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Guernica: the left out doers

This evening after reading a rare political blog by Danielle Ofri, an important woman writer on medicine who rarely writes politically:

When was the last time a President of the United States put so many people in harm's way

And then came across this photo of the Republicans rejoicing at their destroying all social programs by defunding or eliminating but especially the destruction of the Affordable Care Act which they hate especially because it's the invention of a black man



and made practically real another human right, the right to health care, I thought to myself the problem with Pablo Picasso's Guernica is while he shows us the ruthless destruction of a people in Spain (comparable to the ruthless killing of millions in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, now we know black people in the US on the streets), we often leave out who is doing this and their real pleasure in doing it. I came across a blog by a writer I respect who was very concerned to refute the idea that part of the wealthy's enjoyment of hierarchy and wealth is to be able to look down and despise those who haven't got what they have because this is so distressing and seems such a hard thing (if it's so) to counter: shameless triumph. Guernice is too well know so let me substitute a photograph by an important if not well know woman photographer of the Spanish civil, this of a crippled man and his child under the sky filled with airplanes raining bombs:



I know it's being reprinted in many places on the Internet but this summary of the bills the Republicans would like to pass is too revealing and concise to pass over:

1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency
2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education
3. HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education
4. HR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife
5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act
6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood
7. HR 785 National Right to Work (this one ends unions)
8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill
9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”)
10. HR 622 Removing federal policing from National Parks turning over to local authorities.

Miss Drake

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misssylviadrake
Mar. 8th, 2017 10:50 pm (UTC)
Sabotage ...
By ending the individual mandate, the Republicans are insuring the whole program will go bust because you need a certain percentage of healthy subscribers to subsidize the sick ones. A lot of people don't purchase health insurance until their health declines, and then squeal because it is so expensive. All the other "fixes" mean nothing because there's no way the program will be self sustaining.
Jill
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