Week Four - August 20th, 2004

Dubya Fun Fact #7
Dubya’s administration proposed the highest penalties in the world for indecency violations on our public airwaves.  Up to $500,000 for saying something the FCC deems offensive.  (I wonder if this would apply to Vice President Dick “F-Bomb” Cheney on the Senate Floor?).  Click here for a funny article about Cheney getting fined for using the F word.  (Just to clarify…the article is fake but Cheney did admit to using the F word on the Senate floor)

Dubya Fun Fact #8
Dubya supports tort reform that would put a cap of $250,000 on jury awards for pain and suffering.  Considering that 43 million Americans currently do not have health insurance and those that do are facing unreasonable increases in premiums each year, Dubya thinks that limiting the amount of money that an individual can receive in a lawsuit is the solution to curb rising health care costs.  Click here for an interesting article about tort reform and increasing health care costs.

(Regarding Dubya facts #7 and #8 in this Volume, let’s put things into perspective.  In Dubya’s world, a company that owns and operates a radio station could be forced to pay more money in fines to the FCC for saying a naughty word on the air than a medical practitioner found guilty of malpractice for say…accidentally amputating the wrong leg of a patient.  Great priorities.)

Kerry Fun Fact #7
Kerry will push Congress to pass a real Patients' Bill of Rights that allows Americans to hold HMOs accountable for decisions that harm patients by denying necessary medical care. Other critical patient protections John Kerry and John Edwards will support include:

  • A right to see the specialists they need
  • A right to real emergency protections
  • A real external appeals process that allows patients to appeal a HMO decision
  • Whistleblower protections that allow health care workers to report quality problems without fear of retaliation

Kerry Fun Fact #8
John Kerry strongly opposes capping damages in medical malpractice lawsuits.  Click here for a short list of things Kerry does support that would help make health care affordable to every American and to reduce litigation that truly is meritless.

Dubya Quote of the Week
Border relations between Canada and Mexico have never been better.”  George W. Bush

Other Quote of the Week
"The President is like a blind man in a roomful of deaf people."  Paul O'Neill, Bush's Former US Treasury Secretary

Visit Bush in 30 Seconds.  It is a website containing 150 thirty-second political ads from common citizens explaining why they think Bush doesn’t deserve another 4 years. (John's favorite)

Media (books, CDs, etc.)
This October, a variety of musicians such as Dave Matthews Band, Bruce Springsteen, REM, Pearl Jam, and many others will be on tour through swing states to encourage people to get out and vote this year.  The Boss will be in St. Paul.  Other venues that are relatively close would be Ames, IA where Dave Matthews Band and Ben Harper are scheduled to perform.  Click here for information on the tour.

Unprecedented: the 2000 Presidential Election – This is a short documentary about the battle for the Presidency in Florida and the undermining of Democracy in America.  Click here to see a trailer from the movie and to get more information on how to obtain the documentary.