Burch: Shredding the safety nets

Friday, June 1, 2012 at 4:45pm
By Michael R. Burch

I find two recent events extremely troubling and disturbing.

One is a bill that seems to allocate uncapped sums of money for another unjust, unnecessary, unwinnable war — this one with Iran. The other is a proposed Nashville city budget that threatens to shut down Nashville General Hospital and Meharry Medical College.

Does it make any sense whatsoever that the self-avowed “greatest nation on earth” can spend trillions of dollars on wars that resolve nothing but cannot provide basic health care to poor people, including pregnant mothers and their babies?

This has become a recurring theme in the United States, which has become the most warlike nation on earth. Our founding fathers warned us strongly about the dangers of foreign entanglements and being lured into other nations’ disputes. Now we are paying the price, as our warmongering politicians inform us that we cannot afford to cut military spending, and therefore must rip apart the safety nets they love to call “entitlements.” Well, those “entitlements” happen to be our money, and trillions of our dollars have been used since WWII on fruitless attempts by our government to democratize nations like Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Those attempts have failed, and any attempt to democratize Iran is also likely to fail. If Iran does not become a stable democracy and our ally, the war will have made Iran more likely to seek nuclear weapons and/or employ terrorism against us. But Iran has never attacked us, and to our knowledge there have been no major acts of Iranian terrorism against the United States. Iran’s dispute is with Israel, which constantly threatens Iran for possibly seeking weapons that Israel possesses illegally and has never allowed the UN to inspect. Iran has not invaded its neighbors repeatedly in recent years, but Israel has, so at best the pot seems to be calling the kettle black.

In my previous article I wrote about the new United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act, which just passed the House of Representatives by the astonishing vote of 411 to 2. This bill seems to be the precursor to war with Iran because it provides Israel with refueling tankers, bunker-busting bombs and unlimited amounts of money and other weapons. Financing an Israeli war with Iran will undoubtedly cost American taxpayers billions of dollars. If the war is protracted, it could cost hundreds of billions. And the U.S. will have no way to end the war if it goes badly, since Israel essentially controls U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East through its powerful lobby.

At the same time, we face the possible shuttering of Nashville General Hospital, thanks to Mayor Karl Dean. His proposed new budget would slash funding for the hospital to such an extent that it probably couldn’t survive. Meharry Medical College uses the hospital to train its student doctors, so it seems quite possible that a fine medical school could also go down the drain.

And what would happen to uninsured patients? General is the city’s only charity hospital. While private hospitals do treat the uninsured, there are exceptions, such as people who need ongoing health care, including diabetics and pregnant women. General has earned high marks for prenatal care, but now disadvantaged girls and women will be endangered, and so will their babies.

If General closes, the people who will be hit the hardest are, of course, the poor. According to Councilman Jerry Maynard, “People with no insurance would have nowhere else to go.” He added, “I believe it is cowardly to go after the most needy residents of Davidson County to balance the budget.”

If we have to choose between spending a few million dollars to care for poor pregnant women and their babies and spending tens or hundreds of billions of dollars on unjust, unnecessary, unwinnable wars, the choice seems obvious.

As I pointed out in a previous article, former heads of Israeli intelligence agencies have called leaders of Iran rational while questioning the rationality of Israel’s leaders.

If Iran is rational, and Israel isn’t because of its leadership, how can we choose to give mega-billions to Israel if we can’t afford to care for American citizens?

But by a vote of 411 to 2, the U.S. House of Representatives seems to disagree. I can only conclude that our leaders share a common affliction with Israel’s leaders: insanity.

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

47 Comments on this post:

By: yogiman on 6/1/12 at 4:16

Well "spoken", Mike. The USA of today is nothing like the USA that existed when I was born and there is no sign in our current environment it might get any better.

The politicians are making too much money to keep it in the "old" way of life.

Question: How many wars have we been in since the nation was founded? How many undeclared wars called conflicts have we been in. I guess war is a too nasty word for the politicians. Conflicts okay.

