March 29, 2010

Student Loans: The Right’s Hidden Agenda

One of the best things about the reconciliation bill is that it will have a broad impact on student loan reform and getting the government back in the business of lending its own money to student borrowers instead of going through private lenders which essentially take the money, mark it up, and then hand it off to the students who need it. It’s a plan that makes sense, and takes some of the risk out of student loans and makes them easier for students to get, not to mention more likely the students will actually pay them off and the government will get its money back before the private lender goes under:

President Obama’s “no-brainer” suggestion that the government get back into the direct lending business has such obvious fiscal merit that you’d think it would melt the heart of the most obdurate conservative. But it’s getting resistance anyway — which is proof that there’s more than money at stake here. This proposal threatens two of the conservatives’ most cherished goals; and they’re willing to waste as much taxpayer money as it takes to keep us from backsliding away from the progress they’ve made.

The first goal is preserving privatization. The conservatives have been telling us for 40 years that there’s nothing the government can do that the free market can’t do better. Of course, most of us really get it now that “privatization” really means “paying 25% more for the same stuff and letting the private sector skim off the profit while sticking us with the messes.” While privatization has worked well in some areas, it’s been a disaster in others — and this is one of them.

The conservatives are demanding that we pay a totally unnecessary premium for our student loan programs because a) their banking friends are pocketing a fortune off the program and b) we must not ever question the proposition that the private sector can do this better. It’s just bad form, bad taste, and bad politics to suggest otherwise, even when it’s patently obvious that the actual goods or services we’re getting cost considerably more — and are produced with less oversight and lower standards — than what we used to get directly from the government. Therefore: Obama’s brazen suggestion that we need to bring this program back into the public fold is outright heresy. If Americans figure out that the government really can do this one thing better than the private sector does, this piece of the conservative gospel could be called into question in other areas as well. The right will not stand for this.

No, they likely won’t – but then again, the right has never been interested in what’s best for the American people – only the pocketbooks of their friends and maintaining the privileged status quo.

[ Student Loans: The Right’s Hidden Agenda ]
Source: The Campaign for America’s Future

Obama Signs Health Care Overhaul Into Law

Last week, the day we had fought for for years finally came to pass – a real, comprehensive health care reform bill went from being a bill to a law. There were plenty of things about the bill to like and some things about the bill to dislike, but the important fact is that we’re now on a playing field to move forward with additional health care improvements for the American people unlike any we were on for years in the past.

Not only will this bill wind up extending benefits to millions of Americans and eventually mandate that all Americans have access to health care and health insurance, it contains tons of provisions that take effect immediately that Americans will come to take for granted in the coming years. We will – very shortly – come to the position where Americans will take the benefits they now have – significant improvements in our overall health care – for granted, and the same people who were in the streets shouting racist slurs at Congressmen will probably be the same folks benefiting the most from the expanded access to care and restrictions against pre-existing conditions. The “keep your government hands off my Medicare” crowd – of which they’re largely the same people anyway.

Regardless, this is a huge moment for all Americans, and a huge triumph for progressives and any American with the best interests of the American people at heart. The bill is now law, and even though right-wing crazies rushed to the courthouse to try and get the law overturned, and while tea party wingnuts are talking about repeal, the bill is law and the accomplishment has been made when everyone said that we couldn’t do it.

It’s indeed a proud day.

[ Obama Signs Health Care Overhaul Into Law ]
Source: TruthOut

March 22, 2010

Outrageous!

I don’t think this deserves much explanation. Art by Adam Zyglis, and originally published in The Buffalo News!

Health Care Reform, Just the Facts: Immediate Changes, Others That Will Happen Over Time

Now that we’ve managed to pass comprehensive health care legislation, there are a few things every American should know before the Republicans break out the spin machine and try to claim that the bill doesn’t do anything and spends too much money. In reality, the bill does a lot right now, and even more over time. Pulled straight from Alternet, here are some of the changes that will be effective almost immediately after the President signs the bill:

Changes happening immediately:

1. Adult children may remain as dependents on their parents’ policy until their 27th birthday
2. Children under age 19 may not be excluded for pre-existing conditions
3. No more lifetime or annual caps on coverage
4. Free preventative care for all
5. Adults with pre-existing conditions may buy into a national high-risk pool until the exchanges come online. These pools won’t be cheap, but they are still a lot better than being excluded. And there is expected to be some advantage due to the wider pool of the uninsured.
6. Small businesses will be entitled to a tax credit for 2009 and 2010, which could be as much as 50 percent of what they pay for their employees’ health insurance.
7. The “doughnut hole” closes for Medicare patients, making prescription medications more affordable for seniors. The government would offer a $250 rebate to Medicare beneficiaries to help pay their prescription drug costs when they hit the “doughnut hole.” Next year, Medicare beneficiaries would see a 50 percent discount on brand-name drugs to further close that gap.
8. All insurers will be required to post balance sheets on the Internet and fully disclose administrative costs, executive compensation packages, and benefit payments.
9. Authorizes early funding of community health centers in all 50 states (Bernie Sanders’ amendment). Community health centers provide primary, dental and vision services to people in the community, based on a sliding scale for payment according to ability to pay.
10. No more rescissions. Effective immediately, you can’t lose your insurance because you get sick.
11. Effective immediately would be a 10 percent tax on tanning salon services, which opponents say would lead to higher costs for indoor bronzing.

That’s a pretty damned good list of effects, I would say. Maybe the only people who will complain are the same ones who always complain: rich white folks who are headed to the tanning salon and see that the cost to give themselves skin cancer has gone up.

Now for the changes that will take a little time to take effect:

The following changes will occur over time. I have included the date of all implemented changes.

1. By 2014, all Americans must have health care coverage or pay a fine. Subsidies would be offered to help those making less than $44,000 or $88,000 for a family of four, afford insurance. Fines would be $95 in 2014, gradually rising to $695 by 2016, or up to 2.5 percent of income.
2. The most notable tax increase will occur in 2013, on individuals making more than $200,000, or $250,000 for couples. Taxes would be 0.9 percent on earned income above those amounts, and 2.9 percent on investment income (dividends, rents, royalties, etc.)
3. By 2014, no adults can be denied insurance due to pre-existing conditions.
4. Companies with more than 50 workers would be required, by Jan. 1, 2014, to provide health care for their employees or face a penalty of $2,000 per worker (exempting the first 30 workers.) Up to $40 billion in tax credits would be offered to help companies buy insurance for their workers.
5. For individuals: Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, those making less than $44,000 annually, or $88,000 for a family of four, would be offered subsidies to buy health care. The subsidies would be on a sliding scale up to 9.5 percent of income.
6. For small businesses: Beginning this year, companies would be offered tax credits of up to 35 percent of health premiums to buy insurance for their workers. Tax credits would rise up to 50 percent by 2014. Those businesses with fewer than 10 workers would receive a full credit to cover costs.
7. New taxes would be imposed, on Jan. 1, 2018, on high-value health insurance plans held by individuals — the so-called “Cadillac plans” often offered to union workers or executives. The tax would be 40 percent on the value of individual plans above $10,200 and family plans above $27,500 (slightly higher, at $11,850 and $30,950, for retirees or workers in high-risk professions.) Excludes dental and vision plans.
8. Pharmaceutical companies would face a $4.8 billion fee beginning in 2011; medical device manufacturers would be hit with a 2.9 percent fee in 2013; and insurance companies would begin to see a nearly $70 billion fee in 2014.
9. Government payments to the Medicare Advantage program would be frozen in 2011 and decline in subsequent years.
10. By Jan. 1, 2014, most states would establish new health care exchanges, where those without job-based insurance could purchase policies, much the way members of Congress now buy insurance from an array of suppliers.

How incredible is that? Sure, those dates may slip and slide depending on political will in Washington, but at least the legislation is passed and we have solid ground to fight on. Well done – I’ve never been more proud of my congressional representatives (all of whom voted in favor of this legislation.)

[ Health Care Reform, Just the Facts: Immediate Changes, Others That Will Happen Over Time ]
Source: AlterNet

Racism, Homophobia Dominates Tea Party Protest Over Health Care Bill

I’ve written about the racism and homophobia that exists in the Tea Party several times, and how in fact their so-called leadership (as much as anyone can “lead” a group of thugs with torches and pitchforks) are driven by and funded by racist and far-right fringe groups, some of whom have openly called for the death of the President. Never has it been more front and center than this weekend, where protesters both for and against the health care legislation that passed the House yesterday faced off in DC. What do you do when you’re out of steam, never had any ideas to begin with, and are fueled by pure hate and ignorance? Show it off, of course:

Demonstrators outside the U.S. Capitol, angry over the proposed health care bill, shouted “nigger” Saturday at U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia congressman and civil rights icon who was nearly beaten to death during an Alabama march in the 1960s.

