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Shorter Health Care Debate

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Found here:

Democrats: “We need health care reform”
Republicans: “Liberal fascists! Give us a majority and we’ll do it better”
Democrats: “Done, you have majority of both houses”

12 years later, health care is irrefutably worse in every respect for every single person in the United States

Democrats: “We need health care reform”
Republicans: “Liberal fascists! Americans are tired of partisan politics!”
Democrats: “OK, let’s compromise”
Republicans: “OK, get rid of half your ideas”
Democrats: “Done”
Republicans: “Too liberal, get rid of half your ideas”
Democrats: “Done”
Republicans: “Too liberal, get rid of half your ideas”

Democrats: “Done”
Republicans: “Too liberal, get rid of half your ideas”
Democrats: “Done”
Republicans: “Too liberal, get rid of half your ideas”
Democrats: “Done. Time to end debate”
Republicans: “Too liberal, we need more debate, we will filibuster to prevent you from voting”
Democrats: “OK, we’ll vote–sorry guys, debate is ended. It’s time to vote on the bill”
Republicans: “Too liberal, we vote no”
Democrats: “OK, it passed anyway–sorry guys.”

One month later

Republicans: “Wait–wait, OK, we have less of a minority now so we can filibuster forever.”
Democrats: “Sorry, the bill already passed, we need it to pass the House now”
Republicans: “But we have enough to filibuster”
Democrats: “Sorry, the bill already passed, we need it to pass the House now”
Republicans: “Liberal fascists! You haven’t listened to our ideas! You’ve shut us out of this whole process!”
Democrats: “Sorry, show us your proposal”
Republicans: “Smaller government”
Democrats: “That’s not very specific”

Republicans: “OK, here’s our detailed proposal–It’s our common-sense ideas we spent 12 years not enacting”
Democrats: “OK, we’ll add a bunch more of your ideas”
Republicans: “Liberal fascists! You included all these back-room deals”
Democrats: “OK, we’ll get rid of the back-room deals”
Republicans: “Liberal fascists! You’re using obscure procedural tricks to eliminate the back-room deals!”
Democrats: “No, we’re using reconciliation, which both parties have used dozens of times for much larger bills”
Republicans: “Liberal fascists! You’re pressuring Congressmen to vote for your bill! Scandal!”
Democrats: “It’s called ‘whipping’, it’s been done since 1789”
Republicans: “Liberal fascists! Can’t you see the American people don’t want this?”

Democrats: “This bill is mildly unpopular (40-50%), doing nothing (your proposal) is extraordinarily unpopular (4-6%)”
Republicans: “We need to start over! We need to start over!”
Democrats: “We should really consider voting–“
Republicans: “Liberal fascists! Start over! Clean slate! Common-sense! America!”

Heavily Annotated “Letter to Conservatives”

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Check out this post for a heavily annotated “Letter to Conservatives” that pretty much documents all the folks that the Republican Party needs to push out of leadership and spokesperson positions if they want to become the real Republican Party again.

Where Does Your Money Go?

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Republican Chairman: $1Million Isn’t A Lot Of Money!

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

GOP Chairman Steele: ‘Trust me, after taxes, a million dollars is not a lot of money’. After taxes, a million dollars is still well over $600,000. I don’t know anyone personally that wouldn’t be DELIGHTED to have $600,000.

Republicans are so out-of-touch that they actually want to RAISE TAXES on the middle class, those making less than $100,000 a year, to give tax breaks to the folks making that measly $1,000,000! After all, if you are making a million dollars, you clearly deserve to keep your money more than some poor sap making $30,000 a year!

Obstruction

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Republication Senator places “blanket hold” to stop 70 nominations, endangering the nation.

Too Important To Ignore

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Health care reform has been watered down to nearly uselessness in my opinion, but there’s hope. Kaiser Health News examines the costs for an average family if the bill doesn’t pass versus if it doesn’t pass. Look at their chart that breaks the costs down for average earners.

So, no, the reform is definitely not what I, and many others, wanted. But it’s better than nothing.

Regressive Taxing?

Thursday, December 17th, 2009


Sales taxes apparently punish the poor far more than an income tax. Who knew? I like not having to do a state income tax, but when you consider what it’s doing to us… well. I’d support replacing our sales tax with an income tax, but only if the state constitution is amended to outlaw sales tax as long as there is a state income tax. One or the other, never both. Because if we have both the structure will get abused.

Via HA.

Dear Nobel Committee

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Although Obama is no doubt a great guy, and has made a lot of promises, he hasn’t actually had time to do anything yet. Your decision to give him the Nobel Peace Prize is incomprehensible. You have not done him any favors with this honor, and in fact may have damaged his ability to accomplish what you want him to do.

I understand that the Nobel Peace Prize is all about Hope and not reality, but seriously, Obama has been in office less than a year.

Someday I hope Obama lives up to your award, but I think giving it to him now was premature. The man is trying to nudge a behemoth. Giving him more controversy just isn’t going to help.

Olbermann On His Father and Health Care

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Transcript and Video (first of five parts).

If you don’t know, Olbermann has been missing a LOT of his shows recently. It’s been due to his father’s illness, and so he’s been in the hospital pretty much constantly for the last couple of months.

Now, I don’t agree with Olbermann on everything, and think he can be terribly shrill at times, but when he speaks from the heart he’s worth listening to. And this was a full episode of him speaking from the heart about health care and his father.

I recommend the transcript, but if you’ve never seen Olbermann in his from-the-heart mode I suggest watching at least a few moments of the videos.

SNL Opening

Saturday, September 26th, 2009


The bit right up to the “Live from New York” announcement is the fun part. I particularly like the Food Network interview. Although the Glenn Beck parody was so spot on it was scary. (If you can’t view it here, you should be able to click and view it at NBC’s site).