Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Debtor's Prison

Think it ended sometime back around Charles Dickens' time?  Think there are some things that are so barbaric and destructive that even the most greedy and hateful among us would never turn the clock back to when they existed?  Think again:

"How did breast cancer survivor Lisa Lindsay end up behind bars? She didn't pay a medical bill -- one the Herrin, Ill., teaching assistant was told she didn't owe. "She got a $280 medical bill in error and was told she didn't have to pay it," The Associated Press reports. "But the bill was turned over to a collection agency, and eventually state troopers showed up at her home and took her to jail in handcuffs."
Although the U.S. abolished debtors' prisons in the 1830s, more than a third of U.S. states allow the police to haul people in who don't pay all manner of debts..."

No contraception.  No Social Security or Medicare.  No college for the poor, and for that matter, not much of any public education system.  No health care for the poor either.   No law for the rich, and nothing but punishment and deprivation for everyone else. 

And yet such a huge majority is not willing to see the horror that is staring this country in the face, while the hyper rich spend billions to keep them blind.  We are in the process of retreating into a nation of the ugliest barbarity, while people still parade around screaming about how we're the greatest country ever.  I know talk like this seems like the grossest exaggeration to most Americans, but unfortunately, it is all too true.

4 comments:

Poll P. said...

I see what you see.

Anonymous said...

thanks to Obama's war on business there will be less resources to cover some of these bankrupt programs.
It's the economy stupid.


Romney 2012

Magpie said...

Anon,

What 'program' is that?

Putting cancer survivors in prison for a $280 bill she didn't know she had to pay? That program?

I don't think there is a program for that.
Or not until Romney gets in anyway.

And the war on which business, exactly? Business gives more money to Obama than to the soulless droob you're obviously going to vote for.

Maybe 'business' knows something you don't.

Grung_e_Gene said...

R-Money 2012!

Mitt has a plan for the Economy! Mitt can delievert 100% employment.

Mitt shall remove the Obama slave chains on Businesses by granting Corporations ZERO percent taxes! Mitt's plan will also raise taxes on the Poor! But, Businesses shall stop paying the Poor any wages! Thus their taxes will drop to zero to equal their slave status!

And thus Corporations unburdened by having to pay Americans salaries or benefits shall have 100% employment in America!

Victory R-Money!!!!