Excerpt: Here are a few truths: First, we've been living
in a one-dollar, one-vote corporatized democracy for a long time.
If this is news to you, then you're probably
also shocked to learn that the U.S. Constitution, by awarding two senators
to each of what H.L. Mencken called "the cow
states" was deliberately crafted to make fundamental change difficult.
Who made "moderates" like Blanche Lincoln of
Arkansas, Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Joe Lieberman of Aetna (ha
Alas, the founding fathers did.
Living in such a polity, anybody who thought entrenched
interests like the insurance, pharmaceutical and hospital industries
weren't going to find ways to make money off
healthcare reform probably wasn't paying attention back at the beginning,
when Obama said that despite the abstract appeal
of a Canadian-style single-payer system, it was a political non-starter.
As Greenwald points out, that told you right
there that the White House was going to settle for the best corporate compromise
it could get.
Sure, there's a risk of backlash. The problem
is no universal or near-universal health-insurance plan - public or private
- can be voluntary. Mandates are, well, mandatory
to prevent opportunists from gaming the system: Buying insurance
only after they get sick. Nobody can insure "previously
existing conditions" if clients come and go at will.
If you like schools kids singing' and dancin' this is just what you need.
"I don't honestly know what this president
believes. But I believe if he doesn't figure it out soon, he's going to set back the Democratic
Party and the progressive movement by decades. What we're seeing is weakness, waffling, and wandering
through the wilderness without an ideological compass."
-- Drew Weston, wehateclintons.com
That may be but you have to admit - he's being nice and polite.
Do you get the feeling the Democrats fight like girls while the
Rethugs fight like soldiers?
Your Bartship, being the busy guy I know you must
be, you probably missed the so-called "news" media
flapping their sewers that the unelected Moron
was renewing not only BlackWater's
contracts in Iraq and
Afghanland, but hundreds of other contracts to
fuck up Obama's act. He made them long term on purpose.
If the Dems had any balls (Should I finish?) they
could have, and still can, legally argue that since the Iraq
occupation is illegal to begin with, all contracts
are thereby cancelled, and all troops pack up and come back Stateside.
But, knowing the Party of Jellyfish, it ain't
By the way, a Happy Holiday season to you, Mrs.
Bart and all the furry alarm clocks at your homestead.
Excerpt: Michelle Bachmann hates "socialistic government
handouts" - unless she's getting them.
Turns out Bachmann is something of a welfare
queen, herself. That’s right, the anti-government
insurrectionist has taken more than a quarter-million
dollars in government handouts thanks to
corrupt farming subsidies she has been collecting
for at least a decade.
A search has found that Bachmann is perfectly
at ease with profiting from taxpayer largesse.
According to the Environmental Working Group
organization’s records, Bachmann’s family farm
$251,973 in federal subsidies
between 1995 and 2006...
However, Bachmann doesn’t think other Americans
should benefit from such protection and assistance.
She voted against every foreclosure relief bill
aimed at helping average homeowners (despite the fact that
her district had the highest foreclosure rate
in Minnesota), saying that bailing out homeowners would be
"rewarding the irresponsible while punishing
those who have been playing by the rules."
That’s right, the subsidy queen wants the rest
of us to be responsible.
Of course, we can depend on the Democrats to keep this quiet.
Why bother scroing political points when you're in politics?
When the poor get welfare, that's "wasting money."
When the already-rich get welfare, that's "a tax cut."
Democrats are like the idiots in the "Scream" movies.
You know how I'm always saying, "Just list the facts?"
The Democrats can't list the facts because that'd be like someone in
a horror movie saying,
that the about-to-be-victims should be on the lookout for the escaped
They know the slasher is in the area, yet they still
walk into the room without turning on the light.
That's our Democrats in action.
If Democrats would say, "Health care is bankrupt,
we need to fix it," that would make sense.
Instead, just to keep the movie premise justifyable, they say everything
BUT what needs to be said.
Remember The China Syndrome?
When they came close to a total meltdown, they asked Jack Lemmon what
and all he could do was sputter and stammer, "There
was a vibration!"
That's our Democrats in action.
When Jodie Foster testified about her time travel, she failed to list
and she came off like some loon who made it all up.
That's our Democrats in action.
Anyone else tired of the Democrats refusing to list the bullet points
that people can remember?
The Rethugs have bo trouble with sound bites, but our Democrats and
they can't even figure out monkey see, monkey do.
Bart, Indeed, russ told the truth but I'll save
If he feels so strongly about the public option,
perhaps as strongly as Ben Nelson feels about anti abortion,
then why didn't he pull a kissyface and just
announce he will not sign the bill without a public option.
He announces that he will sign the final bill
even without it and goes on to blame Obama.
Sure Oboma is being a douche but there's plenty
of blame to go around 60 of them assholes are voting
for it without a public option and they can all
kiss my ass I blame them all for this piece of shit legislation.
Russ makes alot of noise but he's a pussy and
won't fight the fight any better than the rest of em.
When are you gonna take fuckin Inhofe's job so
someone can kick some ass?
Stay well man, it's your best health care option.
