I found this little item on HuffingtonPost this morning. They got it from the New York Times. Several things struck me about the story. First, I wonder what percentage of the Tea Party members depend on government programs for their life lines. The article features several. Further, I wonder how many have looked at the number of their compatriots who advocate ending the Social Security and Medicare benefits they depend on? They aren't necessarily for less over all government; they are against the corporate socialism that has grown up during this latest economic downturn. But there was another item that hit me: the comments from Diana Reimer who said that with the Tea Party Movement she 'felt respected.' I can relate. It wasn't often during my working life that I felt respected, emotionally satisfied, or well compensated. That is as corrosive to one's spirit as being extremely short of money.
I also found Jeffrey McQueen's comments interesting. He blames the government for the loss of American jobs, including his own. Again, I can relate to this argument. Both parties have pushed so-called free trade agreements which have made it easier for companies to take jobs overseas. Problem, again, is that one of the two parties who were very committed to those agreements is now trying very hard to harness the movement for their own political gain. What makes Mr. McQueen think that, if the Republicans ride to power on Tea Party discontent, they will change a philosophy which has contributed to his troubles?
My last observation on this article: I have long noticed the growing and increasingly bitter distrust of the government. I have shared it. My distrust of politicians and government is one reason why I was very skeptical of Obama's promises. It is also why I spend time looking at politics; not because I think I can change what is going on but because I want to see what the bastards are doing so I can mitigate the impact on my life.
I understand your dislike of generic drugs, Lois. I often wonder if they are really equal to the name brand. I know one case in which they are certainly not. My mother takes Synthyroid and when she questioned her doctor about why he insisted on the name brand he told her that the generic tends to give false readings on the blood tests. Having just spent a year trying to get her thyroid medication balanced out again she gets the Synthyroid and pay extra because it isn't 'formulary' on her drug plan. We would like to see the rules changed so that drug plans have to allow you to get the drugs your doctor prescribes for you. Unfortunately, can and do insist on the cheaper alternative of generics whether the physician has reasons for prescribing the name brand or not.