Posts Tagged ‘GOP’

Single-Payer Reality Therapy

March 21, 2014

Last week the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging held a hearing on “What the US Health Care System Can Learn from Other Countries.” Republican Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina knows all about health care, probably due to his distinguished career selling lawnmowers. Mr. Burr made the usual counter-factual GOP assertions about healthcare delivery, thinly disguised as questions to Dr. Danielle Martin, MD, Vice-President of Medical Affairs & Health System Solutions at Toronto’s Women’s College Hospital. Dr. Martin immediately administered reality therapy (above).

Senator Burr: “On average, how many Canadian patients on a waiting list die each year? Do you know?”

Dr. Martin: “I don’t, sir, but I know that there are 45,000 in America who die waiting because they don’t have insurance at all.”

More:

“Watch an expert teach a smug U.S. senator about Canadian healthcare,” Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times

 “Dr. Danielle Martin gives Washington a lesson on Canadian health care,”  Meagan Fitzpatrick, CBC News

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Paul Ryan, School Lunch Expert

March 7, 2014

Paul Ryan, School Lunch Expert

Yesterday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan (R, WI-1) addressed the faithful and told them of his new platform. He wants to steal school lunches from poor kids.

Mr. Ryan told a story he says he got from Eloise Anderson, but the story was stolen, too.

“She once met a young boy from a poor family. And every day at school, he would get a free lunch from a government program. But he told Eloise he didn’t want a free lunch. He wanted his own lunch—one in a brown-paper bag just like the other kids’. He wanted one, he said, because he knew a kid with a brown-paper bag had someone who cared for him.”

“The left is making a big mistake …. What they’re offering people is a full stomach and an empty soul. People don’t just want a life of comfort. They want a life of dignity, they want a life of self determination.”

Mr. Ryan’s policy is neatly summed up by Paul Krugman: “Let Them Eat Dignity.” Oh, and the book the story was swiped from? A portion of sales goes to a campaign that “connects kids in need to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals” and opposes Ryan’s cuts to food stamps.

Mr. Ryan knows nothing about lunches for the poor, but he’s an authority on a poor lunch. Nutrition-poor, anyway. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “One of his summer jobs in college was as an Oscar Mayer salesman in Minnesota, peddling turkey bacon and a new line called ‘Lunchables‘ to supermarkets.” He once drove the Wienermobile for Oscar Meyer, and that was his last honest job. He’s peddled his bologna as a DC political hack ever since.

More:

“Paul Ryan accidentally makes the case against means-testing,” Ned Resnikoff, MSNBC

“Paul Ryan’s Soul Food,” Ed Kilgore, Political Animal

“A story too good to check: Paul Ryan and the story of the brown paper bag,” Glenn Kessler, Washington Post Fact Checker

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NFL Makes Arizona Do The Right Thing

March 1, 2014

NFL Makes Arizona Do The Right Thing

The National Football League pressured Arizona Governor Jan Brewer into doing the right thing for the wrong reason. Mrs. Brewer vetoed the ill-conceived “Religious Freedom for Bigots” bill, the separate-but-equal homophobic-apartheid measure passed by her state’s legislature. The NFL, itself still learning tolerance for sexual minorities, threatened to relocate the next Superbowl from the University of Phoenix Stadium to a more inclusive state. Other huge corporations said they were reconsidering doing business in the Grand Canyon State, and the convention and business meeting forecast started to look cloudy.

Concepts like “equal access to places of public accommodation” likely mean nothing to Mrs. Brewer, but she surely remembers her state’s loss of business when Arizona passed a racist immigration law and earlier when it refused to recognize the King Holiday.

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Nebraska, Our Nation’s Capital

January 9, 2014

Nebraska, Our Nation's Capital

Nebraska Republican Ben Sasse is running for the U.S. Senate. He wants to move the Capital of the United States from the District of Columbia to Nebraska.

Welcome to it, ‘Huskers! Here’s what Nebraska gets:

  • No vote in Congress, but you’ll pay taxes to the IRS anyway
  • Any political pissant from elsewhere can stop local elected officials from spending Nebraska state tax funds the way Nebraskans want
  • Tax-exempt institutions — including foreign embassies and the Federal government itself — will crowd taxpaying businesses and residents off valuable real estate
  • Commuters from neighboring states will take all your state’s good jobs, snarl traffic, rip up your streets and then complain about the potholes — but they won’t pay a dime of Nebraska taxes on the money they earn in Nebraska
  • Main Street will be shut down for motorcades at unexpected, inconvenient moments
  • Bollards will clutter every sidewalk, metal detectors and uniformed guards will block office building doors

And you know what else Nebraska will get, Mr. Sasse? No U.S. Senators!

Like other Nebraskans, Tea Party-lovin’ Ben Sasse is just regular “work-a-day folks” — if work-a-day folks went to Harvard and Yale, worked at the Boston Consulting Group, served as a DC bureaucrat for G.W. Bush, and over-extended a small Lutheran college so much that its accreditation is threatened.

