Tuesday, November 17, 2009

1,0000+ Page Health Care Bill has Unhealthy Ammendments

In case a Republican hasn't thrown it at you yet, the health care bill is over 1,000 pages, you should probably start reading up on the bill now. This bill has given random elected officials their day in the sun, from Olympia Snow to Max Baucus, and now Orrin Hatch and Bart Stupak. Hatch has introduced an amendment titled "Religious Non-discrimination in Health Care," and is co-sponsored by John Kerry. Stupak has introduced "the Stupak Amendment," which strictly limits any indirect or direct federal funding of abortions. Both of these amendments are in the House bill that passed, and both are in the Senate bill that is up for debate.

Orrin Hatch, Republican from Utah, and John Kerry, Democrat from Massachusetts, have literally formed an unholy alliance. Under pressure from their Christian Scientist constituents, both Congressmen have decided that the government should pay for prayer. That's right. The new health care bill includes coverage for prayer services. This wouldn't even exist, except for the fact that both Senators' states have large populations of people that don't believe in modern medicine. Christian Scientists believe that the world is an illusion, that all you need is faith to heal yourself, and that taking medicine is a showing lack of faith. Several states and insurance companies already pay for "doctor visits" for the Christian Scientists, which amount to twenty-dollar prayer services. You know, "please Lord, stop making us believe this garbage and give my baby with cancer chemo..." The major problems with this amendment are that "faith healing" costs could sky rocket, and that the amendment is so broad that almost anything can be shown as faith healing. Attention all stoners; this means your bong sessions could be covered if you BELIEVE that pot heals you. There has been a minor uproar about this amendment throughout the skeptical movement, but not enough to remove this retarded vestigial organ.

Bart Stupak is a Democratic Congressman from Michigan. He felt is was necessary to create an amendment to the Health Care Bill that banned Federal funding for abortions. Stupak didn't care that the bill already had zero funds for abortions in it, and that a previous law had already banned abortions! No! Stupak wanted his day in the sun, and he got burned. What the amendment makes sure is that the Federal government doesn't allow any insurance plan with abortion coverage to be offered with the bill or with Medicare, Medicaid, etc. Basically, if you want to have the public option, you won't get abortions covered in your health insurance plan. So to all you women that a. can't afford insurance in the first place, and b. have an unwanted pregnancy, be prepared to save up five hundred dollars and walk through picketed protesters even if you get the public option in three years. The problem with the amendment is what it forces insurance companies to do; make one type of plan with abortions covered, and one without. Many women's rights activists are claiming that this will be too much work on the insurance industry, which will just eliminate abortion coverage altogether. Another major problem is that poor women who are unable to provide for a child, will be unable to get an abortion simply because some religious people think a first, second, or third trimester fetus is an actual American citizen.

The reason why Stupak's amendment passed in the first place; overwhelming Republican support, has come back to hilariously haunt those that voted for it. The Republicans have, for eighteen years, had an insurance policy which covered abortions. When that news came out last week, the GOP dropped their plan, and changed it to one without abortion coverage. Smart move, except that they didn't switch health care providers, so technically, they are still paying for abortions, just not directly. Stay tuned on that front.

The Stupak amendment looks like it will not make it into the final bill, mainly because of women's rights activists and a petition signed by forty Democratic Congressmen and women claiming that they will not vote for a bill with this amendment attached. The Kerry-Hatch amendment has received much less hoopla and has a much greater chance of surviving the final vote; if there is one. So call, email, write, and visit your elected officials and tell them what you think and why you think it. Hopefully more garbage like these two amendments will not be allowed into this bill, and hopefully every piece of trash already in the bill gets thrown out. Stay skeptical, keep reading, and thanks for your support!

The Political Atheist

Monday, November 9, 2009

A View from the Real Right

The majority of this blog's posts have leaned, if not fallen over, to the left. But I have said that Political Atheism is not just one view. And it isn't. It's time for the Right to have a voice. The views in this post may be interpreted as extremely negative, so here is your fair warning. This is my opinion.

Ron Paul says, "I have heard that people will be slaves as long as they are well fed and entertained," at the end of his book The Revolution, a Manifesto. Though he disagrees with this statement, I think it rings all too true. The most popular parts of American culture; fast food, reality TV, pop music, movies, and professional sports are all giant industries in which the main goal is simply entertainment and instant gratification. The average American is bombarded by advertisements though out the day, everyday. Ads tell Americans what to eat, drink, wear, play, watch; what to want in every aspect of life.