The protesters also shouted obscenities at other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, lawmakers said.

“They were shouting, sort of harassing,” Lewis said. “But, it’s okay, I’ve faced this before. It reminded me of the 60s. It was a lot of downright hate and anger and people being downright mean.”

Lewis knows what’s up. He’s faced far more hatred than this bunch of glorified trolls, but it’s just another example of the cancer that the right-wing has in their ranks – one that they desperately need to remove if they expect anyone to take them or the mainstream Republican party (if there is such a thing anymore) seriously in any election.

But it didn’t stop with racism:

Protestors also used a slur as they confronted Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., an openly gay member of Congress. A writer for Huffington Post said the crowd called Frank a “faggot.”

Frank told the Boston Globe that the incident happened as he was walking from the Longworth office building to the Rayburn office building, both a short distance from the Capitol. Frank said the crowd consisted of a couple of hundred of people and that they referred to him as ‘homo.’

“I’m disappointed with the unwillingness to be civil,” Frank told the Globe. “I was, I guess, surprised by the rancor. What it means is obviously the health care bill is proxy for a lot of other sentiments, some of which are perfectly reasonable, but some of which are not.”

“People out there today, on the whole, were really hateful,” Frank said. “The leaders of this movement have a responsibility to speak out more.”

This, everyone, is the ugly, horrible face of conservative America. The worst part is that they don’t see anything wrong with their hatred and ignorance, and have absolutely no desire to join the rest of the American community in any kind of intelligent, civil discussion. Heaven forbid they educate themselves – willful ignorance and hatred feed on this mentality, and if they had to enlighten themselves, they’d be in a world of trouble.

[ Racism, Homophobia Dominates Tea Party Protest Over Health Care Bill ]
Source: TruthOut

CBO: Health Package Cuts the Defecit by $130 Billion in 10 Years

Let’s lead off with the important stuff:

CBO told lawmakers that the health package would cost $940 billion over the next decade, reducing the deficit by $130 billion. It will reduce the deficit by $1.2 trillion in the second decade of the plan’s implementation, according to those who have seen the score.

That’s a larger deficit reduction than the healthcare measures passed by both the House and the Senate last year, though the CBO said the current bill would spend more than those bills.

This – this is why Democrats are the party of fiscal conservatism; they know where to invest the country’s money and on which things matter the most to us. Not only will it save us money in the long run, it’ll put taxpayer dollars into things that really matter to the American people – our own internal priorities, like the well being and care for our families and our neighbors. And they’re doing it all with an eye towards saving money and making programs like Medicare and Medicaid financially viable.

This is why this measure passed the House in historic fashion last night.

[ CBO: Health Package Costs $940 Billion; Hoyer Eyes Sunday Vote for Measure ]
Source: The Hill

Take A Hot Tub Time Machine Trip To 2009, When Conservatives Loved The CBO

One of the fantastic things about last week’s CBO report on the historic health care legislation that passed the House last night is that it’s probably the biggest defecit cut that any member of Congress in office today will ever have the opportunity to vote on. Cutting the throat of the right-wing fallacy that “we can’t afford this bill,” the Congressional Budget Office, which has always been nonpartisan, came out with the real costs of the health care legislation last week in advance of the House vote. The total? Just over $900 Billion dollars, but the bill will not only pay for itself in time and get less expensive over the years, but it will cut the federal defecit by well over $1 Trillion dollars over the next 10 years. That’s massive.

So how did conservatives react? Did they stop and think about how their last argument – like all of their others – had again been revealed to be a lie? Not at all – they simply decided to call the CBO liars and dismiss them outright. Yeah – pretty much the same tactic they take whenever reality doesn’t line up with their political ideologies. Plug your fingers in your ears and sing loudly to yourself.

The conservative response to the Congressional Budget Office analysis that health care reform will cut the deficit more than $1 trillion over the next two decades is simply to call the nonpartisan analysts liars.

For some reason, when the CBO was harshly criticizing early drafts of Democratic health proposal, conservatives thought the CBO was so awesome, and some even claimed Democrats would devilishly refuse to let CBO score the final bill before the vote.

Let’s take a Hot Tub Time Machine journey all the way back to 2009.

