Uh oh! Looks like New Jersey guv Chris Christie is catching some flak for decamping to Disney World just before his state was buried in a blizzard! Even his NRO fans concede it was at the least a bad PR move.
I’m not sure what Christie could have done had he been on the scene (aside from attempting to bully the snow drifts), but it does seem in bad form for both Christie and his lieutenant governor to flee for warmer climes. Isn’t that what lieutenant governors are there for—to spell their chiefs? They left a Democrat in charge instead while escaping to Florida and Mexico, respectively.
The geniuses in the Politico comments section linked above astutely observed that Obama is sunning in Hawaii while the East Coast shivers. That would be exactly like Christie being in Florida if Hawaii weren’t, in fact, one of the 50 states of which Obama is president. But then, they probably don’t realize it is.
Oh well, if it’s any consolation, New Jerseyites, it’s cold as hell here in Florida too.
So this last election was all about punishing Democrats, right? Letting them feel the massive displeasure of their prog overlords for not voting the *right* way often enough and not pushing for the *right* priorities hard enough. Health care reform? NO PUBLIC OPTION !!! SELL-OUT TO THE INSURANCE COMPANIES !! Wall Street reform? DIDN’T GO FAR ENOUGH!! All other progressive legislation passed? NOTHING BUT SHINY OBJECTS!!
So, apparently, they all stayed home last November or voted for third party candidates.
Well, now we’re starting to see the wonderful progressive agenda of the incoming Republicans! Like incoming House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) who doesn’t think POOR PEOPLE PAY ENOUGH TAXES! Seriously, he points out that almost 47% of Americans make too little money to have to pay federal income taxes (or, heaven forbid, might even get money back as earned income credits and child tax credits) and this is a bad thing. Those “lucky duckies”, as the Wall Street Journal has described them, who have the great good luck to try and get by on less than $20k or so per year, have no “skin in the game” and therefore need a nice little bump in their tax rate to get them up there.
I’m basically floored. I really am. Somebody please get me my smelling salts. Millionaires pay way too much in taxes but people living at or below the poverty level don’t pay enough?
Remember when Rumproast was a WAR blog? Back during the primaries when we used to relentlessly mock PUMA sites? Good times, but it couldn’t last forever: Though they still merit the occasional snark-ray, engaging in full-time PUMA-punting nowadays would be like running an anti-Quaalude website.
Still, good old-fashioned blogwars are fun to watch. It’s been awhile since I saw a truly fascinating online sissy-fight, but here’s one I’d like to see: Conservatives4Palin vs. Mitt Romney Central.
State politics in Florida have been dominated by the corrupt local GOP for ages. There’s a Republican super-majority in the FL legislature. The last two governors have been Republicans (Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist), and the governor who won the most recent election, Rick “Bat Child” Scott, is a Republican too.
See, the Republicans were in control when the state economy went to hell. The voters wanted change. So 49% of them elected Republican Rick Scott. That may seem counter-intuitive—if the voters blame the people in charge for the rotten economy, why elect another Republican?
Well, Scott promises a new style of Republican corruption. He’s not a long-term GOP political hack who made his fortune screwing the state taxpayers like his party brethren—Scott is a corporate fraudster who made his millions ($73M of which he used to purchase the governorship) screwing the federal government.
That’s the “view” from our front window due to the insane blizzard that whipped through Brooklyn last night. Biscuit probably thinks we still haven’t opened the shade for her. Because her brain is the size of an almond.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP)—Republican Joe Miller said he won’t stand in the way of incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski being certified the winner of Alaska’s U.S. Senate race, but he vowed to continue his legal fight over the state’s handling of the vote count.
Internet Powerhouse and conservative Republican Party corruption fighter Andy Martin has scheduled a Chicago news conference for Wednesday, December 29th at which he is expected to announce his candidacy for the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nomination. Martin is currently in New York.
Martin says the “last straw” in inducing him to run was Hawai’i Governor Neil Abercrombie’s latest attacks on the “Birther” movement. Martin is the de facto founder of the anti-Obama Birther movement that reflects doubts about Obama’s family origins.
This is good news for Obama supporters, since Martin will doubtlessly siphon the votes of angry working-class “lunch-box” White women and self-loathing Zionist Jews away from Dem primary contender Hillary Clinton, and could result in a credible Third-Party Constitutionalist challenge to Pussy-Ass Conservatives like Sarah Palin who mince around the whole “Natural Born Citizen” issue.
Yes, continuing his streak of getting his agenda done whether the Repubs like it or not, the Obama administration has restored Medicare coverage of end-of-life counseling through regulations.
The final version of the health care legislation, signed into law by President Obama in March, authorized Medicare coverage of yearly physical examinations, or wellness visits. The new rule says Medicare will cover “voluntary advance care planning,” to discuss end-of-life treatment, as part of the annual visit.
Under the rule, doctors can provide information to patients on how to prepare an “advance directive,” stating how aggressively they wish to be treated if they are so sick that they cannot make health care decisions for themselves.
While the new law does not mention advance care planning, the Obama administration has been able to achieve its policy goal through the regulation-writing process, a strategy that could become more prevalent in the next two years as the president deals with a strengthened Republican opposition in Congress.
In this case, the administration said research had shown the value of end-of-life planning.
Since end-of-life counseling will now be covered as part of an annual wellness visit, it will be available to seniors on a yearly basis rather than every five years as proposed (and deleted from) the original health care legislation.
SO EVEN MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR DEADLY DEATH PANELS OF DASTARDLY BUREAUCRATS TO MAKE LIFE OR DEATH DECISIONS FOR YOUR GRANNY!!11!
Sarah Palin is probably firing up her TweetGun as I write.
Today is known as “Boxing Day” in Great Britain, because it is the one day of the year when sewer workers ask the public to place their leftover fat drippings in a box, instead of drizzling them into the kitchen sink or flushing them down the loo.
In Wales, 26 December is observed as “Gŵyl San Steffan,” which celebrates St. Stephen in his traditional role as an itinerant missionary from the Eastern Orthodox Church who converted the Celts to Socialized Medicine and drove the vowels out of Western England.
In the New Testament’s Book of Acts, Stephen is portrayed as the first Prophet of Christ with a Waspy name to be stoned to death by the Jews—which seems pretty much par for the course these days, but was actually rather a novelty in its time.
I apologize for any lapses or ellipses in my description of this venerable British holiday, but this post is my half-assed Christmas present to co-blogger YAFB, and any errors or omissions should be credited to another uniquely Anglo tradition—the “Drop o’ the Craythur”—which is both my Best Friend and my Everlasting Ruin.
What gift could ever be better to find under the tree than another year of cheerful, audacious, sparkling Roastiness? Thanks, Kevin K, wonderful co-bloggers, and Roastafarians all!
Please accept a little something that may suit the the enchantment of the season: WC Fields on a Christmas radio special, introduced by Fred Allen. Oh Rumproast, I tried to find something in your size. I hope it fits!