All the while, voter turn out is low, few people pay attention to their government and most assume it is so corrupt that there is nothing they can do. But this is the United States. Public libraries contain free access to knowledge and the Internet. Free schools provide educational opportunities to every child, no matter how poorly funded and under-run some actually are. The point is that people in America have the freedom to try and do whatever they want to do. Most of them just choose to plop in front of the TV and let NBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox tell them what to like, love, hate, etc...

Atheism is not a secret society. You don't have to be initiated or invited; you just have to learn the truth for yourself and you're in. This is the same with conservative intellectualism. Once you realize that everyone has a chance to make something of themselves, yet they choose not to, you stop caring about them and care only for your own. If the majority of people without health insurance aren't marching on Capitol Hill in favor of reform, then why pass it? Why try to help those who don't want to be helped and couldn't care less if they were helped? After all, a health reform protester on Capitol Hill recently suffered a heart attack at a rally. He was treated by the Congressional Health Staff, the definition of government run health care! Just keep showing those sweet ads during the Superbowl.

This form of atheism can manifest itself out of nihilism and conservatism. Since life has basically no meaning, other than what you make of it, and there is no afterlife or final judgement or god; it becomes very easy to say 'I am going to make this the best possible life I can for myself and those I love, and screw everyone who gets in my way.' It is even easier to do those necessary tasks when you realize that people don't even care about them, as long as they are well fed and entertained.

The average American is extremely uneducated in the basic history of our universe, solar system, planet, and species. The majority of them don't even want to know about those things. They want to say "God has a plan" and other expressions that absolve them or others of events and place them in a mystical realm where they will never be explained. The majority of Americans believe in God. 92% of them. The vast majority of those are Christian. Read the Bible and tell me that thing's story is anywhere close to the factual history of our universe.

So we have a recipe for a conservative mindset; no purpose to life, no one cares, people don't want responsibility, and most people think that they will go to Heaven regardless of what horror happens on this life. There is only one problem. Not only do open atheists make up around 8% of the country, they are vastly liberal. The majority of conservative atheists have to cover their non-belief up. And they do it to get a base. The conservative intellectuals have made a pact with the devil; supporting the religious right. As long as the political movement's base is obsessed with what other people do in privacy and is pushing its religious garbage, the real conservative movement can push its own agenda.

The Earth cannot remain suitable for humans on a wide scale. The very first life forms to dominate the planet, primitive bacteria, wiped themselves out because they created an oxygen rich atmosphere that suffocated them. Life's goal is not to regulate itself, it is multiply. Generate more life, enough to survive and make more life. People are concerned with saving species that are incapable of surviving in an ever changing world, one that has seen 99% of its species go extinct. Species are transient. They are not stepping stones, but bleed into one another in a blur of sexual reproduction. There is no such thing as "save the Earth," it is "save the Humans." Why help those species unfit for reproduction and adaptation on their own? Why save people incapable of saving themselves?

But the conservative plan is not to get rid of humans that are not genetically ideal. The plan has to do with money of course. A man that can't see gets glasses. A woman with confidence problems gets implants. A child gets braces and grandpa gets hip surgery. Human inadequacies are not problems that need to disappear, but business opportunities to generate an economy based on flawed creatures. Health care is 20% of the American economy. That doesn't include daily toiletries and other basic components of an "imperfect creature economy."

Capitalizing on the majority's physical weaknesses is only the beginning. Major corporations use psychology to manipulate the consumers into wanting the wrong things. Coca-Cola should have a huge stake in dental health care equipment manufacturers. There are countless examples in which the basic flaws of humanity are exploited for the financial gain of the conservative intellectuals. And what is wrong with that? Would people rather be weeded out through natural selection or even worse; genetically modified humans?

