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Doctor's In: We are the United States of America!

We must put differences aside and work together to decrease unemployment and address critical community issues.

American communities currently face the perfect storm. The major issues to be fixed are community infrastructure (roads, municipal systems, bridges, etc), Universal Health Care including dental and mental health services, adequate resources to public education, and restrengthening of safety nets for needy populations including the homeless and undocumented.   Whoever lives in our community can spread disease and affect community life without access to services.

There are many fragmented efforts across America to improve access to the health uninsured, enhance mental health services, and better house homeless populations. There are also trends moving in the opposite direction in many parts of the country. 

I tend to avoid terms, “Liberal” and “Conservative” as they are emotionally charged and cause polarization when discussing issues.  I prefer to look at, “What may be Right”; “What may be Wrong”; but more importantly, “WHAT WORKS!” We are at a crossroads in America where we must decide is it everyone for themselves or do we join together whatever our philosophy and work toward collaboration for the good of the country.  After all, we are a United States of America.

Slashing government jobs is not the way to address unemployment, expecting the private sector alone to solve this problem is unrealistic.  We are currently in a contracting economy with a shrinking middle class and dwindling consumers.  It is necessary to expand government’s role in resolving the unemployment crisis and grow the consumer base.  This has worked before.  All of us must contribute to this effort and consider the possibility of more taxes. It’s a decision we as Americans must make.

The more we delay solutions, the more expensive and complex those remedies become.  The clock is running for all of us.

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Marc J. Yacht MD, MPH January 13, 2013 at 09:10 PM
Michael: Rigid ideologies would be my guess. I've never seen the country so polarized. It may be a war between the haves and the have-nots. What is amazing though is many of the have-nots are siding with the haves. There're buying into a bill of goods. The majority of the Tea Party and the religious right are often the ones that need the services the most. For them to defend the rich getting richer at their expense is mindboggling. I know that if we don't all find a way to row in the same direction, the best days of America are behind us. We don't have to agree on everything that will never happen. But we ought to find a way to commit to our communities, health, and education. We are not doing that and the results have been happening for a over a 4 decades. Ther have been three major preventable bridge collapses I am aware of in the last decade. There is little resources for utilities and roads. Public education is starved for money, home schooling is leaving a whole generation of kids with an inadequate grounding in the sciences, math, and the arts. Things are not good. It appears we make progress in one area and then lose ground in another. The worst aspect of it is the misinformation that confuses the most vulnerable. You have to ask yourself, who is the enemy we really have to worry about?
michael mirra January 13, 2013 at 09:31 PM
Most of the things you write about are concepts that the average Tea Party & Religious Right don't have the intellectual level to understand if presented to them. If not presented, it is not in their realm of conceptualization. What you said about the haves & have nots is exactly on target. I used to live with a Tea Party woman. That's another story. LOL. She used to live on Government entitlements, but wants the Government to end entitlements. In her view, entitlements are fine for her, but others don't deserve them because to others it is a way of life from each generation on down. She, on the other hand is different in her eyes. She listened to Rush, Hannity, etc. all day & Faux News at night. Part of the entitlement thing is about racism, but they won't admit it to themselves that they are racist. The religious right just bend & twist their religion to justify their aganda. If you go to a Tea Party rally & they are complaining about entitlements, ask them to not accept medicare & social security & see how many takers you get.
michael mirra January 13, 2013 at 09:39 PM
They don't want to fund education. They don't like education. That's why they want to homeschool their kids. They consider teaching science as herasy. Science defunks their myths. They therefore think science is brainwashing their kids with a liberal agenda. If evolution makes sense to their kids, they feel their kids have been brainwashed. They want education to go back 60 years, or so. They also can't comprehend any education besides reading, writing & arithmatic. The concept of teaching their kids to think isn't in their reality.
michael mirra January 14, 2013 at 12:00 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doN4t5NKW-k&feature=player_embedded I attempted to blog post this link, but the technology of patch somhow blocked it, or I'm not computer literate enough to get it to function properly. I however wanted to share it & feel that people here are science believers. It is political because it demonstrates something the right is terrified of. That is the blurring of nation state lines & a homogonized world society.
Marc J. Yacht MD, MPH January 14, 2013 at 03:11 AM
Fortunately, the extremist anti education, anti intellectual, and anti government folks remain in the minority. They are noisy. The majority of Americans expecially those from diverse populations centers (urban areas) see the importance of a good education and the need for Obamacare (tweaked a bit to deal with administrative costs) and even taxes when necessary to maintain the safety nets and quality of life within our communities. However, that could change and the pendulum could swing in the other direction. Sensible thinkers are well within the majority and their voices and votes need to be to be counted - publicly. We continue to be in a tug of war with those who would drag us into the past and those who know we must more forward to the future. It is good to consider who benefits from encouraging ignorance and mob thinking. It also must be noted, that there is a certain dehumanization with this move forward and that will be the subject of a future blog. Michael, I appreciate your attention to my scribblings. I look forward to your comments and keep an eye for my future blogs. I have just posted one today and it should be more accessible on Monday.

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