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Op Ed; New Gopster Attack
Cuts Food, Meds for
Unemployed Millions

Bunning Action Deprives Despairing of Lawful Benefits.

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(EUGENE, Ore.) - Despite desperate acts of wiser political persuasion from many of his Republican and Democratic colleagues, a single Gopster Senator has now “manipulated the Rules of the Senate” to block continuing fully-legal federal benefits, affecting millions of American citizens.

Senator Jim Bunning (R., Ky.) subjected a Senate measure to meanly-managed political-pandering by his potent blackmail --extracting once again only “a deal he’d dumped days-before.”

His action came at the cost of consummate fear and confusion among many million Americans now made dependent and desperate by economic chance, forcing them into bare existence on timely supporting-payments, as promised and delivered in past months Normal action to extend funding for the programs involved was already on the way, a demanded regular routine well understood and supported by both parties.

There was no question whatsoever about the full extension of the programs affected; far too much is at stake in our economy to allow any revision, much less more-radical revocation, at this time of desperate need for so many. Every citizen so affected --many in deep despair, are seeking only what their government has already fully promised them as succor by approving their appeal, on the record by the very fact of previous delivery.

That brute fact meant nothing to Bunning’s plan for his brute demonstration of distorted departure from the inherent fairness-and-rationality realistically embedded in parliamentary procedure.

He has thus equated desperate, deepening defense of a now-deflated, already-defeated political posture for the perverted promise of impure blackmail --while he still maintains his malign-intended manipulation is only his own potent defense of perfectly-pure “conservative principle”.

Later that day (Tuesday) the horrendous strong horror at his action --expressed by most still-regular Republicans and Democrats, as well as broadly across the nation-- forced him to withdraw his recognized unwise and irresponsible action, settling for precisely the “same political deal offered to him days ago.” Revealing information later published proves very potently that he did so in full defiance of precisely the same resolution for his claimed problem-of-principle he could have received last week.

He thus cravenly withdrew his painfully-proven prodigiously-provocative political pander, seeking futilely to relieve and retrieve the desperate denials he forced upon everyone else involved; in what is supposed to be true governance under democratic design, to always provide rational, reasonable resolution of differences and dissent via cooperatively achieved full consenus.

There’s only one word for that kind of perverse political-pandering performance: Blackmail --and here’s the definition: blackmail (as in "influence") v. : exerting pressure on someone through threats. That’s how far our Senate has fallen from its once-famed “summit of wise leaders working together to guarantee the good-will, good-faith consensus at the heart of democracy” --as our Founders intended. Ironic, is it not?

Now we find this Senator using the proven sensible, sensitive operational rules of the Senate in precisely the very way that leads on to damage, defeat and demise for our our democracy --despite invention of form and pattern to protect and preserve its functions by our Founding Fathers. Forced by national uproar and bipartisan contempt for his act --described by many as immoral, insane, and impossible to allow in a democracy-- he acquiesced only some hours later the very same day, thus earning the probability of creating still another classic Washington wisecrack: “Now, don’t try Bunning me!”

But its easy creation may be badly inhibited since those using it will be forced to decide whether what’s happened is ONLY Bunningism --or a simple reflection of more widely-held GOPsterish beliefs. Sen. Jim Kyl (R., Az.) laid the first stone in this new wall of continuing complete obstructionist confusion on all things Obama-touched when he pulled the same point of nothingness-now clearly into tight, tense focus on the national screen only a day earlier.

Kyl --the Republican whip !-- contended, very combatively, that unemployment benefits dissuade people from job-hunting "because people are being paid even though they're not working." Unemployment insurance "doesn't create new jobs..” Kyl insisted. “In fact, if anything, continuing to pay people unemployment compensation is a disincentive for them to seek new work," Kyl beat Bunning to first-shot insnensitivity during debate over whether unemployment insurance and other benefits that expired amid GOP objections Sunday should be extended.

"I'm sure most of them would like work and probably have tried to seek it, but you can't argue that it's a job enhancer. If anything, as I said, it's a disincentive. And the same thing with the COBRA extension and the other extensions here," said Kyl. “Unemployment benefits are generally so small that much of it is often used to pay for COBRA health insurance, even when subsidized. The size of the benefits does not generally cover the cost of living and it would be hard to find a single person who would prefer unemployment to having a job so that they could get subsidized COBRA“, a national report quoting Kyl made sure to explain, following immediately the statement we just cited from the Arizona Senator.

Given his powerful potency as Republican whip, one must take such publicly-pronounced statement as very sure reflection of GOPSter-cabal major and massive influence on all things leaning still further Right- wards within that once respected and reasonable party.

Two-in-a-row, rapidly rapping right out in public for national media-mainstream consumption, should as sure as shooting indicate what’s cooking on the cabal back-burners now. Senator Bunning took his stance because, he loudly stated repeatedly on national television, “now’s the time” to make clear the basic principle he claims is at stake --”smaller government and less federal support” for those whom he believes should be capable of living “on their own”.

He was careful to cloak it in the same camouflage used so craftily and continuously by many others with the same intentions --and the same depth of morality and understandings of the modern world.