By: Mike Burch on 6/1/12 at 6:48


If we consider covert operations to be acts of war, we started the first war with Iran in 1953, when the CIA engineered a coup of the only democratically-elected government in in the Muslim world at that time. The president of Iran, Mohammed Mossadeg, was highly regarded and had been the TIME man of the year in 1952. But he refused to be a puppet and the British and American governments engineered a coup, installing the Shah of Iran, whose reign was repressive and brutal. Washington continually supplied arms to the and the CIA trained the SAVAK, his repressive secret police force.

That of course led to the revolt that installed the Ayatollah Khomeini, the Iran hostage crisis, the Iran-Iraq war with a million dead (thanks in part to the US supplying Saddam Hussein with weapons and money).

That's just one example of a covert operation that led to war.

Surely we would be safer and more prosperous if we used our money at home for productive things, rather than trying to rule the world and constantly failing.

By: dargent7 on 6/2/12 at 4:40

M.. Burch,
This article mirrors exactly my thoughts and concerns.
For the one reason Obama has to win a 2nd term, and if for one reason only, is to keep Romney and any Republican OUT of the W.H.
They will bomb Iran in the 1st 90 days. It would be mandated.
All the work Obama had done to extricate us from the other two countries would have been wasted.
Listening to people like McCain who get's his jollies and lead in his pencil with "surges" and increased ground forces, psychotic assessments that, "we won", makes me vomit.
Closing Nashville General would be tragic for these reasons you stated.
We should be ADDING to their budget, not subtracting or closing it's doors.
But, people in a RED state like Tenn. will call us liberal, left wing Democrats, so what's one to do?

By: yogiman on 6/2/12 at 5:00


A covert operation can be considered an act of war only if so declared by congress. WWII is the last official war the US has been in. But we seem to have been in an official "conflict" somewhere on earth ever since. When, if ever, will it stop?

I doubt if you're old enough to remember, but there used to be State Guard units in the US for each unit to 'protect' it's home state. There was also a National Guard to protect the nation if attacked by enemy. At that time, the National Guard members were not sent overseas into combat.

Today, what is the ultimate difference between the US Army and the National Guard?

By: yogiman on 6/2/12 at 5:12


I'm still confused how anyone with any reasonable way of thought can still think of having someone they have no idea whom he is as their "president". Especially when that person spends millions of dollars to keep his identity secret. Doesn't that even make you wonder?

You make a comment about Romney putting us in war within 90 days after going in office, yet you don't see anything wrong with it that Obama has kept us in war for three and a half years after taking that office. And the fact out nation has been in placed "conflicts" under Obama, is that okay because it isn't a declared war?

By: dargent7 on 6/2/12 at 5:54

Yogi: We've been over this 10x, maybe 100x:
Name another duly, legally elected, President who had to produce his birth cert.?
Name another elected President who had to produce his college transcripts?
Maybe you Birthers don't know where Hawai'i is located or don't think it's really the 50th state.
Obama knows he's half black and has been discriminated against all his life.
He doesn't want racist white people, ie., Birthers, attacking him once he achieved a milestone.
You keep saying, "No one knows who he is"....90% of us walking upright know his entire biography. He's written two, now three books. He's only 50 now.
You prefer a McCain who's 76 or a Reagan who was 78 and slept in a bed with a chimpanzee? Good for you.

By: yogiman on 6/2/12 at 6:37


I've got news for you, young man, you only know Barack Obama as he has told you what want's you to know.

Let's look at some facts: If he was born in Hawaii, why did his paternal grandmother say he was born in Kenya? Why has the Kenyan legislature said he is a Kenyan. Why do they have a "museum" in his honor?

But assuming he was born in Hawaii. He could only be born as a dual-citizen. Okay, Let's look at it through your mind. He says he was adopted by Lolo Soetoro of Indonesia. Indonesia did not accept dual citizenship. He was adopted by Lolo Soetoro because Indonesia would only accept Indonesian citizens in their schools. He was shown in Indonesian schools as Barry Soetoro, as a Muslim and his faith as Islam.

