Today's Note From a Madman

Wednesday, February 23, 2005


Someone once asked me what my hot-button issue is. Well, in case you couldn't figure it out, it's HEALTH CARE. Sure, I got sidetracked by Social Security, and I'm not giving up on any good fight, but we need REAL Health Care Reform. No Fooling. -Noah Greenberg


Health Care


Oregon as a Microcosm of the Nation's Non-Existent Health Care System

Oregon's state political leaders lost their nerve. They decided they don't want to pay to reinvent their state's health care system, although it is in desperate need of repair.

This is truly a case of, "If it IS broke, FIX IT."

The Oregon politicians made this decision despite the skyrocketing medical costs of their state's health care system. And we know that looking east toward Washington, DC is only going to get them snow-blinded.

105,000 children and a total of 609,000 people in Oregon lack basic health insurance. That's about one in six (about 17 percent) of all Oregonians. This is the highest rate since 1992, the last time there was a Republican in the Oval Office (His name was Bush, too).

"The rising cost of care and insurance has far outpaced inflation and workers' pay. The rising cost of Medicaid has outstripped growth in state revenue. The Oregon Health Plan, the state's medical safety net, is shrinking fast. Enrollment in OHP Standard, the piece added when Oregon revamped its Medicaid program, has plummeted from about 100,000 to about 35,000 in the past two years." -The Oregonian, February 20, 2005

More than 10 years ago, Oregon expanded their Medicaid coverage to include adults mired in low-paying jobs. Now it just can't keep up.

It is time for the nation to take notice. We need real health care reform on a Nationwide level.

Band -aids and false promises won't keep the 45 million uninsured Americans healthy, President Bush.
    -You can bomb new countries.
    -You can scream "no gay marriage" all day long
    -You can send your "bullet-points" to FOXNEWS, too
    -But you can't hide from real Health Care Reform, GW

We're onto you, and we're not letting go.

-Noah Greenberg

Semper-Fi, Scott Ritter


You all remember Scott Ritter, right? He's the ex-marine and was the head-honcho, chief UN Weapons inspector in Iraq for a long time.

I wonder what he's doing now.

Well, Scott said that President "G"lobal "W"arming Bush (Ritter didn't say "G"lobal "W"arming, I did) had "signed off" on plans to bomb Iran. Ritter also claims that President Bush manipulated the Iraqi election results from January 30 of this year. He used the word "cooked" in describing the elections.

I wonder what else was in GW's oven. Hmm... I smell baked Ohio and Roast Florida. Yum.

Ritter said that the goal of the Iranian bombings would be to put in place a regime change that would lead to the fleecing of the oil-rich nation of some 70 million people.

And what of the cooking of Iraq's election? Its goal was to reduce the percentage that the United Iraqi Alliance received from 56% to 48%, negating their majority.

Oh boy. Fried Iraq. Mmm-mmm good.

There are few things I find more important than the existence and protection of the State of  Israel. They are the only true ally of the United States, and the western world (whether they believe it or not) in the entire middle east, not to mention the only REAL DEMOCRACY there, as well. But we just can't have our president lying to us in order to make his corporate communist friends all the richer.

Mr. Bush, where are your values?

-Noah Greenberg

Another Bush Rubber-Stamp


Boos and catcalls were there to greet Senator Rick Santorum and his "I'm holier than you, so privatize Social Security" message yesterday at Drexel University. The Rubber
Stamp Mouthpiece of the worst part of the neo-con society (as if there are any good parts) was there to sway young people that the president's Social Security Piratization
plan would be good for them.

What the soon-to-be-ousted senator didn't count on was the intelligence of his audience. You see, most young people in college are smart, and they asked him tough
questions and made on-point remarks about their own future.

And the elderly were not to be dismissed either. Although the Republicans are "promising" (Promising - see "lock box") to not affect change on those over 55 years of age,
they simply don't buy it. They were there to ask questions as well.

At one point, Santorum whined, "I see a lot of older hands. I'm not seeing any younger hands." That was his way of telling those who know better to "shut up, this doesn't
concern you." But these people have seen this all before and aren't falling for it.

"We refuse the concept of,  you got yours, now back off," Martin Berger, the President of the Pennsylvania Alliance for Retired Americans said. "We built the system. We
believe it should be available for our children and grandchildren."