As long as people financially support those companies that don't care about them, the conservative movement wins. You buy Nike shoes, you support $1 a day sweatshops in southeast Asia. Wear Abercrombie, you support sweatshops in China. Major corporations do not care about the average consumer and it makes perfect since why they don't. The average consumer doesn't even care about his or her own self. They care about their favorite fictional character, their local football team, and every other ridiculous and truly worthless invented problem and form of entertainment. If you want to change the world you live in, and don't agree with this post, then stop supporting the major corporations that you allow to screw you over. It is incredibly hard to convince people to help those that do not want help. There are really only two choices; wake everyone up from their self-induced comas, or join the dark side. The choice is yours and good luck with either. Stay skeptical.

The Political Atheist

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Fox News' Judge Andrew Napolitano: Factually Challenged


If you ever flip over to the Fox News channel, you will undoubtedly run into Judge Andrew Napolitano. In his most recent opinion article, in his second sentence, he jumps right into the lies. He states that the health care bill "will raise your taxes, steal your freedom, invade your privacy, and ration your health care." He must mean that by 'rationing' your health care, you actually get it for the first time. Your 'ration' will increase from zero to one.

Napolitano goes on to say that "if passed, [the health care bill] will compel employers to provide coverage, bribe the states to change their court rules, and tell insurance companies whom to insure." He acts like those are all horrible world ending scenarios! He thinks companies shouldn't want their employees to be healthy; when the employer mandate is essential to health care reform, and stops companies from abusing their employees' well being in favor of a buck. It's also not called a 'bribe' when states change their laws from allowing health insurance companies to screw over their constituents, to making it illegal to refuse someone for a pre-existing condition and stripping the industry's anti-trust exemptions. Because outlawing denial for "pre-existing conditions" would, according to the Judge, "tell insurance companies whom to insure." Yeah, like everyone who can afford their rates.

Here's where Napolitano drops the bomb; "We do not have two political parties in this country, America. We have one party..." the Democrats. And this is simply because the Republicans are infighting and falling into the religious right, where their top three candidates for the Presidential election are; a guy who thinks Jesus came back to life in Missouri and turned every one's skin red that didn't believe he was the son of some god in Mitt Romney, a woman who thinks the Earth is six thousand years old in Sarah Palin, and a guy who thinks the Bible is the literal word of some god in Mike Huckabee. They make up twenty percent of the country and are pushing the conservatives in the party further to the right. The election of the 23rd congressional district of New York is the most recent and perfect example of Republican infighting causing them to lose seats.

Napolitano finally tries to drag the health care debate into a general theory of how each party is pro big-government in terrible ways. He says that Democrats want "wealth transfer, taxes, and assaults on commercial liberties." "Commercial liberties" is the best euphemism for "the ability to screw people over" that I have ever heard. The phrase almost makes it sound like a bad thing. He claims that both parties are in a plot to control your every aspect of life, and that
"the government wants you to follow the will of some faceless bureaucrat." Yeah, who wants to follow the policy that every one's elected officials voted for in the first place? The judge makes it sound like we don't even have the freedom to run for office, or help get someone elected, or even vote!

This is a cheap trick that some people play when trying to convince others. Anthropomorphising gigantic corporations and the government in order to make you feel a certain way about them, like that they are out to get you, when in reality you have every ability to be out to get them. You buy the products and you vote for the candidates. He says that "Congress recognizes no limits on its power." Is he forgetting that they let Presidents go to war without voting on it? That was a right fundamentally given to Congress, and "it" gave it away. There is no it. The House is so big and filled with people who shouldn't be there but represent their district well. The Senate is designed to be inefficient and slow. There does, however, need to be campaign finance reform to stop people like Joe Lieberman from staying the Senator from Aetna.

Napolitano ends with an amazing oxymoron; Congress "doesn’t even read the laws it writes." Have you ever written anything blindfolded? This is Judge Andrew Napolitano's opinion, and it is misleading and wrong. This is the kind of hot garbage that comes out of Fox News everyday. It is cycled and recycled on conservative websites like Prison Planet and Info Wars. Fox News is not news. Alex Jones is not news. Check your sources, always.

The Political Atheist

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Net Neutrality

When comedian Al Franken became Senator Al Franken, he brought a lot of new ideas along with his new title. His first week in office was an historic one; as he was able to question newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor. Specifically, he questioned her on net neutrality. Keeping the Internet from becoming like cable television is a major battle that will be waged after the health care debate.

