Wednesday Reads: No Nothing Nada

Good Morning!

Man, trying to find articles for today’s morning reads was excruciating.  When a trending topic is Fox News ridiculous paper clip bash on Obama’s use of a large black plastic clip to hold together his American Jobs Act, you know the pickings are going to be slim.

Since I’ve mentioned the damn thing, might as well post some links on that:

Obama’s bill makes it illegal to discriminate against unemployed – The Hill’s Floor Action

President Obama’s American Jobs Act, which he presented to Congress on Monday, would make it illegal for employers to run advertisements saying that they will not consider unemployed workers, or to refuse to consider or hire people because they are unemployed.

The proposed language is found in a section of the bill titled “Prohibition of Discrimination in Employment on the Basis of an Individual’s Status as Unemployed.” That section would also make it illegal for employers to request that employment agencies take into account a person’s unemployed status.

It would allow for people to sue companies if they were discriminated against because of long-term unemployment. Of course, the rich and employed GOP Reps are not going for it. One in particular, and surprise he is from Texas, Rep.Louie Gohmert has said it will create a new class of sue happy people, and the trial lawyers will be the ones who get new jobs…

“So if you’re unemployed, and you go to apply for a job and you’re not hired for that job, see a lawyer,” Gohmert said on the House floor. “You might be able to file a claim because you got discriminated against because you’re unemployed.”

He said this provision would only discourage companies from interviewing unemployed candidates, and would “help trial lawyers who are not having enough work,” since there are about 14 million unemployed Americans.

“That’s 14 million potential new clients that could go hire a lawyer and file a claim because they didn’t get hired even though they were unemployed,” he said.

Take a minute to read some of the comments on that link…there are some who realize the problem, and think it is a good addition to the AJA bill. But then read some of the vile comments that readers make, reminiscent of the debate crowd cheering for allowing uninsured people to drop dead, it is downright frightening.

There has really been a growing disgust for the long-term unemployed, have you noticed it? The “Us and Them” viewpoint is getting louder and more abrasive. The language that some people are using when discussing the unemployed has become as nasty as the language they use when talking about welfare mothers.  Maybe these hateful people would like to see a big scarlet U mandate on the unemployed, make it a condition to get your unemployment check…you must have a U sewn onto your clothing, which they will inspect when you go to pee in a cup for that pre-funding drug test you’ll have to pay for.

Just a side note, my mind has wandered. Yesterday my son asked if anything as horrible as the Holocaust could ever happen again.  His actual question was could there be another Hitler, would Hitler be able to get away with killing all those people today. And the answer I gave him was yes.  I don’t mean that ovens for the unemployed will pop up across the US, but damn…the tension is rising all over the world.  Austerity is giving hate a fertile breeding ground, this bad economy is bringing out the worst in people who are not being affected negatively by this Age of Austerity. </sidenote>

A new plan has been suggested by some Democrats in office.  Liberal Democrats announce jobs platform to the left of Obama’s – The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room

At a news conference, members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus said Obama’s proposal was a good start, but that their own agenda would do even more to put people to work.

The CPC platform focuses on six areas for job creation and calls for a national infrastructure bank, green technology investment, new public-sector spending for job creation and closing tax loopholes and subsidies for big American businesses as well as discouraging large bonuses for CEOs of big corporations.

The framework includes a $227 billion jobs bill sponsored by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) that aims to create 2.2 million jobs through funding for school improvement, police and firefighter services, local healthcare providers, the Early Head Start program and park-improvement services.

Schakowsky’s proposal would be funded by separate legislation, also sponsored by her, that raises taxes on millionaires and billionaires. Her legislation would also cut subsidies for major oil companies and close tax loopholes for corporations that hire employees outside the United States.

While the progressive Democrats’ proposals focus on new spending, Obama’s jobs package includes mostly tax cuts, including an extension and expansion of the payroll tax cut introduced this year.

I’m glad there are some Dems actually doing something productive, but come on…get real! You think any spending bill that is funded by raising taxes on those very people who would rather see a poor man die is gonna get passed.

Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) stressed that it was important for Democrats to not cave in on pieces of either Obama’s jobs plan or the CPC’s job-creation agenda.

“Half a loaf is not enough in the United States of America,” Woolsey said. “The whole proposal is what we must have now.”

Yeah, no kidding…but even going out and taking this CPC plan out to the people seems like a stretch to me. Maybe it will be well accepted, but when I hear the folks around my part of Banjoland, they are all speaking the Fox News language of no more debt, don’t have money to pay for new projects that would create jobs. And these are people who are suffering from underemployment and unemployment. It is like they repeat the same phrases they hear fron Neal Boortz and Rush and the other right wing loud mouths, and it is just not repeating, it is parroting the tone and expression of the talking heads that really make me cringe.

Oh, and I want you to look at the comments on this post as well.  I don’t know, but I have found myself looking at what people are saying on the articles I read.  It usually makes me feel even more discouraged but maybe I am just over all the crap plans these politicians are proposing.

Speaking of crap, Austerity crap that is: IMF: Austerity boosts unemployment, lowers paychecks – The Washington Post

These past few years, the Republican line on job creation has been simple: Cut government spending, tame the deficit, and unemployment will fall. Maybe not tomorrow, maybe not the day after, but soon. “To put it simply,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R- Va.) said last spring, “less government spending means more private-sector jobs.” But that’s not exactly a rigorous study. So here’s a rigorous study.

In a new paper for the International Monetary Fund, Laurence Ball, Daniel Leigh and Prakash Loungani look at 173 episodes of fiscal austerity over the past 30 years—with the average deficit cut amounting to 1 percent of GDP. Their verdict? Austerity “lowers incomes in the short term, with wage-earners taking more of a hit than others; it also raises unemployment, particularly long-term unemployment.”

More specifically, an austerity program that curbs the deficit by 1 percent of GDP reduces real incomes by about 0.6 percent and raises unemployment by almost 0.5 percentage points. What’s more, the IMF notes, the losses are twice as big when the central bank can’t cut rates (a good description of the present.) Typically, income and employment don’t fully recover even five years after the austerity program is put in place.

How many studies and reports is it going to take to make these people realize Austerity isn’t the answer.  It only brings on more income inequality, lower incomes get lower, higher incomes get higher.

Some austerity programs can be harsher than others. The IMF study notes that plans to reduce the deficit can be particularly brutal if central banks “do not or cannot blunt some of the pain through a monetary policy stimulus.” (In 1992, Italy and Finland took steps to rein in their deficits but mitigated the discomfort by depreciating their currencies and boosting exports.) Meanwhile, if multiple countries are all carrying out austerity at the same time, the overall pain is likely to be greater. This sums up the current debt crisis in the euro zone: Individual euro member states can’t depreciate their own currencies because they’re all on the euro; the European Central Bank isn’t providing much monetary stimulus; and the economically ailing countries are all dragging one another other down.

But this IMF paper isn’t new proof that austerity doesn’t work in a bad economy, we have read Dakinikat’s posts about this…her little fingers must be so bruised and callused from typing the same words repeatedly.

This looks like a good time to post this link, h/t Maddow Blog:

BTS | Maps of Structurally Deficient Bridges on the National Highway System

A visual map of US bridges that need improvements.  It’s from information gathered a few years ago, so there are probably more little green dots on that map now…but it illustrates a point. A painful one at that.

Hmmm, that word green reminds me, there is more news about the Solyndra mess: Emails: Obama White House Monitored Huge Loan to ‘Connected’ Firm – ABC News

Newly uncovered emails show the White House closely monitored the Energy Department’s deliberations over a $535 million government loan to Solyndra, the politically-connected solar energy firm that recently went bankrupt and is now the subject of a criminal investigation.

The emails were “shared” with ABC…I get an image of the parking garage scene in All The President’s Men…

…internal emails uncovered by investigators for the House Energy and Commerce Committee that were shared exclusively with ABC News show the Obama administration was keenly monitoring the progress of the loan, even as analysts were voicing serious concerns about the risk involved. “This deal is NOT ready for prime time,” one White House budget analyst wrote in a March 10, 2009 email, nine days before the administration formally announced the loan.

