Uncommon Sense

January 7, 2018

If the Elites Might Benefit, Then Sure, They are For It

In today’s NY Times an article (Medical Research? Congress Cheers. Medical Care? Congress Brawls by Robert Pear) states that there is some bipartisan support for science in our Congress. Here’s the introduction:

“WASHINGTON — They cannot agree on subsidies for low-income people under the Affordable Care Act or even how to extend funding for the broadly popular Children’s Health Insurance Program — two issues requiring urgent attention as Congress returns to work.

“But a more exotic corner of the medical world has drawn rapturous agreement among Republicans and Democrats: the development of new treatments and cures through taxpayer-funded biomedical research.

“For the third straight year, lawmakers are planning to increase the budget of the National Institutes of Health by $2 billion. In the process, they have summarily rejected cuts proposed by President Trump.

“The push for additional funding reflects a fascination among legislators with advances in fields like molecular biology, genetics and regenerative medicine, even as they wage bitter battles over just how large a role the government should play in financing health care and providing coverage.”

When the shade the politicians have thrown is illuminated, it is clear why this support is bipartisan. New medical procedures, even those which prove to be very costly, will help keep the elites alive longer. The elites have told us over and over that “America affords us the finest medical care in the world.” What we didn’t focus on was the use of the word “us.” They were referring to the elites as only they can afford the finest. The fact that our medical care system only ranks somewhere near the middle of first world countries is irrelevant and they know it. Those results are based upon average health outcomes and the elites are paying for treatments and health outcomes that the top 1% get. They do not care much at all about the poor health outcomes that the poor and middle class can afford as those do not affect them directly. But there are many of us and few of them, which means they are more than willing to take our tax dollars to pay for their cures.

Everything you need to see is right in front of your eyes. We only need to believe what they are saying, what they actually are saying and not what we wish to hear.

7 Comments »

  1. Another enlightening post Steve. Keep up the good work. I would say another reason they are willing to fund these research programs is that the money goes to their donors in medications big pharma can sell. Even research not done by the pharmaceutical companies ends up giving them profits if treatments are found. As you say, politicians have no problem taking our tax money to splurge on their own gains. Hugs

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    Comment by Scottie — January 7, 2018 @ 11:52 am | Reply

    • Happy New Year to you, Scottie! I remember when conservatives declared “us” to be “pigs at the public trough.” I guess they finally decided it was better for them to be the pigs rather than us.

      On Sun, Jan 7, 2018 at 11:52 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — January 7, 2018 @ 11:59 am | Reply

  2. Steve, I’ve determined that this is the key theory to dealing with our plutocracy: couch benefits to We the People in such a way that the elites will benefit more.

    We cannot fight them. They’ve won. Without a CME to destroy the electric grid and render everyone equally destitute, we have to assume that the oligarch will retain power over us. So, let’s convince them that anything we need will benefit them even more.

    Do we need massive infrastructure overhaul? You bet. So, explain that funding for roads and bridges and water and levies and whatnot will allow the commerce engine to run that much more effectively earning them trillions of dollars more on their capitalistic investments.

    Do we need socialized healthcare? You bet. So, convince the rich that if their peasants are healthy, they can work harder, and spend more, thereby boosting all the corporate earnings for the things and services they purchase.

    And so on and so forth.

    Fight the plutocrats? Fail! Twist their minds to think they’re getting a better deal that us, while at the same time enact plebe benefits? That’s the only way. (Until the apocalypse comes at least.)

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    Comment by Anony Mole — January 7, 2018 @ 1:12 pm | Reply

    • I like your thinking, Anony Mole!

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      Comment by Nan — January 7, 2018 @ 1:33 pm | Reply

    • I’m afraid certain sectors of society can only see the world in zero sum terms.

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      Comment by The Pink Agendist — January 7, 2018 @ 1:58 pm | Reply

      • And even if the math proves otherwise, they still hope that it is zero sum, which is a sad testament.

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        Comment by Anony Mole — January 7, 2018 @ 2:01 pm | Reply

    • I think you are on to something! Gull them! (They are gullible, so why not?)

      We can frame a roads bill as a “Making the World Safe for the Wealthy Act.” Surely one doesn’t want to be zipping around in one’s Bugatti Veyron and hit a really big pot hole.

      On Sun, Jan 7, 2018 at 1:12 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — January 8, 2018 @ 8:06 am | Reply


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