Bill Scher, writing for the Campaign for America’s Future, calls out this hypocrisy for what it is, and takes us back to last year when the Republicans were using the CBO analysis to bolster their arguments that the bill was too expensive. Now that the bill has been revised – and includes their ideas – and actually saves the country money in the long run, they just can’t handle it:

* The CBO director Doug Elmendorf just told Congress that early Democratic draft would raise the health care cost curve. And top Republicans thought the CBO was pretty sharp. From the W. Post:

Republicans also seized on Elmendorf’s remarks, with House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) saying they prove “that one of the Democrats’ chief talking points is pure fiction.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Elmendorf’s testimony should serve as a “wake-up call” to Obama and Democratic leaders to heed requests from lawmakers in both parties to slow down the process.

* Boehner’s office put out a statement heralding the CBIO: “Exposed: CBO Confirms Democrats’ Plan Will Increase Americans’ Health Care Costs.”

* GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley was calling the CBO “God.”

* GOP Rep. Mike Pence really appreciated the CBO analysis of his own bill, with a news release headlined: “Pence Hails CBO Report on Republican Health Care Bill.”

* The Heritage foundation blog trumpeted: “CBO Deals Another Crushing Blow to Obamacare.”

Now, get back in the Hot Tub Time Machine and return to the present day, 2010.

* RNC Chair Michael Steele said of the CBO conclusion that the pending bill will cut the deficit more than $1 trillion: “That’s a lie.”

* Multiple Fox News personalities trash the CBO, with the Fox Nation website also calling the CBO score “a lie.”

* Hell hath no fury like Rep. Boehner’s CBO love scorned: “That’s why the whole so-called CBO scoring issue is a fallacy.”

* And Rep. Pence is not “hailing” the CBO anymore: “Only in Washington, can you spend a trillion dollars and say you’re gonna save the taxpayers’ money.”

When the CBO gave the Democrats analysis that was politically harmful to their position, Democrats respected the CBO analysis and responded by modifying the legislation to make it even more fiscally responsible.

When the CBO gave conservatives numbers politically harmful to their view, they ended their love affair with the CBO, and decried the agency as not credible.

But it’s not the CBO’s credibility that’s drowning.

Good work guys, way to undermine yourself at every single turn. It makes me wonder why we even need more proof that the right-wing is off the deep end.

[ Take A Hot Tub Time Machine Trip To 2009, When Conservatives Loved The CBO ]
Source: The Campaign for America’s Future

March 15, 2010

Why The GOP is Wrong on Health Care

Now that we’re headed to a showdown in Congress over health care and things are looking to wrap up soon, let’s dive into some of the myths that Republicans have been propagating about health care, thanks to Newsweek.

The truth is that Obama’s health care plan is by no means a government takeover, is by no means “too expensive for America,” will by no means “end up raising taxes,” and will by all means save America money in the long run:

There have been lots of absurdities in the debate—such as it is—about health care reform. There’s the hypocrisy of people dependent on government-run health care complaining about government-run health care. And now comes the Republican canard that the current health care reform proposal constitutes a government takeover of one-sixth of the economy. Here are Rep. Steve Buyer of Indiana, Rep. John Fleming of Louisiana, and Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina making precisely that argument.

First, the proposed health care reform does not take over the system in any sense. Much to the chagrin of progressives, the bills under consideration don’t contain a public option and don’t provide for a single payer. In fact, they provide subsidies for millions of people to purchase private insurance.

Second, such statements reveal how pathetically little many of our policymakers and pundits understand American health care spending. We’re already halfway toward socialized medicine, but not because of Obamacare. (Here’s a column I wrote about this in December 2006.) Over the last couple of decades, as the private sector has done a miserable job controlling costs, as employers have felt less and less compelled to offer health care benefits as a condition of employment, as the population has aged, and as the government created new health care entitlements, the government has been slowly assuming a higher portion of health care spending in the United States—or “taking it over.”

Check out Table 123 in the CDC’s big annual report. In 1990, health care expenditures in the United States were split, 60-40, between the private and public sectors. By 2000, the ratio had fallen to 55.9-44.1. In other words, in the 1990s, a period in which Republicans controlled the House for six years, the share of health spending controlled by the government rose by 10 percent. The trend continued in the period from 2000 to 2008, when Republicans controlled the White House and largely controlled Congress.

There you have it ladies and gentlemen – if there’s a government takeover of health care, it’s not because of Obama, or socialism, or Democrats – in some ways, you could blame the Republicans, but in reality?

