Laura Brod’s opinion piece in the Pioneer Press is absolutely absurd!
Laura Brod is the partisan, self-righteous representative from New Prague who would run over a grandma on her way to side with the Chamber of Commerce on an issue. Brod is one in a long line of Republicans who stand for greed over principles, but still she lectures President Obama on gaining the trust of the citizens. Did I mention it was absurd?
While Laura Brod alone is enough to bother me, there were two specific comments that really drove me nuts. The first was her comment centered on her criticism that the President didn’t visit Mayo to really “ see the cutting-edge treatments developed there.” She then went on to say: “Of course, he could have taken time to visit the University of Minnesota – consistently ranked as one of the top hospitals for health outcomes and for efforts related to childhood cancers and autism therapies.”
Is it really a pertinent criticism that he didn’t visit Mayo. Yeah, he could have visited Mayo, or the University, or he could have visited Duke, the University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins or Northwestern. All of which are top hospitals in the US. While Brod included a couple of strong areas for the U of M, 20 years ago, the University of Minnesota was one of the top overall hospitals in the nation. Now the Medical School which regularly ranked among the Top 10 for decades, is ranked by US News and World Report in 2009 number 35. A steady decline that seems to coincide with Laura Brod’s party being in charge.
Funding cut after funding cut, to save taxes for the wealthy. I have absolutely had it with these people who ignore everything their party did for 20 years, in an attempt justify something today.
The second thing that made me mad was this comment: “Or, he could have met with the folks at Medtronic to listen to them talk about how his tax proposals will impact their ability to create and retain jobs in Minnesota, or in the United States, for that matter.”
The tax rate was pretty high until the Republican takeover in the 80s. The top tax rate from the 1960s until Reagan was 70%. In the 1990s through today, the top rate has dropped to the 35% range. During that drop, we lost more and more jobs to overseas workers. Where is the proof that a high tax rate affects jobs? History would seem to indicate otherwise. Low tax rates seem to correspond to overseas job loss. By the way, the top tax rate during the 1950s was 91%. The economy seemed to be doing pretty well then. Union membership was high and the economy did well with a high tax rate. Hmmm…
Laura Brod and the other Republicans attacking this reform by using divisive buzzwords like socialism, nationalization and government bureaucracy would be better served to quit talking about problems and start trying to solve them.
The problem is they don’t want to solve them. Republicans have never wanted to solve problems. If we solve real problems, how can the Republicans divide us. Solving problems is exactly what President Obama is trying to do. There are tens of millions of people without adequate healthcare, and most of it is not by choice. There is no reason, health insurance should only be for the well off.
There is no reform that will impact the economy more than health care reform. It won’t be a onetime solution either. We need to solve problems the best we can, and then we need to keep working to solve problems. There is no excuse that I should pay an exorbitant premium on a shot or an aspirin because hospitals need to cover the cost of care given to other people who can’t afford it. There is no excuse for me to pay a 20-30% higher premium so an insurance industry can maintain a multi-billion dollar profit structure to ensure the board of director’s stock prices stays high.
As President Obama said:
“The time for bickering is over. The time for games has passed. Now is the time for action. Now is the time to deliver on health care for every American.”