Sending American soldiers to die in foreign countries to “save American lives”
- Bailing out large corporations like Citigroup, AIG and Goldman Sachs
- Giving money to the IMF to bail out other countries banking systems
What else is more important than saving American lives? Add to the list in comments.