Archive for May 18th, 2012

Shh! Don’t Tell: Whooping Cough Epidemic Caused by Budget Cuts, Pt 3

posted by Maleekie Ambularie @ 11:55 AM
May 18, 2012

    Maleekie Ambularie: Eh, ‘Houston we have a problem!’  While we tell everyone to get immunization and booster shots to prevent Whooping Cough, politicians have so cut health funding, there is no money to pay for these shots.

Dr. Ad Versery: Oh, come on!  Surely you jest.  This is not the Dark Ages when plagues came through and killed millions of people. Surely, the richest country in the world can provide money to prevent epidemics from communicable diseases such as whooping cough, measles, mumps, flu, and the like.  Ha! Amburlarie, you just tell the funniest jokes.

Maleekie Ambularie:  No, no doc.  Really, I’m not joking.  Read Kirk Johnson’s article––”Cutbacks Hurt a State’s Response to Whooping Cough”––in the Money and Policy Section of the New York Times.  He reports:

“The response to the [whooping cough] epidemic has been hampered by the recession, which has left state and local health departments on the front lines of defense weakened by years of sustained budget cuts.”

And in “Whooping Cough Epidemic in WA Related to Budget Cuts,” stresses, “Expect to see ever increasing outbreaks of infectious diseases in the years to come that we once believed had been virtually eradicated.”

Moreover, Joan McCarter of points out that bills are moving through Congress “to repeal money in the Affordable Care Act that has maintained Medicaid and CHIP funding, and a new program that has rewards states for connecting eligible children to coverage. . . . it zeroes out the Prevention and Public Health fund in the health care law.” 

Dr. Ad Versery:  Hmm.  Maybe you are right Maleekie.  Wasn’t there a post in, about medical workers horrified because poor funding has destroyed Greece’s health system.

Oh my,  are you possibly saying that the same thing could happen in our own country, the great U.S.?  We can’t let that happen, Maleekie.  People must write their politicians immediately.  Some of those Congressmen and Senators are doctors themselves.  Of course, they know that public health funding is vital.  For our nation to continue to be strong, it must be healthy as well!

How can we let children die from preventable diseases like Whooping Cough, when we send men to the moon, and constantly enter massive wars in faraway countries?  Remember, used Christian Bibles warn: “But if any provide not for his own, . . . he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel (1 Timothy 5: 8).”

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Merkel Ready to Negotiate: But “All the Kings Horses, And All. . .”

posted by Ida B. Wells IV @ 0:22 AM
May 18, 2012

What is going on in the European Union (EU) is mindful of the ending of that nursery rhyme, “All the Kings Horses and All the Kings Men Couldn’t Put Humpty Dumpty Together Again!” Or to put it another way, German Chancellor Angela Merkel may be offering ‘too little, too late!’

    But in this case, if ‘the king’ falls, the crash will send a fearful jolt, not only throughout Europe, but in the rest of the world, including the United States.  But voters in Greece have made it clear that they can no longer suffer austerity.

In their article for The New York Times, “Softening, Merkel Says She Is Open to Stimulus for Greece,” Nicholas Mulish and Melissa Eddy write that Merkel is “ready to discuss stimulus programs to get the Greek economy growing again.”  And also that she is “committed to keeping Greece in the euro zone.”

Of course, they also point out that this new approach is quite different from the hard line that the Chancellor took both before and after the Greek people rejected their nation’s major parties that had agreed with austerity.  Merkel had insisted that Greece either makes the next loan payment due or leave the EU.

Obviously, the Chancellor now sees the political ramifications of what Greece’s exit will mean to the dozens of other nations in the EU, that are likewise struggling through austerity.  Now she knows other countries are also near the edge.

Now Greeks hurriedly run to ATM machines to get their savings in euros out of banks before their funds are devalued in any new Greek economic system.  Bloomberg estimates that as of today “Anxious Greeks have withdrawn as much as 700 million euros ($893 million) since the inconclusive May 6 election.”

To many commentators, the run on the banks signals Greece unraveling. But to the American economist Paul Krugman, Greece’s collapse will soon be followed by complete disintegration of the euro [i.e. and of the European Union?]:

“1. Greek euro exit . . . 2. Huge withdrawals from Spanish and Italian banks, as depositors try to move their money to Germany. 3a. . . . with banks forbidden to transfer deposits out of country and limits on cash withdrawals. 3b. Alternatively, . . . huge draws on ECB credit to keep the banks from collapsing.

“4a.  Germany has a choice. Accept huge indirect public claims on Italy and Spain, plus a drastic revision. . .— basically, to give Spain in particular any hope . . both guarantees on its debt to hold borrowing costs down and a higher eurozone inflation target to make relative price adjustment possible; or: 4b. End of the euro.”

Our blogs stress that these events will result in economic tsunami, not just for Europe, but for the United States . . . and they will ultimately lead to World War III.  These events signal it is time to open Christian prayer books and pray!  As Apostle Paul instructs:  “I exhort . . . that, . . . prayers . . . be made . . . for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life . . .(1 Timothy 2:1-2).”

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