Saturday, December 19, 2009

HCR . . . . the old fashioned (corrupt & innefective) way


By HUMA KHAN
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2009


Senate Democratic leaders inched closer to attaining their goal of passing a health care bill by Christmas as Ben Nelson, the Nebraska senator who had been skeptical of the bill, jumped on board, winning major concessions for his state, and the Congressional Budget Office released an optimistic cost estimate of the legislation.
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Senators plan to work through the holidays to get a health care bill passed.

The Senate health care bill will reduce the deficit by $132 billion over the next 10 years and will cost $871 billion over the same time period, according to the CBO report released today. The revised health care bill would expand coverage to about 94 percent of eligible Americans under age 65, excluding illegal immigrants.

President Obama today hailed the legislation as "the largest deficit reduction plan in a decade," and praised the changes for making the health care bill stronger.

On one hand this version of "health care reform" that's been raped and bastardized by the GOP obstructionists and the Blue Dog Dem back-stabbers is nothing more than a great big ol' shit sandwich from a pure progressive standpoint. On the other hand, the hard-core conservatives are are having a major league shit fit about it and since there's 60 votes in favor of it, they are powerless. My conflict about how to feel about it is quite obvious.


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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

K.O. agrees with krazee -- Liberal Media My Ass!!

Olbermann is spot on in this clip.

It starts out as a pretty decent smackdown of Bill O'Reilly's faux outrage over a television drama linking his name with Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and the despicable act of using one's public media platform to incite hatred and violence. It segues into a biting tirade with Olbermann providing a rundown (and just a sampling btw) of the current crop of conservative screechers that saturate print, television and radio media. It was a bravo demolition of the tired myth that the poor, repressed conservatives have no voices in the "liberal media."

It's absolutely refreshing to actually see and hear a mainstream television pundit be so brutally honest about this issue.


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Sunday, December 13, 2009

They have an endless supply of idiocy . . . .

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We freed 50 million people in Iraq?? Minor detail I know, but I wonder how the between 100,000 and 500,000 dead Iraqi civilians are enjoying their "freedom."

Sometimes right wingers just make me want to fucking go beserk . . .






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Banksters, Gangsters --- no difference . . .


By DAVID STREITFELD
Published: December 12, 2009


Mortgage rates in the United States have dropped to their lowest levels since the 1940s, thanks to a trillion-dollar intervention by the federal government . Yet the banks that once handed out home loans freely are imposing such stringent requirements that many homeowners who might want to refinance are effectively locked out.

The scarcity of credit not only hurts homeowners but also has broad economic repercussions at a time when consumer spending and employment are showing modest signs of improvement, hinting at a recovery after two years of recession.

Refinancing could save owners hundreds of dollars a month, which could be spent, saved or used to pay down debts. Extra spending would help lift the economy, and lower payments might spare some people from losing their homes to foreclosure.

The plight of homeowners has become a volatile political issue. On Friday, as the House passed a series of new financial regulations, it narrowly defeated a provision that would have allowed bankruptcy judges to modify the terms of mortgages. The measure was strongly opposed by the banking industry.

I say nationalize these big banks. Nationalize them, cap the CEO and upper management salaries, regulate them up the ass and make these pricks feel some of the pain they've caused so many with their reckless gambling spree. Nothing will change otherwise and they will continue to criminally pick the pockets of the honest, hard working American people and that should not be allowed to happen.


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