I believe the herb helps keep me out of the doctors
My 2 cents worth for whatever a minnesota hick
with a 67 IQ is worth.
Excerpt: Dozens of cars and trucks are stranded on Interstates,
turnpikes and highways around Green Country.
ODOT crews say the sheer volume of stranded vehicles
is the biggest obstacle in getting the roads clear.
Tulsa turned into a ghost town in a matter of
hours. On major interstates, drivers just gave up.
Martin Stewart of ODOT said, "People were getting
stuck, getting scared to drive in it, visibility was low.
They were just getting out and leaving their
I was home with Mrs Bart and the kitties.
We had plenty of food and liquor and God's flowers and heat.
Tulsa gets paralyzed, swear to Koresh, by two inches of snow.
Snow is so rare here nobody knows how to drive on it.
That blizzard was Thursday.
Here it is Monday and the streets and highways still aren't
Excerpt: Certain pundits are struggling with finding an
appropriate name for the decade now mercifully coming to an end.
What's the problem, I wonder? Are their word processor
dictionaries redacted of all four-letter words?
I mean, I could think of a few dandies, right
of the top of my head.
Short of the 1860s or 1930s, this was perhaps
the most disastrous decade in American history,
and it deserves a good goddamed label to celebrate
that fine achievement.
More on that below. Meanwhile, whatever the appropriate
term, it's important to keep things in perspective.
I think the most crucial notion to understand
about our time - and perhaps the only way to make sense of it
- is to see it as the point where the process
of imperial decline shifted into third gear. That explains a lot.
I like to think that even Americans wouldn't
be capable of the sick stupidity we've witnessed over these
harrowing years without the effects of rapid
altitude decline and the loss of cabin pressure that the ship
of state has been experiencing during this era.
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"CPAC will be co-sponsored this year by ...
drum-roll: The John Birch Society! It's a prefect match for today's conservatism:
paranoid, angry, convinced of a Jihadist-Communist plot, and deeply
deeply populist and, er, white. Genius." -- Andrew Sullivan,
proud to be a Republican, Link
Is Sullivan a Rethug because he hates the
Clintons so much?
"My backing for Dole in 1996 was entirely on
character grounds: I was fine with Clinton's substantive policies and
preferred them to Dole's, but felt that Clinton's lying was so pathological that we couldn't
risk another term. -- Andrew Sullivan,
proud to be a Republican, Link
Clinton's a liar? Really?
Compared to who?
How many thousands of soldiers did Clinton lie into their graves?
How many truckloads of weapons did Clinton sell to terrorists?
How many elections did Clinton steal or rig?
Insane Rethugs - they want the jaywalkers punished
while the murderers and rapists and war starters go free.
Excerpt: Many on the left have been bemoaning the passage
of the Senate health care bill, believing it has been gutted to the point
where if anything it has become more of a Christmas
gift to insurance companies, therefore better to sink it.
While there is much truth in this sentiment, the
many positives in the bill have been seemingly tossed by the wayside,
receiving little if any well-deserved attention.
Ezra Klein and Kevin Drum have both done yeoman's work in their efforts
to highlight many of the bill's pluses.
A key point Kevin makes is this imperfect attempt
at reform is a move forward and essentially lays a foundation on which
to build, to years down the road not just modify
what is in need of fixing, but to also pass measures that compliment existing
policy in the bill. Before you know it, a once
severely compromised bill "matures" into an increasingly stronger bedrock
reform -- much like how coral serves as the foundational
base of a reef. If not for the coral, all that follows in terms of growth
and life forms taking hold would be impossible.
If anything, we should look at this bill as a
first salvo or shot across the bow.
But they say it doesn't kick in until 2015.
By then, President Palin will be in her third year and she'll dismantle
Excerpt: "When the dinner was over, "I don't think I'm
dying. I go to sit down and nobody's meeting my eye.
Only Tony Snow comes over and says I'm doing
a great job." Then Scalia came his way and told him he was brilliant.
"I said, oh, shit, don't let me like Antonin Scalia!"
Wondering what exit he should use, Colbert recalls
being approached by actor Harry Lennix.
Colbert indicated that he sensed some of the
audience wasn't happy. "And Lennix said, 'Fuck these people."
Hmmm, I don't know Harry Lennix but I like his style.
Excerpt: The highest-profile Democratic hold-out on Obamacare,
Nelson said last week, 'My vote is not for sale.'
He obviously meant that in the sense that he'd
be righteously indignant at any suggestion that his vote
could possibly be bought for anything less than
the low nine digits.
Nelson got the feds to pick up forevermore 100
percent of the additional Medicaid spending that will be
imposed on Nebraska by the bill. In stereotypically
Orwellian fashion, the provision is called 'Equitable Support
for Certain States.' That, naturally enough,
translates into special, inequitable support for three states, totaling
$1.2 billion over ten years. Vermont and Massachusetts
argue they are due the funds for prior expansions
of Medicaid, but what's Nebraska's excuse?
By the standards of Washington, Nelson deserves
to be named 'legislator of the year,' with distinction in gross
backroom dealing. His plunder perfectly encapsulates
the current Democratic project in all its shameless audacity.
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