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Saturday, June 18, 2005

When True Might Not Be

So Bush is speaking in Minnesota about how much money the elderly can save under the new Medicare drug plan, when he says these tidbits:
"So this is a plan that says for folks, 'Sign up; you get a good benefit,' "
"This isn't political talk, this is true," he said. "And I encourage people to take a look at this program."
And since signing up can be complicated, he addresses younger Americans with this"
"Do your duty; help your mom and dad," he said. "They helped you; now you help them."
The article I am quoting ends with these two paragraphs:

In general, after an individual pays a $250 annual deductible, Medicare will cover 75 percent of drug costs up to $2,250. The coverage then stops until the recipient has spent an additional $2,850 out-of-pocket, after which Medicare covers 95 percent of drug costs.
Insurers will be able to alter benefit packages even after a senior has signed up. One of the administration's strongest critics, Rep. Fortney "Pete" Stark (D-Calif.), said that provision is "the real trap" and "then they're stuck in a plan that doesn't have the drugs they hoped they would get."

Considering the nature of Medicare spending and the "conservative" position on such kinds of spending and considering the projected effects of this Medicare plan on the federal deficit once this plan is in effect, doesn't it make you scratch your head and ask "why?" when you realize that Bush is out on the road selling this plan?
So, OK, let me imagine for a second...
Bush is out on the road selling this plan because it is such a good deal to the nation's seniors. Nothing else. It isn't somehow good for the federal budget and it isn't a boon for the drug companies and the only Bush supporters who will benefit are the seniors who participate in the plan. So it is therefore the "duty" of all younger Americans to make sure their parents sign up for this thing.
And this isn't just political talk, this is the truth!
Ha ha ha ha ha....
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/17/AR2005061701346.html

Friday, June 17, 2005

Subversive Blogging

“The accused, Zhang Lin, used the Internet, overseas radio transmissions and other such media to openly disseminate language that misrepresents and denigrates the national authorities and the socialist system, and which incites subversion of state power and the overthrow of the socialist system under Article 105 of China’s Criminal Law.”
http://www.hrichina.org/public/contents/press?revision%5fid=22932&item%5fid=22931