Now, let's consider he came came back to the US and became an American citizen. If he did (which we don't actually know) he could only become a naturalized citizen. If you are a natural born citizen and give your citizenship up, you cannot not regain your natural born status by becoming a naturalized citizen.

Now, let's look at the point he questioned John McCain eligibility and called for questioning. the Senate made John McCain go through a Q&A period and concluded he was a natural born citizen because his mother and father were US citizens and his father was station in Panama on service orders. The vote was 99-1 with McCain being the only one who did not vote.

When the Senate attempted to question Obama, he refused to answer. My question then became, why did they question John McCain but did not demand questioning Obama.

Comparing him to John McCain, I saw them as the same except McCain was older.

You continue your racist crap, I have not heard from one person who said tghey voted for "Barack Obama" for any reason other than his race. That, dargent7, is a fraudulent racist.

When he went to Pakistan in 1981, what passport did he use because Pakistan would not accept American passports at that time? What passport was used on him when his mother took him to Indonesia?

To say our ancestors made mistakes during their time of life so it's okay for us to make the same mistakes today makes me wonder what your major was in college.

Political ignorance, perhaps?

By: yogiman on 6/2/12 at 6:43

Oh, and by the way, dargent7, I don't usually comment on who I voted for in an election because I don't feel it's anyone's business but mine, but to let you know for the obvious reason; I voted for Bill Cosby because I thought he would be a better man for the job than the other two.

Since they kept talking about wanting our first black president, I felt because Bill Cosby had a Doctorate degree he was a hell of a lot smarter than the other two and was blacker than Obama.

By: govskeptic on 6/2/12 at 6:46

So the Israeli security vote was 411 to 2 and this author thinks the 2 was correct?
As to the 50 million annual subsidy to Meharry/Metro General Hospital it just keep
growing and in fact a large factor in keeping Meharry Medical College open even
though it's no longer needed! Yes, there was a time when this College was a
very important institution to the city and nation. That time has long passed with
admission to Minorities in other Medical Schools throughout the nation! Metro
General nor Meharry Hospitals could never get good management under
control so Mayor Bredesen, the "Health Expert", combined them for the taxpayers
to fund. Like "Grant's Five and Dime" it's time for both to sink or swim!

By: dargent7 on 6/2/12 at 6:57

Why is there a "museum in his honor"?
Why does the USA build Libraries in ex-President's birth places?
Cosby is 100% black.
Obama is 50%.
Obama can run circles around anyone in Washington D.C., Congress.
I guess one needs a college education to understand an intellectual such as Barack Obama.

By: yogiman on 6/2/12 at 7:55

Hang in there, dream on. I hope you aren't too disappointed when your light goes out. And by that I mean the exposure of Barry Soetoro.

By: yogiman on 6/2/12 at 8:01

Excuse me, dargent7, but aren't the libraries of out past presidents in their old "home towns"? If they are, why are the all in different states of the USA but one is being displayed in Kenya for Barack Obama? When did Kenya become a state of the US.

Could it possibly be one of those 7 he hadn't visited yet?

By: yogiman on 6/2/12 at 8:07

[Our] past presidents, dargent7. We know they're already out. How many of them were given museums in their first term of office?

But then, credit where credit is due; How many of them were given A Nobel Peace prize within just a few months of entering office? Still trying to figure out what he did to earn it. It looks like he kind of matched Al Gore in earnings.

By: pswindle on 6/2/12 at 10:25

If Mitt is electerd, we will be in a war as soon as the head of Iseral can come to America and declare it is time. That will be the end of America as we know it. We have never really won a war in the Middle East. Thank God for a level head in Washington. When President Obama met with the PM of Iseral, he left mad because he could not talk the President into going to war with Iran. A war in Iran could blow the whole world wide open. Mitt is dangerous to our country and mankind. I hate to bring religion into it, but the American people have to read the Book of Mormans.

