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Wondering how anyone beyond the one percent could possibly opt for Romney.

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  I am becoming dizzy from all these question marks orbiting my poor head. How CAN they? How can they what? Even CONSIDER voting for someone who would do away with Big Bird, Obamacare, and Medicaid, among other staples of the existence of the 99 percent?

     Big Bird & co. educate so many kids at the preschool level and beyond, teaching that learning can be fun if not a joyous experience.

     Obamacare is a landmark and salvation for so many, far from single-payer or public option, but even farther from the indifference that has cut off more than 40 million people from insurance. Think of Appalachians receiving medical care for the first time in their lives, think of availability of coverage for those of us with pre-existing conditions. Who doesn't have one? Being human is a pre-existing condition. That hale and hearty youth who pays five cents a month could be struck by some kind of hazardry that could keep him in the ICU in a coma for the next five years.

     Actuarial statistics guarantee that he'll be insured anyway, because chances are so slim.

     The utterly obtuse alternative to Obamacare? GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM? A guaranteed tax increaser, Rom. Who pays? We pay! Why not pay for Obamacare instead? We could treat dozens at least that way instead of one.

     Medicaid cares for the poorest and most handicapped among us. But those populations are the least likely to vote, losing more and more power every day.

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     Maybe Hurricane Sandy is the wrath born of threatened, further deprivation in this wealthiest of all Promised Lands. Let's hope the power lines go down and stay down, that power of the very few sucking out the blood and guts of the many.

     Massive flood alerts threaten beach homes up and down the coast. Think of THE flood that wiped all but the Noah family and innocent beasts from the face of the earth.

     Who owns those homes if not Rom's people? Oh, well, they'll build others, even if their designer insurance policies don't cover acts of God.


     Just as in Haiti, those in the flimsiest habitats will suffer the most, though.

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     Is that the best God can do in this hapless, hopeless twenty-first century?

     Place perpetual storm clouds above the heads of the Kochs and their brothers and sisters. Waterboard them for a while. Let them visit Haitian lives for an extended vacation, instead of Nassau or Jamaica.

     Is that the answer? Don't rich people suffer? In very different ways than you or me.

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Marta Steele is an author/editor/blogger who has been writing for since 2006. She is also author of the 2012 book "Grassroots, Geeks, Pros, and Pols: The Election Integrity Movement's Nonstop Battle to Win Back the People's Vote, (more...)

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