The reason is because of a self-feeding, rapidly self-inflating private system that is more interested in selling insurance, denying coverage, and shunting costs and patients to the government at all costs whenever possible. It’s not that the government wants to run health care, it’s because we’re saddled with a private sector that’s not only completely incapable of handling the need for quality health care, but because the government seems to be the only effective provider of such care. Pure and simple.

[ Why The GOP is Wrong on Health Care ]
Source: NewsWeek

Utah Governor Signs Controversial Law Charging Women and Girls With Murder for Miscarriages

If you want a beautiful example of why health reform is badly needed and why the well being of our fellow Americans should never ever be left to conservatives, this is a great example. When left unchecked, they’ll go around passing laws like this, without any concern for the people who’ll actually be affected by them – all in the name of so-called moral principle and superiority, when in reality what it boils down to is an almost obsessive need for the conservative base to own not only the halls of the state, but you as a peripheral of it – and then never let go.

When conservatives talk about Obamacare as “socialist” and “nazist” and “communist,” they clearly don’t know what they’re talking about (because if they bothered to look up the meanings of the words they use, they’d see that clearly) but it’s legislation like this that borders on “your body is property of the state” fascism – the same kind conservatives claim to be against, but would never lift their finger towards because they agree.

On Monday afternoon, a controversial Utah bill that charges pregnant women and girls with murder for having miscarriages caused by “intentional or knowing” acts, was signed into law by Gov. Gary Herbert.

Contrary to media reports last week, the “Criminal Homicide and Abortion Amendments” or HB12, which previously also applied to miscarriages caused by “reckless” acts, was never “withdrawn” by its sponsor, Republican Representative Carl Wimmer (who is crafting similar “model legislation” for other states). After the governor expressed concern over “possible unintended consequences,” of the legislation as written, Rep. Wimmer swiftly introduced a new version, titled “Criminal Homicide and Abortion Revisions” (HB462), which omitted the word “reckless.” Gov. Herbert signed the new bill and vetoed the old one.

Nevertheless, women’s and civil rights groups say the new, just-signed version of the bill is just as dangerous.

“We are still passing legislation which seeks to criminalize women for their actions,” Marina Lowe, legislative and policy counsel for the ACLU of Utah, told AlterNet. “The language is still problematic.”

In the end, this is another piece of legislation that’s making small inroads to criminalizing abortion by criminalizing very specific abortions and behaviors that lead to the end of a pregnancy that don’t result in a bouncy white baby. Planned Parenthood is completely correct here:

Planned Parenthood’s Melissa Bird says the same questions that so alarmed the bill’s earlier critics still apply to the rewritten version that was just signed into law.

“What happens to women who are in abusive relationships?” she asks. “What happens if a woman threatens to leave the abuser, falls down the stairs and loses the baby? What if the abuser beats the woman and causes a miscarriage? Could he turn her in? Who would the prosecutor believe? What happens if a drug addict who’s trying to get clean loses her baby? Will she be brought up on murder charges?”

Rep. Wimmer claims such women would not be prosecuted because they didn’t knowingly act to terminate their pregnancies. But Bird says that is not necessarily the point.

“Even if the prosecutor doesn’t take the case, nothing precludes a woman from being brought to the attention of law enforcement in the first place,” she said. “What we’re doing is driving women underground and preventing them from getting health care and prenatal care.”

To put this in human terms, had Rep. Wimmer’s bill been on the books last spring — and had the 17-year-old’s fetus not survived — she would have faced a prison sentence of 15 years to life. Rep. Wimmer says he’s OK with that because the teenager has to face the “consequences of her barbaric actions.”

“It’s pretty rare for a politician to openly support jail time for girls who have abortions, no matter how desperate they seem to be” a 40-something abortion provider who asked to remain anonymous, told AlterNet. “This is extreme. Mark my words. If they can get away with this, they will try to make abortion illegal in the state of Utah. People need to wake up.”

The fact that this provider didn’t want to give his or her name just proves the point that this brand of conservatives have already made inroads entirely too deep into our health communities. The fact that abortion providers have been bombed, shot, and otherwise killed because they dare provide reproductive health services to women who desperately need them in the form of something tested and proven and healthy and not just “go home and pray,” proves that the far religious-right has lost their concience and instead is focused entirely on making sure they can legislate morality for the rest of us.

[ Utah Governor Signs Controversial Law Charging Women and Girls With Murder for Miscarriages ]
Source: AlterNet

March 8, 2010

John Cory: I Am Angry

I think we’re all angry, but John Cory, writing for Reader Supported News, is specifically angry at political coverage in the media today, and the way the media’s own language and methodology for reporting the news has changed the way politics in Washington is conducted.

