Independent Thinking

DELAND -- Politics has becoming overwhelming in this 21st century world.

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Editor's Note: NSB seasonal resident and blogger Joe Glasse attended the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear in Washington D.C. on Oct. 30, headed headed by Comedy Central's Jon Stewart ansd Stephen Colbert. Here is Glasse's report:
 

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Did Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas take $132,000 and other donations from PhRMA?

Did this convince her to vote no to Health Care Reform?

Since the Newe Smyrna Beach Democrat voted against the Health Care Bill in the house I am convinced that PhRMA was an influence on her vote. I have emailed her Washington DC office four times asking for an explanation of why she took an estimated $132,000 from PhRMA used in a direct mail piece. I have received no response.

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I have two children living in Europe and I have had many visits during the Bush years. We were hated!

My daughter, Jennifer Glasse, who is a journalist with Voice of America, has a very good Norwegian journalist friend, Asne Seierstad, who wrote “ The Book Seller of Kabul.” You should read the book.I was invited to have lunch with my daughter and Asne and during our conversation she said this of George Bush: “He is a dangerous Cowboy.”

That about says it all regarding our perception throughout the world for the Bush and Cheney years.

There was no reason for this. None!

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It looks like the deal with Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) for an $80 billion reduction in drug costs is a sivery bad deal. The deal was made with Bill Tauzin of PhRMA.

Tauzin, of course, is the former Republican congressman from Louisiana who chaired the Hose committee that regulates the pharmaceutical industry.

While in Congress, Tauzin, who co-authored the bill of Medicare Part D, was at the same time negotiating for a $2.5 million job with PhRMA. He was a Democrat for 16 years and was one of the co-founders of the House Blue Dog Coalition.

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I do not think that any health care insurance including Medicare should be a money-making product. I cannot accept the large profits that are made on the backs of the Government and Medicare recipients by private insurance companies.

An example is Humana’s second quarter profits of $281.8 million. How much do they pay their management? How much money are they paying for advertising including useless notices and brochures?