The Good news is Gore isn’t going to run in 2004. The bad news is Lieberman might. To me there really is no difference between the two. They’re both about censorship. Think about it. Al’s wife Tipper was all about censoring music with the PMRC back in the 80’s. Al was 100% behind her. When Gore was running in 2000 he constantly spoke about how the entertainment industry needs to tone things down or face government reprisal. Yet, he took most of his campaign money from Hollywood big wigs. Lieberman is a member of the PTC. A group with similar goals to that of the PMRC but more interested in television and video games than music. His group basically thinks they know what’s best for everybody and what programs everyone should be watching. They were most recently in the news protesting the Victoria’s Secret special that was on. If Lieberman runs I’ll do everything within my power to see that Bush gets re-elected. I don’t want the government telling me what I can and can’t watch.
Al Gore just doesn’t get it does he. Why doesn’t he just come out wearing a fuzzy hat and carry a hammer and a sickle. This “single payer” plan, as he calls it, is just doublespeak for socialized medicine. Now in theory socialized medicine is a great idea. The reality though is much different.
If we were to have socialized medicine in the U.S. the quality of health care would decrease dramatically. Trust me. I worked in the health insurance industry for 10 years and the last 3 working for medical offices. The amount of reimbursement that hospitals and doctors’ offices receive from Medicaid is horrendous. If facilities were to see nothing but Medicaid patients then the practice would lose money and would have to close. And where would the money come for this health insurance for all? It would come out of the pockets of hard-working people who pay their taxes. Look at countries like Canada and the UK. No offense to them but they have socialized medicine and their inflation is outrageous because of it. Plus I’ve also been told by Canadians and Brits that have spent time in the U.S. that their quality of health care is lacking when compared to the U.S.
It’s bad enough that every day I see these Medicaid patients come into my office rolling up in SUV’s that cost more than my yearly salary, or have the most advanced cell phone ever created when I can’t even afford to get minutes put on my Trac-Fone.
Don’t get me wrong though. There should be some kind of assistance for the elderly and those who are having true financial hardships, but there are too many people out there who are just sponging off the system. A national health insurance would only produce more like that.
Recently the Federal Trade Commission released a report saying that the film, music, television, and video game industries have been marketing adult-oriented material towards children. Let me add to this by saying “Duh!”. This has been going on for years. When I was 11 a movie came out called “Friday the 13th”. It was rated R and I was much too young at the time. Did that stop me from wanting to go see it? Um…..NO!!!!! What did stop me was a responsible mother who realized I was too young to witness such violence. Not to mention the fact looking back I really didn’t miss much outside of seeing Kevin Bacon get slaughtered but I digress. I found an article (dead link) on MSNBC.com that had Al Gore’s reaction to the FTC findings…
Gore said Monday if the entertainment industry did not halt such practices, he would support unspecified measures to hold it accountable. “A lot of it has to be done privately,” Gore said in an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey television talk show. “It’s not about censorship; it’s about citizenship, including corporate citizenship.” Referring to his wife’s involvement in the 1980s in a campaign to urge the recording industry to voluntarily label obscene and violent lyrics, Gore said, “Tipper started 20 years ago educating me about why parents need more help, and she was successful in convincing the recording industry to give warnings to parents when material is inappropriate,” Gore said. “Now Joe Lieberman and I are following up on that to try to persuade all the companies in that industry to abide by what they said they would do.”
Ok, let’s break this down, shall we…
1. He’s on Oprah. We know how great a fair and even-handed political forum the Oprah Show is.
2. This is coming from the man who has accepted more campaign funds from the Hollywood industry than any presidential candidate ever.
3. He dug up the ghosts of the PMRC. The ill-fated pet project of Tipper Gore. She cried for ratings, she got a sticker.
4. So either this man is dead serious about censorship or he’s a hypocrite. Either way that makes him dangerous.
Bottom line: All corporations are soulless money-making machines out for a fast buck. Of course, they are marketing towards your children. Children want most what they can’t have. It’s yours and my job as parents and step-parents to protect our children, not the government. And if you feel it is the government’s job to help raise your children than you shouldn’t have had kids in the first place.