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DNews - Report on Two Worlds, April 10, 2006
Self Cannibalization: Profit at the Expense of the Community
Dnews staff has noted the lack of mainstream news coverage of Senate Majority Leader, Bill Frist M.D. R - Tennessee, concerning the sale of his Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) stock, just before it tanked in the summer of ‘05. The corporation is owned by the Frist family. The Senator was under investigation last summer but little has been reported in the past six months. It has been noted by few observers that the Senator’s perennial desire to increase corporate profits through liability protection and to cut back on medicare fraud by poor individuals, amounting to thousands of dollars in some cases, is at least ironic given the record 1.7 billion in fines and restitution paid to the government by HCA(1) in 2003, as a result of litigation by the Justice Department. The media’s lack of interest in hypocrisy and fraud on this scale is not well understood in most quarters.
(1) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2003
LARGEST HEALTH CARE FRAUD CASE IN U.S. HISTORY SETTLED
HCA INVESTIGATION NETS RECORD TOTAL OF $1.7 BILLION
WASHINGTON, D.C. - HCA Inc. (formerly known as Columbia/HCA and HCA - The Healthcare Company) has agreed to pay the United States $631 million in civil penalties . . .
. . . The settlement announced today resolves HCA's civil liability for false claims resulting from a variety of allegedly unlawful practices, including cost report fraud and the payment of kickbacks to physicians.
Previously, on December 14, 2000, HCA subsidiaries pled guilty to substantial criminal conduct and paid more than $840 million in criminal fines, civil restitution and penalties. Combined with today's separate administrative settlement with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), under which HCA will pay an additional $250 million to resolve overpayment claims arising from certain of its cost reporting practices, the government will have recovered $1.7 billion from HCA, by far the largest recovery ever reached by the government in a health care fraud investigation. . . .
STAY THE COURSE
The Two Worlds
The president says stay the course in Iraq. A confidential informant assures DNews that, while money can still be borrowed from Asia, in the taxpayers name, to be funneled to Halliburton and others, U.S. presence in Iraq is justified. The same source suggested that "The War on Drugs" would continue to be fought for much the same reason. The opposition to the tide of illegal aliens is also a lucrative generator of profit for the high tech equipment and support services that may be considered adjunct to the "Military Industrial Complex." So states our anonymous witness to the administrations inner workings. "While money is to be made opposing evil or anything we don’t like, it would be foolish to actually vanquish the foe. That would be killing the goose that lays the golden egg."
ON TO IRAN
The DNews White House informant went on to say that there is some internal resistance to the plan to bomb Iran and even more to the use of nuclear bunker busters. Our additional sources are: the April 8, 2006 New Yorker, Seymour M. Hersh and Israeli online YNet News, YNet.com. However, the president indicates that God will show the way. More stable minds advise that, though there’s demagogic hay to be made of the emotional outburst, it’s not likely the Chinese and other Asians, hungry for Iranian oil, will fund the project as they have in Iraq. In fact, the Chinese are building an oil pipe line from Iran that crosses Russia. It’s been noted in earlier issues of DNews that the Chinese held maneuvers with the Russians in August, 2005 and with India and Pakistan in October and November of the same year. Those four countries are all nuclear powers and contain about half the world’s population among them. One stated purpose that DNews heard for the maneuvers was to express opposition to growing U.S. hegemony in the region.
References to the Sino-Russian et. al. Alliance may be checked at the online China Daily News . If you visit the web site, search "American hegemony" for an outsiders take on U.S. foreign policy of late. Their propaganda doesn’t sound much like ours. It’s like we’re living in another world.
by A. G. Kaiser
In the world of the wise, wisdom prevails. In the world of fools no wisdom will be tolerated. In the first, no social status or hierarchy will be required, because the wise will cooperate for the common welfare. They know that their own well being is tied to the good of the community.
