I keep hearing variations of this bit (video) from Nancy Pelosi about how if we only provided healthcare for everyone, businesses would be unshackled from unfair constraints. The “entrepreneurial spirit,” in Pelosi’s words, would be unleashed creating 400,000 jobs almost immediately and a total of 4 million jobs soon thereafter.
Really? As one looks around the world at advanced industrialized nations, is there one — just one! — that provides universal healthcare that has anything close to America’s entrepreneurial record? Pick a country — any country — over the last 40 years that has equaled the American record of job creation, growth and innovation. Sure some countries, Japan for example, have had great runs. But does Nancy Pelosi honestly believe Japan Inc.‘s now-fading successes were attributable to its health-care policies?
Poliblogs have lately been breathless with speculation as to who or what are the “hidden” powers behind the Tea Party movement. But, as the new Web site iamtheteapartyleader.com reveals with stunning YouTubidity, they aren’t hidden at all. In fact, you’ve probably met the “leaders” already, because they are Everywhere, and Everyman.
Appearing on the O’Reilly show, Frank Luntz was obviously convinced that his high-tech focus group review of the “Down Syndrome” episode of Family Guy offered proof-positive that Liberals are soulless destructobots. But what he actually demonstrated was that cartoon characters (and cartoon politicians) induce wild mood swings in Conservatives, while Liberals are kicked-back, in the zone and imperturbably hugging the centerline of Life’s Crazy Highway.
Watch the two response-tracks closely. The Red Line (Republicans) represents Jackie Gleason in The Honeymooners. The Green Line (Democrats) represents Tommy Chong in court for selling bongs on the Internet. See the difference?
[PS: It’s pretty apparent that focus group responses to the “former Governor of Alaska” gag don’t quite fit Luntz’ paradigm, or he wouldn’t have bailed out of the clip before the reactions registered onscreen. Naughty Ph.D.!]
Yesterday Mike Stark interviewed Republican CongressPeeps about their reaction to Rush Limbaugh’s mockery of the woman Louise Slaughter talked about during the health summit. Trent Franks, being a one-note anti-abortion pony, immediately shifted the conversation to, duh, how abortion is ruining the country. Then, along about the 6:20 mark, he steps in it.
Trent Franks has really outdone himself this time. Not only does he manage to offend both African-Americans and women in one compact soundbite, but he does it by combining two of the right’s most disgusting canards
What Franks said was:
FRANK: In this country, we had slavery for God knows how long. And now we look back on it and we say “How brave were they? What was the matter with them? You know, I can’t believe, you know, four million slaves. This is incredible.” And we’re right, we’re right. We should look back on that with criticism. It is a crushing mark on America’s soul. And yet today, half of all black children are aborted. Half of all black children are aborted. Far more of the African-American community is being devastated by the policies of today than were being devastated by policies of slavery. And I think, What does it take to get us to wake up?
On Thursday’s NBC Nightly News, Kelly O’Donnell reported that the Democratic healthcare reform bill was expected to cost $900 trillion over the next ten years—a figure that was only off by, oh, three orders of magnitude. (Actual “talking” figure: $900 billion and change.)
Heart attack-inducing graphic appears at the :09 mark. H/T to Mrs. Polly for the headline.
Kevin K. pretty much nailed it yesterday when he said that wingnuts were rotten to the core. And that goes for Congressional wingnuts as well.
The Senate’s attempt to extend unemployment benefits and COBRA payment assistence for another month (until a longer term extension can be put into place) was blocked over and over yesterday by Republican KY Senator Jim Bunning. And if that’s not enough AZ Senator Jon Kyl is now threatening to uphold the block pending a fix of the estate tax!*
While the bill did pass by a voice vote in the House, Rep. Dean Heller R-NV speculated that by continuing to help the millions of unemployed Americans struggling to meet the most basic needs of life, the government may be creating hobos. Good grief.
*Kyl is being an utter hypocrite in this. The House passed a fix to the estate tax bill last year. A similar bill was brought up in the Senate but never acted on because Kyl and other Senate assholes were insisting on trying to repeal the tax in its entirety. To now be trying to block the extension of unemployment benefits in order to benefit the heirs of the country’s multi-millionaires and billionaires is douchebaggery of the most loathesome kind. As Kevin said “rotten to the core”.
Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) declared Wednesday that Maryland will recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere and that its agencies should immediately begin affording gay married couples the same rights as heterosexual ones.
This may cause me to rethink my objections to Wednesdays and Februarys.
And here’s something that is not a surprise:
[Del. Donald H. Dwyer Jr. (R-Anne Arundel)] vowed to bring articles of impeachment against Gansler for trying to usurp Maryland law, which defines marriage within the state as between a man and a woman.
Granted, not all of us left-o-centers seem to agree about much of anything these days, but I’d hope, at the very least, we can agree that mocking the woman Louise Slaughter spoke about today to score political points is utterly loathsome and unequivocally subhuman.
This can’t be repeated enough: WINGNUTS ARE ROTTEN TO THE CORE.
I could shine that up a bit, but fuck it. And fuck them.
Glenn Beck is promoting this new something or other called “Insider Extreme” (IT’S THE FRESH!) that you have to pay a lot of money to access but it’s what the founders envisioned and, if you join now, Glenn will send you a temporary tattoo of the don’t-tread-on-me snake and a signed Polaroid of his taint (BECAUSE HE’S JUST THAT FUCKING NUTS! HONK HONK!).
Here’s a trailer for his new documentary (definition: truth talkie) called Doomed to Repeat? that expresses concern that our Kenyan Muslim Dictator-in-the-Making may turn out to be just like ... wait for it, wait for it ... FDR [insert horror movie scream here], consistently ranked as one of the best presidents in U.S. history, instead of Herbert Hoover, who, just like his last name, completely sucked. We also learn that Obama picks on Dubya a lot and Jonah Goldberg tells us that government can’t be our Aunt Louise (no ribbon candy for you!). Then it ends with some guy explaining that government can’t be the solution to even our smallest problems while they show video of public transportation and a busy highway, both of which will eventually lead to “tyranny.” THE END.