Saturday, January 14, 2006

Votes For Sale

I do so love my new laptop, y’all. I can blog atcha AND watch Project Runway at the same time. Technology, she’s a marvel.

And the best news is? I only have to play Taps on the bugle 14 times to pay for the damn thing.

I’ll be blogging less with grad school starting back for me next week. I’ve been doing lots of juicy research on Our Boy Frank and we will get it all organized and out for y’all to read in the coming weeks and months. Frank sure doesn’t play well with others outside his group, and it is going to take a bunch of untangling to see how bad all the knots really are.

Note to whatever staff flunkie Our Boy Frank has monitoring the blog? We're lookin' under them there rocks.

But in other news, do y’all remember Proposition 12 that was the big political news in Texas a couple of years back?

I’m sure we can all agree that some medical malpractice lawsuits have been waaaaay out of hand, but the proposed law to cap the monetary awards (Prop 12) on these suits wasn’t the best thought-out of plans. Essentially, it proposed that medical malpractice awards would be limited to the future incomes of the injured or deceased. So a cardiac surgeon and a lawyer would be worth more than a machinist and a social worker. A housewife or a child? Were they worth anything at all?

The logic was flawed when you think about it. Say my husband and his boss both die on the operating table due to an error in the work of their respective surgeons. Lawsuit aside, my husband’s boss's wife would be left with a nice life insurance package and a company that nets about 1.5 millon a year. If my husband died, all I would get is his social security and some extra closet space.

But by proposition 12 standards, she would get a lot more than I would. Because it is more “fair” that way.

So the basic idea was to find a way to cap malpractice suits, which would reduce malpractice insurance premiums, and theoretically then reduce patient fees because the doctor’s overhead would be lessened.

But the end result was yet another bill that screwed the working class and rewarded the wealthy. I don't know about y'all, but my medical insurance is higher now than it was before Prop. 12. I'll bet you're paying more, too. And those medical bills? Have they gone down? Well, not for anybody I run with.

The rich get richer and the poor get poorer yet again.

Not that meant anything to the Texas Lege. The rich got richer there, too.

Texans For Public Justice found the following:

Members of the Texas Legislature received a total of $4,491,595 from Pro-12 interest groups, with Governor Perry receiving another $576,472 and Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst getting $247,700. Taken together, lawmakers who voted for Prop. 12 (HJR 3) received four times as much money ($3,612,676) as those who voted against the measure ($863,869).

What was Frank Corte’s cut of this money?

$11,700

How did he vote on the issue?

Not that there is any question in anyone’s mind, but he voted for Prop 12.

You know what? I have a lot of respect for people who vote their conscience and their principles. Even when I completely disagree with them. At least they are being honest with themselves and honest with everyone around them.

However, Frank Corte’s vote is bought by the highest bidder.

This is the real reason Our Boy Frank is so universally reviled. Not because he is a fundie conservative. But because he is a FAKE fundie conservative. If there was more money in being a yeller dawg democrat, Frank would step up to the plate.

I guess, at least in Frank’s case, politics really is the world’s oldest profession.

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