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President Of Chile Is The People’s Choice—Maybe Folks Are Moving In My Direction

When I go to the supermarket, I talk to Carlos. Carlos is a bagger at the supermarket. He is from Central America.

Carlos is a bit to the right politically. I roll with that as he is not a U.S. citizen. He can do harm by voting absentee in his country, but that is the problem of the folks down there.

I don’t need any help taking my groceries to my car, but I’ve struck up a relationship with Carlos. While walking out to my car we discuss various Central and South American politics and governments.

Carlos and I agree that Hugo Chavez in Venezuela is no good. He is little more than a dictator. However, Carlos supported the coup in Honduras while I supported the rule of law and democracy.

Last time I spoke to Carlos, I told him I had just read a favorable article about Michele Bachelet. Ms. Bachelet is the center-left President of Chile.

A woman in a nurse’s uniform, or maybe a pharmacy uniform, heard my comment. She said something like “Michele Bachelet–very good!”

I wish the world was more like that brief moment. You mention a left-leaning President from some other nation, and your fellow working person who hears the comment not only knows who that leader is—She offers her approval as well.

( Which is not to imply that so-called professional people have any idea about anything.)

I’m sorry I don’t have any links or pictures on this post. I’m posting from my iPhone while my computer is down. Though if you care enough about Latin American politics, plenty of information is out there for you to learn.

I’m going to go out and talk out loud to myself about a public option for health insurance and see if folks around me chime in with supportive comments. Maybe people are moving on my direction.

November 1, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,


  1. a public option yes. a gun to the head for overpriced under covered insurance no. if domestic abuse is considered a pre existing condition, no. if your medical health records are going to be posted on internet because you got an abortion or plastic surgery or viagra NO, if it means middle class pays more for lower class while the rich pay the same NO. there are many ways we can look at public option but a clear bill that is simple and transparent needs to be posted online like president obama said he would do.

    Comment by bill brady | November 1, 2009

  2. All people need access to health insurance.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | November 2, 2009

  3. Agreed — Honduras coup bad (hope the San Jose Accord/OAS agreement actually succeeds), Chavez bad (although his people like him), and Bachelet is great (what an amazing personal story).

    On the public option, at least Lieberman the Turncoat is walking back his filibuster threat and appears to be willing now to vote for cloture. But we will see as he cannot be trusted.

    Bill Brady does not seem to know what is actually in either of the two conference bills. There is no “gun to the head” and there is regulatory reform ensconced in the bill to address the scourge of discrimination on the basis of pre existing conditions. Both the House and Senate versions would notably move us in the direction of almost-universal health care coverage, which I support fully.

    Comment by Denise | November 3, 2009

  4. I read (some) of an article last night in Foriegn Affairs magazine that it Is not even the case that Mr. Chavez has increased social spending to any great degree and that the poor have seen little benefit from his rule.

    The junior Senator from Connecticut is just so awful.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | November 3, 2009

  5. Denise we will see what they come up with in the end. i see a watered down bill that does not get passed. I hope I am wrong. I support a full health care bill for all americans with no strings. I just dont see them getting it through.

    Comment by bill brady | November 4, 2009

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