Sounding Off for Democracy: Bevin’s Pension Plan

Making Gov. Bevin Hear us: We will Not Go Down Without A Fight

from Steve Champion

We are not being beaten politically with better thinking. We are not occupied by a corrupt party with better policies. Our Democratic Ideals are not being shredded with more profound political science.

They have only one thing. And they are using it masterfully to unravel our children’s futures. UNITY.

Whatever the cost, however distasteful, they have convinced nearly all ‘conservatives’ that they must stand together in lock-step in order to win. And they are doing both. Whatever the costs. However repugnant many of our good neighbors might find it to be.

Though most of them are not racists, they’ll stand with the racists for the sake of unity. Though most of them are not fascists, they’ll stand with the fascists for the sake of unity. Though most of them have no intention to hate anyone, they’ll stand with hate for the sake of unity. Though most have no interest in taking our Commonwealth employees pensions, they will stand with those who would for the sake of unity.

Are we ready to learn the lesson they’re teaching us?

Our individual politics are nothing unless we are first UNIFIED. Visibly, audibly, tolerantly, politically, lovingly, defiantly, gently and fiercely UNIFIED.

Those of us who would defend the common good must stand up for it. Or expect what we are seeing today to continue tomorrow.

It’s time to show our number and be silent no more.

Study the form of protest that has become known as the ‘cacerolazo’. It’s non-violent, impossible to ignore and effective.

“If all they will give us is empty pots, let them hear their voices.”

We’ll see you tomorrow, bring a big pot!

Gov. Bevin holding Q&A on his Pension Proposal at Owensboro Convention Center

Gov. Bevin will be at the Owensboro Chamber of Commerce Building Convention Center at 11:30 AM for a Q&A on his Pension Proposal!

Member of Indivisible-Owensboro plan to meet by 11:00 AM on the side walk with POT & PANS and signs, as well as phones ready to broadcast the whole even via Facebook LIVE. All this in order to make sure Governor Bevin, and those he is meeting with, will hear us and know that there is a mighty resistance to being stripped of our Pension System. At the very least, they will know that it’s not going to be as easy as they thought.

more info to come…

Rob Wiederstein files Letter of Intent for KY House District 11

Rob Wiederstein Hopes to Restore Civility to Political Disagreement
Rob Wiederstein: former Prosecuter, retired District Judge, and computer programmer.

Democrat Rob Wiederstein, former Prosecutor and retired District Judge, has official submitted a “Letter of Intent” to run for the office of Representative for Kentucky’s State House District 11. This will allow him to begin raising and spending funds in order to “explore a run” for office prior to the official filing date of November 8th.

As to his motivation for entering the race, Wiederstein says, “I’m exploring a run because of the loss of civility in modern politics. In the more sensationalist news sources like 24 hour cable news, they are normalizing confrontation, extremism, violence, divisiveness and rudeness in favor of ratings.” Wiederstein is opposed to this mentality of politics being a competition of ego which only serves to widen the gap between sides while often leaving the needs of the people as secondary to defeating the opposition.

Concerning this historic level of polarization in political ideology and the resulting animosity, Wiederstein states that, “While our democracy is strong enough to withstand it, civility should remain at the forefront of our political dialog. Media coverage shouldn’t be dominated by the insult of the day, but by the instances of compromise and understanding of well intentioned people in both Parties.”

KY House District 11

It’s possible that this ideal of “compromise” is the “Challenge to [his] supporters” which Wiederstein alludes to in the title of his blog post Starting the Campaign Right: A Few Choice Words for a Republican and a Challenge to My Supporters“. In a time when most Democrats and Progressives self-identify as anti-Trump, anti-Republican, and especially the #Resist movement, with Nationwide marches and mass demonstrations, it could in fact be quite a “challenge” to actually work with Republicans instead of simply dismissing them as the enemy. But Wiederstein believes that, “Glory shouldn’t be bestowed on those who refuse to show up at the negotiating table, but on those who find compromise in the intricacies of a 400 page bill.”

