Monday April 8, 2013, 5:46 am
While far too many are focused on the proposed cuts to the safety net contained in Obama’s budget, not enough are focused on how the Republican Party is trying trash the safety net. One of the best examples of how they are doing so is RepubliCare. as this excellent editorial by Paul Krugman demonstrates.
Monday April 8, 2013, 6:31 am
Ty and good morning TomCat.
The graphic is such an apt descriptor as the 'mad azz-hatters' slash and cut away at our "new grass" democracy hoping to strike the jugular. . .so deeply damaging striking at the core that unites us all. Reagan's "sloganisms" conveyed not so subtle messages that reinstated permissions [legal or not] to be selfish, greedy, racist, bigoted jerks and proud of it. The confused and desperate feeders at his trough gulped and slobbered away into some strange and nonsensical "magical MBM" oblivion [no disrespect to Sus scrofa, boars et al intended whatsoever.]
"There is no nonsense so gross that society will not, at some time, make a doctrine of it and defend it with every weapon of communal stupidity." ― Robertson Davies
"Empirical studies reveal that authoritarians are frequently enemies of freedom, anti-democratic, anti-equality, highly prejudiced, mean-spirited, power hungry, Machiavellian, and amoral. They are also often conservatives without conscience." ―John Wesley Dean, III, White House Counsel to U.S. Pres. Richard Nixon
“Republicans approve of the American farmer, but they are willing to help him go broke. They stand four-square for the American home--but not for housing. They are strong for labor--but they are stronger for restricting labor's rights. They favor minimum wage--the smaller the minimum wage the better. They endorse educational opportunity for all--but they won't spend money for teachers or for schools. They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine--for people who can afford them. They consider electrical power a great blessing--but only when the private power companies get their rake-off. They think American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.” ―U.S. Pres. Harry S. Truman
A few of the RED states have decided they want the Federal money, they just don't want to spend it on health care.
It's only a bad Federal grant when have to do the right thing.
How many would have been screaming about this if had come down through Nixon, it's close to his idea, he just never had the time before he had to exit. Or Reagan, he said he liked Nixon's thinking, but it's difficult to be the champion of all things right wing and bring in a health care project. Then again, both Bushes talked about the need to do something about our bleeding budget, expenditures in health have been hurting us for years. Take the exact same program, put a RED label in it, and it would just what the doctor ordered.
Monday April 8, 2013, 10:01 am
"It goes without saying that Republicans oppose any expansion of programs that help the less fortunate — along with tax cuts for the wealthy, such opposition is pretty much what defines modern conservatism. But they seem to be having more trouble than in the past defending their opposition without simply coming across as big meanies."
I think the republican party is terrified. I think they know as their aging white demographic continues to slip as a percentage of voters that they are going to go the way of the dinosaurs, starting as early as 2014, and I think they are terrified this will be a permanent shift in American thought and that they'll have no chance at the White House in 2016 either. I think this fear is what is behind their trembling decision to tiptoe into the water and being moving toward approving the idea of gay marriage as if they always had. They can't appease the religious right wing, but they do get that the religious right wing is NOT a plurality, not even close and if they do not move to humanism in their party platforms they will go extinct. I'd not mind that but the best ideas come out spirited debate and I don't want us to lose that either, then again the Democratic party has a very big tent and spirited debate can happen within it. I think eventually, after the posturing, most states are going to come around on this issue. Their people will demand it. They can enjoy a little crow then when they reverse themselves, or find their "majority" has evaporated and their ugly policies reversed by the citizens of their own states. They are eating their own leg, and they still don't know it. And, please, don't tell them. I want to see the look on their faces the morning after the 2014 and 2016 elections, it should be priceless.
Monday April 8, 2013, 1:12 pm
tom, wouldn't be so certain that Mr. Krugman didn't get the idea from you......okay, you're probably correct.....Repuglicare = Give Us All Your Money, then die quickly....to paraphrase Alan Grayson.......
Monday April 8, 2013, 3:31 pm
Obama will get no where with his want to cut Social Security, socializing private pensions. As far as helping the poor, there are no provisions to help them except to pupp billions into Food Stamps and Medicade; two programs that the middle class will have to fund. This is a solution?
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 1:19 am
"Over time, as people come to realize that affordable coverage is now guaranteed, it will have a powerful liberating effect.
But what we still don’t know is how many Americans will be denied that kind of liberation — a denial all the crueler because it will be imposed in the name of freedom."
This whole idea that Medicare/Medicaid is taking away people's freedom is so ludicrous. Having affordable and timely care frees people up of the worry over health and costs, thereby providing more freedom.
It seems that "freedom" is the Republican/Teabagger buzz word geared to hype a certain part of the populace, that part that does not know how to think or act for themselves or their countrymen. Another example —gun control — Mr Obama is taking away your freedom to own guns.
When will people learn? As the song Bobby McGee goes: "Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose, And nothin' ain't worth nothin' but it's free, …". . . . and that's exactly where the Republican/Teabaggers will take the US.
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 9:51 am
"When we raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans, no one dies. When we cut Social Security and Medicare, people die." And the GOP would just as soon people die. It is interesting to me how many people think of the poor as being on welfare and food stamps - the truth is there are thousands of people who get up and go to work every single day, doing crappy jobs and still not having enough money to live decently. The GOP has forgotten the universal law that says, "You get back what you put out". If they invested in our infrastructure, our schools, our science, our people, they would not have to worry about losing a dollar here or there. What you hang on to too tightly, often melts away....
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 10:01 am
I go to the med center of News Max mags/rags all over the place. They oooze republican elitism. I have been so abused by them. I went to an endocrinologist institute to find my Dr. say, "I've looked at your records. This is all wrong". It turns out, they don't know how to do blood tests and misread them all the time. If you need a specialist, don't go to a corporate, right wing one!
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 5:58 pm
Thank you for the news, TomCat! Of course, everyone knows that there is not a rotter in that bunch who will support the President. Personally, I am furious with him about the chained CPI and his proposed cuts. I have wondered if he was a con man or if he was sincere about the promises he made. Although he has accomplished many good things, I think he has been drinking the wrong koolaid and lost his way in that ivory tower in which he lives. (N, P, T)