Fear, not reason

August 17, 2009 at 1:28 pm 4 comments

Excellent points by the always great Leonard Pitts on the use of fear instead of reason.

Healthcare foes use fear, not reason

Fear is the most powerful enemy of reason. Both fear and reason are essential to human survival, but the relationship between them is unbalanced. Reason may sometimes dissipate fear, but fear frequently shuts down reason.” — from The Assault on Reason by Al Gore

“I’m afraid of Obama!” — woman at a Town Hall meeting on health care reform


… And no, that’s not patriotism. It is the cynical behavior of people who have little faith in their ability to win the debate. So they pick a fight and try to win that instead.

via Healthcare foes use fear, not reason – Leonard Pitts Jr. – MiamiHerald.com.

Advertisements

Entry filed under: Uncategorized. Tags: .

Remembering that water is practically free Mathematics of love and gambling

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Health care -- how do we move forward  |  August 17, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    As much as they would like to make the insurance company their target, you have to ask yourself would you rather have the government as your insurer with its rules or a private insurance company. The private insurance company you can take to court, complain to the government, or ask your employer to intercede on your behalf.
    If it is the Federal Government and you don’t like it… who is going to stand up for you?
    http://www.ilovebenefits.wordpress.com

    Reply
  • 2. mathgeneration  |  August 17, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    There are many cases that are vs. USA, and the USA doesn’t always win.

    Reply
  • 3. Sammy  |  August 19, 2009 at 9:09 am

    All obama will do is outsource anyways. Just think about the all the lobbyists flocking to Washington DC because of obama’s reckless over-spending of $2 TRILLION in just 6 months, which alone is increasing the National Debt by 20%.

    Politicians take people’s money and reward the large corporations, in this case companies in the health care industry, since they have the money to more effectively lobby politicians. In the end smaller businesses will be hurt.

    Politicians will only reward companies that will be in their best political interest. Honestly, when can you really trust politicians since they are basically professional liars, and being president just means you are the best liar of the time. Why not just give the money directly from the people to the companies and take politicians in government out of the equation?

    obama is going to recklessly spend TRILLIONS of tax payers’ money just to give insurance to about 25% of those who do not have it. Over 50% of people’s income go towards taxes, just imagine how many more people will afford health care insurance if their income is almost doubled because of dramatic tax cuts.

    Competition is what is needed. It lowers prices of products and services, along with developing new innovations. All of which will benefit consumers. You need to remember that monopolistic tendencies can also apply to government.

    The reason why the cost of insurance is high is because politicians in government mandate insurance companies to increase their premiums to pay for ridiculous things. In addition, politicians put up regulations so that Americans are not allowed to get insurance from another state and use the coverage in their own state. This reduces competition making it more expensive for people to get insurance. On top of that medical professionals are not allowed to freely practice their profession in any US state without taking a long and tedious licensing process. This again increases the cost of medical insurance.

    In the end, the problem with most economic issues is too much government intervention of the economy by politicians, who will only tend to do things for political self interest. Just like how obama nationalized GM to pander to its unions. Politicians can barely run government, yet people think they can run a multi-national auto manufacturing company?

    The solution is SMALLER government, LESS spending, and LOWER taxes.

    Reply
    • 4. mathgeneration  |  August 19, 2009 at 11:49 am

      “Competition is what is needed.”

      If you truly agree with what you said, then you know the following facts. Most states have very little or NO competition in the current system. The smaller states are completely run by Blue Cross Blue Shield. For example, if you are in North Dakota, there is no other option.

      http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/06/health_competition_map.html

      That’s what the public option is about. It provides competition, it provides options where right now there currently are none. Places like ND are monopolies for BCBS, and that’s surely not free enterprise either.

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


Pages

Twitter Updates

Error: Twitter did not respond. Please wait a few minutes and refresh this page.

RSS Democracy Now!

