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Here is some more Bipartisanship

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It appears that Republicans and Democrats can agree on one item: spying on the American People is a good thing.  The two groups voted overwhelmingly together to re-authorize the PATRIOT Act for another year, with no modifications.

I am glad that in this tough time of Partisanship, the Democrats dug deep and worked with the Republicans to advance their agenda.  Good work “Liberals”.

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February 28th, 2010 at 12:35 pm

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Bi-Partisanship’s awesome accomplishments

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Chris Caldwell, editor of the Weekly Standard (someone who I typically would not quote) had a thought provoking article in the Financial Times Weekend edition.  In this, he outlines the problems in Washington, that Democrats and Republicans are split into two camps, summarizing neatly:

“For three decades, centrism has been a declining force in American life. Arguments over the sustainability of the postwar welfare state have split politicians into two camps – one keen on consolidating government programmes, the other keen on dismantling them. There is not much room for negotiation here.”

This is a pretty good point that many Liberals cannot seem to grasp.  Although the author above wants to dismantle the post war welfare state, at least he makes no apologies for what he believes.  The Republican Party is not a responsible partner in creating new government policy; Republicans want to destroy government.  They want to dismantle the welfare state, and privatize social security, medicare, and all government services.  There is a range as to how fast the programs should be dismantled, but there is now doubt among their caucus: their first priority is to destroy and privatize the government.

There is not much room for negotiation there.  And the record of Bipartisanship of the past 8 years not stellar either.  As Caldwell points out, the main accomplishments of the Bi-Partisanship of the past 8 years are the following: No Child Left Behind, the Iraq War, and the TARP Bank Bailout, all of which are terribly unpopular with the general population.  One that Caldwell leaves out is the appointment of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, which directly led to the Citizens United election privatization of 2010.  The public disapproves of this by up to 80% in a recent poll.

Bipartisanship has lead to terrible policies, but more so, bipartisanship only appears to lead to Republican Policies.  Working together means doing what the Republicans want: dismantle the government, except for the Pentagon, which needs to find reasons to exist and get more funding.  Not working together means providing healthcare to citizens, protecting social security, and any number of other government programs.

Its time to get past the bipartisan lie, and start to accomplish something for the base on which President Obama was elected from.  It is time to use the power of the government to protect the citizens, and provide them with services, reigning in private power.  If this is being Partisan, then so be it.

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February 21st, 2010 at 2:12 pm

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Cracking down on the Independent Contractor Lie

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Apparently, the tax dodge scam of paying workers as independent contractors may be under attack by revenue deprived governments.  This is a really positive sign that President Obama may do something positive for working people.

New York Times Reports

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February 20th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

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Here’s an awesome credit card 79.9% Interest Rate

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Do you have problems with credit?  Why not apply for a card with a 79.9% APR?  I guess that credit card reform isn’t working out so well…

http://finance.yahoo.com/banking-budgeting/article/108839/issuer-of-79.9-interest-rate-credit-card-defends-its-product?mod=bb-creditcards

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February 13th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

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Let’s Cut Government Spending outside my state

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I love the Republicans; they separate the whole world into simple good and evil.  USA good, terrorists bad.  Private Enterprise Good, Government Control and Spending Bad.

The latter is apparently only true, as long as it doesn’t piss off home state voters or campaign contributors in an election year, according to Politico.

That story almost makes me wonder, is Obama smart enough to target programs in Republican States for the cuts he is proposing in his budget?  I mean, Republicans swore they were dead set against the stimulus, Governor Mark Sanford is now demanding his piece of the pie, to the tune of $300 Million for South Carolina.

And an Alabama Senator single handedly tied up the Senate in knots, just to get his handout, in the form of a multi billion dollar contract for companies in Alabama.

So, it appears that we need a new slogan for the Republicans, something to the effect of, I hate welfare for everyone else, but make sure my check keeps on coming.  Or, I hate the big government in theory, but in practice, just keep the pork barrel flowing in my direction and no one elses.  Is anyone surprised that the Republicans are so busy looking out for themselves, and screw everyone else?

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February 9th, 2010 at 5:30 pm

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Universal Healthcare needed – Now more than ever

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I just re-watched Michael Moore’s movie, Sicko last night, and I was reminded again how much we need actual health reform in this country.  What Moore’s film illustrates, more than any other media in recent memory, is the problems with a for profit healthcare system, like the one that we have here in the United States.

In the absurdity of the for profit system, companies pay people large salaries to look for ways to deny coverage.  That’s right, straight up cost benefit analysis, if the Company can pay $50,000 per year in salary for someone to save $50 Million in claims that don’t have to be paid out, then that is a winning venture.

Health Insurance companies exist to provide as little health care as possible.  Period.  If they provide more care, they lose money, and Wall Street doesn’t like that.  This is an incentive to provide as little care as possible, in order to maximize profit and the growth of profits for their companies.

This is the genius of the Capitalist system.  Paying people to deny coverage, profiteering off misery, letting people die.  Killing people, who pay for a service that the companies refuse to provide in order to make more profit.  Companies can come up with every justification to not insure someone, to deny coverage.

