William Thien

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I have a problem with the presidential debate format. Thirty seconds isn’t enough time to solve the problems of the country. Maybe it is because there are so many candidates at this point, but they are not giving the candidates enough time to explain themselves.

Moderator to candidate: How would you solve all of the country’s problems? 30 Seconds.

Candidate: Thank you for asking that totally excellent question. First, I’d…

Moderator: Times up! Thank you Mr. or Ms. Candidate. Next!

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The four finalists in my opinion were in no particular order: Hickenlooper, Delaney, Buttigieg, and Sanders.

Hickenlooper and Delayney for having accomplished most of what they want to do and Buttigieg and Sanders for recognizing what needs to be done strategically to bring some balance to the country’s economy and get rid of “special interests only thank you” Republicans. You know the Republicans I’m talking about, those Republicans that I call “big business robot frontmen.” They are not “conservatives,” they are business droids. Nothing wrong with making a profit. We all like it. But I think you know what I’m talking about. Even conservatives can benefit from a Democrat being installed in those seats.

Some of the points made by Warren were salient but then she disqualified herself completely by making statements about military posture that are unnecessary and or unusual.

I’m not sure where Beto is going with things, but the guy is likable.

Bullock was likable and made sense.

I’m not sure I saw any plan in Ryan’s comments.

Marianne Williamson sounds like she needs to get laid, bad, real bad, or do a lot of yoga or something, and I don’t think it is just an act. There was an awful lot of talk about love and…well, like waves and harmony, and undercurrents of stuff and other cosmic shit. She is totally hot, dude.

I like Klobuchar but I don’t know that she can pull it off.

There was an awful lot of pleading hand gestures and plaintiff faces regarding pie in the sky bullcrap that I don’t think has a chance and that would require both the house and the senate to signify, which probably wouldn’t even happen under a completely Democratic presence.

Nobody but Sanders really got pissed off about anything, maybe Warren did a bit, and I think that will be necessary. That is one of the reasons I liked Harris in the last series of Democratic debates. She heated up about issues, the medical system in particular, that any rational American would steam about, though her diatribe on busing was ridiculous. I know parents who have kids that spend an hour each way on the bush to school. Then the kids spend 15 minutes on each side of the day preparing to get on and off the buses. It’s not working and it is costly.

I turned the debate on after it started because I couldn’t find the debate on regular television so I watched it at CNN.com.

One other thing. With so many politicians espousing what they are going to do for the public on stage at one time, it might be a good idea to not only listen to what they are saying but to listen for what they are not saying.

More to follow.

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Here is an interesting question: If marijuana is so bad for the population, why are American manufacturers of big ticket items such as automobiles and washing machines sending a majority of their production to countries where marijuana is legal such as Canada or Mexico and then selling those products to us here while restricting our use of marijuana?

Now that’s a good question.

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Many believe that Canada legalized marijuana much sooner than The United States because Canada has a “more liberal” government.

Perhaps.

But I believe Canada legalized marijuana because Canada has a socialized system of medicine and marijuana is much better than alcohol or pills if you want your population to remain healthy and to keep the costs of the socialized medical system under control.

You can still get alcohol and have pain pills prescribed in Canada but usage of pain pills is down in Canada and they do not have the problem with opioid related deaths that we have here in The United States. I wonder why? Hmmn. Let me think. Hmmn.

We have socialized medicine here in The United States as well. It is called Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security has a medical component to it as well. If we want to control the astronomical costs of those systems, one way would be to legalize marijuana here, too.

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I know, it’s not going to be easy. Americans who favor legalization of marijuana at the national level are going to have to stop watching professional sports on television and stop going to the ballpark.

It is through professional sports that much of the unfair and disproportionate drug war’s propaganda campaign is instilled into the American household.

Players of professional sports are subject to regular drug screens and one of the banned substances for those players is marijuana. Interestingly enough, most of the players busted for marijuana usage, when it is discovered in a drug test, are African Americans and to a larger extent often the audience of many professional sports broadcasts is composed of African Americans. So, African Americans are being programmed that it is okay to punish other African Americans, the players, for getting caught using drugs that a large majority of Americans believe should no longer be on the banned substances list. And then they wonder why they themselves are being punished when they get caught. African Americans are being set up by the professional sports leagues to take a fall, that’s all there is to it.

People of other races are effected to a lesser degree but the significance of drug testing in professional sports is just as pervasive for them as well.

The best way to address the matter is to stop patronizing an industry that subjugates its employees and thereby its customers through the unfair use of drug testing to discover the usage of a banned substance that a majority of the country’s population believes should not be banned.