John McCain, who calls himself computer illiterate, has recently introduced a bill trying to destroy net neutrality. Ironically named the Internet Freedom Act, the bill seeks to allow major corporate ISPs to slow or block bandwidth from sites. In true "health reform" like fashion, McCain is calling the FCC's attempt to keep the net neutral as a "government take-over of the Internet." This coming from a man who claims he has no idea how to send an email. It is obvious, however, that he knows exactly how to take a hand out from big business.

Political Atheism is obviously opposed to this legislation, as this small blog could hardly handle zero readers (there are currently at least 3). And it isn't just this measly blog that should be of concern, but the entirety of the web that isn't wholly owned by major corporations. Unless you think paying money to access Google or Youtube on top of your normal internet fees are cool, net neutrality should be on your short list of "things to make sure your elected officials don't try to screw you over on." Thanks for reading Mom, Dad, and anyone else that actually clicks on the Facbook links I post. Stay skeptical.

The Political Atheist

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Federal Reserve System

The central bank of the United States is so ingrained in our society that most people don't even question its existence. However, few realize the Federal Reserve is as much a part of the government as Federal Express. The rest of this article will be dedicated to how the Fed came into existence, why no one talks about it (in mainstream media), and what people are actually doing to get rid of this ridiculous system.

On a dark and stormy night...
Okay, it wasn't dark or stormy, but Woodrow Wilson's election sure was ominous. Wilson should go down as the worst President in the history of our country. Yes, seriously. He literally signed a pact with the banking industry stating he would create the Fed if he was elected in turn for massive campaign donations. JP Morgan, who happened to be alive at the time, and own major newspapers in NYC (think Huffington Post AND Drudge Report), decided he would create a false financial crisis in order to consolidate the banking power in the US. He published fake reports in the papers he owned and numerous bank runs ensued. The public demanded a solution to this crisis, and the banking industry already had their pre-planned answer in the Federal Reserve; a private, for-profit system of economic slavery.

The Federal Reserve operates like this: they print ( or simply type in any amount of dollars, as the Treasury technically prints money) and loan it to the US government. They loan the country's own money to the country itself. So basically, the Fed makes up money and then gives it to the US with the expectation that the government will give more of that money back to the Fed, as any loaner would expect of any payee. The only problem is that the total money supply has to come from the Fed directly, meaning the government needs to continuously borrow more money from the Fed in order to pay the Fed back (or from countries like China). This borrow to pay system has led to the 97% devaluation of the dollar since the inception of the Federal Reserve system.

The dollar has become so devalued that the Federal Reserve doesn't even publish M3 anymore. M3 is the total supply of US currency (dollars) in circulation. Add that to the fact that the Fed doesn't allow itself to be audited, and you have a recipe for an absurd centralization of wealth that has nothing to with politics or the true state of the economy. And it gets worse. The Fed has the power to regulate interest rates, meaning how much money (in interest) it costs banks to borrow from the Fed.

You see, banks themselves profit off of this system because of a term called "fractional reserve." This means that if a bank borrows ten million dollars from the Fed, it only has to keep a fraction of that ten million ( one million to be exact) and is allowed to loan that money remaining out to consumers. On the surface, this sounds like a great idea, but don't judge a book by its cover. Because once you open it, the veil is lifted, and the true practices are revealed. The banks don't keep the 10% they are supposed to as the reserve, but instead (through a process of loaning out the money to other banks and spreading the wealth as thin as possible with their branches and subsidiaries) use that entire loan of (hypothetical) ten million dollars as their whole ten percent fractional reserve. Meaning that some bank just got a loan for ten million and turned it into one hundred million dollars, simply by loaning it out to other banks.

In all, we have one central bank literally making money up out of thin air, and then loaning it to banks which, in turn, create ninety percent more money out of thin air. This isn't even including the interest payed on all of these loans! That interest on the money the Fed loans to the government is called your income tax. Our taxes pay nothing more than the interest on the loans created out of thin air simply because our country doesn't own its own currency. How absurd is that?

An atheist spin...
Your head may be spinning, but don't fret. Texas Congressman Ron Paul (R), has introduced HR 1207 "Audit the Fed" Bill into Congress and it is actually receiving major support. Call your representative and find out if he or she supports it. The atheist take on this has been well laid out in this article but simply not called as that. This system of fiat currency is literally a way to enslave the population to serve the banking industry for no purpose. Whatever tax bracket you fall in, that percent of your work year goes directly into the pockets of bankers.

