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Oh, crap!. No, wait, Oh WOW! No, wait, Oh crap….

June 28, 2012

CNN reported initially that the court had struck the mandate provisions.

The mandate provision was a large part of what made the Affordable Care Act actually affordable for everyone, and made the prospect of covering anyone regardless of their existing health problems palatable to insurance companies.

But then CNN issued a correction, stating that Roberts voted with the 5-4 majority to uphold the mandate (as well as the other provisions).   Wow!  I still don’t believe it!

But then the “Oh crap” moment settled back in…

First, the ACA (or ObamaCare, if you prefer), is and was the Conservative solution to the health care crisis – give the insurance companies a LOT of money and keep them profitable, rather than chasing the moneychangers from the temple and providing inexpensive healthcare by doing it without a profit margin (horrors!) by choosing a single payer system  (electoral-vote.com has a terrific write-up of the conservative pedigree of ObamaCare).  Not the best solution to the problem, the Conservative solution (because the pragmatic Obama thought that would be his best shot at getting something passed… little did he realize how deeply the hatred for him would cause the conservatives to back away from their own plan and vilify it as worse than communism.  Communism! Radical Islamic Communism!  Ahhhh!  Hair on fire!).  So, yay, we’ve managed to preserve a watered-down half-solution giveaway to big business.  Yay for us!

Second, yes, their hair is now totally on fire.  The Tea Party (with their imaginary friends and dainty little plastic pink teacups) are going to be spinning themselves into a frenzy to get rid of Obama so they can overturn the law.  Obama, on the other hand, is drawing lukewarm support because his pragmatism has caused him to give away the cow for some “magic beans”… and since this isn’t a fairy tale, the beans aren’t magic.  The Conservatives will never love Obama, they will never like him, and they will never accept anything he does as anything other than utter Radical Islamic Communism, even when what he is doing is the Conservatives’ own plan, lock, stock and barrel.  He is Obama, he is the ENEMY and no amount of compromise will ever satisfy them.  The Liberals aren’t so hot for him either, because Obama isn’t actually very Liberal (“public opinion [is against the ACA] by roughly 15%, although 15% of the people who oppose it do so because they want a Canadian-style single-payer system”).  So yay, we just got handed a much more difficult election.  Yay for us!

News Flash: Newsmax Lies Again (or, “Duh”)

February 24, 2012

Pro-Brither rag Newsmax, whose stance that Romney is a dirty pinko Commie, ran an article claiming that senior Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett says that unemployment is good for the economy.  (Gasp!)

It is true that she said that.

I mean, Newsmax did have to edit her comments slightly for clarity.  “Providing unemployment insurance stimulates the economy.”  See?  Se actually said the words “unemployment”, “stimulates”, “the”, “economy”, in that order.

Obama has filled the government with people who think people shouldn’t work because working hurts the economy!

And he’s not even from here!

(and he’s -gasp- black!)

Oh, Newsmax didn’t write the story? They cribbed it from Glenn Beck’s website? And didn’t attribute it? So they are plagiarizing liars? Duh.

A Night Of Santorum

February 9, 2012

It was a night of Santorum. (Probably in both senses of the word.)  Santorum came out from behind (as you would expect it would).

And now there really is a three-way going on in the Republican party (which, logically, is what you might expect to cause Santorum).

Sorry, can’t help myself.

I mean a three-way race.  On the right, Newt and Santorum.  On the marginally less right, you have the rich guy.  I mean, the richest guy.  

Oh, yeah, 12% Paul is still in the race too.  2016 will be Ron Paul’s year.  Fourth time is the charm.  Just not this time around. (Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.)

What is going to make this even more interesting is going to be the Vice-Presidential pick.  If Romney gets the nomination, there will be pressure to pick a VP that is more conservative, or at least more conservative-looking, as an incentive to keep the ultra-conservative base onboard. The animosity of the attacks between the candidates means that it would be difficult to make hat choice from one of the other three candidates still in the race.  With the exception of Huntsman (who is actually more liberal than Romney), the ones that have dropped out of the race already did so in disgrace. 

And finally, the media is eating this up.  They love nothing better than a horse race, because it brings in the eyeballs.  But the process is also uncovering the real story – the Republicans can’t seem to make up their minds about what candidate they want… mostly because their field is so weak, and the Tea Party’s faux libertarian streak is fracturing the unity of the conservative vision.

