One Word: “Romneycare”

July 5, 2012  See Updates Below

Now that Republicans are claiming that the SCOTUS ruling gives them an advantage in the fall campaign, it is useful to remember back a bit to January when Rick Santorum said that Mitt Romney's support for the Massachusetts healthcare plan disqualifies him from being the GOP nominee.  The basic logic of this assertion was that "Obamacare" and "Romneycare" were essentially identical and that any Romney attempt to attack the one while simultaneously defending the other would be a hypocrisy obvious to everyone.

Well now the time has come. Health care reform has become a central issue again, thanks to the Supreme Court and the groups that challenged it.  The conservative base is fired up and ready to impeach both John Roberts and Obama.  The only problem is that the right does not have a suitable champion [...]

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Long Live Obamacare!!!


I was so busy this morning that I forgot to check the news about the Supreme Court ruling and then at 10:18 am I get this message from our now absent Carol Carolina who texts me: "Woooooooooooooohoooooo!!! Long live Obamacare!"

I immediately turned on my TV as I am working from home this morning and felt like celebrating! Justice Roberts joined the liberal justices in upholding the mandate as a tax!

And just imagine how that closed door House GOP meeting to discuss the Supreme Court ruling must have been like today? It must have been so bad, that one Republican in a blind, half-mad rage, or whatever said that it felt like today was 9/11 all over again. Really?

How can you compare a horrific terrorist attack and a law saying that maybe people with preexisting health conditions ought to be [...]

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Republicans’ “Obama Is A Failure” Fail

Breaking News: The Mandate is Upheld

The Romney campaign, anticipating the decision would go the other way, has gone on record as saying that the entire Obama legacy was wasted if the Supreme Court overturned the Health Care Reform individual mandate.  Now that it has been upheld, the reverse logic must also apply: the Obama Administration has succeeded. 

Is Bullying Part of the National Character?

Bullying has been in the headlines a lot lately, with the news bringing stories of tragic teen suicides occurring with what seems intolerable frequency and now of a bus monitor reduced to tears by no larger a power than middle-schoolers. There is also the documentary Bully that came out recently, shining a spotlight on the issue. Someone I know remarked that a distant relative, living in Arizona, seethes with hatred towards Mexicans. My acquaintance remarked, “don’t they realize that the Mexicans were there first?” It got me thinking about the proud history of the United States, which has as some of its earliest chapters the wresting away of this land from the people who lived here. You know, the Native Americans.

What is bullying after all? According to an online definition, it is to “Use superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force [...]

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German “Der Spiegel” paints gloomy Euro crash scenario

German Chancellor Merkel

Today’s Spiegel article reminds me of the articles by our fellow Immizen blogger BC.

Just today, I had a conversation with another friend regarding the European situation with Greece. He thought that because I am half German I would probably want Greece to exit the Euro zone and not have to continue to bail them out. I told him I had no informed opinion on the consequences of Greece exiting the European Union, but that I thought it would be worst for Greece than it would be for the rest of Europe.

He disagreed and compared the Greece situation with what happened to Lehman Brothers during the 2008 economic downturn. The Fed decided to let Lehman Brothers go bankrupt. While Lehman Brothers was not the largest player in the financial crisis, allowing it to collapse exacerbated the situation and caused massive panic as it [...]

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Corruption in government… when Big Money runs the legislative process

There were various attempts by Democrats in the Senate this week to save money that would have reduced corporate welfare and spared the poorest Americans from cuts to programs such as Food Stamps.

Senators Jean Shaheen (D-NH), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Richard Lugar (R-IN) introduced an amendment that would save up to $3.5 billion every single year by repealing and reforming various subsidies, tariffs, and other price supports that prop up the price of sugar on behalf of the Sugar Lobby.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced an amendment to restore $4.5 billion in funding for the food stamp program, which assists some of the poorest Americans, by cutting “guaranteed profit for crop insurance companies from 14 to 12 percent and by lowering payments for crop insurers from $1.3 billion to $825 million.”

Both amendments were defeated and as usual mostly along party lines with [...]

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B a l c o nies

Balconies are places where dreams

fly out of rusted food cans

suddenly fresh

cooled down by the

sting of night air.

Still, you busy yourself with

tossing crumbs from your


some time

between dinner and breakfast

oblivious to the vast, elongated

minutes that spill out

in between.

You really don’t mean to

leave everyone behind


for dessert, for

their box of cigars. Yet you

linger for a moment, your

hand clutching the steel railing

your face already full of

these things that

might have been.



You see pictures

not like those at exhibitions

but merging, delirious

framed by

your tremulous desire and

illumined by a yellow

corner lamp – for free.

You see pictures of


being pushed into

ice-cold hands, of

gatherings and music, of

ubiquitous laughter, of

eyes meeting eyes

meeting you as you tremble in your


The [...]

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Response to Karen Klein video as bully victim shows nobody likes bullies… do they like Romney?

It's the news of the day. A viral video that shows a female bus driver being bullied by the students in the bus.

More than $120,000 has been raised online for an upstate New York bus monitor who was taunted and verbally abused by students.

The incident was captured in a 10-minute video posted to YouTube showing 68-year-old Karen Klein trying her best to ignore the stream of profanity, insults and outright threats directed at her.

In some online comments a person writes "This video should follow them everywhere, college application, job applications, etc."

Someone else answers: "I like that idea too. This whole thing sickens me and I can't believe these kids could be so cruel."

Perhaps this is the right time to remind people that we know of someone who was a disgusting bully as a kid but for whom no [...]

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Republicans: We Have No Position On Immigration

This was a VERY interesting comment by Mitch McConnell today:

“Both the presidential candidates, both the incumbent and the challenger, are going to be addressing this issue Thursday at an important meeting of Hispanic-Americans. I think most of my members are interested in learning what Governor Romney has to say about this issue, and we’re going to withhold judgment, most of us, until that time.…

“I think we’re going to wait and see what Governor Romney has to say, and then our members are going to be discussing his views on this, and I think many of them will have similar views.”

How can he know "they will have similar views" as Romney if Romney has not even stated a view?  The only reasonable interpretation of this statement is that the Republicans are caught on the horns of a dilemma here and have no [...]

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Rubio Not Even Vetted?

From ABC News:

[K]nowledgeable Republican sources tell me that [Marco] Rubio is not being vetted by Mitt Romney’s vice presidential search team. He has not been asked to complete any questionnaires or been asked to turn over any financial documents typically required of potential vice presidential candidates.

Although it is possible that Rubio may yet be asked to go through the vetting process, it has been nearly two months since Romney named his long-time aide Beth Myers to run his vice presidential search. The fact that Rubio has not been asked to turn over any documents by now is a strong indication that he is not on Romney’s short list of potential running mates.


Apparently the Romney team has decided to go with the "boring White guy" option. (As opposed to the "Zombie White guy" option.) Unless, [...]

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