It's been quite an interesting week in Congress and all things politics. As you all know ObamaCare became law this week. This has predictably set off an entire segment of the country who were opposed to the legislation from the very beginning. The thing that often gets lost in all the political talk is nobody in his or her right mind approved of the health care industry's policies and practices. This is the single most thing everyone, I think, can agree on. The specifics of this legislation is where all of the anger and the division resides. The supporters of this law argue that "millions of people will now have health care" while the opponents argue that this is another step toward socialism and Government control over the private sector. I agree with the opposition. I, too, think that this ObamaCare is another step toward socialism. It's just such a shame that health care reform, which all political parties agree needed to be addressed, was used as a stepping stone for a complete overhaul of the health care system where the Government will have much more control than they should have. Another sad part of this whole process is Republicans are painted as "evil" and "inhumane" because ObamaCare, in the minds of liberals and Democrats, is essentially 'health care reform'. They're painting the Republicans into being a party that isn't for health care reform since the Republicans opposed ObamaCare. This insidious accusation is played up in the liberal blog world and on certain cable television channels where certain hosts sympathize with liberal thinkers. The truth is, Republicans also wanted health care reform, but the Democrats created the ObamaCare bill which is so extreme and mired in socialist language that Republicans had no choice but to oppose it. If people want the truth, that's it. There's too many negatives in ObamaCare and taxpayers will find this out rather quick. In other words, the negatives of ObamaCare far outweigh the positives.
The most recent hits for Ray Stevens latest music videos on You Tube are as follows...
We The People: 2,849,658
Thank You: 95,006
Caribou Barbie: 50,602
Throw The Bums Out!: 38,598
"Throw the Bums Out!" has gotten more hits/feedback in it's first few days than "Caribou Barbie", surprising enough. I have some theories as to why. Caribou Barbie is a well-known derogatory nick-name for Sarah Palin...and I think those who do not like her have no intention or desire to watch anything that has to do with her. On the other hand, "Throw the Bums Out!" is much more ambiguous until someone watches the video to see what it's all about. That's just one of my theories. Another theory is "Caribou Barbie" was over-shadowed...it was uploaded on You Tube on March 11th and then less than two weeks later, on March 22, Ray uploaded "Throw the Bums Out!". As I touched upon in a previous blog entry, the culmination of the House passing ObamaCare on March 21 obviously hastened the release of "Throw the Bums Out!". Ray has the best of both worlds, though, as all three of his political music videos are continuing to do well and his patriotic one, "Thank You", is nearing 100,000 hits. Last year, on July 15, 2009 Ray uploaded his 2002 music video "Osama Yo' Mama" onto You Tube. Since it's upload date it's gotten 171,076 hits. For those who've never seen that music video you should definitely check it out at You Tube and leave your comments.
The cassette tape I'm holding was released in 1990 on the Curb Records label. I've spotlighted it before but I feel like spotlighting it again. It's a collection of ten comedy songs that Ray recorded through the years. The collection as mentioned was released in 1990 and at the time what one might refer to as the only recent recording found on here is 1987's "Would Jesus Wear a Rolex?". The object of the collection was to reintroduce Ray's classic songs but this time on a new record label and the start of a new decade: the 1990's. The picture used is from 1984...it was a publicity picture that was circulated in magazines promoting the single, "It's Me Again, Margaret". You can click the image for a bigger inspection. The album was certified Gold several years after it's release. I do not have an exact year, though.
1. The Streak; 1974
2. Shriner's Convention; 1980
3. Would Jesus Wear a Rolex; 1987
4. Mississippi Squirrel Revival; 1984
5. Gitarzan; 1969
6. It's Me Again, Margaret; 1984
7. Ahab the Arab; 1969 re-recording
8. In the Mood; 1976
9. Freddie Feelgood; 1966
10. Bridget the Midget; 1970