Thursday, March 1, 2012

Dental emergencies in KS

A lot of people go to the hospital for dental emergencies in Kansas, because they can't afford relatively inexpensive dental care:

This is not ok.

Meanwhile, remember:  Because Mitt Romney's income is "investment-based" instead of labor-based, he pays taxes at 15% a year, instead of the 35% he would owe otherwise.  Dang, if I got (essentially) 20% interest compounded annually on my savings--even on my modest savings--I could help some of these people with their dental related emergencies.  Or, just take that 20% that I am not getting in compounded interest and use it to make sure that everyone has adequate medical care.  (And food.  That too.)

People are in pain and cannot get medical care.  We are a rich nation, with communal resources for things like flat screen TVs, dual-Cadillac families, mansions that cost the GDP of small countries. And we can't get adequate dental care to all of our citizens.  This is outrageous, wrong, immoral, and I hate that I participate every day in a system that kills 30,000+ people a year from lack of medical care and then forces scores of thousands more into lives of pain and suffering.

To quote Flogging Molly:

People, taking care of the people
There's no other way, or we'll break.
To quote Jesus:
Then the king will say to those at his right hand, "Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me."
To quote me (I am much less awesome than Jesus or Flogging Molly):
Not making sure that everyone in our national community has basic life needs provided is our major moral failing.  I don't want to hear another damn word about all those women having babies outside of wedlock, or the Federal Reserve, or the electoral college, or college sports, or professional sports, or anything else, until we have solved this basic moral problem. We are collectively murdering people, we are collectively guilty for causing the needless pain of others, and we will be judged for this.

1 comment:

  1. Amen, sistah! Thank you again for keeping us updated on how national issues affect your part of the world.