Archive for March 18th, 2010

Question

Why is it that Republicans and conservadems seem perfectly okay with American jobs going overseas, but completely freak out over the idea of foreigners showing up here to collect them in person?

March 18th, 2010 at 07:33pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Economy,Immigration,Racism,Republicans

Great Moments In Democratic Strategery

First it looked like the Democrats might use reconciliation to restore the very popular public option.  Then it looked like they were going to use it to pass a grab-bag of minor fixes.  Now it looks like they’re going to use it to make sure that the voters hate them even more:

We’ve been waiting for days to see the CBO score to see how much the final health care bill will cost, with the goals being to both reduce the deficit and to fit under the arbitrary $900 billion cap posed by Obama.

It seems they’ve been unable to do so, as Ben Smith now reports that AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is on his way to the White House to discuss plans by Democrats to actually raise the tax on middle class health care plans in order to pay for the bill.

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Jon Walker notes that adding a public option would save at least $25 billion in the bill.  The House paid for its bill by taxing the richest Americans.

And yet, faced will trying to contain the costs of this bill, Democrats’ first instinct is to raise taxes on the middle class even further. Brilliant!

Wow.  Just wow.  Has any political party ever displayed this kind of electoral death wish before?  And this isn’t LBJ writing off the South because it was important to do the right thing on civil rights; this is a prolonged pattern of promoting predatory corporate interests.

At this point I have to believe that Obama has decided that it’s in his best interest to have a Republican Congress, but I’m not sure what’s in it for all the Democrats who are going to be losing their seats.  Cushy healthcare lobbying gigs, I guess.

March 18th, 2010 at 11:27am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Healthcare,Obama,Politics,Wankers

Purity

Perhaps I’m just imagining it, but the enemies of womens’ choice seem to be a lot more universally opposed to the Nelson “compromise” in the Senate bill than liberal healthcare advocates are to its lack of a public option.  Despite the fact that Nelson is a lot closer to Stupak than No Public Option is to Public Option, and the fact that reconciliation could be used to pass the public option, but not to pass Stupak.

At any rate, I certainly don’t see a whole lot of bishops or Blue Dogs saying, “Come on!  This is a historic once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to roll back women’s rights!  Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good!”

I really really hated having to choose between choice and the public option, but choosing between choice and forcing people to buy crappy private insurance policies they probably can’t afford to use isn’t very difficult at all.  But one that, amazingly, Obama and the Democrats are still on the brink of getting wrong.

It’s a double epic fail.  Like saying that everyone has to give up their bathroom privileges in exchange for mandatory shit sandwich lunches every day (“But look! Now everyone gets a lunch! Isn’t that awesome?”).

March 18th, 2010 at 07:25am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Choice,Democrats,Healthcare,Politics,Religion,Wankers


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