  • Major Education Victory in Philadelphia as Parents, Teachers & Activists Reclaim Control of Schools
    We look at a major education victory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where parents, teachers and activists mounted a successful campaign to reclaim control of their local public school system after then-Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker declared it financially distressed in 2001. Under the plan, dozens of Philadelphia public schools closed, and the city sa […]
    mail@democracynow.org (Democracy Now!)
  • FCC Set to Roll Back Digital Civil Rights with Thursday's Vote to Repeal Net Neutrality
    The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote Thursday on whether to repeal the landmark net neutrality protections passed under President Obama in 2015. Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers treat web content equally and do not block or prioritize some content over others in return for payment. The move could allow internet […]
    mail@democracynow.org (Democracy Now!)
  • No Moore! Doug Jones Rides GOP Storm to Senate in Victory That Could Add Momentum to #MeToo Movement
    In a stunning upset, Democrat Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore in the controversial race to fill the Alabama Senate seat left vacant by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. With 100 percent of the vote tallied, Jones led Moore by nearly 21,000 votes, a margin of 1.5 percentage points. With Jones in the Senate, the Republicans' majority will narrow to […]
    mail@democracynow.org (Democracy Now!)
  • Headlines for December 13, 2017
    Democrat Doug Jones Wins Alabama Senate Race with Overwhelming Support of Black Voters, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Slams Trump's "Sexist Smear," Saying "I Will Not Be Silent", Trump Signs Massive $700 Billion Military Spending Bill, Palestinians Continue Protesting Trump's Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel's Capital, R […]
    mail@democracynow.org (Democracy Now!)
  • Rep. Gutiérrez on Passing the DREAM Act, Deaths in Puerto Rico & His Aspirations for the Presidency
    In one of the biggest immigration rallies of the year, thousands rallied last Wednesday on Capitol Hill to demand Congress pass the DREAM Act before the end of 2017. About 100 people were arrested in an act of civil disobedience, including our guest, Illinois Congressmember Luis Gutiérrez, Democrat of Illinois. He is a member of the Judiciary Committee and c […]
    mail@democracynow.org (Democracy Now!)
  • Cecile Richards: Mike Pence is "Orchestra Master" of Assault on Women's Rights Under Trump
    Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards says the first year of President Trump's administration may be the worst year for women of any administration in United States history. But, she notes, it has also been a year of organizing and resistance by women and their allies.
    mail@democracynow.org (Democracy Now!)
  • Roy Moore Attacks Doug Jones over Abortion Rights, Deflecting from Child Molestation Accusations
    In Alabama, voters are heading to the polls today in a special election for a U.S. Senate seat that pits Democrat Doug Jones against Roy Moore, an anti-abortion candidate who has been accused by at least nine women of sexually harassing or assaulting them when they were teenagers—one as young as 14. We get response from Planned Parenthood President Cecile Ri […]
    mail@democracynow.org (Democracy Now!)
  • Meet the Miss USA Contestant Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct as Senators Call for Him to Resign
    Five senators are now calling on President Trump to resign over allegations that he sexually harassed or assaulted women, and 56 House lawmakers with the Democratic Women's Working Group are calling for a congressional investigation into the allegations. This comes as three of the 16 women who have publicly accused Trump of sexual harassment held a pres […]
    mail@democracynow.org (Democracy Now!)
  • Headlines for December 12, 2017
    Right-Wing Leaders Rally for Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore, As Polls Open, Alabamians Face Voting Hurdles, Women Accusing Donald Trump of Sexual Abuse Call for Congressional Probe, Lawmakers Demand Accountability over Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Trump, Famed Chef Mario Batali Takes Leave Amid Sexual Abuse Allegations, New Yorker Correspondent Ryan […]
    mail@democracynow.org (Democracy Now!)
  • Amid Worst Winter Wildfires in California History, Farmworkers Are Laboring in Hazardous Air
    In California, drought-fueled wildfires raged toward Southern California's coastal cities over the weekend. The fires have scorched some 230,000 acres of land and forced nearly 200,000 people to evacuate. At least one woman has died so far. The wildfires are already the fifth largest on record in California history. Climate experts say the intensity of […]
    mail@democracynow.org (Democracy Now!)

RSS Science Blogs

  • Comments of the Week #164: From black holes to moons with moons of their own [Starts With A Bang]
    “There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.” -Ray Goforth We’ve really investigated some amazing scientific stories this week here at Starts With A Bang! There’s always so much to consider, think…
    Ethan
  • The Oldest Human Bones, Jebel Irhoud, Morocco [Greg Laden's Blog]
    You’ve heard to story. I’m here to give you a little context. But in case you haven’t heard the story, this is from the press release which is, so far, the only information generally available: New finds of fossils and stone tools from the archaeological site of Jebel Irhoud, Morocco, push back the origins of…
    Greg Laden
  • Comments of the Week #163: from the edge of the Universe to the Milky Way’s demise [Starts With A Bang]
    “Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country.” -Marquis de Lafayette There’s so much science to talk about in any given week here at Starts With A Bang! It’s sometimes hard to choose, but one particular topic stole the show this past week: black holes. Sure, we took on other things, too, but we didn’t even…
    Ethan
  • Various comments and current news [Greg Laden's Blog]
    For some reason, Facebook is not posting reliably and I will not abide writing paragraphs that the Internet sucks into oblivion! So, I have a few thoughts I’ll put here and try to link to. Rebecca Otto for Governor Let’s start with Rebecca Otto, who just gave a great talk at the DFL (that’s what…
    Greg Laden
  • Swedish Academia Is No Meritocracy [Aardvarchaeology]
    After almost 14 mostly dismal years on the academic job market, I find it a consolation to read an opinion piece in Times Higher Education under the headline “Swedish Academia Is No Meritocracy“. In my experience this is also true for Denmark, Norway and Finland. In Norway, for instance, the referee board that evaluates job…
    Martin R
  • We’ll always have Paris [Greg Laden's Blog]
    If you are upset about Trump and upset about Trump pulling the US out of the Paris agreement, please let me help you get through the day. Trump announcing that the US is pulling out of Paris does not mean the end of Paris, the end of action on climate change, or much else about…
    Greg Laden
  • Improving endurance exercise [Life Lines]
    We all know that aerobic exercise is good for us because it helps improve muscle function and our ability to move well. For fish, aerobic exercise helps animals escape predators, catch prey as well as improve reproduction success. When we exercise, our muscles adapt by altering the metabolism of energy, the way calcium is handled as…
    Dr. Dolittle
  • Comments of the Week #162: from singularity evaporation to the loss of Earth’s helium [Starts With A Bang]
    “The ability to listen and learn is key to mastering the art of communication. If you don’t use your verbal skills and networking, it will disappear rapidly.” -Rick Pitino It’s been a week full of amazing and controversial stories about the Universe here at Starts With A Bang! Did you catch the fantastic live event on Wednesday at…
    Ethan
  • Using fish skin to treat burn victims [Life Lines]
    Researchers in Brazil are testing a new way to treat burn victims. They have found that tilapia skin is rich in collagen which helps the damaged skin heal better than standard wound dressings and eliminates the need to wait for donor tissue. Check out these videos from YouTube describing this radical new idea in burn…
    Dr. Dolittle
  • Seven Stories Of Science Gone Wrong [Greg Laden's Blog]
    What, with all the attacks on science and scientist these days, we may not want to be focusing on those times when science goes off the rails and makes a huge mess of things. But, science at its best and scientists at their best, will never shy away from such things. Dr. Paul Offit just…
    Greg Laden

RSS AZ Daily Star

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

%d bloggers like this: