Rachel Maddow at her best: What the Obama win means to us

Rachel had an excellent introduction to her show yesterday and she was spirited, obviously enjoying herself and simply at her best. Her celebratory mood and her words remind us why we have reason to celebrate the outcome of this election.



We are not going to have a supreme court that will overturn Roe versus Wade.
We are not going to repeal health care reform.
Nobody is going to kill medicare and make old people fight it out in the open market to get health insurance.
We are not going to give 20% tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires and expect programs like food stamps and children’s insurance to cover the cost of that tax cut.
We will not need to consult our boss if we need to get birth control
We are not going to amend the US constitution to stop gay people from marrying
We are not scaling back on student loans because the government’s new plan is that you borrow money from your parents.
We are not vetoing the dream act, nor are we self deporting.

And then Rachel talked about some facts that all people (on the left and especially on the right) should learn to accept, because they are facts:

Ohio really did go to president Obama and he really did win.
And he really was born in Hawaii and he really is the legitimate president of the United States, again.
And the bureau of labor statistics did not make up a fake unemployment rate last month.
And the congressional research service really can find no evidence that cutting taxes on rich people grows the economy.
And Nate Silver was not making up fake projections to make conservatives feel bad. He was doing math.
And climate change is real
And rape really does cause pregnancy sometimes.
And evolution is real.
And the Benghazi was an attack on us, not a scandal by us.
And nobody is taking away people’s guns.
And taxes have not gone up and the deficit is dropping, actually.
And Sadam Hussein did not have weapon of mass destruction.
And FEMA is not building concentration camps
And moderate reforms of the regulations of the insurance industry and financial services industry are not the same thing as communism.

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4 comments to Rachel Maddow at her best: What the Obama win means to us

  • BC

    Ita:  On birth control unless you don't have the money to pay for it and then have planned parenthood or Medicaid then you should not force mandatory coverage as it increases the overall cost of health care.  Same goes for Viagra or other non essentials.
    Reason is many people aren't getting necessary surgeries because HC is too expensive.  I had to fight for 6 months to get HC coverage to get a life saving operation.  So you'll pardon me if I don't give two hoots about a woman that has income having to pay for her own birth control.
    As for Sallie Mae – they charge something like 8-9% for student loans when big banks borrow money from the Fed for next to nothing so the cost of student loans needs to be examined.
    The issue of climate change – it's always changing and the big question is can we do anything about it??  I'm all for lessening and ultimately getting rid of pollution via tech advances, but not by being forced into a new fear based earth religion.  If you want people to go off polluting tech then affordable alternatives need to exist and be deployed.
    You suggest getting away from conspiracy theory and this goes both ways so please no more "who killed the electric car" conspiracy theory.  Battery technology is simply not there and until it is electric cars won't go mainstream.  Both Telsa and Fisker will go bankrupt in the interim.  Telsa is already heading down this path.
    Take the Sahara, it was lush in 5kBC because the monsoon rains from equatorial Africa made it to the Mediterranean.  Then the spigot got turned off.  There is a 41k year cycle in which obliquity (axial tilt) varies from 22.1 -24.5 degrees off the vertical.  There are also other cycles that vary over time.
    These changes greatly affect climate and cause things like ice ages.  Outside of these cycle there are a lot of unknowns like greater output from the sun, perhaps other stuff flying in extrasolarly.
    The point is we don't know that much, which is why bastardizing science to tax and control people is simply wrong and dangerous.  So let's get rid of pollution via tech and leave out the religious aspect.  If you want to join a Gaiain religion – go nuts – I on the other hand will exercise my first amendment rights to freedom of religion.
    And please no more carbon credit taxes – it's simply a vehicle to increase taxes, control people and give Goldman Sachs yet another market to manipulate – focus on the technology, beta test it with govt. funds, etc.
    BLS did not make up the employment # it's just that people are looking at U-3 instead of U-6 and U-6 shows 14.6%, which is a fairly accurate picture of our job woes.
    Benghazi was an organized attack on the US – not random violence.  This was covered up as Obama did a "George Bush fist pump/mission accomplished" when it hasn't been accomplished.  This was done to not have negative press on it before the election. 
    And this was Obama's war and done for big oil rather than humanitarian reasons.  And if people are so humane and willing to start wars then check out the Congo.
    Furthermore, it looks like the head of Africom and the Stennis carrier group were both removed from their posts due to not wanting to stand down when they wished to aid the embassy in Libya – this is beyond disgusting.
    Taxes have not gone up yet, but due to printing people have less cash as groceries and gas cost more and this hurts the lower and middle classes the most.  This needs to be viewed as an indirect tax resulting from printing – so much for just taxing the rich.
    HC premiums have also gone up so this is part of getting ACA working, but is a tax increase on the middle class.
    I guess the deficit is dropping a bit, but we're still over $1 trillion so we need to keep at it.
    I agree that moderate reforms of finance are needed, but where are they?  Derivatives still exist and it's business as usual on Wall Street.  The idea that either party is somehow tough on Wall Street is laughable.
    You really are not a true progressive rather a party loyalist that like Rush Limbaugh on the right finds a way to defend everything your party does.  If deficit spending is not controlled the middle and lower classes will get screwed even more as their dollar will buy less and less – so massive indirect tax increase on those that can least afford it – very progessive of you to support this.

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    • itaest

      Wow, BC, that’s a lot to digest. When comments get this long I suggest writing an article! It’s free. Just like contraceptive pills and the good thing is: that won’t change. Because it is a cost saving law: unwanted pregnancies cause women to leave the workforce, thus lower tax collection and pregnancy costs are higher than prevention costs. And add to that the cost of raising the child when the means are not there.
      Anyways… That wasn’t too nice of you to equate me to fatass Limbaugh. My progressive opinions are rooted on my experience of living in a progressive country and at some other time in a developing country. I saw for myself what works and what doesn’t. And a lot of what you argue is rooted in pessimism. I don’t believe in that, especially with this president.

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  • BC

    LOL.  I apologize – it was unfair to compare you to Limbaugh.  My point was that when supporting a party 100% one can lose sight of what one believes in.  I do believe that you are progressive, but when you support unchecked printing the end result is the currency devalues and the more you do it the more it devalues.
    This means food and energy get more expensive for everyone and while the rich can afford it the middle class and particularly the poor cannot.  The rich have extra money, but can also invest their extra money into instruments that protect them against inflation.  The middle class and the poor do not have this ability as they simply don't have the extra cash to do so.
    Furthermore, peoples' salaries never keep pace with inflation rather they lag badly so they simply won't get a salary raise in time to offset the added cost of food and gas.
    As for the length of the answer you put a ton of talking points out there so I responded to the ones that I had issues with.
    I understand the issue with unwanted pregnancies costing money, but my comment again was if you earn decent money then one can buy the pills on your own.  And I'm not on a tirade against birth control rather a lot of much more urgent stuff is not being afforded to those that need it.  And the more one must cover then the higher the insurance cost is per month.
    And whether HC is from an employer, exchange or just one payer we have big economic problems in this country and need to provide the right service, but do so without breaking the bank.
    Would you have me believe that someone earning $50k and up won't buy their own birth control if it isn't covered by insurance?
    So get the urgent stuff covered before birth control for those that can afford it. 
    What is it that I said that you view as pessimistic?  Most of my comments are rooted in reality and have nothing to do with politics other than perhaps the Benghazi stuff.
    As for Obama, he is far from being the best thing since sliced bread.  But I would say he now has a great opportunity to get a lot done.  Let's see what he does.  If he ignores financial reality the economy will tank and possibly collapse and this will be global.
    Then all the services/changes you want won't happen. 

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