Today, JoeyZ speaks his mind on a few subjects that got under my skin yesterday and today. First of all is the criticism of our President bowing to the Chinese president. An official welcome in China is a nod or bow, President Obama showed pure diplomatic courtesy in his gesture. Now what the hell are the complaints all about? I could say ignorance of world customs but I think it is the bitterness of certain party members that lost an election and would do anything to discredit a man trying to do his job. If you went to visit the Pope, you would kiss his ring, the Queen of England a bow or curtsy would be required. If one traveled to Indonesia a simple word selamat, which means peace would do. There are more important things to worry about than criticizing a man for saying hello to another dignitary in the custom of his country. Remember if you came before Don Corleone and did not kiss his hand or ring, he’d make you an offer you could not refuse.
Driving to work today I heard this piece of news that frosted me. The lobbyists of the pharmaceutical companies have spent $24 million dollars so far in TV advertising against the healthcare proposals of Congress. Those for the plan have spent approximately $12 million dollars. What a total waste of money! You hear everyday on the world news about the shortage of the Swine Flu vaccine; with the $36 million you spent just think of the vaccines that could have been produced and saved more lives. You did not think about those in need or the little children who are vulnerable to this illness. Greed is what runs your business and not the welfare of the citizens in this country. That is why change is needed. For one minute I would not doubt the pharmaceutical companies have drugs to aid in cancer, ALS and many other diseases but are just waiting to make a bigger buck on Joe Citizen.
Strictly the views of JoeyZ. I hope to come back later with lighter thoughts in mind.