Archive for August 18th, 2009
I’ve been having fun taking photos with my Canon SD1100SI, as usual. I carry it almost everywhere. I especially enjoy when an ordinary thing looks extraordinary. While driving yesterday, I noticed a beautiful sunset. I handed my camera to my 11-year old daughter JuJu, who was sitting in the back seat, and asked her whether she would be willing to take a photo of the sunset (see below). The shape of the sun is what intrigues me. Now, really. What’s going on? Was the sun starting to take the shape of the Virgin Mary?
I’ve noticed many other extraordinary ordinary things lately. That was actually my purpose for carrying around a small camera–the camera reminds me to actually look at the many amazing ordinary things surrounding me (and you). Things like this bumble bee at work in my neighbor’s yard.
Insects are especially fun and easy to photograph. All you need is a “macro” feature on your digital camera, and most cameras have that feature. I do love the macro feature, because it reveals things you simply can’t see in person. Looking at insects makes me wonder whether they are complicated robots or simple animals. And what are we, for that matter, given that we are confirmed cousins of these insects? To the right is another recent subject: a spider I noticed on a screen on my back porch. To give you an idea, this critter was merely 1/3 of an inch in width.
That’s all for now, except for this dragon kite flying high in this exceptionally blue sky over Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri.
One of my republican friends asked me”who needs a public option, anyway?”over a beer the other evening. He was responding to my shout of dismay over Ms Sibelius statement that the public option was “not really necessary” to health care reform.
So who needs a public option?
People who are currently uninsured, of course. Most of them are not uninsured by their own choice, but by the choice of an insurance company. A few may have elected to remain uninsured even when eligible, due to cost of premiums, etc . Many younger colleagues fall into this latter group, which has the effect of raising insurance rates for everyone else (since the remaining population are older and higher risk)
People who cannot afford to lose their insurance. Many people maintain are locked in to their insurance because of conditions that would be considered ‘pre-existing’ by a new insurer. Even if able to be covered by a new insurer, their premiums would likely be higher, or their coverage would carry many more restrictions. Health costs are already high – who would choose to voluntarily increase their expenses while reducing benefits?
And people like me. I have a job. I am in reasonably good health, and have decent employer-based health insurance for myself and my family. But I am effectively locked into my current employment. I would love to start my own business, but I cannot afford to be without healthcare. Private healthcare is so expensive, my baseline operating costs would be simply exorbitant. The risk of starting a business is already high. The penurious cost of private healthcare makes a high risk venture, insanely high.
In my travels I meet a great many people – and many people feel equally locked into employment: “I’d love to quit this job and go do
X but I can’t afford to give up my healthcare”.
Lack of a public option is killing America’s spirit of entrepreneurship. It’s killing the goose that laid the golden egg. The ability of common Americans to start their own ventures without hindrance is central to the spirit of independence and vitality that made this country an economic powerhouse in the 19th and 20th Centuries. The fact that republicans are most viscerally against a public option demonstrates that they are not “for business”, but are simply and solely for “big business”.