“If you guys think this is a bad idea, I need to unwind the W[est] W[ing] QUICKLY,” wrote Ronald A. Klain, who was chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, in another email sent March 7, 2009.

Whoa…the plot appears to be getting thicker doesn’t it.

Ah, the word “thick” brings me to the topic of my last links for the day. Michele Bachmann, and believe me this GOP candidate is about as “thickheaded” as they come.  By thickheaded I mean she is clueless…a moron.

Michele Bachmann: U.S. Immigration ‘Worked Very, Very Well’ Under The Asian Exclusion Act | ThinkProgress

In 1924, Congress passed a package of immigration laws — including the National Origins Act and the Asian Exclusion Act — establishing a quota system giving preferential treatment to European immigrants. Under these laws, the number of immigrants who could be admitted from a given country was capped at a percentage of the number of people from that nation who were living in the United States in 1890. Because Americans were overwhelmingly of European descent in 1890, the practical effect of these laws was an enormous thumb on the scale encouraging white immigration.

These quotas were eliminated by the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, an act which is widely credited for opening up our nation to new Americans of Asian and Central and South American descent. At last night’s CNN/Tea Party Republican presidential candidates’ debate, however, Bachmann claimed this decision to eliminate our past, misguided immigration policy was a big mistake.

The immigration system in the United States worked very, very well up until the mid-1960s when liberal members of Congress changed the immigration laws. What works is to have people come into the United States with a little bit of money in their pocket, legally, with sponsors so that if anything happens to them they don’t fall back on the taxpayers to take care of them.

It not only barred Asians from immigrating to this country, it also made the Asians that were already here ineligible for citizenship.

See, she’s a moron!

But as this last link points out, Bachmann isn’t the only thickheaded one these days.  Tommy Christopher discusses how the Media Fails The Public By Allowing Michele Bachmann To Spread HPV Vaccine Misinformation CNN NBC | Michele Bachmann | HPV vaccine fail | Mediaite

Within the past 24 hours, I have watched at least three different mainstream journalists allow Rep. Michele Bachmann to claim that the HPV vaccine is “dangerous,” and that it might cause “mental retardation,” without challenging her, or notifying their audiences (of millions) that the vaccine is safe. First, Wolf Blitzer let it sail by during last night’s CNN/Tea Party debate, then CNN’s John King followed suit during a post-debate interview, and The Today Show‘s Matt Lauer skated by it Tuesday morning. These journalists are failing their most important function, to act in the public’s interest.

…someone at CNN should have checked it out during the time between Blitzer’s question and John King’s post-debate interview.

But there’s simply no excuse for Lauer’s failure to challenge Bachmann the following morning. She didn’t bring up the HPV vaccine, Lauer did, and he already knew she was going around claiming that it’s harmful. Hell, without knowing anything about HPV, any reporter would challenge the “evidence” as Bachmann presented it.

This isn’t about making Michele Bachmann look stupid. While Blitzer, King, and Lauer could have asked her to respond to the science that refutes her claims, they could also have simply paused to mention that the CDC, the FDA, and every non-quack in the known world says the vaccine is safe. Ten seconds. In each case, though, these journalists were more concerned about refereeing a food fight between Bachmann and Rick Perry, so their massive audiences got a dose of real poison: misinformation about a life-saving drug.

CNN is running a segment with Dr. Cohen that tries to put the right information about the vaccine out there, but will it reach the same volume of people as the high-profile debate? I doubt it.  Tommy Christopher goes on to write,

Let’s set aside the politics of this for a moment (and I’m biting through my lip to do that). Whether you think the vaccine ought to be mandatory or not, it is imperative that people making the choice whether to vaccinate their kids (or themselves) have accurate information. The HPV vaccine prevents a virus that causes cervical cancer, so this is a life-and-death issue.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the HPV vaccine is as safe, if not safer than, any other vaccine. Only .05% of patients who took the vaccine reported any adverse effects at all, and of those, 8% were considered serious, and none (zero) of them could be linked to the vaccine itself. You’d get more reports than that from people who ate a Tic Tac.