Chart of the Day: Republicans Don’t Trust Anyone (Except Fox News) | Mother Jones

January 31, 2012

Conservatives only trust sources that reaffirm their existing beliefs.

Chart of the Day: Republicans Don’t Trust Anyone (Except Fox News) | Mother Jones.

 

Win, Win, Win

January 30, 2012

Gosh, I love Newsmax.  The most credible news source in America.

Not really.  On either count.

Their headlines are always loaded with agitation and hyperbole.  Yesterday’s was no exception, and indeed, this one was very well placed to win for them, no matter the outcome.  “Soros Says Romney, Obama Very Similar, ‘Little Difference’” and “Soros: Romney Is Like Obama, Don’t Worry“.

The article goes on to say “Billionaire financier George Soros likes Mitt Romney, and is telling European liberals not to worry.  He says of Obama and Romney, ‘there isn’t all that much difference’ between them.”

An article like this is a no-lose proposition for an organization like Newsmax.  First they get to bash Romney for being “too liberal”, continuing the inexorable push to redefine “conservative” ever more rightward.

Second, they get to throw a plug in for candidates that are as wingnut as possible (even thought they have already lost their favorites – Bachmann, Perry and Cain).  They’ll settle for Santorum or Gingrich if they have to.

Third, if Soros likes him, he must be horrible.

And even if they don’t get the candidate of their choice, or push Romney farther to the right (if that is even possible), they STILL win.   If Romney clinches the nomination, and if the Newsmax readers even remember that Romney is/was the liberal enemy (“We’ve always been at war with Eastasia”), they can still endorse him and explain it away – “Soros is a liar”, they’ll say.  To them, Soros is an arch-fiend, devilishly capable of saying things that will make conservatives doubt the conservatism of THEIR candidate, their hope to defeat Obama.

SOPA Blackout on Wednesday

January 16, 2012

This blog will be participating in the SOPA Blackout on January 18, along with many other websites (over 60 at last count).

If you want to do more, you can contact your Senators and Representatives.

There are a lot of excellent resources for the issue, especially the WordPress post and this EFF articleReddit instigated this blackout, and Wikipedia is considering supporting it.

I apologize to the five to ten people who visit this blog each day (yeah, it’s not the biggest blog in the world, but I’m happy with it) for not being there for you, but if this legislation goes through, it is likely that many sites you visit will get blacked out, and for a lot longer than a day.

12 Days of Funny – Day Two

December 17, 2011

You are entitled to chuckle or cry, as you feel the need…

The 1% use language to twist the connotations of words and distance themselves from their own actions.

For the next 10 days I’ll be continuing to present some of the best political cartoons I have seen recently.

(Thanks again to American Progress for the funny daily cartoons, like this one! You can see their archive and sign up for the daily funny in your inbox here.)

Pro-Democracy Protests in Egypt Provoke Violent Police Crackdown

November 21, 2011

Oh, wait, maybe that was the wrong headline. Let’s try that again… (more…)

“Does this ass make our government look big?”

August 29, 2011

After posting the picture of a truck in Ft. Worth, I’ve seen a few new visitors dropping by my site, especially a lot of people searching for the picture.

One of the variations in the searches was “Does this ass make our government look big?”

Which leads to an interesting point.

Government spending didn’t suddenly explode under Obama. The size of government hasn’t ballooned under the current administration.

The right-wing “asses”, however, have been working overtime to make our government look like it has gotten suddenly bigger.

What has happened, actually, is that the amount of money our government has been spending has gone up in relation to the income the government has been able to collect. There are three elements to this change: first, taxes on the top earners have decreased by two-thirds. Second, the economy crashed, and everyone not in the top income bracket is earning less, resulting in lower income from taxes. Third, and the only part where government expenditures have actually grown, the money used (rightly or wrongly) to rescue a number of industries from further collapse, most of which has been paid back, and unemployment insurance assistance to the states.

Military expenditures are down, having extricated ourselves from the mess in Iraq. Most other government expenses are also down, what with laying off government employees and cutting services.

So, yes, these right-wing asses do make your government look big – not because it is, but because it benefits them to do so.

Trumped

May 2, 2011

Following up on the last post, inspired by the Daily Post:

While everyone is talking about bin Laden, they are missing some of the most fun stuff from the weekend:

What fun!

Turn him over, The Donald is done.


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