By: yogiman on 6/2/12 at 10:56

No one knows what will happen when Romney goes into office, pswindle. They didn't know the end of the USA was taking effect when they "voted" an illegal candidate into office having no knowledge as to who he was.

I say "voted" because, by law, you cannot vote a person in an office if they aren't legally eligible for said office. And reasonable intelligence should tell you he's in there illegally or he would have saved himself millions of dollars in keeping his background so secretive.

Let's face it, pswindle, you don't really know who in the hell the buy is. If you do, I'd sure like to know also. Got any papers on him?

By: pswindle on 6/2/12 at 11:44

If you believe something long enough, your brain starts to believe, but you have no facts concerning President Obama. The person that you have guoted for so long about where he was born, has finally come clean and she said that she lied about over hearing his grandmother say that he was born in Kenya. She admitted that he was born in Hawaii. But, I do not expect you to believe anything else because you can't comprehend the truth. All I want you to do is read the Book of Mormans, please.

By: yogiman on 6/2/12 at 1:06

You had better read a book on Islam, pswindle. I believe Congress will keep Romney in line with the Constitution after they let Soetoro get away with so much anti-Constitution antics.

By the way, who is that "she" you said I quoted, that said she lied about his birthplace?

If the two men, and the woman I mentioned hearing on radio, who was introduced as being Obama's paternal grandmother, are liars, we've got some damn good liars on this earth. They must have been raised with Barack Obama before his name was changed to Barry Soetoro because he's the best lair I've ever heard in the Oval Office.

The American man was introduced as an American preacher and the other man was introduced as the Kenyan Ambassador who was acting as the woman's interpreter. Were they lying about their identities?

Why has the Kenyan legislature mentioned Kenya as Obama's birth place? Why did his wife, Michelle, say they took medical shots when they went through Africa to his home land of Kenya?

Simply put, why has he spent millions to withhold his identity?

By: yogiman on 6/2/12 at 1:29

Have you ever looked at the form Obama used as his "long form" birth certificate, pswindle? Did it look like a 1961 piece of paper or even like a copy of a 1961 paper? Common sense should tell you it wasn't printed with a typewriter by the variations and positions on the paper . I don't believe they had the present kind of computers in 1961and this presented form sure isn't an old copy.

Have you ever thought about why he is using a SSN that was issued to a man in Connecticut who was dead when Obama started using it? Can you explain why he has used so many different SSNs? Can you explain why he didn't get one issued to himself in Hawaii when he went to work for that business in Hawaii as a young boy?
Can you explain why the number could not be identified by the computer system?

I've offered a lot on this issue but you and your fellow posters on this site refuse to look at them. Why? Scared of what you might find?

By: bfra on 6/2/12 at 1:36

I think it was brrrrk that made a blah, blah, blah, what if, blah, blah, how come, blah, blah, response to a yogi yarn a while back or something similiar. Best response to any yogi comment ever offered.

By: pswindle on 6/2/12 at 2:36


President Obama's birth certificates are just like a member of my family who is the same age as the President. The long and short forms are identical to his. Have you asked yourself how Mitt made his money? He stole from companies and workers. He raided pension funds and everything that he could get his hands on. You do not make this kind of money if you work 8 hours a day and doing the right thing. Do you think all of the workers are lying about Mitt taking their money? Mitt left so many companies in such dire need, the Government had to step in and help the workers. The conmpanies that he did not destroyed completely, he farmed all the work overseas. No wonder he does not want to talk about Bain or his religion. I wonder which of five grandmothers was his or if he claimed all five. His folk still live in Mexicvo with several wives each. I don't think that I have heard you say much about that. You have become mentality ill over a lie about our President.

By: yogiman on 6/2/12 at 3:57


What lie have I heard, or read, about Barack Obama that has caused me to become mentally ill as compared to you on your hatred toward, Romney.

The only thing I'm concerned about over Barack Obama is the facts. I think it's very strange you can know so much about Mitt Romney's past history but you don't even know if Barry Soetoro ever repealed his name back to Barack Obama.

