January 26, 2012 by esarsea

For the first time in a long time I sat down and watched some of the campaigning going on for President on TV the other night. Unfortunately, it was the Florida GOP debate with Romney, Gingrich, Paul and Santorum.

What a fucking train wreck.

Romney and Gingrich played the role of rival children in the same sandbox,  spending the bulk of their time arguing about who’s cat was responsible for all the turds in the sand. Santorum was the shy new kid from down the block who stood at the edge of the playground, warily watching the two ‘big kids’ argue from a safe distance. Ron Paul, playing the role of the kind and soft-spoken grandfather from next door, spoke intelligently but nobody seemed to notice.

This is the best the GOP has to offer? Is this what we have to look forward to until November? Somebody hand me the remote. Give me Pawn Stars, American Restoration, or Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. I’ll even take re-runs of Restaurant Impossible.

God helps us all.

8 thoughts on “WTF

  1. Deuce says:

    Dude………..Stu……………like this is news? I hate these bastards. Besides, we only have a little less than 11 months before they all come tumblin’ down anyway. ; )

  2. torqdog says:

    Glad you enjoyed it! LOL
    I haven’t been paying much attention and don’t plan to. As Duece hinted, it’ll all be over come December anyway. ;-)

  3. torqdog says:

    …….and it’s not just presidential politics that’s turning most everyone off. Check out this article. Seems we have something everyone agrees with regardless of which political spectrum you adhere to.
    I am seriously sick and tired of all of em. Might even consider another country down the road…….we’ll see. You can get a real nice beachfront property in a gated community for virtually pennies on the dollar. How do I know? Vivian is addicted to House Hunters International. LOL

  4. Bill says:

    Yeah, Canada is looking really good to us these days. It’s just like America with universal health care, no wars to speak of, they don’t have a 1/4 of the country still fighting the Canadian Civil War and gosh darnit, they’e just so darned nice that the crime rate is low to the point of non-existence in some towns. Crime is up in some bigger cities, like Vancouver, because of the influx of thug-fucks with the Olympics.

    And the landscape is nothing short of spectacular!

    The injured half-pipe skier who just passed away last week in the University hospital that I can see out my window on campus was from Canada. Her family came to collect her reamains and escort her home and before they could get into the plane, they were presented with a half-million dollar medical bill. They had forgotten that they weren’t in Canada and had a body and a huge bill to show for it. The government of Canada has stepped in because she was a Canadian citizen to see of they can cover a large portion of the bill.

    In America, they would be bankrupted by their daughter’s care and, death. I guess it’s about ‘personal responsibility’ or some shit. Actually, it’s about another American institution, privatized health care and their lobbyists.

    • esarsea says:

      $500K? Amazing. She died 9 days after sustaining her injuries – which means her health care cost $55,555 per day, or $2,314 per hour. That’s stunning! For comparison, and from what I’ve read online, coronary bypass surgery can run $100K-$300K depending on number of bypasses, length of hospital stay and related charges…and that’s quite a dramatic procedure; cutting out the sternum, hooking up patient to an artificial heart-lung machine, splitting the leg open to remove veins to use for bypass, the surgery itself, putting everything back together plus the follow-up care. The average length of stay in the hospital is 6 to 7 days. I wonder why her bill was so high?

      Your point isn’t lost on me though. Even if her bill was half that much it still illustrates why something needs to be done.

      • Bill says:

        My heart-related procedures in 2008 were cardiac ablations, catheterized heart-nerve cauterizing procedures. You go in at 6am, prepped and in a cath ‘lab’ for another 4 or 5 hours and then recovery and back to your room. That’s Day One. The next day, if there are no complications, they send you home to rest for a few days. So, each ablation procedure (I had 2 1/2 of them that year) has you in and out within about 30-35 hours from the time you walk in through the front door.

        Each adventure billed out at over $55,000. I think I kept one set of invoice/statements because it tells the tale of privatized health care and medicine ($8 bandages, $250 IV bags, etc.) and I thought that after the country comes to its senses and goes with universal health care, it would fun to show my invoice from 2008.

        The skier in question was in Neuro-Intensive Care the whole time and her family estimated that what they would owe was $550,000 based on the initial bill they received. Here’s a link to an updated story where it seems the hospital has cranked down the balance by 50%, probably because of the horrific PR it’s generating across the country and Canada. It’s more in the range now of what you were estimating.

  5. Jane says:

    just wait until the primaries are over. the presidential debates will be less meaningful. The commission on presidential debates, controlled by the two party duopoly, will make sure of it…………

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