This is why we need Universal Heathcare in this country.  Healthcare is a human right, and it should not come with any strings attached.  If the Government exists for any reason, it is to protect the citizens.  One of the concepts behind Insurance is to spread risk among a large pool of people, mitigating risk for any individual person for the benefit of all. The largest pool to spread risk across in our country is Every Man, Woman, and Child in the country, so why not do this with Healthcare?  Everyone pays into one pool, via taxes.  If you are sick, or need care you receive it, no questions asked.

Everyone pays in, everyone takes out when they need to.  Other countries provide Heathcare in this manner, most notably our neighbor to the north, Canada.  Sure, their system isn’t perfect, but when you are sick, you can just go to the doctor and get treatment by showing a card.  Prescriptions are much cheaper than the US, and Citizens are protected.

I don’t expect this kind of change to come from the top without a strong movement from the bottom, but now more than ever it is time to demand that Healthcare become a Human Right in the United States of America!

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February 7th, 2010 at 11:26 am

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Buried Lead Department: Republicans want to Deregulate Healthcare

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Much as the Republican answer to all of the nation’s problems is to cut taxes, and reduce regulations on corporations that are destroying America, and as well as that worked in Banking, the Republicans want to bring those ideas to Health Care.  On this past Sunday’s Meet The Press, David Gregory called out Senate Minority Leader Boehner for wanting to violate states rights, by allowing insurance companies to sell across state lines, which would then result in a Federal Regulator (which Republicans are against).

Here is the exchange from the transcript:

MR. GREGORY:  It’s interesting.  You say you don’t want government in charge of health care, and yet you’re a supporter of the idea of portable health insurance, the ability to take health insurance across state lines.  But I thought the Republicans were states’ rights guys and didn’t want–because you’d have to have some kind of federal regulatory agency to monitor that kind of portability, wouldn’t you?

REP. BOEHNER:  No, you wouldn’t have to.

MR. GREGORY:  Really?  Because that’s…

REP. BOEHNER:  What we’re saying is the American people ought to buy health insurance across state lines.  They ought to buy health insurance where they get the policy that they need for themselves and their family at the best price.

MR. GREGORY:  And there wouldn’t have to be some sort of federal regulatory system to, to receive that?

REP. BOEHNER:  Well, no.  That’s the whole point.  The president said, “Well, I’m for that.  But, you know, there’d have to be some bureaucrat here in Washington that needs to make sure that this is done fairly.” The American people are smart enough to do this on their own.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35159331/ns/meet_the_press/page/3/

So, just to clarify, the Republican Plan would have no Federal Regulator, and would let Insurance Companies cross state lines, creating a race to the bottom in Health Insurance.

We have Sioux Falls South Dakota for Credit Cards, Delaware for Incorporating, and if this nonsense passed, I’m sure that there would be a scumbag low insurance state, which would build its business on attracting the worst companies that offer the least amount of coverage allowed by law.

So, big surprise, the Republican method for fixing the countries problems is to give Corporations more power, and pit one state against another.  Good work Boehner.

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February 2nd, 2010 at 4:29 pm

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Go Get’em Barbara

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Well, I never thought I would see the day where I was pre-empted by Barbara Streisand on the political front, but man is she dead on in her pronouncement of the Corporate Coup that was the Supreme Court Decision legalzing unlimited corporate money in elections.

Read if for yourself here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/barbra-streisand/we-the-corporations-i-don_b_440748.html

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January 31st, 2010 at 5:24 pm

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Bailout made finances riskier

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Apparently, when someone takes a bazillion dollars to the casino, bets it on green double zero on the roulette wheel, and then loses it all, the best way to prevent that from happening again is not to give them back their bazillion dollars, and tell them not to do it again.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100131/ap_on_bi_ge/us_bailout_watchdog

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January 31st, 2010 at 10:51 am

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Bipartisanship – Obama and Nixon’s Vision

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An interesting discussion on NPR yesterday discussed the modern vision of where Bipartisanship in the Congress comes from.  Richard Nixon, in 1972 used the term 4 times, imploring Congress to Pass his agenda.  He was reaching out to Pro-War, anti Civil Rights Democrats who had no place in their Party because of their views.

So, when President Obama claims he is reaching out for Bipartisanship, is he asking for Moderate Republicans, who are pro Health Care to side with the Democrats in Passing his agenda?  Or, is what he is really saying is that he wants to recruit Republicans to side with moderate Democrats to pass reductions to “entitlement” programs, such as Social Security and Medicare?

This morning, on Meet The Press, House Minority Leader John Boehner stated that the Republicans had been perfectly willing to work with the President on issues that Republicans like: Expanding the Pentagon, Nuclear Power, and more troops to the War in Afghanistan.

So, basically, Bipartisanship is excellent, as long as you agree with the Republicans, and advance their agenda.  If you try to pass anything mildly Progressive, you are radically remaking society, turning over power to the Government, etc and must be stopped.  If you want more war, a bigger pentagon, and other terrible things for our society, then can’t we all just get a long?

Written by Walt

January 31st, 2010 at 10:14 am