In the world of fools, the wise, wisdom and common good will be rejected in favor individual self interest that is contrived by foolishly selfish leaders and is harmful to the community it depends upon. Such mis-leaders will have risen to the top, like scum in pot of boiling pork, by merit of their willingness to employ [ever increasingly] vicious, ruthless and unscrupulous means. The fools will devise such and desire power in the community for the most selfish reasons. It’s obvious that the world of fools is self destructive, to the extent that they parasitize rather than contribute to the community. They are destroying the population that creates their wealth. In their childish stupidity and selfishness they don’t understand that the community is mandated by human nature for the protection and nurture of all. They just want it to provide wealth for them to hoard. They are clever enough to corrupt human nature to their own selfish ends but unwilling to foresee the unsustainable paradigm they’ve created by their abomination of social instinct. Are we doomed by our foolishness and immaturity to [early] termination? Unless enough of US, a critical mass of US form an adequate opposition to the stupidity that dominates, I’m afraid we are so doomed.
I won’t say there are two kinds of people in the world. There are many kinds and many sets of opposites, with continuously varying spectrums between. Most of us have places in several or even many spectrums. Sometimes we find ourselves simultaneously in conflicting positions, though few of US are ever conscious of such. But whether schizophrenically or foolishly, many of US find ourselves supporting both ends of the "work/no-work spectrum." At one end is the person for whom it's correct to work to sustain life. [Purists, actual pole sitters, believe it is immoral to work for the profit of another.] The other end is the type who want to do no work themselves but desire the profit from the work of others. There can be no reconciliation between these types. They are those who profit on the activity of the community and those who are the community that’s parasitized.
Those who would profit by the work of others, at the expense of the community, may be subsumed under the heading of the financial industry. They are plutocrats or very rich investors and the leftover aristocrats and royalty who are their feudal legacy antecedents. It is the load of such purely abstract economic activity that stresses the community to the greatest degree. Usury [all of finance] is like perpetual motion. It is the irrational attempt to make something from nothing. Our dependence on such a scheme is the measure of our foolishness. The support of a few elites by the sweat of the general population has existed for thousands of years. As long as there was wilderness and room for expansion [of markets especially] a few more elites could be added each generation. But the more who live by profiting on the work of others, the closer we come to the upper bound of the economic function. That occurs when we’re all investors and no one works.
To put it another way, as debt increases to the point that usury is the only economic activity, there’s no one left to pay the interest that supports US and no products to buy with our profits anyway. Our economic system has been going down hill towards this end for at least 5000 years. The last hundred have seen a precipitate acceleration into deeper depths than heretofore imagined. The elites, whose selfishness, greed and mis-leadership have brought US down, will never willingly relinquish power even to save the goose that lays their golden eggs. They’re too stupid to see that their parasitization of the community is the cause of our downfall. Our wannabeeism sustains them and shows US to be stupider yet.
It’s said that Medicaid is the budget breaker for the states, which must administer and pay for it. Carlos Marques comments on health care and other economic problems facing America.
"I say it’s not healthcare but the profit of investors in insurance, pharmaceutical and corporate health care providers that break the American taxpayers. Though investment in the health industry is a significant part of the economic fraud perpetrated on the human race for the benefit of an elite few, only joined with the feeding of the military industrial complex, servicing public and private debt and paying tribute to Giga oil are the burdens on the treasury and the economy in general able to threaten our destruction. Add the eternal wars on drugs and terror, which they don’t want to win because they’re making too much money fighting. Wait, there’s more! The latest tool for further enriching ‘old boys’ is being developed to waste even more money for support contracts and high tech gadgetry opposing the unstoppable tide of illegal immigration. In the case of each and every economic problem, the profit of some special interest is at cross purposes with a real solution. For that reason, no mainstream politician of left or right will remain unowned or uncontrolled by corporate interests. There is no possibility that they will fix our problems. Capitalism is the problem. The only solution is to tax the rich until they’re poor like the rest of US. Then we’ll all have to work for a living; we’ll all see the value of working together for equal shares of the profits. And we’ll see the sense, that Moses saw 3500 years ago, of prohibiting usury altogether and thereby forcing every one to do real work if they wish to eat."
Dnews Editor’s note:
Carlos speaks with honesty, clarity and passion that few Americans can or will claim. We at Delusanews defend his First Amendment right to freedom of speech. While we don’t care to believe much of what he says, we can find little to challenge as to soundness of thought, legality or constitutionality. His rants seem to be carefully constructed in defiance of conditioning, training, propaganda and so called common wisdom.
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A G Kaiser
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