Assuming he was born in Hawaii in 1961, he could only have been born with dual-citizenship. And as I have said before, even if he was a natural born citizen, when he gave up that citizenship to become an Indonesian citizen, he could not get that natural born status back... ever.

So you are so willing to have someone as your president whom you know nothing about his past, but you don't want someone as your president because you know him.

You may not like how he it, but how he earned his wealth is none of anyone's business but his own and those in competition with him.

My question on that, then: Did he do it legally, or illegally?

By: yogiman on 6/2/12 at 6:36


In your 3:36 post you mentioned Obama's birth certificates are just like the certificates of a member of your family who is the same age as Obama. You're saying they are identical to his.

Are you saying a member of your family is using false birth certificate forms? If they are identical to Obama's, they are fakes.

Can't you read anything in a negative manner other than my postings? Or can't you see too well? There is so many obvious falsifications on those two pieces of paper it's like saying there ain't no Santa Clause and believing it.

How could he have been born in a hospital that didn't exist when he was born and claimed as his birthplace? Why did his step-sister claim he was born in another hospital? Why won't the hospital acknowledge his birth for the free advertisement?

Look at the positions of the letters and numbers on the papers. When did Africa become known as a race?

Wake up, fella. Read as carefully on those documents as you read on my postings.

By: dargent7 on 6/3/12 at 4:48

Sunday 06/03:
What's all this "short form" and "long form" birth cert. crap?
What's this he changed his name?
What's this he spent time in Indonesia and gave up his US citizenship?
What's this, "No one knows who he is"?

You "Birther" nuts better start in on Willard Romney. Get a head start.
Start with his father AND grandfather were born in Mexico.
His great grandfather started the Mexico tradition so as a Mormon, he could have 4 wives, not legal in America.
Look how many jobs were lost while he ran Bane Capital.
Look at RomneyCare while gov. of Mass.
Look at his record as gov. of Mass.
That should give you plenty to think about and provide something to do with your time.

By: yogiman on 6/3/12 at 6:57

This is amazing, dargent7! You seem to know Mitt Romney is an SOB you don't want as your president because of all the information you state you know about him and he isn't even your president.

Yet you admire Barack Obama as your president even though you don't even know his official name after three and half years in the office. So how much do you factually know about him?

You haven't heard of his mother taking him to Indonesia to live with her second husband? You haven't heard his Indonesian stepfather adopted him so he could go to school? When he was adopted by Lolo Soetoro, his name became Barry Soetoro. Did he change that name back to Barack Obama after his mother's divorce from Lolo Soetoro? No one seems to knows, do you?

What information do you have about Barack Obama that are facts? You should have learned as much about him as you have about Mitt Romney when he first gained his nomination to the campaign.

By: yogiman on 6/3/12 at 7:09


I've posted it before but it doesn't seem to have sunk in very deep, so I'll repeat it one more time.

Mitt Romney was born in the State of Michigan of the United States of American. His mother and father were American citizens, thus he is a natural born citizen.

His father was born in Mexico to a parents who were both US citizens. His paternal grandparents were US citizens. It's immaterial where they lived in Mexico or the USA, they were American citizens. When their son moved back to the US and had a child with his wife who was also a US citizen, their new baby boy, Mitt, was born as a natural born citizen.

To freshen your brain a little more, let me explain: Even if his father was a Mexican citizen and had become a naturalized citizen before Mitt's birth, Mitt would be born as a natural born citizen. That is unless his mother was not an American citizen. Since she was, he was born as a natural born citizen.

Think it out slowly. Maybe it'll finally sink in.

By: dargent7 on 6/3/12 at 8:04

I don't know who Mitt Romney is?
You nuts? I'm from Michigan and both he and I were born in the same hospital in Detroit.
I worked for American Motors where his father was CEO. His fahter then became Gov. of Michigan when I lived there.
Stop talking dumb-shit stuff.
His wife, Ann's father, was born in Wales, England. That maybe make her in-elligible to be First Lady.
Get on it you Birther tards.

