March 2011, Week 2


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REWIND - A week of Quotes & Cartoons


Quote of the Day
March 6, 2011

'Medicine is rapidly changing in the United States from
a cottage industry to one dominated by large hospital
groups and corporations, but the new efficiencies can
be accompanied by a telling loss of intimacy between
doctors and patients. And no specialty has suffered
this loss more profoundly than psychiatry.'

New York Times
March 6, 2011

Toon of the Day
Civic Minded Billionaire
David Horsey - Seattle PI


Quote of the Day
March 7, 2011

'How does it feel to be on your own, like a complete
unknown, like a rolling stone, crisscrossing the desert
sands, howling to the winds that the end of the end of
history is now?

'Western ideological categories lie mummified in a
tomb. There's no dichotomy, or "clash" of
civilizations, between Western parliamentary democracy
and Islam.

'Slovenian Slavoj Zizek, the Elvis of philosophy, told
al-Jazeera a few weeks ago that the real tragedy of
Arab nations was the disappearance of a strong, secular
left. No wonder; all United States-backed dictators in
MENA (Middle East/Northern Africa) killed or exiled the
best and the brightest among progressive

'The End of The End of History'
By Pepe Escobar
Asia Times
March 4, 2011

Toon of the Day
Your Fault
Jim Morin - Miami Herald


Quote of the Day
March 8, 2011

'Compromising over budget cuts this year isn't just
unfair in terms of who will be hurt the most. It also
compromises the fragile recovery, and puts the entire
economy at risk.The White House should never have
started paying ransom. Once ransom starts, there's no
end to it.'

Economist Robert Reich
March 7, 2011

Toon of the Day
He Lives
Pat Oliphant


Quote of the Day
March 9, 2011

'John Boehner is calling for cuts to Social Security,
Medicare and Medicaid this spring claiming these
programs aren't sustainable.

'The only thing unsustainable is the parasitic greed of
the corporations and a Congress complicit in supporting
them. Just a few weeks ago Congress approved huge tax
cuts to the wealthy, and now we have to pay for them by
cutting essential social programs.

'Let's be clear, Social Security, Medicare, and
Medicaid are not responsible for adding money to the
deficit. Corporate greed and out-of-control military
spending are.'

For Improved Medicare for All,
Healthcare-NOW! National Staff
and Steering Committee
March 9, 2011

Toon of the Day
Tony Auth - Philadelphia Inquirer


Quote of the Day
March 10, 2011

'And this attack on collective bargaining, the reason
why people won't take it is precisely because they
understand that this is not shared pain. It is not
being shared equally. The people who created the crisis
in the first place are not sharing the pain. And the
injustice of this response is so blatant. This isn't
just any economic crisis. This tactic has worked. And
this is, you know, what I've tracked over a 30-year
period, that it is really easy to use an economic
crisis-people panic, hyperinflation, issues like that.
In the '90s, when Newt Gingrich was Speaker, it was
possible for him to argue that the source of the budget
crisis really was so-called entitlement programs. You
cannot do that in this moment in history because
everybody understands that the crisis was created on
Wall Street, it was created through speculation and
greed, and a decision was made to bail out the bankers
with public money and to pass the bill on to the
public. And they're seeing the bonuses back. They're
seeing the outrageous salaries. They're seeing
corporations not paying their taxes. And it's just too
unjust. It's just so morally outrageous. And then to
turn on the television and talk about everybody sharing
the pain? I mean, people are just not that stupid.

Journalist and author Naomi Klein,
author of "The Shock Doctrine: The
Rise of Disaster Capitalism"
Democracy Now!
March 9, 2011

Toon of the Day
Rob Rogers


Quote of the Day
March 11, 2011

'The president and his aides know that the G.O.P.
approach to the budget is wrongheaded and destructive.
But they've stopped making the case for an alternative
approach; instead, they've positioned themselves as
know-nothings lite, accepting the notion that spending
must be slashed immediately - just not as much as
Republicans want.

'Mr. Obama's political advisers clearly believe that
this strategy of protective camouflage offers the
president his best chance at re-election - and they may
be right. But that doesn't change the fact that the
White House is aiding and abetting the dumbing down of
our deficit debate.

'And this dumbing down bodes ill for the nation's
future. Health care is only one of the large and
difficult problems America needs to deal with, ranging
from infrastructure to climate change, all of which
demand that we engage in a lot of hard thinking. Yet
what we have instead is a political culture in which
one side sneers at knowledge and exalts ignorance,
while the other side hunkers down and pretends to
halfway agree.'

Columnist Paul Krugman
New York Times
March 11, 2011

Toon of the Day
Rob Rogers - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Quote of the Day
March 12, 2011

'No one is denying that long-term demographics portend
trouble, especially if the United States cannot reduce
health care costs. But so far the best "health reform''
solution most states have come up with is charging
patients higher premiums and co-pays. How cutting the
cost of health care by making it more expensive works
is a question for Alice's mad tea party.'

Columnist Renee Loth
Boston Globe
March 12, 2011

Toon of the Day
Back to Work
Ed Stein


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