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US Politics & Gov't  (tags: budget, crisis, Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, republicans, teabaggers, hysteria, gop, Congress, gov't shutdown )

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Shortly after Pres. Obama started his second term, a loose-knit coalition of conservative activists led by former Atty Gen Edwin Meese III gathered in the capital to plot strategy. Their push to repeal Mr. Obama's health care law was going nowhere, and...

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Jane H. (139)
Monday October 7, 2013, 10:58 am
The NYT is a credible source, and shows that the Repugnicans are still up to their dirty tricks. Let us hope this one backfires as others have. They simply do not care about regular people, or even the insurance companies which stand to make more money.

Brian M. (210)
Monday October 7, 2013, 11:13 am
The republigoons have already lost the health care battle. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is here and it's already making a difference. The screaming about health care is merely a smoke screen to hide the real battle over increasingly harsh austerity cuts to survival assistance programs including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and food assistance.

As for health care, the private insurance industry wrote much of the Affordable Care Act, so in spite of all their complaining, it is certain that they will all still be making substantial profits. The ACA is a small step in the right direction, but it is just a step. The health care crisis in this nation will not truly be over until we have universal, single-payer, health care. #MedicareForAll.

Brian M. (210)
Monday October 7, 2013, 11:16 am
Pointing out that a source is credible solely because it represents a capitalist point of view is the surest sign that too many people have been indoctrinated to believe that the system that exploits them is the only choice they have. We need to break the set, get out of the box, and open up our system to allow participation by the progressive left in the political process.

Marlene Dinkins (263)
Monday October 7, 2013, 12:19 pm
noted also ty

Roger Garin-michaud (129)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 4:55 pm
noted, thanks

Jason R. (73)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 5:47 pm
I didn't know meese was a Nazi too! I wonder how Rove plans to reign in his tea bagger, college republicans, now that they've gone astray from his indoctrination.

Brian M. (210)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 5:55 pm
It is said that if you give a man a fish, then he eats for a day. And, if you teach a man how to fish, then he will never go hungry. But, as the Republican idealogues are finding out: if you teach a man to steal fish, then there's not telling what he's going to try to steal next. Thus, even an old Ray-gun goosestepper like Meese and Darth Rove are finding out that if you brainwash your devotees into believing that they are orcs, then there is no telling how much political savagery that they will commit.

Katie and Bill D. (116)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 8:52 pm
Boehner is the only Train Wreck there is!! Very interesting Article!
Thank You Brian

Brian M. (210)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 10:38 pm
Boehner is like all the other clowns of the corporate duopoly: he's just a coal shoveller keeping the fires going. Capitalism is the train wreck.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 4:38 am

Robert K. (31)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 7:38 am
Is anyone surprised that Republicans hate the people who can't give them tens of thousands of dollars to destroy democracy?

Dave C. (234)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 8:17 am
...and unwillingness to talk for months so you can claim The President "won't sit down and negotiate".....

Reggie Thomas (5)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 8:53 am
House speaker boehner is incapable of passing a clean Bill without attaching anything to it.2016 will be the fall of the Republican Party.

Brian M. (210)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 11:14 am
Reggie, That would be a good thing. They will certainly get a harsh wake up call in the mid-term elections in 2014. Given that they have embraced an increasingly extremist agenda and, driven all the moderate Republicans into the Dem party, the GOP appears to be more and more the party of the Goofy, Odd, and Pointless. However, as Noam Chomsky pointed out in a video that I posted on C2NN yesterday, the entire political system has shifted right. As the Republicans have gone off the deep end and purged their party of moderates, the Democrat party has increasingly shifted right and adopted a moderate Republican agenda. In essence, we have one party of big business, consisting of only one faction i.e. Republican. It's just a matter of flavors at this point.

Now, the US Constitution does not define or limit how many parties can participate in the political process. It is the system itself and the corporate interests that now control that system that limit Americans' choice to corporate capitalist party A vs corporate capitalist party B. If, as we all hope, the Republican Party implodes and goes the way of the Whigs between now and 2016, then, even if, for whatever defective reasons, Americans prefer to limit themselves to a single choice rather than a multi-party system, then there is hope that the new choice in a new two party system would be a peoples party, one that puts the people over corporate profits. People, peace, and the planet. It's a Green New Day for a Green New Deal.

Sherry D. (47)
Friday October 11, 2013, 1:42 pm
Ten days ago, the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives shut down the federal government.

Two days ago, a pollster identified things that now are more popular than Congress. Here are some of them: Dog poop. Zombies. Witches. Hemorrhoids.

Yesterday, another pollster measured the GOP approval rating. Answer: 28%. No major political party has ever seen an approval rating this low.

Brian M. (210)
Friday October 11, 2013, 2:38 pm
At this rate, the Reps will be less popular than the Whig Party by Samhain(Halloween).
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