Cory’s essay sparks the same kind of passion and insight that made me found Not So Humble so many years ago now, and keep updating it every time there’s something worth calling out to the masses.

Because I really can’t cut him up, here’s the essay in its entirety, with urging from me to go see the original at Reader Supported News and to support their efforts to bring sanity to political news coverage on the web:

I am angry.

I’m tired of pundits and know-nothing media gasbags. I’m tired of snarky “inside politics” programming. I am sick of the bigotry and hatred of “birthers” and faux patriotic cranks and their GOP puppet masters. And I’m really pissed at the Democratic Party that confuses having a plate of limp noodles with having a spine.

I’m going to vomit if I hear the word “bipartisanship” one more time.

It was “bipartisanship” that gave us this activist conservative Supreme Court. A Supreme Court that says money is free speech and corporations are persons except when real people try to hold them accountable for their greed and poisonous ways.

“Bipartisanship” gave us the Patriot Act and FISA and illegal wiretaps and two wars and “free speech zones” and “no fly” lists. God bless bipartisan America.

I get nauseated every time the Senate explains how it takes a super majority to do anything for the American people. Tell you what Senate Bozos, if it takes 60 votes to pass legislation than it should take 60% of the popular vote to get you elected.

When some Tea Party crank says, “I want my country back,” I respond, “No madam, you want your country backward.”

When a deficit-mongering politician says, “How do we pay for this?” Why not ask, “What did you Republicans do with the surplus we Democrats left you?”

When a compassionate conservative says, “Healthcare reform is socialism,” why not answer, “No, sir it is the moral and American way to care for people.”

Yes, I can hear it now: “You are naïve and simplistic. These are complicated matters and require sophisticated solutions. Democrats are a big tent and strive for balance. But Republicans block our path at every turn. We are thinking and considering new ways to work in harmony with everyone.”

Bite me.

The only thing you get with “harmony” is a Barbershop Quartet.

Democrats stop being Republican Lite. Stop whining about that mean GOP and their nasty messaging. Grow a pair, get a message, get a bumper sticker and hang it out there. Get some strong vivid talking points.

G-O-P = Greed Over People.

Greed Kills – jobs, people and the economy.

Terrorism is Viagra for Republicans: The more fear – the more excited they get.

When a soldier dies for America, who dares ask if they were gay or straight?

Don’t act so shocked, Democratic Party. Have you looked around lately?

You’re losing the young vote that showed up to elect Obama. You’re losing those old enough to remember real Democrats. Why? Because you don’t talk to them any more than you talk to me. You talk at me. You talk around me. You talk down to me. You talk about me. You don’t talk with me. And you don’t inspire and you don’t champion and without that you are nothing more than an arbitrator of compromise and abdication.

You are facing a bully. Deal with it!

Republicans want the country backwards. They champion superstition over science because it entrenches ignorance and bigotry and captures the easily frightened.

Republicans treat the Constitution the way they treat the Bible, with selective interpretation and selective application to others while exempting themselves from judgment and accountability.

Republicans preach the gospel of fear because fear is darkness and darkness covers their theft of civil liberties and Constitutional principles.

For thirty years the Republican Party has claimed the mantel of law and order but now quake in dread of the American judicial system when putting terrorists on trial. How criminal is that?

Torture is illegal. Period. John Wayne and Jack Bauer were not our Founding Fathers – only in the make-believe world of Republican drugstore-patriots.

DADT needs to be repealed. Now. It is unconscionable, immoral, and disgusting.

Empathy, compassion and equality are not pejoratives. They are American values proven again and again throughout our history.

Republicans believe that bake-sales and cookies for chemotherapy best determine the value of life and healthcare because life is a pre-existing condition and the “free market” should not have to take on such a high risk – after all, no one gets out alive, so why should the corporation be left holding the bag? Unless of course the price is right.

Republicans believe that government should keep its hands off healthcare but should put its hands inside a woman’s body.

Republicans believe in small government – small enough to hold the “right” people and small enough to be owned and operated by the “right” people. And who are the “right” people? Them. Not you.

Democratic Party, DNC, DLCC, DSCC or whatever your acronym – I have only one question for you: Really?

You can’t win against these guys? You can’t get your message out against these guys? You can’t give America leadership against these guys?

Really?

[ I Am Angry ]
Source: Reader Supported News