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John Boehner Finally Grows a Pair

December 15, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner (R , OH-8) finally spoke out about the right-wing groups pushing Republicans beyond the lunatic fringe, specifically the Club For Growth, Heritage Action, FreedomWorks and Americans For Prosperity. “These groups aren’t acting out of principle, and they’re not trying to enact conservative policies. They’re using you to raise money and expand their own organization,” he is said to have told his caucus.

“How John Boehner learned to stop worrying and hate the Tea Party,” Jon Terbush, The Week

“Boehner Attacks Again: Tea Party Groups Have ‘Lost All Credibility,’” Ian Schwartz, Real Clear Politics

“Don’t celebrate yet!: Why Boehner won’t really ditch the right-wing nutjobs,” Brian Beutler, Salon

“Boehner’s blasts: One more volley in the long GOP battle,” Dan Balz, Washington Post

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Dick Cheney: All Heart

November 20, 2013

Dick Cheney: All Heart

Was it just last year that Papa Dick Cheney blessed the same-sex marriage of younger daughter Mary? It was a touching moment, love overcoming Republican dogma.

Then ambitious older daughter Liz Cheney decided to base her carpetbagger Wyoming senate campaign on opposition to same-sex marriage. “I do believe in the traditional definition of marriage,” she told Fox News. Sister Mary noted that Liz is “on the wrong side of History” in denying equality to all families.

And Papa Dick Chaney, a man who bucked the 2000 GOP platform and endorsed marriage equality? A man whose grandchildren have two mommies? Certainly he stayed out of a fight between his daughters, since he loves them both equally, right?

Wrong. He’s backing Liz. Expect an uncomfortable Thanksgiving dinner at the Chaney house.

Wait a minute. Didn’t Dick Cheney mellow after he left office as Vice President and got a heart transplant? Nope. He’s flogging a book about that heart but won’t think about the donor: “It’s my new heart, not someone else’s old heart.”

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Tea Party Testimony

October 18, 2013

Tea Party Testimony
Testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives by House stenographer Dianne Reidy on Wednesday, October 16, 2013:

“Do not be deceived. God shall not be mocked. A House divided cannot stand. He will not be mocked, He will not be mocked, (don’t touch me!) He will not be mocked. The greatest deception here, is that this is not one nation under God. It never was. Had it been… it would not have been… No. it would not have been… the Constitution would not have been written by Free Masons… and go against God. You cannot serve two masters. You cannot serve two masters. Praise be to God, Lord Jesus Christ.”

– “Stenographer snaps, rants on House floor,” CNN

Discussion:

“The funny thing is the House stenographer was only like the 137th craziest person in the room.” — Dan Amira, via Twitter

 “But who knows, maybe she just saw something that didn’t seem right and mounting frustration and tensions brought it out of her.” — Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Fox News

“The ‘Holy Spirit’ made her do it: Stenographer Dianne Reidy offers Godly excuse for bizarre House of Representatives rant,” Michael Sheridan, New York Daily News

“House Stenographer Outburst Recalls Masonic Conspiracy Theories Past And Present,” Roxanne Palmer, International Business Times

“Famous Freemasons: Founding Fathers and Patriots,” U.S. News

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Price of the Tea Party Tantrum

October 17, 2013

Price of the Tea Party Tantrum

The Tea Party Republicans in Congress shut down the United States Government for over two weeks. They did it to protest … something. In the end, it gained them … nothing. Federal employees will be paid retroactively, but government contractors and retailers serving public employees and their families had no business this month. Of course, the salaries of cranky congressmen continued uninterrupted.

The shutdown is over, at least for now, but what has this Republican hissy fit cost America? The total tab won’t be complete for another couple of months, but Standard & Poor’s puts the loss to the economy at $24 billion, $1.6 billion a day.

More:

“Gridlock Has Cost U.S. Billions, and the Meter Is Still Running,” Annie Lowery, Nathaniel Popper, and Nelson D. Schwartz, New York Times

“Was the Point Republicans Made in the Shutdown Worth the Price?’ Gerald F. Seib, Wall Street Journal

“What You Can Get For The Price Of A Shutdown,” Bryce Covert, Think Progress

“House Republicans Hold Hearing on Why Their Shutdown Shut Things Down,” Tim Murphy, Mother Jones

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Bachmann Sees the End Times

October 9, 2013

Bachmann Sees the End Times

Congress-creature Michele Bachmann, the Republican representing the 6th District of Minnesota, the Planet Mars, the Tea Party Caucus, and the voice of the Lord, warns that The End Is Near:

“ … President Obama waived a ban on arming terrorists in order to allow weapons to go to the Syrian opposition. … US taxpayers are now paying to give arms to terrorists including Al Qaeda.”

“Now what this says to me, I’m a believer in Jesus Christ, as I look at the End Times scripture, this says to me that the leaf is on the fig tree and we are to understand the signs of the times … we are to understand where we are in God’s end times history.”

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Government Shutdown Explained

October 2, 2013

Government Shutdown Explained

The United States Government has been shut down by the Republican members of the House of Representatives. This chart explains it all.

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