Often I seem to see things on television that make me wonder. Lately in USA there is much news about a new government healthcare plan making its way through the legislative channels. There is much interesting about this starting with the coining of a new word – “healthplan”. That used to be two words, “health” and “plan”. Most people were able to understand that these two words, when used consecutively, meant a plan about health. I suppose whoever decides such things was afraid that somehow the reader would get lost between “health” and “plan” so decided one word would solve that problem.

According to the news pundits, a few months ago the polls showed a healthy majority of Americans supported a government healthplan. Now it seems the percentage of those favoring such a thing is dropping almost daily.

Now, just by coincidence I’m sure, (
wink, wink) I notice a blitz of television advertising that is against a government health plan. These ads are usually mini-dramas where there might be a doctor and a patient in a hospital bed. In between them stands a man dressed in a suit. The doctor says, “I think the next step should be .....” The suit shakes his head negatively. The doctor then says, “Maybe we could try this.” The suit shakes his head again. Then a voice comes in and says, “Are we going to trust our heath care to some outside bureaucrat?” Then a sign comes up explaining this is paid for by “Americans for Health” but tells no more. Is there another organization called “Americans Against Health”?

As these sponsored announcements continue to assault us I wonder who they are aimed at. Then I remember an undeniable fact. By definition half of the population of the country is of less than average intelligence! These people get hammered by someone telling them that a certain fruit drink has great health benefits and they go out and buy it. The advertising people know this. Just keep telling them over and over and soon it becomes accepted. That’s why companies spend so much money advertising. But who are the companies advertising these warnings against government involvement? I believe it’s obvious that there are people who stand to make a lot of money by not changing anything. It isn’t hard to guess who these people might be. Can you say, “Insurance companies?” Can you say, “Pharmaceutical companies?”

You can make up your own questions but I think it’s important that we do ask those questions. Can you say, “Me too?”

The Old Professor
Carmel, CA
July 26, 2009



I haven’t written any blogs for awhile. I suppose that’s because I haven’t noticed anything worth alerting you about. Until today, that is.
Here in the Western United States we have been bombarded with short television spots advertising assistance with income tax problems. One of these seen often is a pretty, blond lady by the name of Roni Lynn Deuthch, pronounced “doi-tch”. She offers to help anyone who has trouble with income taxes. During the segment other happy people pop up and say things like, “Ronnie save me eight hundred thousand dollars.” or “I’m glad I went to Ronnie or we would be penniless.”
While this goes on I noticed a message streaming rapidly across the bottom of the screen but it’s much too fast to read. My television setup happens to have a recording function so I recorded the message and played it back in slow motion. I then dictated the message to a gadget I have that records what I say and I was able to get the complete message. This is it:

This lawyer advertisement for services is offered by Roni Lynn Deutch, a professional tax corporation, 4815 Wall Street, North Highlands, CA 95860. Our attorneys are licensed by the State Bar of California to practice before the Internal Revenue Service in all 50 states. The services advertised may be for performed by lawyers other than Ms. Deutsch. No representation is made that the quality of the services or that the services are better than those performed by others. Testimonials or endorsements do not constitute a guarantee, warranty or prediction regarding the outcome of a particular matter. Past successes cannot be an assurance of future successes because each case must be decided on its own merits. Background information available on request. Not certified as an expert or specialist in New Mexico, Missouri, Rhode Island or in any other state. The State Bar of Nevada and the Wisconsin State Bar do not certify any lawyer as a specialist or expert. Anyone considering a lawyer should independently investigate the lawyer’s credentials and abilities and not rely upon advertising or self-proclaimed expertise.

Did you happen to catch the line that said, “Not certified as an expert or specialist in New Mexico, Missouri, Rhode Island or in any other state.”? What is that all about? “Or in any other state”?


The Old Professor
Carmel, CA
July 23, 2009