But there’s simply no mistaking his massively malign intent: To exert the powerful potency of political fear and continuing futility featuring obstructionism on our already-besieged and, some will contend, bewildered Congressional participants. Given the resonance of these very revealing dual action disclosures in depth and detail by two still-potent participants in this ongoing cabal, we can clearly see that all Congressional participants are now caught in constant confrontation, continuing conflict, and very considerable confusion on how in h... to return to that absolutely essential democratic consensus.

Common sense and reasonable achievement over more than two centuries have shown us that consensus --reflecting clear wisdom-of-the-people-- is at the very heart, as well as the demanding operational controls of our increasingly tattered/torn democracy.

The greatest danger from such baffling Bunningism, coupled closely with Kylomania, may well not be the denial, delay and defeatism it is meant to engender, but rather the desperate death of what little trust, belief and thus reliance on our form of governance remains within the battered, down-beaten and now-betrayed citizenry.

Their long-trusted confidence in the competence and consensus-building skills of those chosen is proven now as not-so-wisely or well achieved, with craftily manipulated and always too-complex campaigning confusions --created by dollar-driven special-interest communications published by owner-or advertising/ subsidized mainsream media-- at major fault in our once-flourishing democratic-design form of choice for any possible trusty represention in our Congress. That should simplify and surely strongly emphasize what we must do --and what weapons we must use-- to safeguard the great legacy the Founders left for us.


Reader’s Note: Quotes may be partial, condensed, or combined; full verbatim versions available on request with full ID and working phone. Documentation contained in some 25 national-source reports and other references, uncited here due to length demanded for full detail; available on similar request.

At 21, Henry Clay Ruark was Aroostook Editor for the Bangor, Maine DAILY NEWS, covering the upper 1/4 of the state. In the ‘40s, he was Staff Correspondent, then New England Wires Editor at United Press-Boston; later Editor for the Burlington, Vermont 3-daily group owned by Wm. Loeb, later notorious at Manchester, New Hampshire UNION LEADER for attacks on Democratic Presidential candidates.

Hank returned to Oregon to complete M. Ed. degree at OSU, went on to Indiana University for Ed.D. (abd) and special other course-work; was selected as first Information Director for NAVA in Washington, D.C.; helped write sections of NDEA, first Act to supply math, science, foreign language consultants to state depts. of education; joined Oregon Dept. of Education, where he served as NDEA administrator/Learning Media Consultant for ten years.

He joined Dr. Amo DeBernardis at PCC, helping establish, extend programs, facilities, Oregon/national public relations; moved to Chicago as Editor/Publisher of oldest educational-AV journal, reformed as AV GUIDE Magazine; then established and operated Learning Media Associates as general communications consultant group. Due to wife’s illness, he returned to Oregon in 1981, semi-retired, and has continued writing intermittently ever since, joining S-N in 2004. His Op Eds now total over 560 written since then.

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Hank Ruark March 9, 2010 12:28 pm (Pacific time)

DRW: Thank you for your kind endorsement of Massa, and for refraining from any graphics to further illuminate what you see as typical in D.C. The last surely strengthens point of this Op Ed series...

Hank Ruark March 9, 2010 12:20 pm (Pacific time)

F.A.: Your insightful participation and links to national sources making your points is well appreciated here. But those awkward loose-lips and that forked-tale somehow seems to negate its impact. Be sure to vote for O AGAIN.

Frank Ayers March 8, 2010 9:13 am (Pacific time)

It is pretty apparent that this editor knows even less about national healthcare than he does traffic law enforcement. So just ignore the majority of Americans? You think you know more about this than the real professionals, and the majority of the American people? This is a power grab by completely corrupt people from Obama on down...

 Editor: Oh get the hell out of here, will you? You have no heart for the people of America, so be it!  You are out of here, your comments about how people don't deserve healthcare are ridiculous.  

Danger Will Robinson March 8, 2010 9:21 am (Pacific time)

Massa: "Rahm Would Strap His Children to a Locamotive for a Vote" (confronted him in the shower)
NBC Chicago ^ | March 08, 2010 | ANDREW GREINER
Rahm Emanuel has been accused of a lot of things during his political career, but today one outgoing congressman may have topped all insults.
“Rahm Emanuel is son of the devil’s spawn,” disgraced Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY ) said during a radio show, -- the radio diatribe is posted on Real Clear “He is an individual who would sell his mother to get a vote. He would strap his children to the front end of a steam locomotive.”
(snip)"Let me tell you a story about Rahm Emanuel," Massa said on the program. "I was a congressman in my first eight weeks; I was in the congressional gym, I went down and I worked out and I went into the showers ... I'm sitting there showering, naked as a jaybird and here comes Rahm Emanuel not even with a towel wrapped around his tush, and he starts poking a finger in my chest yelling at me because I wasn't going to vote for the president's budget.
"Do you know how awkward it is to have a political argument with a naked man?" (Excerpt)

Hank Ruark March 8, 2010 8:42 am (Pacific time)

Ed, Jacob: Thanks for full exposure and sharp illumination of impacts dollar-driven insurance firm propaganda can make. Fact: Profits jumped over 50 percent in past year. Fact: We have near- FIFTY MILLION without healthcare. Fact: Constitution does NOT. in any way, confine plans for healthcare reform. Fact: "Competition" is what produced worldwide economic debacle, since "free market" ceased to exist soon after Adam Smith created term. Fact: Corporate campaign contributions as dollar-lever now shape denial, delay in the healthcare action America must take --as ALL OTHER civilized nations already have done.

