("Quid coniuratio est?")
L.J. DAVIS INTERVIEW
L.J. Davis, author of an article offering a good look beneath the surface of Arkansas politics ("The Name of Rose", The New Republic, April 4, 1994), was interviewed by phone by David Inge of the local PBS-connected radio station on August 4, 1994. What follows is my transcription of that interview.
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All of this has been goin' on under everybody's nose, in Arkansas, and everywhere else, and there's a whole lot of culpability all over the place -- including culpability on the part of my colleagues and myself for not having caught it!
Uh-huh [understands]. Is that issue not even being addressed in the medical, the proposed medical health care reform?
-+- All People Are Good -+-
Um, it... The proposed medical health care reform, despite the interest of the Justice Department in stamping out medical fraud -- attorney general Reno's number 2 priority, and rightly so... But the legislation appears to be being written (hasn't been written yet, so we don't know) as though, once again, "All people are good". That... No investigator, federal or local, that I have talked to (and I've been talkin' to a lot of them) thinks that this health care bill is gonna be anything but an invitation to keep right on looting.
By the way, this goes on to such an extent that on a yearly basis, according to the most conservative estimates that I've got from the officials, we could fight between 8 and 13 Gulf Wars every year!
Well the Gulf War cost what? $50 or $60 billion?
What specific amount are you talking about then?
I mean, how much would the amount be? For the medical insurance fraud.
And the total national health care bill is estimated at what? $900 billion?
So you're talking maybe anywhere between 10 and 20 percent...
...of all health insurance costs are in the area of fraud?
They're doing relatively nothing about it.
Uh-huh [understands]. Thank you very much.
One more caller here. Line number 3. This is in Urbana. Hello?
Yes. I am Pakistani! And I am a doctor. And you can get drunk on 4 drinks. And...
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...To continue: I think that you're probably an alcoholic! And if anybody notices me when I get off the plane here -- all of the people who get off the plane, we... some of us... my dear colleague, Dr. Singh, wears a turban. I hope we don't, don't cause some kind of a "whatever it is"!! I think you are... I think your whole racism is absolutely disgusting!!! And I...
...think absolutely ridiculous!
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As for the Indonesians getting off, they are not just any Indonesians. They are known associates of the dictator of the country.
We're not talking ordinary people. I mean, if a Scotsman who happened to own a, or be associated with, an immense, corrupt, or questionable financial institution got off the plane, I suppose we'd have a call from somebody named "Mr. McLaren" accusing me of not liking Scotsmen!
I'm talking about a very specific kind of guy!
Um. How does... You know, what do you come away with? Maybe I can just ask you, you know, personally, as you think about President Clinton and the Clinton administration... I mean, as a result of what you have done, what (and other people, they can read what you've written and they can make their own judgement) -- What do you come away with?
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And this has been a pattern, throughout the political history of now-President Clinton. Yes, I'm disturbed and I have questions! I can't draw conclusions, because, as I say, we do not know the man's mind. (And the Congress is certainly not helping us work out his thought processes.)
I encourage distribution of "Conspiracy Nation."
"Justice" = "Just us" = "History is written by the assassins."