The documentary I worked on for four years for Diversity Films made its Oscar-qualifying public run in LA and NY this past week. It got good reviews in the Los Angeles Times and This Week in New York websites. It's called "Why Us? Left Behind and Dying" and looks at why the HIV/AIDS epidemic is hitting the Black community so hard.
Tonight, President Obama delivered a fearless, truthful speech on health care reform to Congress and the nation. He once again demostrated his courage, conviction and charisma. While he passionately outlined what needed to be done to ensure good health for all Americans, his Republican opponents, obstructionist pawns of the insurance industry, sat silent and stone-faced. They are doing everything they can to obfuscate the debate in the service of their moneyed patrons. They seek nothing less than to kill any reform in its infancy. But, Obama was having none of it. He is determined to pass a bill that provides affordable health care for all citizens. Seek the truth in this debate. Expose the lies. Support this President, as he considers workable options, builds a consensus, respects proper legislative deliberations, leads the moral debate and gets the job done.
Good Lord. Does anyone think that Wall Street has learned its lesson about risky, esoteric financial instruments? Well, they haven't. The investment industry is about greed, and nothing but greed. The New York Times reports today that investment banks are looking to buy life insurance policies that the ill and elderly sell for cash. They will then package thousands together into bonds and resell those to investors, who will receive payouts when the insured people die. And here's the precious part: The earlier the policyholder dies, the bigger the return. So, Wall Street is hoping to make big bucks on early deaths. Boy, do we need strong government regulation of the financial industry.