The window in which the vaccine is not unlimited, either. It’s only proven effective for ages 12-26. Whatever your beliefs about the government’s ability to mandate the vaccine, I would hope that everyone would bear in mind that not every sex act is a sin (or even consensual), and that not every sin deserves to be punished with cancer.

A point many have made about this HPV vaccine. Sex isn’t always consensual.

Now, people have every right in the world to be skeptical of science, but they need to be told about the science. If even one person dies because Michele Bachmann scared them out of taking the HPV vaccine (well-meaning though she may be), that will be a tragedy, one that could have been avoided if the media did its job.

The media has neglected its job enough lately. They need to step up and ask the questions that need to be asked. Otherwise, the term “free press” will be just a worthless phrase…how can anything be “free” if it is getting its advertising and sponsor revenue from people who have a specific agenda. Hey, and remember, “people” includes corporations, cause corporations are people too.

That’s is it for me, the cool side of the pillow is calling me. Share some thoughts and I’ll catch y’all later in the comments.

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29 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: No Nothing Nada”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    By now you may have heard the Dems lost the NY seat that was held by Weiner.
    Look at what the headline for drudge says:

    WTH does that mean?

    And in Georgia, you know the state that Obama is so keen on it’s Georgia Works slaves program: Grady now charging non-residents | 11alive.com

    Grady Hospital is changing the way it provides medical care for uninsured people who live outside of DeKalb and Fulton counties.

    The hospital’s board has approved a new policy saying uninsured patients who come to Grady for non-emergency care will have to pay in full before receiving medical services. In addition, the hospital will provide them with financial counseling.

    Grady is known for its trauma care, and they get a lot of patients flown in from around the state.
    These people will not have to pay before they get treatment, so the new policy states:

    … with financial support coming from just Fulton and DeKalb counties, uninsured patients are now being told to pay up front or visit tax exempt hospitals in Georgia’s other counties for standard non-urgent care.

    The exception to the rule will be emergency room care and patients who come to Grady for specialized treatment.

    The article says that visits to Grady’s emergency room will be $300 and the cost for the walk-in clinic? $260

    Pete Correll, Grady Hospital Board Chairman, says the decision to turn the uninsured way was not easy.

    “This is a journey. We are going to treat people with compassion but we simply don’t have the money. There are tax free hospitals in every county in Georgia. They have an obligation to serve and we are just going to have to say — please step up and do your share,” Correll said.

    Correll says people won’t just be turned away.

    “The first thing we do is take them to financial counseling and we get them to disclose their background. We want to be sure first of all that they don’t qualify for some federal program they don’t know they qualify for,” said Correll.

    Yeah, screen them to see if they qualify for programs they are too stupid to know about. That is like a PLUB using the “concerned for women’s health” BS in passing laws that make women’s clinics meet the same exact standards for hospitals. (Ah, it is early and you know what I mean.)

    • Woman Voter says:

      By blocking SIngle Payer, the Public Option and the Medicare Buy In, Obama essentially brought all these problems to pop up. The people that believed he was going to help them, didn’t research what he did to the Illinois Public Option Bill that was going to help low income and those in poverty. In Illinois the insurance companies named him the best legislator, because he made sure the bill had no teeth and people still remained uninsured.

      It is a shame, that while the US is in every world power committee and a sitting member there is one thing among those other countries that make us different; We don’t have Universal Care for our citizens.

      Those people that refuse to open up the primary for Obama are essentially saying they approve of what he did to us with his health care agenda. Every month when I get my bill I know it was his doing and his patronage that brought me skyrocketing premiums and have left many more in the uninsured ranks (Including my brother who voted for Obama and now says he made a mistake, he should have supported Hillary.).

      • Fannie says:

        Lest we forget………..in 2008 Michelle Obama was Vice Pres. of Uni. Med. Center, where she was paid $320,000 a year to dump uninsured black people to other health care centers…….