By: yogiman on 6/3/12 at 9:34

Did you flunk your civics classes, dargent7? What's the "dumb-shit" stuff you're accusing me of?

I'm simply mentioning information that I have read or heard. You obviously haven't read or heard any of it and you obviously don't know the meaning of 'natural born citizen'.

I suggest you check out the minor v. Happersett, 88 U.S. 162 (1874) case where the U.S. Supreme Court laid down the meaning of 'natural born citizen'.

When they mentioned BOTH parents, they meant the man and woman who were married to each other, not one from home and the other from Timbuktu.

By: yogiman on 6/3/12 at 9:41


There's a couple of articles you might want to see. Go to:

and: www.westernjournalisn.com/dozens-of-articles-now-confirming-obama-born-in-kenya/

You might also want to see www.openmyeyeslord.net/ultimatefreedom.htm

Watch them after you read the judges decision in the Minor v. Happersett case.

By: Mike Burch on 6/4/12 at 8:47


I agree with you about the need to re-elect President Obama, but as my article points out, Bibi Netan-YAHOO just went over the president's head and got a blank check from Congress, by a vote of 411-2. So now Israel really does control US foreign policy in the Middle East, including all decisions about the war with Iran, as far as I can tell. The bill gives Bibi everything he needs to attack Iran, including refueling tankers and "special munitions" (bunker-busting bombs).


By: Mike Burch on 6/4/12 at 8:49


I agree with you that President Obama is a much better choice than Mitt Romney, but as I pointed out to dargent7:

Bibi Netan-YAHOO just went over the president's head and got a blank check from Congress, by a vote of 411-2. So now Israel really does control US foreign policy in the Middle East, including all decisions about the war with Iran, as far as I can tell. The bill gives Bibi everything he needs to attack Iran, including refueling tankers and "special munitions" (bunker-busting bombs).


By: Mike Burch on 6/4/12 at 8:50


As much as I admire your talents as a comedian, comedians must have more than one joke.


By: yogiman on 6/4/12 at 8:57


I hate to "say it", but to say you agree to [re-elect] a man back into the highest office of this nation who refuses to prove he is who he says he is, and knowing (by all information available) he is not Constitutionally legal for the office makes me wonder what kind of American mentality you have.

By: yogiman on 6/4/12 at 9:07


You may consider me as a comedian all you wish. That's a good joke. I accept your ignorance, so you can count on the fact I'm not going to give up on my "comedy" act until it can be proved Obama (if that's his legal name) is in that office legally.

And if you had the intelligence to understand what is going on in this nation, you just might wonder why he refuses to prove he is in the office legally. You wanna know why? Because he knows he isn't.

Your, and your fellow poster's minds are "saying" anyone in this world can become President of this nation if they can get enough damn fools to vote for them. Look, Barry did it.

By: brrrrk on 6/4/12 at 10:18

Mike Burch said


As much as I admire your talents as a comedian, comedians must have more than one joke."

Less comedian, more commode-ian....

By: yogiman on 6/4/12 at 10:49

That's this week, brrrrk, when I get so much s... from you. I'll load my slop jar up from your crap by the time you "go home" Friday afternoon.

By: Moonglow1 on 6/4/12 at 11:58

Moonglow1: The United States (both Repubs & Democrats) have made their choice and that is to continue financing the defense industry and global arms trade including illegal arms deals.
It is simple really: either continue to spend trillions of dollars for global arms and unilateral wars or invest in the health, welfare, and economic good of its citizens. Currently, the funding is skewed: about 80% to defense contractors like Lockheed Martin and 20% for all else (education, health care, social security-which was taken by the govt to finance the wars).
So there is no choice for citizens because Romney and to a lessor extent Obama have been bought and paid for by large defense contractors and many of them run our govt policy and because of the revolving door between govt and industry these anti-citizen policies are perpetuated.
I refer you to www.theshadowworld.com. This extensive well research book can also be found at libraries in Nashville. Surprisingly, Nashville has an excellent library system.