Now, the only way for the government and the Fed to keep this system going is by printing more money every year. That is called inflation; inflation devalues the currency and widens the gap between rich and poor. Buying power goes down every year. There are a few solutions to this problem but the atheist view has one.

The government needs to take control of its currency back from the banking industry. There needn't be a system backed by gold or silver, just simply a constant supply of money. No more, no less, every year. If the supply of money in the market is steady, prices will be steady, and the buying power of consumers will actually go up. This may seem a difficult, if not impossible, task of righting our monetary system, but if the government can easily take control of failing banks and other companies, then hopefully the entire banking system isn't completely out of reach. Thanks and remember to question everything, even the suggestion that you should question everything.

The Political Atheist

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Educational System of the United States

In case you have read the previous post on the current health care debate, I'd like to inform you that it only gets worse from here. The educational system of this country is one of the worst in the entirety of the civilized world. The math, science, and reading scores of US students are in the twenties; based on current rankings of countries done by numerous measures. Humans in America are more concerned with American Idol than American IQ. They would rather watch Sunday Night Football than the daily news. The state of our educational system is only the tip of the cultural iceberg of America. An education lacking in science, math, and the arts has lead to nation filled with reality stars and creationists. We are not being taught the basic fundamentals of our universe in America, and it needs to change.

There have been numerous experts in every field, especially math and biology, that have rallied against our current educational system. Mathematicians suggest the glossing over of statistics in high school in favor of calculus has been a gross mistake. If stats, which have everyday-real-life situations, were taught in place of calculus our populace would be more capable of making informed decisions in their daily lives; based on probability or chance. Biologists like Richard Dawkins, retired Professor of Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University, claim that evolution should be the first aspect of biology taught. Obviously religious opponents fight hard against the teaching of evolution, especially in America. Dawkins also points out that, although he thinks it does, understanding evolution doesn't necessitate an atheistic world view. He points to numerous English clergymen. However, Dawkins also welcomes this challenge, as if all he had to do was show the mountains of evidence for evolution and people would stop believing. Science and math form the foundation of our society, whether you believe it or not, you can still text your friend on your iPhone.

There is no debate between evolution and creationism. Evolution is correct and a mature understanding of it leads to the fact that God is unnecessary and irrelevant in the entire process. This is all that needs to be said on this subject, save a few pokes at other non-existent "teach the debate" arguements. Stork theory of reproduction, for example, is rife with hilarious simmilarities to this creationist garbage; it literally is a shame people do not accept evolution. The atheist viewpoint is once again, very clear; there is an overwhelming amount of evidence for evolution and those who deny it are completely incorrect.

The Political Atheist is not claiming to have every answer to the educational crisis facing our country, but here are a few proposals that could be covered more in future posts. Teach the fundementals of math sooner. Children should be exposed to complex math at a younger age, before they reach high school. Math is the language of the universe and our country is practically mute. Teach the fundementals of physics freshman year of high school. Physics is the base for chemistry, which forms the basis of biology and from these overviews of the sciences students should delve further into the theories and facts these subjects investigate and discover. Discovery is the most exciting process man partakes in; interacting with the far east, Columbus sailing to the West Indies, Armstrong walking on the moon, all of these events are lauded (rightfully or not so) by humans as major points in our history.

Lest we forget history, as those that do are doomed to repeat it. History is the study of how few people can have major impacts on human society, culture, and devolopment. This includes positively and negatively impacting the species as a whole. An understanding of history allows humans to learn from past mistakes and successes, and gives way to a whole new "vitality" of ideas, a pseudo-recycling process of the human experience through the ages.

A few words on physical education are a must as well. America is obese. The country is filled with humans that over-eat and under-excersize, and are not pushed hard enough in the physical classroom. They aren't fully immersed in a healthy lifestyle, or shown how big of a difference staying healthy can have on their lives. Sports build comradaree and competitive spirit amongst children, and a healthy appetite for success is a must.

The atheist point of view is that knowledge is power, more specifically the power to increase the awareness of other human beings, with respect to their life experience. We have the ability to maintain a collective intelligence through books, the internet, and other digital media. Imagine what an overall lift of the average educational level could do for this country, and then think about how we can make it happen. Thank you for reading and think freely.