        Lest we forget…………….same damn thing is happening today.

    • Fannie says:

      So those hospitals are tax free status? I think it’s time about 3000 uninsured people laid down on the highway outside the hospital…………

  2. paper doll says:

    dang good round up for nada out there!

    GA Chain gangs! I was waiting for that

    perhaps Durge means the Jewish voters of NYC won’t automatically vote Dem now?

    I know this was blogged about earlier, but my cat died and I have been MIA

    Record number of Americans in poverty

    http://tinyurl.com/3layxfp

    Amidst clear signs of a world economy sinking into a depression, the response of the ruling class is to push for massive austerity. States and local governments throughout the country are implementing cuts in the most basic programs to prevent poverty. The Michigan state government, for example, passed a measure this month that will cut 41,000 people from welfare assistance, including nearly 30,000 children, beginning October 1.

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      Oh, sorry about your cat paperdoll. Maybe you are right about the drudge headline, but it seemed slimy to me.

      • paper doll says:

        Oh, sorry about your cat paperdoll.

        Thanks Minx. She’s in another world…but so are we! She seemed fine 4 days ago…now we are in a post Skittles world. A weird place….when one is in a medical waiting room, the omnipresent CNN and such blasting seems even more sureal than usual .It’s all based on one leaping to hyper spun hot buttons…but in that situation, one does not leap…. an interesting perspective ensues . I started laughing and I think I worried the vet techs!

        Maybe you are right about the drudge headline, but it seemed slimy to me.

        oh of course it’s slimy too …it’s Durdge! lol!

    • Woman Voter says:

      It is hard when a pet dies, big cyber hug to you. Sending you good thoughts.

    • JeanLouise says:

      I’m sorry about your kitty, paperdoll.

    • dakinikat says:

      So sorry to hear about your furry family member. That’s always a tough thing to handle.

      • paper doll says:

        Thank you all for the cyber hugs. Because I work from home, the cues are endless. Many here have walked though this fire, as I have myself. Thank you all again

  3. Minkoff Minx says:

    Paul Krugman on that IMF report: The Death of the Confidence Fairy – NYTimes.com

    In the first half of last year a strange delusion swept much of the policy elite on both sides of the Atlantic — the belief that cutting spending in the face of high unemployment would actually create jobs. I went after this stuff early and hard (I suspect that the confidence fairy will be one of my lasting contributions to economic discourse); still, it’s good to have a steadily mounting weight of evidence about just how wrong that view was.

    The latest entry is a comprehensive review of past episodes of austerity by economists at the IMF, from which the figure above is taken. Yes, contractionary policy is contractionary. And as the authors point out, it’s probably even more contractionary than usual under current conditions
    [...]
    Unfortunately, austerity programs are now the rule everywhere; even if the new Obama plan became law, which it won’t, it would only slow the pace of fiscal consolidation in America, and there’s nothing like it even on the table elsewhere.

    Economic policy: we’re doing it wrong.

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      Just a couple other links for you all:

      Boehner plan cuts 2012 spending – POLITICO.com Print View

      In a surprising bit of hardball, House Republicans confirmed that they had been actively considering a plan to tamper with the August budget agreement by cutting even more from 2012 spending in order to put pressure on Senate Democrats to come to terms faster on domestic bills for the coming fiscal year.

      Instead of the agreed-upon appropriations target of $1.043 trillion, a stopgap continuing resolution or CR this week would be calibrated at a lower $1.035 trillion level. The idea – promoted by Speaker John Boehner — was to effectively withhold about $8 billion for the first two months of the fiscal year, with the money becoming available only as Senate Democrats come to terms with the House on the dozen annual spending bills that cover government operations.