By: Moonglow1 on 6/4/12 at 12:09

Moonglow1: Yogi is anti-American since he does not respect the office of The President of the United States.
He is also a racist since the birther theory is borne from racism.
As I have stated ad nauseum, the CIA would never install a "birther" as President of the United States. And as we all know "Big Brother" knows all.
As per my earlier post, because the US govt is run by defense contractors and energy multinationals, there is only a small difference between Obama and Romney. We shall get more of the same.
One issue that has not gotten much press is Obama's support of Monsanto and other agra to combat hunger. This means we can all be assured of a corporate takeover of food production which could also be used as a "weapon. "
Lousy deal for global citizens.
Well I'm off to Whole Foods to be assured of pesticide and Monsanto free food.

By: Moonglow1 on 6/4/12 at 12:21

Moonglow1: one more for Yogi.
Bush, the Bushwhacker who was whacked was the only US President who was actually a war criminal and who cannot travel outside of the US because he would risk danger of arrest by some countries. Bush, the Bushwhacker did venture to Canada where enlightened educated people protested. So Bush was born in the USA like the Springstein song. So what-he hired Rummy & Cheney and had a party which our money. Yes Mission was Accomplished. His goal-every citizen should own a home. Coupled with the trillion dollar wars he succeeded in his mission to bankrupt the USA and Europe and militarize our countries (airports, etc). Now we see the dominos falling. Where will it end? Someone knows. Some multinational knows.
So Yogi here is your lesson for today: give up your insane crusade. No one cares. The world is bigger than outside your narrow sphere.

By: yogiman on 6/4/12 at 1:32

Wrong, Moonglow1,

How about reversing our positions. I have a high respect for the Presidential Office of my nation, but I am not required to respect who is sitting in that office illegally.

And let me correct you on your racism factor. The only reason I have heard people give for voting for him is because he was the first black president in the USA. At that isn't racism? I didn't vote for him because I knew he wasn't legally running for that office. Race had nothing to do with it.

But even if he was legally eligible, I would not have voted for him. Why? Because he was raised in a Muslin and communist family. And he hasn't changed.

Are you aware of the communist governments and Muslims supporting Barack Obama? Do you understand why? Ah well, I didn't think so.

And in reply to your 1:21 post, Moonglow1, with someone of your intelligence, I'm not worried about what you think of me.

But of the comments you made about Bush being a war criminal, what are you offering as knowledge?

Have a good time picking up your free food. It's a shame I have to pay for mine... and pay my taxes so you can pick yours up free.

I guess Barry is assured of your vote isn't he?

By: Mike Burch on 6/4/12 at 2:06


You make good points, and I agree.

We could afford better safety nets, if we weren't being run by warmongers. And rather than giving handouts, thanks to modern technology, we could give "hand ups" since people with children and disabilities can now work productively from home. I own a computer software company, and we allow employees to work from home as long as they're productive.

Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld should be tried for treason, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, in my opinion.


By: Mike Burch on 6/4/12 at 2:08


You said, "Less comedian, more commode-ian...."

Perhaps you can give Yogi tips on adding more variety to his comedy act!


By: pswindle on 6/4/12 at 3:00


You call our President "Barry", and that is your way of showing no respect for him or the office. You are a low piece of s...., and it all boils down to the fact that President Obama is black and is a democrat. This comsbination has made you menstally sick, But, I will say again read "The Book of Mormons" because that will not make you well.

By: yogiman on 6/4/12 at 3:07


How many wars have we been in since WWII? None. How many "conflicts" have we been in? Two many for me to keep count of.

How many Democrat presidents have we had in this time period? Six. How many Republicans have we had in this time? Six. That looks pretty even to me so lets look: How many "conflicts" were started by presidents of each party since WWII? Pretty darn equal, wouldn't you say?

