June 21, 2009
We all know that Andrew Sullivan is easily impressed by Barack Obama. But a lot of us have higher standards and don’t think it’s enough to issue an anodyne statement after all this time, just so that the President can get to what he perceives to be more important matters now that the anodyne statement has been delivered.
I also have professional reasons against it. The short version is this - if there's single payer health then there will be a healthcare lien against every single civil action out there. That isn't the problem, the problem is going to be the impossibility of dealing with the governmental entity in charge of handling this. If it's anything at all like dealing with Medicare now, then this is going to be a disaster.
tl;dr below the fold
One more thing before the fold: I do find it completely hilarious that the trial lawyers massively supported someone who will make being a personal injury trial attorney nearly economically impossible. I do believe that the esteemed Nelson Muntz summed that up best.
June 20, 2009
The single most transparent and damaging myth in American political discourse is also one of the most unquestioned: The Liberal Media.Who told you about that myth, Gleen? Was it Rick Ellensburg? Or, maybe Thomas Ellers? Or was it a magical Brazilian unicorn, perhaps?
June 19, 2009
June 18, 2009
Obviously, had a Conservative outlet done this, you can guess the cries of bigotry that would erupt.
"Could you say 'senator' instead of 'ma'am?' It's just a thing. I worked so hard to get that title. I'd appreciate it."
--Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) to Brigadier General Michael Walsh during Senate hearing Tuesday, when he the general repeatedly said, "Yes, ma'am," and "No, ma'am," when answering Boxer's questions at hearing she chaired on New Orleans' levee system.
Can't hear me? Maybe some sign language might help.
*as an aside, and wildly OT, that photo is the best thing a Rockefeller Republican ever did. And it can be used to represent the RINO view of the Conservatives. But I digress.
"Well, isn't that...what friends are for?"
I'll leave Mr. Aravosis with something else that...well, it just works. It's below the fold...
June 17, 2009
June 16, 2009
"The goal is, and I think the president underscored his commitment to transparency on his first full day in office," Gibbs said. "This is not a contest between this administration or that administration or any administration. It's to uphold the principle of open government."Um, yeah, see, the administration you work for has consistently tried to paint itself as more transparent than the eeeeeevil Chimpy McBu$hitler regime while, at the same time, quietly keeping a lot of the same policies of that administration. The very same policies Obama decried while he was out on the stump. Funny, that.
Like I said, I don't really disagree with the policy, but this smacks of rank hypocrisy. You can't have it both ways. Well, unless you've got most of the MSM eating out of your hand.
According to our preliminary assessment, enacting the proposal would result in a net increase in federal budget deficits of about $1.0 trillion over the 2010-2019 period. When fully implemented, about 39 million individuals would obtain coverage through the new insurance exchanges. At the same time, the number of people who had coverage through an employer would decline by about 15 million (or roughly 10 percent), and coverage from other sources would fall by about 8 million, so the net decrease in the number of people uninsured would be about 16 million or 17 million.
Wait! Assume that 47 or 48 million are uninsured. That leaves roughly 30 million still unisured. Hmmm....
These new figures do not represent a formal or complete cost estimate for the draft legislation, for several reasons. The estimates provided do not address the entire bill—only the major provisions related to health insurance coverage. Some details have not been estimated yet, and the draft legislation has not been fully reviewed. Also, because expanded eligibility for the Medicaid program may be added at a later date, those figures are not likely to represent the impact that more comprehensive proposals—which might include a significant expansion of Medicaid or other options for subsidizing coverage for those with income below 150 percent of the federal poverty level—would have both on the federal budget and on the extent of insurance coverage.
Oh boy. This should be good.
How does one of the leading thinkers on the left view Ahmadinejad?
Ahmadinejad is in most ways a classic right-winger, a demagogic nationalist and cultural conservative. In a manner somewhat reminiscent of a Sarah Palin, however, he clothes this right-wing politics in a language of class resentment, painting his more pragmatic and reformist opponents as decadent elites out of touch with ordinary people. Unlike the populists of the American right, however, he merges this rhetoric with something resembling an actual populist economic agenda. The main element has been the use of oil revenue to expand the state sector of the economy in an attempt to distribute wealth more broadly throughout the country. This approach has gained Ahmadinejad a loyal following among the rural poor and public employees, but Iran’s objective economic performance has been disappointing, even during the great oil boom years.