Turn off the television when the game starts and turn on your right to choose instead.

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I believe I have a right to discuss this matter as it was my idea delivered to the Senate regarding the best reason for a bailout of the auto industry, something I lobbied for and have gained nothing from. I stated to the entire Senate through correspondence to include my Senator at the time, Senator Kohl (D-WI) that were America to become involved in another world war, America would need the industrial infrastructure of the big three automakers to ramp up production, something done during World War II to great effect. After Washington hemmed and hawed for days suddenly the bailout was approved. I have since applied for work at the big three and have heard nothing. I am justified in the following:

Some would have us think that the only inequalities in America regarding marijuana involve racial inequalities and I would agree that they are egregious. But there are many other inequalities you never hear about. Here are a few them with more to follow.

  1. The big three automakers can have their cars manufactured in Canada and Mexico where marijuana is legal or has been decriminalized and sell those cars here in America but marijuana is still illegal in America and the big three automakers will fight your right to use marijuana, too.
  2. Many in American industry are against legalization of marijuana because they believe it will effect production due to employees smoking marijuana while at work. But American industrialists have no problem utilizing parts and supplies made in Canada or Mexico where marijuana usage is legal and or decriminalized. Yet still the industrialist and the big three automakers will fight your right to use marijuana. NAFTA.
  3. The seat of America’s federal government resides in The District of Columbia where adult marijuana usage is legal but usage for regular Americans throughout the rest of the country is still not legal. Makes you wonder if that is why congress spends more time in Washington, now?
  4. American industry can have complete products or component parts made in countries where marijuana is legal and sell those products here in The United States and receive full favorable consideration regarding tax law from the federal government yet legitimate producers of medicinal and recreational marijuana where it is legal at the state level are subject to punitive tax laws at the federal level.

More to follow.

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The debate regarding health care in America has recently been focused on socializing the health care system but I believe socialized medicine may not be the best solution for the public.

What I am saying is that in the past health care in America worked fine for everyone when it was properly regulated, prior to The Reagan administration. Then, Reagan deregulated health care and since then Americans have been subject to a continuous and corresponding increase in costs and fees associated with seeing the doctor until today when the cost of health care regularly bankrupts patients, even those who have health insurance.

We can not simply make changes to the health care system without including input from health care providers or big pharma, you might say. I say that might not be the best idea and here is why.

What I have noticed is that following a debate on the subject of socializing health care in America, there is no corresponding adjustment to health care related stocks but following the slightest mention of properly regulating health care there is a solid price correction of health care related stocks in the stock markets.

What is going on in that regard?

I can only guess that since health care in America is now already thoroughly socialized and since big pharma and health maintenance organizations for example have congress in their back pocket, the health care system in America is doing very well for itself regardless of the damage it is doing to the economic health of the American public.

What it boils down to is that medicine was socialized in America to insure that health care providers and big pharma got paid for services performed and drugs dealt, not just so the public could have access to health care. That’s what our elected would have you think, but nothing could be further from the truth. The health care industry lobbied for socialized medicine more than anyone else. Why would they do that if it is bad for their bottom line? They did it to get into the tax payers’ pockets.

The fact that big pharma and other health care related stocks shudder at the talk of proper regulation and react very little at the mention of socialization is the best indicator you could have that the health care system favors a socialized system of medicine more than proper and effective regulation. Providers of health care in America know better than anyone else where their bread and butter comes from and now that the health care system is already substantially socialized it is the American tax payer. Not everybody needs to see the doctor, mind you, but everybody pays, don’t they? Yes, they do.

With congress refraining from bargaining for the best prices on drugs or properly policing Medicare and Medicaid or Social Security’s medical components, all of them socialized medical systems we have here in America already, health care providers are flush with cash. Health care in America, and I’ve said this before, loves socialized medicine. It’s guaranteed money with very few price controls coming from congress. You can’t ask for a better business model than that. Nothing wrong with it, really. It is a business after all, much more of a business after Reagan deregulated health care than before when you could afford to pay for most basic medical necessities out-of-pocket and pay for your own insurance if your employer didn’t pay for it. Deductibles were not outrageous, co-pays were unheard of, and drugs were affordable if you had no coverage. Many of you may be too young to remember a time like that, but it existed.

What does all this mean to the patient?

Well, you can pay for a socialized health care system through direct taxation (the money is going to come out of your pay check without you having any say in it which ultimately we all know means that more and more will come out of your pay every year) or you can insist your elected officials fix what old Ronny Reagan destroyed in the first place, America’s good health.

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