“That’s why I’m exploring a run,” declares Wiederstein, “to prove that a campaign can be civil while disagreeing with your opponent. And the state representative’s job is–when done right–creative, meaningful and impactful.” The moment we give in to idea that all Republicans are inherently evil, becoming purely anti-Republican by deciding to stand against anything they might say, that is the moment we forfeit our identity. Because ultimately, Democrats cannot build an identity on a negative. It’s not about what we’re against, but what we are for. “Anti-bad” is necessary, but it must be balanced with “Pro-good”. And if we are incapable of even speaking to a Republican without foaming at the mouth, then who will appear as the crazy ones?

For further reading:

from Rob Wiedertsien’s blog: Starting the Campaign Right: A Few Choice Words for a Republican and a Challenge to My Supporters

from Surf KY News: Wiederstein Files Letter of Intent for District 11 Ky. Representative

RobWiederstien.orgLearn more about Rob Wiederstein from his blog and resources website.

Gov. Bevin forcibly removes journalist for trying to report on Pension Reform

Whatever he’s cooking up, he doesn’t want anyone to know about it… ergo, he knows people will hate it.

Single-Payer Healthcare Explained: How It Would Work

From The Washington Post article:

 Single-payer would drastically change health care in America. Here’s how it works.

As Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act continue in the background, some Democrats are starting to eye a new health policy goal: implementing a single-payer system. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced a single-payer bill in mid-September with 16 Democratic co-sponsors — 16 more than he got when he introduced the bill two years earlier. But how is the health-care system funded now, and how would “single-payer” change that?

Sanders’s bill takes universal coverage close to this extreme: The government insurance would cover so many services with such small co-pays that private insurance would be almost universally unnecessary. Accordingly, it would also be quite expensive — $32 trillion over 10 years, according to an Urban Institute report. That’s more than a 50 percent increase in federal spending — all federal spending — according to spending projections by the Congressional Budget Office. That would be partially offset by people no longer needing to pay premiums to private insurers, however, and the government’s monopoly could allow it to implement cost-saving measures.

But most universal-coverage systems don’t look quite like this. It’s expensive for a government to fund a comprehensive health-care system, especially somewhere like the United States, where costs are so high.

So many governments instead pay for most but not all of their residents’ medical treatment. In those countries, people have the option to buy “supplementary” private insurance, which pays for services such as dental care that the government health-care program excludes. People often also have the choice to buy “complementary” private insurance, which pays for the co-pays and deductibles in the government’s insurance plan.

This is analogous to how traditional Medicare (as opposed to Medicare Advantage) operates in the United States. The government pays for a large portion of medical services, but it’s common for people to buy complementary Medigap plans from the private insurance market. And it’s common for people to buy supplementary Medicare Part D plans from private insurers to cover prescription drugs, which are not covered by traditional Medicare.

Countries with universal coverage sit on a spectrum from the least pure to the most pure single payer — that is, governments that offer the least comprehensive care, where complementary or supplementary insurance is more necessary, to those that offer the most comprehensive health-care coverage, with little need for private insurance. (Where one draws the line for “single-payer” vs. merely “universal coverage” is debatable, and largely a semantic problem.)

Some countries, such as Norway, are closer to the “pure” end. They offer such comprehensive coverage that complementary or supplementary private insurance makes up just a small piece of the system. In Canada, by contrast, 29 percent of health-care spending comes from the private sector, and about two-thirds of Canadians hold some sort of private supplementary insurance according to a report from the Commonwealth Fund.

It’s yet to be seen whether Democrats will coalesce around a single-payer plan, and if so, where it will fall on this spectrum.

Icons by Aaron Steckelberg.

 

Conversation: Antidote to Prejudice

We want to have nothing to do with Republicans and Trump voters. But could that mentality be doing more harm than good? Hatred and Separatism create a feedback loop that divides our Country, carving out a gaping wound that can only be treated with the salve of civil communication. “Hate the sin, but love the sinner.” 

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