Yeah, except that whole "distraction" about Israel needing to go away, he's a classic "Palinite".
Safeway's program was profiled in the WSJ recently. I can only assume that Obama intends to give tax incentives for being healthier, which translates into "We're going to tax you for being unhealthy." The fact that the left-libertarians are not howling like gibbons about this mystifies me, but that's a discussion for another time.
I actually watched the CEO of Safeway being interviewed by Mike Huckabee about this (was at hotel, been drinking, no computer), and the word I kept hearing during that interview was control. I don't like to hear CEOs talking control, government talking about control like that scares the hell out of me. I should note too, the Hucktard's band did an original song for that taping, the song being about, of course, the greatness of Mike Huckabee. Modesty.
The good news is that I think that as long as the GOP leadership can show the level of competence I think they're capable of (and I'm setting the bar seriously fucking low here), with conservative media and thinktanks on the attack, I think we can bog down and ultimately stop Obamacare, but it is going to be at least an Amnesty-level slog, probably worse, so get ready.
June 15, 2009
Vice President Joe Biden says “everyone guessed wrong” on the impact of the economic stimulus
Well shucks, it was only a few trillion in frivolous pork projects after all!
Geoff provides the entertainment.
One of Obama's first questions from the audience wasn't from a mere concerned citizen, but from a former Democratic Party candidate for Congress that wants a socialist, single payer system to be implemented raising the suspicion that the administration knew exactly who was going to ask questions and what they were going to ask.
This questioner can be seen in a CNN video covering the Green Bay event. The woman is identified as "Paulette Guerin" and labeled as an "attendee" of the meeting on the CNN segment. In fact CNN got the spelling of the woman's last name wrong, it's not Guerin, but Garin. Additionally this "attendee" is far from just the average Wisconsin citizen just out for the day to hear the president's ideas. Paulette Garin is far more than just another one of the folks.
Given the fact that any politician worth their salt will vet a speaker and/or an attendee, just to make sure no undercover troublemaker makes it through, you can bet your ass Obama knew about this. And I love the intense vetting the media gave this woman after asking this question, especially since they declared it their duty to vet a plumber who had the audacity to be standing on his lawn when Obama went up to him back in the fall.
June 12, 2009
Since I was about 18 I've been loudly saying that I can't wait until the Boomers start dying off so that they'll STFU about Vietnam. So, yeah, I'm tempermentally inclined to agree with that notion.
Which is not to say I agree with Klein's position, it's just that I find it completely and totally point and laugh hilarious that Boomers are pushing for the type of coverage that will result in them being allowed to die off. Yeah. Don't see that happening, really.
June 10, 2009
Now that I've disclaimed, what. the. ever. loving. hell. is. she. wearing?
I would say the same thing if Sarah Palin were wearing it. What *is* that? Not only is it ugly but it's incredibly unflattering to her. Seriously, did she piss someone off that much that she was advised that it was hip and trendy? Really, are there no mirrors around?
Pallete cleansers below the fold - mildly NSFW (and stunningly Dita free but don't let that dissaude you) [also bipartisan so y'all don't whine at me you bunch of whiners].
Well, now the Democrats want to give people $4500 for cars not on the Official Environmentalist Approved Unless You're a Prominent Democrat, Then You Can Drive Whatever the Fuck You Want ListTM, to go toward buying a car on the Approved List, a Car Buyback. Basically, tax dollars are going to be paying $4500 for sub one thousand shitmobiles, and who knows, maybe they'll trick old widows into giving up their $5000-15000 Buicks and Cadillacs that they drive to the grocery store and mass once a week, too. It's like they're literally throwing every shitty leftist idea they've got at the economy, and just like the Bradys, they'll fail miserably.
I'm not worried about the left anymore, they're going to implode (along with our economy, alas), I'm more worried about the corrupt/breathtakingly stupid shitbags in the GOP leadership fucking up a golden opportunity when the Democrats get routed in the next few elections.
June 08, 2009
All told, the auditors estimated that DOE could save more than $1.5 million annually on energy bills if the staff just implemented the government’s own power-saving guidelines. And that’s just at the seven facilities surveyed, the report noted. Department-wide the savings could be greater.
The episode highlights one of the toughest challenges in curbing energy usage: changing behavior isn’t easy. The most sure path to improving efficiency might be measures that don’t rely on human nature to work—like putting more insulation in the walls.
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