Stan by the numbers

• The prestigious Institute of Medicine tells us that 50,000 to 100,000 patients die each year in the United States due to negligence by doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals. It goes on to say that there may be up to 1,000,000 preventable patient injuries per year attributed to human error. With the door marked “Obamacare” now opening, the big question is — will that number increase or decrease? I can make a great case for both sides.

• Five thousand adults were asked and 70 percent of them believe that concert ticket prices are too high. I agree. I also think that tickets to Broadway shows and major sporting events are, especially in this economy, an unnecessary extravagance. I’ll stick to watching the Yanks on the tube.

• The most recent national telephone survey tells us that 58 percent of the country is in favor of repealing the national healthcare bill. Thirty-seven percent are opposed to repeal. It makes no difference. Our elected officials no longer listen to what we used to call “the will of the people.” Let’s remember that this November and throw all the bums out.

• Should pot be legalized? Forty-three percent say yes and 42 percent say no. Me? I say legalize pot, pans and the whole kitchen.

• With a volatile stock market, more of us have been trying to place some of our spare cash in safer investments. From July 2009 to July 2010 more than 200 cities, states and other authorities that issued tax-exempt municipal bonds have missed their interest payments. So what is safer than your mattress?

• The days of Twiggy are truly far behind us — 26 percent of this nation is now considered to be obese. Me? I’m in shape. Round is a shape.

• It wasn’t that long ago that the least respected profession in the nation was the car salesman, with the guys hawking the PRE-owned autos, formerly known as the used-car salesmen, leading the pack. Last year, after the Wall Street meltdown and at a time when bailouts were a major government concern, corporate CEOs became the least respected in America. With seven- and eight-figure salaries and mega-million dollar stock options, does anyone think they cared? Right now, with an unfavorable rating of 72 percent, at the very top of the list of the LEAST respected professions in the United States of America, are the women and men that serve us in Congress. As such, every morning before sitting down to breakfast, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid march around the dining room chanting “We’re number one! We’re number one!”

• I just heard that the President’s approval rating is now down to 41 percent. The headlines in the morning newspapers all across America will once again shout “A NEW LOW FOR O”.

• And national support for the President’s war policies has plunged from 48 percent six months ago to 38 percent now. With his popularity continuing to slide downhill, the man must do something to regain favor. With so much life and treasure lost I am now in favor of a graceful exit strategy from Afghanistan. I’m also thinking about an October surprise.

I am StanGershbein@Bellsouth.net saying you heard it here first.

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