Edward March 7, 2010 6:29 pm (Pacific time)

"...or you simply against my Americans having a better life, well screw that." Say every poll I've seen for the last several months shows that the majority of "my fellow Americans [also]" do not want the current bill in the house or senate. Sure we all want reform of somekind, but starting out incrementally is the way to go, so if there are problems on a small level we can easliy make corrections. If the whole thing goes through, then we pay taxes and fees for four years before the coverage begins. Then the court challenges will go on for injuctive relief for even more years. We are being ingnored, there is out of control spending and the people's main concern is jobs and the economy. Already the gopsters will run in November saying they will repeal, and they have the votes to take both the senate and house as it stands today, so then all they have to do is stop funding, and that's the ballgame. Let's start by making competition a priority, allow people to buy insurance accross state lines like we do wine and other products. Then start a pool to cover those with pre-existing conditions and subsidize those in financial need. Hey maybe we can even entice more of our top students to go in the medical field, or we'll be like Europe and Canada who are losing doctors and lowering standards in their medical schools to get more students. Not a good thing.

Editor: Start out incrementally?  Sort of like Iraq?  Oh wait, that is OK when it is getting Americans killed faster, right?  Healthcare, that doesn't get Americans killed, and you are into doing it slowly.  You guys are so twisted by the big money propaganda.  Stand up and be a man and admit that poor people need healthcare Edward.  I am sick of seeing my fellow Americans suffer and people like you trying to prolong it.    

Jacob March 7, 2010 10:11 am (Pacific time)

Not surprisingly, a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey this past week revealed that 56 percent of Americans think the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to their rights and freedoms.
Particularly apropos here is the feds' health care bill, which is a violation of the 10th Amendment, which is part of our Bill of Rights and was ratified Dec. 15, 1791. The amendment says, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."Thomas Jefferson explained the pre-eminence of this amendment in 1791: "I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground: That 'all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States or to the people.' To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible of any definition."

Editor: Oh please, Obama wants Americans to be able to go to the friggin' doctor, geez!  He wants to end insurance and pharmaceutical company rule over our lives.  You guys don't either don't know what you are fighting for, or you simply against my Americans having a better life, well screw that.  What a joke, find a real cause.

Hank Ruark March 5, 2010 4:29 pm (Pacific time)

Friend Shannon: Understand your real strong feeling only too well; my 1st teaching job was in Maine mill town same-size, where mill had burned in eaarly years of Real Depression --hanging tough in Maine, in 1937 !! What have our politicians learned since then ?? !! We had kids fainting from hunger intermittently all that winter, and some in homes with little or no heat except mill waste...mostly gone by then. D.C. Demo-denizens are ALL too far removed from realities so many millions face daily, with GOPsters gaily sharing their solid dividends from the Wall St.bailout while wasting away anything Obama does due to their plantation-owner rich attitudes from Southern voting strengths. (Yes, I do contend racism really rampant routine within GOPster gatherings...)

Shannon March 5, 2010 12:53 pm (Pacific time)

Henry thanks for the article, it really hit home for my family. Certainly we want our elected officials to be problem-solvers, but they should also be sensitive to the problems that are going on across America. That's why I am so irked by the senate majority leader, Harry Reid who said only 36,000 people "lost their jobs today." We live in a small town, a lumber mill town and it's been real slow. Our community has a population of 9,000 souls, so when I hear 36,000 people, I can see that four times our population lost their jobs just today. I guess we need to take members of both parties to task. If you want to listen to Sen. Reid, then just click on the below. Really disgusting.

Hank Ruark March 5, 2010 7:49 am (Pacific time)

J.Peller: Refrained from writing Re-Peller, but that's what No Comment here but elsewhere deserves...GOPster-pattern publicly demonstrated as by Bunning in elevator-retreat as media massed to demand answer. Fits precisely in the S/D pattern DJ mentions, too...see any encyclopedia if you can bring yourself to accept truth on printed page, even if NOT read-aloud !!

Daniel Johnson March 4, 2010 11:46 pm (Pacific time)

Jack Peller: In a response to a comment you made in my "Socrates Gun" story I said "you sound like a reasonable guy". From your comment to this story I retract that. You sound like a cold, callous Republican with no concern whatsoever for your fellow citizens. You've got yours (money, employment, good health coverage or some effective combination) and if millions of others don't, well that's their lookout. It's called Social Darwinism.

Hank Ruark March 4, 2010 1:58 pm (Pacific time)

Seaside Series Sidebar Op Eds in Seaside Series are in “persuasive-affective” style, intended to be voiced aloud as-read. Cognitive science shows this combines how the words carry the meaning and distinct rhythmn and resonance, to add emphasis and help concentrate attention. Try it for yourself and see how it works --if not too awkwardly attempted here !

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