Even some of Santorum's Pennsylvania Republican Brethren are skeptical:
I have "an open mind", but would still like to see more details -Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA)
I cannot "take a position on the president's plan until I see the details," -Freshman Representative Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
I don't "think there is enough of a plan" regarding the president's plan - Representative Charles W. Dent (R-PA)

Guess what state has the 2nd largest population over 55 years of age (Florida is number 1)?
a) New York
b) New Jersey
c) California

The answer is "d" (by the way, the answer usually is "d", or the only one in CAPS).

I can't wait to see the demographic voting in the Pennsylvania's 2006 Senatorial Race. I should get it while Rick Santorum is cleaning out his desk.

-Noah Greenberg

Jon Corzine for NJ Governor

Legally Jon Corzine is allowed to accept up to $6,000 per person between now and election day. Instead the current senior senator from NJ has decided to limit himself to
contributions of no more than $500 per person before the primary and another $500 during the general election. No matter how much money a candidate has, there has
never been a self-financing campaign of a major party candidate in recent memory.

Senator Corzine's choice is to focus on participation from the maximum number of people from all over the state, rather than a few deep pockets. He has also limited himself
to contributions from individuals only (no corporations, PACs, or LLC checks will be accepted). This is a nice step toward a campaign for the people instead of for large

Additionally, Senator Corzine emphasized in a recent speech that he is determined to kill the Bush plan for privatization of Social Security prior to leaving his Senate seat.

On the other hand... Doug Forrester, the self-declared front-runner for the GOP Gubernatorial nomination, and a multi-millionaire in his own right, has made no promises of
accepting donations only from individuals or limiting donations to no more than $500 per person.

Polluters, special interests and big business wishing to do business in New Jersey have their candidate in you, Doug.

Well, at least Dougie-boy talks a good game.

-Noah Greenberg

More Corzine

Seen in the news yesterday, Senator Jon Corzine received the endorsement of the Sierra Club. Although they never endorsed anyone this early in a campaign before
Senator Corzine has a solid record of environmental protection, so they felt confident with the endorsement. The GOP nor their candidates never responded to the Sierra
when contacted.


Rush Holt & Election Reform


There are a number of bills in congress right now that would fix our election system for the near and distant future. The most aggressive, and best laid out bill is one that is
sponsored by Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ). Rep. Holt's bill would:

“Anything of value should be auditable. Votes are valuable, and each voter should have the knowledge—and the confidence—that his or her vote was recorded and counted
as intended. Passage of this bill will be a big step in restoring that confidence, which is the very foundation of our democratic republic.” -Rush Holt

-Noah Greenberg

Stupid Quotes of the Day


 "I wouldn't answer the marijuana questions. You know why? Because I don't want some little kid doing what I tried."
-Governor GW Bush on campaign trail in 2000 to his friend and confidant, Doug Wead

So in
GW's world it truly is better to lie or not admit to a wrongdoing no matter what the cost. Does the president really think that by lying about his past "youthful
about his drug use that it will stop a teenager from experimenting with marijuana?

I can see it now:
"I didn't do it, but if I did do it, I didn't like it.
I didn't like it, but if I did like it, I don't like it anymore.
I never bought it, but if I did buy it, I was too stoned to remember buying it.
I never got high or drunk and then got behind the wheel of a car, but if I did get high or drunk and then I did get behind the wheel of a car, I never got arrested for it.
I never got arrested for driving while impaired, but if I did get arrested for driving while impaired, I made sure that my daddy would have the conviction wiped away. So I never
did it"

Now THERE'S a role model for all you kiddies out there.

Makes "but I didn't inhale" look trivial by comparison, don't you think?

-Noah Greenberg

"This notion that the United States is getting ready to attack Iran is simply ridiculous. Having said that, all options are on the table,"

-"G"lobal "W"arming Bush

No need for comment.


-Eddie Konczal

"This is an issue I have been trying to downplay. I think it is bad for Republicans to be kicking gays."
-Governor GW Bush on campaign trail in 2000 to his friend and confidant, Doug Wead

I guess someone convinced him it was now good to "kick gays." Anyone else have a free ass to be kicked?

-Noah Greenberg

"I'm proud of what I did before 40."
-Former V.P. Dan Quayle, regarding then Governor GW Bush, his GOP opposition in the 2000 primary, and the governor's remarks about his behavior before the age of 40
not  being "relevant"

"G"lobal "W"arming Bush would be proud of his accomplishments before the age of 40, too. That is if he had any or if he could remember any.


-Noah Greenberg

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-Noah Greenberg