      Stephen Colbert Grim Reaper | GOP and Death | Video | Mediaite

      In the past two GOP presidential primary of debates, the specter of death has cast an eerie shadow over the proceedings. But while most mortals live in fear of the “angel of death,” that wasn’t the case with recent GOP debate proceedings that saw enthusiastic and spontaneous applause for record executions and (hypothetically) letting an uninsured coma patient die. Stephen Colbert bravely stated what a lot of us were already thinking: regardless of who wins the primary, the next GOP running mate should be The Grim Reaper.
      [...]
      Regarding the political viability of the “angel of death, Colbert stated “clearly he is popular with the GOP base this year,” adding “He’s got all the qualifications they’re looking for: he’s old and bone white, he’s packing a weapon, he’s got an incredible war record, and believe me, no one wants to get rid of Obamacare more than this guy”

      And I will end on this:
      Mission Accomplished

      Congratulations obama! In less than three years, you’ve destroyed the Democratic Party. A congressional district in New York City that hasn’t sent a Republican to Congress in more than 75 years, delivered the mother of all repudiations to barack obama and his hopelessly failed presidency yesterday. One and Done for real.

      The picture at the PUMApac link is awesome:

      • mablue2 says:

        That pic is really funny. Wasn’t this guy supposed to grow the Democratic Party?

        Btw MM, great piece on the Sep. 11.

      • paper doll says:

        I sometimes think Obama happining , the crooked way he happened, meant it was already dead back then…perhaps it ceased when among the first words out of Nancy’s mouth as Speacker in 06 was,” Impeachment is off the table “. The white flag has been waving for some time.

  4. Pat Johnson says:

    Healthcare should be a right not a privilege.

    I am unable to conjure a scenario when a healthcare worker must face a suffering patient and announce that treatment will be withheld until they “show me the money”.

    Imagining a parent with a sick child being told to go elsewhere is horriffic.

    Is this where we are heading as a nation? Denying treatment to those in need who are unable to pay?

    How many will die as a result of these “Draconian” measures before this brand of “austerity” is met with violence?

    As a parent and grandparent I don’t know to what lengths I would go if told that my loved one will not be treated unless cash changes hands first.

    Mind boggling.

    • paper doll says:

      When everything is deduced to the point of where what is allowed to exist must also be the financially profitable , then if you can’t pay…they want you dead, that is, off the books

    • Beata says:

      ” I am unable to conjure a scenario when a healthcare worker must face a suffering patient and announce that treatment will be withheld until they “show me the money”. ”

      Pat, it has happened to me – more often than I care to remember. And it has happened to others I know, including children. The uninsured in the U.S.A. may as well be living in a Fourth World Country. And having Medicaid is not much help. Many doctors won’t accept it. The number that will is decreasing. Some are now refusing Medicare as well.

      My grandfather and his two brothers were doctors. They helped countless patients over the years who could not pay. Granddaddy would be turning in his urn if he knew what today’s healthcare for profit has done to our country. .

  5. Peggy Sue says:

    When Bernie Sanders brought up the increasing number of Americans who have fallen into poverty [over 46 million and 20% of American children], Rand Paul’s response was it was due to the Government making these people ‘dependent’ on Government largesse. Paul and people like him refuse to connect the dots between long-term unemployment and growing poverty or feel any shame at the plight of children because ideology trumps all. Empathy has been struck from the GOP’s lexicon. In fact, I recall Glenn Beck saying empathy was an ‘evil’ word because it was meant to make libertarians feel guilt [fat chance]. Ron Paul basically reiterated that stand when Blitzer asked if he would allow the hypothetical 30-something, uninsured patient die. Paul’s initial response was: that’s what risk is all about. He backtracked after the despicable audience shout out of ‘Let ‘em die,’ saying charitable organizations should pickup the slack.

    This whole spin is a doctrine of dog-eat-dog, social Darwinism writ large. The fact that any segment of the country buys into the philosophy is depressing. And the hypocritical edge is that these same people often declare themselves: super Christians. The ugly meaness on display is absolutely appalling and it’s all wrapped up in fairytale thinking–it’s God’s way. Then we have Michelle Bachmann insisting that a mother told her the HPV shot caused ‘mental retardation.’ Ridiculous! But it fits the ideology–anything with a sexual link or connotation is bad, bad, bad. Even a vaccination that prevents cancer.