By: yogiman on 6/4/12 at 3:23


I call the man sitting in the president's office Barry because that's the last legal name I've heard of him having. Do you know when he officially changed it back to Barack Hussein Obama? Didn't think so. I refuse to call him Mr. President because he is not our legal president. He is a usurper in the Oval Office.

Think of me as you wish, that's immaterial to me. I think of you as ignorant because you are so willing to accept someone as your president when you don't even know who the man is. You don't know his legal name, his birthplace or even who his father is.

By the way, has he ever explained why he's using SSN 042-68-4425 that was issued to a man in Connecticut named J. P. Ludwig who is dead now? Didn't think so.

pswindle, Barry Soetoro is the least of your worries today. The fact that congress allowed this to happen should scare the hell out of you unless you are ready to accept a One World Government and become a communist..., if you aren't one already.

By: yogiman on 6/4/12 at 3:32


You don't have to refuse to vote for Mitt Romney because he's a Mormon. That's immaterial. If you only use his religion for your decision, that shows your idiotic nature.

People with reasonable intelligence will vote for someone they feel can do a good job in the office. Religion has nothing to do with who I vote for, or against.

By: spooky24 on 6/5/12 at 7:17

Michael, again your topic has been highjacked, this time by some uninformed individuals with nothing much to do it appears.
As far as General Hospital is concerned I have not seen the budget, so therefore I have no comment.
H.R. 1433 is a different matter. As you have inferred AIPAC-The American Israel Public Affairs Committee-is a powerful lobby flushed with funds for distribution to any and all in Congress. The media blackout of 1433 is not that puzzling when you consider minority whip Steny Hoyer is the co-sponsor of the legislation in an election year.
This bill charges the White House to prepare a report to Congress on Israel's 'qualitative military edge' in the Middle East region and how 'that superiority is being maintained' Calling this a 'blank check' to the American taxpayer for support of Israel's military is a bit of a stretch.
Perhaps, the best explanation comes from one of LBJ's quips. Our 36th President, the master of the quotable quotes, told Robert McNamara: "When it comes appropriations time the Navy will start seeing subs off the east coast-you can set your god..mned watch by it"
In an essence this is H.R. 1433. This is no more than putting your deadly ducks in a row for future conflicts not inciting an oncoming war with Iran. It is no secret that Iran has no fear of the United States Military, the United Nations or even the vaulted Israel Air Force. As long as they keep their nuclear program a secret no one will move against them for fear of a protracted first strike response, guided by selected propaganda to incite the radical Jihadist Muslim underbelly in the entire Middle East.
This basically, is MAD in the new era. Mutually assured destruction of the global economy for inciting conflict with an unknown technologically advanced closed society-that could be the biggest hollow threat in history-or could possess the ability to take the American economy to it's knees along with the rest of the world.

On your "recurring theme in the United States" sadly I agree. However, I disagree as to the reason this country has become so warlike. The media-all of the media-now have the ability to incite to war with what ever flavor of the month they desire. Their need for a conflict in Syria, to boost ratings and give coverage to themselves, is evident every single day with bias reporting, attempts to incite insurrection within the social media and finally find something to overcome the doldrums of a boring news cycle-and point Americans attention halfway around the world and away from our disintegrating economy and moral standards.

As LBJ put it (speaking about Vietnam it is believed) "It's OK to get your ass burned as long as your running away from the fire and not towards it. We all know what gets burned if your going the wrong direction"


By: Mike Burch on 6/8/12 at 12:22


You made some good points and I appreciate your input.

I prefer to think of Yogi's tangents as light (if repetitive) comedy.

"Blank check" may be overstatement. On the other hand, the purpose of the bill seems to be laying the groundwork for an attack on Iran, and that will undoubtedly cost large amounts of money.. I should have probably said "a potential blank check."

I think the American public's fascination with guns, wars and national glory encourages the media to push what sells. The cowboys are always ready to charge the Indians, until the Indians resist and the bodies and debts start to mount. Then the quest for scapegoats begins. After a lull in the actions, the whole process is repeated ...