Obama and the Global Police: More Friendly Fascism?

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Obama and the Global Police: More Friendly Fascism?

by John W. Whitehead
Recently by John W. Whitehead: America Under Barack Obama

 “The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.” ~ James Madison

Over the course of his first year in office, Barack Obama has shown himself to be a skillful and savvy politician, saying the things Americans want to hear while stealthily and inexorably moving forward the government’s agenda of centralized power. For example, in one breath, Obama pays lip service to the need for greater transparency in government, while in another; he issues an executive order that will result in even more government secrecy.

 He is aided in this Machiavellian mindset by a trusting populace inclined to take him at his word and a mainstream media seemingly loath to criticize him or scrutinize his actions too closely. A perfect example of this is the media’s relative lack of scrutiny over Obama’s recent transformation of Executive Order (EO) 12425 from a document that constitutionally limits the International Criminal Police Organization’s (Interpol) activities domestically to one that establishes it as an autonomous police agency within the U.S. READ MORE

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Early this week I received an offer to save $25 from sanofi aventis of Trenton, NJ. (No effort will be made to protect the guilty.) It consisted of a 5 and 7/8 inch by 9 inch tri-fold, full color piece on what I’d estimate is 40 lb. stock. They strove mightily to convince me that I need a Lantus SoloStar pen to deliver my insulin. (More on this later.)

Of course, this device is available only by prescription, so they want me to bug my doctor about it.

Tucked inside was a piece containing, I think, all the reasons I should, or should not use this device. On 15 lb. stock, this octofoil measured an incredible 34 by 11 inches when all unfolded. Giving credit for four (of sixteen) panels containing no copy, the piece contained 280.5 square inches of #6 font. That’s the font that we ‘seniors’ trot out the full-page magnifier for. I did not bother.

And that is my whole point. WHO READS THIS CRAP?

For perspective, that is the equivalent of seven and one-third pages in your Reader’s Digest. Based on their own numbers, this same amount of never-read copy would cost their readers $665,768 for one year.

The thing that raises my blood pressure is that Big Pharma chalks all this up under Administrative Costs, estimated by most to be somewhere between ten and thirty cents of every dollar we spend for health care. To put that in perspective, I have been spending the share in the Income Statement allotted to Administrative Costs for more than fifty years. It has never exceeded two-and-a-half percent of Gross Profit.

Here is the scoop on my supposed need for insulin. I do not have diabetes. I am no more prone to be diabetic than are most people. How did these people, with whom I have never done any business, select me for inclusion in their mailing list?

There must be some way all this advertising, by way of all media, for prescription drugs and devices, asking us to bug our doctors for the ‘latest and greatest’, can be wrestled under control or, best scenario, eliminated altogether.

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