Listening

I usually take the bus to class, but yesterday I drove because I had to go somewhere else first. I suppose I could have taken buses to both places but it seemed too tedious. My love of public transit only goes so far. Of course, if it was run more intelligently, I might feel differently. (That’s another subject.) Anyhow, I recently discovered Democratic, as in Democratic Party, talk radio here in Pittsburgh, so I listened as I drove home. I came to the conclusion that I shouldn’t listen to them. They are telling me what I want to hear; for instance, Cheney should be impeached, and then Bush, but I know it’s not going to happen and I don’t want to be so optimistic. Maybe that’s why Air America was not a resounding success: it’s too hard to come to terms with reality after you listen to someone telling you what you want to hear.

They also spoke about healthcare, my favorite subject. According to a CNN poll 64% of the people polled answered yes to this question: "Do you think the government should provide a national health
insurance program for all Americans, even if this would require higher taxes?

Have you heard this from anyone in the media, or politics? Rep. Dennis Kucinich is the only presidential wannabe who is willing to talk about this. Everyone else, Clinton, Obama, et al, treat it like it’s impossible that any red-blooded American would want to stop the insurance companies from bleeding us to death. Kucinich has no money and will never win because he’s the only one the insurance companies don’t own.

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