I don't usually rant about purely political stuff, especially non-gay political stuff. But I've just about had it with all the crap in Washington.
We have a disgracefully dysfunctional government. As many of us already knew would happen, the Health Care Reform legislation would be watered down, compromised and twisted to death. Our elected officials cannot seem to get over themselves and do what is right for the people. The haves fear for their "way of life" a life that keeps them enjoying all the best this country has - real estate, education, medical care, travel, food, legal representation, services beyond imagination, cars, boats, planes and toys, etc. etc. They fear that by providing medical care to everyone in the country, they will lose their right to free or cheap health insurance and that someone might be rationing their health care.
Well, wake up! Health insurance companies are already rationing care and deciding who gets what level of care. All based on the bottom line profit. What an outrageous system. Do you remember when Health Insurance was totally non-profit? Somewhere along the way the blessing was given for entities to make a profit from insuring people and denying claims. A perfect formula for Wall Street investors.
I have only just heard a brief news report, but I am presently inclined to agree with Howard Dean of Vermont. What is left of the Health Care Reform bill is garbage, throw it out. This is not a case of some bill is better than no bill; garbage legislation will do more harm than good.
I am so disgusted with the inability of the government to recognize their responsibility to do the right thing, especially for those who are poor, disenfranchised, and without a voice. They are sworn to represent the people, not the lobbyists, big business, health insurance and pharmaceutical companies. This is now a government for the wealthy, by the wealthy and that includes the Senators and Congresspersons. And don't even get me started on Senator Leiber-whiner, the self-serving SOB who my state re-elected even after he became a traitor to the Democratic Party. The weasel.
They can't pass a decent health reform bill, they can't do away with "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", they can't see the folly of DOMA, they can't get past their own small-minded, morally-superior, hypocritical ideologies and make this a functioning country again.
If the wealthy think they can protect their status quo, I'm afraid that it won't be long before they are singing a new tune. George Bush threw multiple billions of dollars out of our economy with his personal war on Iraq. This war did not stimulate our economy as past wars had done because WE DON'T MAKE ANYTHING HERE ANYMORE. And what we do make (like cars for Toyota, Honda, BMW, Nissan, etc. ) is for foreign companies who all take their profits home. China practically owns us. The state governments are practically bankrupt, the aging infrastructure is crumbling, the environment is polluted, the glaciers are melting while Nero fiddles, and, if you listen to NPR, you will learn another 27 issues per day that you can do nothing about while driving to or from work.
All this, while priests molest children, while bishops determine how to help the Vatican control everything and while Entertainment Tonight keeps us up to date on Tiger Woods, Kate and Jon and others I've never heard of and could care less about.
So what can I do about this sorry state of affairs? Make "Pasta alla Norma" of course:
Saute the Eggplant in Garlic and Olive Oil; make a simple Tomato Sauce and add some of the Eggplant and some Grated Ricotta Salata. Boil the Pasta, (I used Festonati, an unusual pasta shape). Toss the Pasta with the Sauce, serve with pieces of sauteed Eggplant and more Ricotta Salata. Nice with a glass of Red Wine. Could use a Seconda Piatta, but we skipped that for the Dolce (Christmas Cookies).