The Political Atheist

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Health Care Debate

Health care reform is the hottest new fashion on Capitol Hill, and there's no better reason why it should be one of the very first posts on Political Atheist. Before this post gets into the details of the debate, an overview of the United States' current political climate is necessary. Who the major players are, what they want, and why they want it that way, are important as the health care debate itself.

And the People Merely Players...
The Senate, House, and Presidency are all controlled by Democrats. The Republicans are obviously the minority party, but they have resorted to some ridiculous tactics to try and regain control of the government. Fox News has recently been called out as "a wing of the Rebublican Party" by the White House of all places. Which, to no suprise, has garnered ratings boosts and free press for the cable news network. Sean Hannity now calls his show, Hannity's America, "not White House approved." Glenn Beck, recently challenging Rush Limbaugh as the craziest right wing-nut, is telling people that the government purchased GM so it could listen to your conversations through GM's OnStar systems.

Now this would all be fine and perfectly acceptable ratings grabs, until you see the actual elected Republicans resorting to these antics. Just in case you've been living under a rock since Barak Obama has taken office, here is a short run down Republicintoxication. Our country has seen Republicans in Congress ask if Obama was born in Kenya, going as far as to create a bill that would require all Presidents to have their birth certificates verified. A Republican, Joe Wilson from South Carolina, has heckled the President of the United States at a joint session of Congress. Numerous Republicans have said that the Democrats' bill has "death panels," including their Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin. Republicans have held town hall meetings in which they have cheered on their constituants calling Obama Hitler for his plan to extend health care to more Americans; if you can wrap that around your head. And I'm only fitting in the few absurdities I can in a post. In the end, the Republicans are practically bought and put into office by the health insurance companies. They are not coming up with any plans, options, or choices other than to say no to everything.

The Democrats haven't been all sunshine and roses either. They literally have the power to push through any legislation they want, and yet their leadership is too busy trying to please everyone; or so it seems. The majority of the Democrats, around thirty in the Senate and much more in the House, are solidly behind a very robust, almost universal, health care bill. However, there a few Democrats, neatly called "Conserva-Dems," that hold tremendous power in the outcome of the debate. Senator Max Bacchus is one; head of the Senate Finance Commitee, he had the best chance of putting in a robust public option or making the insurance companies accountable for who they insure. However, he pretended to push for bi-partisanship and basically stripped the bill of its guts in order to get one Republican vote; Senator Olympia Snow. That vote, which was cast to vote the bill out of committee, was totally unnecessary as the bill passed 14-9. Senator Bacchus literally played on the side of big insurance and called it bipartisanship. Obama hasn't called him out, instead, he put Bacchus in charge of drafting the entire bill in the first place during the August recess. Harry Reid, the majority leader in the Senate, has the ability to apply major pressure on other Dems to vote in favor of a strong public option (government option, Medicare Part E, etc) in the bill, and has yet to do that. This has sparked political ads in his home state of Nevada questioning his leadership ability and demanding he support a public plan.

What Atheism has to Say...
The health care debate is a clear no brainer. Every American gets one chance at life, and it should be a basic right to not have to suffer through treatable diseases or go bankrupt trying to stay healthy. The US is the only modern country without universal health coverage for its citizens. A recent TV ad is claiming that 94% of US markets are non-competitive. This week the US Congress finally got around to getting rid of the health insurance sector's Anti-Trust Exemption, something only the MLB shares. The question that still remains is whether or not the Democrats will actually do what they said they would do, and whether or not it will work.

Political Atheism is very strict on this debate; health care should be a basic right of every American citizen, and not a gigantic profit-off-suffering cartel it is currently. The US, its citizens to be exact, are constantly claiming our country to be the best in the world. But in health care we rank 39th. Even lower in infant mortality. These are appalling statistics and the battle is being waged between ideals and dollars, but it appears that more people are choosing to be on the right side of history rather than the full side of their wallets. The debate is still months from over, but it appears the United States will receive some form of reform, even if it takes ten years.

Thanks again for reading, and there will be plenty more about this topic in the coming weeks. Next post, however, will discuss a breif overview of the United States' educational system, which thankfully is not as messed up as our health care system, but not by much.

The Political Atheist