    In years past, these people would rightly be called crackpots. But the lunatics have taken over the asylum. The Republicans are walking down a very dark alley.

    • Pat Johnson says:

      And taking a lot of people with them.

      “Greed is good” exemplies what they stand for. Free markets, deregulation, “drill baby drill” are the standards they attach to their stingent positions that at one time would be considered outrageous but for Obama. Their hatred of him is their one means of seizing back the power they feel rightly belongs to them and them alone.

      This party has made no bones about their desire to make him a one term president from the day he took office. They united against any measures that may have served the populace and offered a measure of relief but instead linked arms and shut out the electorate in a march to the finish line they hope to see happen in 2012.

      This is no way a defense of Obama but an outline of the GOP’s efforts to stymie any reasonable “fix” to the economic misfortunes of the public at large.

      Without the critical thinking that should be exercised in public service, the nation has been left to grapple with budget cuts that further erode their daily lives. No sensible plan has been offered up by the GOP short of lowering taxes even more so on the rich and calling for an end to Obamacare without something of value to replace it.

      We should be enjoying what Universal Health Care would have done. A relief from the never ending rise in healthcare costs determined by an industry whose only value is safeguarding the bottom line.

      Instead we are faced with enormous costs that is strangling the lower and middle class out of existence and putting those below the poverty level even more at risk.

      And how does the GOP and its heavily funded Tea Party react to these measures? “Let them die!”.

      If this in itself is not a sin to turn away those in desperate need of medical attention I am hard pressed to find another way of describing it.

      • Woman Voter says:

        I agree with you and one thing that the party refuses to see which isn’t in his ‘Job Bill’ is clamping down on insurance companies that raised premiums by 30%, 50% and 80+%! Teacher layoffs are connected to the new insurance hikes, just look at WI and you will see how teachers were being asked to pay $600.00 a month on a 60/40 plan for a family of three.

        Democrats don’t want to talk about the insurance premium hikes, they love putting their heads in the sand.

    • dakinikat says:

      I just read some nutjob that’s blaming it all on the Keynesian policies of the last 11 years … my response has been WHAT Keynesian policy? The first thing Dubya did was do that tax rebate and when he was war spending it was the exact opposite timing of what Keynes would’ve prescribed … Rachel Maddow is calling it Republicanland where Republicans are Whackos and Facts never stand in the way of groupthink. I still think its more appropriate called Bizarro World or opposites reality.

  6. Fannie says:

    You are right, once again Bachmann has no fugging ideal what went on with the Asian Exclusion Act………….it was very, very, very nasty for the population in California.
    She needs a visit to the University California to review those documents on discrimination.
    I’d love to see some Asian women gather round her to inform her.

    • Peggy Sue says:

      The very fact that Bachmann would reference an Exclusion Act says a lot about GOP strategy. They are appealing to people’s worst instincts, not their better angels. This whole push is based on greed, fear and bigotry. The fact that so many people are anxious, feel economically vulnerable leaves the electorate wide open to manipulation and sideshow acts. Anyone who has a degree or expertise is held suspect. Instead, we’re suppose to rely on rumor and half-truths, uttered by every crackpot that comes along. Science is tossed overboard, real economic solutions are sneered at and anyone who doesn’t fit within the narrow definition of ‘acceptable’ is deemed an enemy.

      But it’s the ugly, crass meaness that really disturbs me. It’s not only wrong, it’s extremely dangerous. This is how witches got burned and ovens were turned on to high.

  7. pompmom says:

    during all the memorials to 9/11, i was struck by the fact that it was the middle class that rushed to respond, to help. it was firemen and policemen, and later carpenters and working class guys who flooded nyc trying to help any way they cd. i did not notice wall st bankers or ceos or insurance co executives getting their suits dirty, other than when they ran away. for the past 10 years, the people who worked at ground zero have been getting their ins claims for ground zero related illnesses denied, much in the same way that we deny proper care to our veterans. the “let them die” attitude has permeated our society. this is how a grateful nation repays people who go beyond the call of duty. which is why the obamacare fiasco should be such an affront to the working class. where are our torches and pitchforks?