Morning Must Reads: Repeal

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Richard Giles
Richard Giles

If the Republicans had the people's interests in mind, then their efforts would be creditable.  However if they really had the people's interests in mind, not just their own political ambitions and their need to cater to Special Interests (their strong supporters), they would have worked with bipartisanship, compromise and cooperation to fine-tune the law and make it AmericasCare.  No they fought all efforts, stubbornly blocking and arrogantly faulting, no matter what irresponsibility and neglect that entailed.  Now they want the public to trust them to repeal the law and they promise (with tongue in cheek) to replace it with something more workable and equitable.  There is no evidence they can be trusted to serve anything but their own interests and that includes continuing to cater to Special Interests for their continued support - but there is considerable evidence that health care reform is desperately needed - and, with the propaganda set aside, Obamacare provides much of what is needed with costs and problems that aren't even close to what it is being faulted for (the misleading biased propaganda).  The Republicans say that they are advocating what the people want but that is proven to be a lie and as the facts become more clear, the polls show more people supporting Obamacare with a large majority not wanting it to be repealed but rather adjusted where needed.  Whose interests do they represent - obviously not the people's.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

Of course 45% are confused.  When 2 out of 3 of the major networks couldn't get it right....

paulejb
paulejb

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

"...forty-seven of these attorneys have not donated any money to any candidates for office in the past six years, according to records available from the Center for Responsive Politics. Collectively, the remaining 46 have donated $ 235,651 to President Obama, the DNC, and Democratic candidates since January 1, 2007. Not one has donated to any Republican candidate. Of the 46 who donated, 36 donated to President Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008, or his reelection campaign this year, or both, for a total of $ 77,782."

http://www.nationalreview.com/...

outsider2011
outsider2011

 Two things are true about the conservative movement, Romney, and health

care. One: The activists don’t trust him. Two: They will correct this by

bending him to their will.

http://www.slate.com/articles/...

paulejb
paulejb

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

"...forty-seven of these attorneys have not donated any money to any candidates for office in the past six years, according to records available from the Center for Responsive Politics. Collectively, the remaining 46 have donated $235,651 to President Obama, the DNC, and Democratic candidates since January 1, 2007. Not one has donated to any Republican candidate. Of the 46 who donated, 36 donated to President Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008, or his reelection campaign this year, or both, for a total of $77,782."

http://www.nationalreview.com/... 

outsider2011
outsider2011

More repubs trying to score political points, rather than do the right thing:

Do Republicans in Congress want to fix the food stamp program—or punish it?

That’s

the question facing the House Agriculture Committee leadership as it

rolls out its plan this week to cut farm subsidies together with about

$ 16 billion in 10-year savings from food stamps—also known as SNAP

(Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

To get across the House floor, Chairman Frank Lucas

(R-Okla.) must go to the right of the Democratic-controlled Senate,

which took only $ 4.5 billion from SNAP in its farm bill. But in trying

to show some deft and care, Lucas is meeting stiff resistance in his own

committee, where nearly two-thirds of the Republicans are freshmen from

the large 2010 class so influenced by the rise of the tea party.

The story behind Thursday’s expected roll out then is not just what’s in the farm bill — but what isn’t.

Lost on the cutting room floor is a genuine Lucas reform effort that

attempted to build on the decades-old farmer-food stamp coalition which

has helped sustain support for rural agriculture in the more urban

House. Instead, the path chosen by the GOP is a political dead end in

the Senate and could yet become a nightmare for farm and crop insurance

interests trying to fend off tighter income limits on subsidies.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/s...

outsider2011
outsider2011

More GOP trying to score points, rather than do what is right:

 

Do Republicans in Congress want to fix the food stamp program—or punish it?

That’s

the question facing the House Agriculture Committee leadership as it

rolls out its plan this week to cut farm subsidies together with about

$16 billion in 10-year savings from food stamps—also known as SNAP

(Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

To get across the House floor, Chairman Frank Lucas

(R-Okla.) must go to the right of the Democratic-controlled Senate,

which took only $4.5 billion from SNAP in its farm bill. But in trying

to show some deft and care, Lucas is meeting stiff resistance in his own

committee, where nearly two-thirds of the Republicans are freshmen from

the large 2010 class so influenced by the rise of the tea party.

The story behind Thursday’s expected roll out then is not just what’s in the farm bill — but what isn’t.

Lost on the cutting room floor is a genuine Lucas reform effort that

attempted to build on the decades-old farmer-food stamp coalition which

has helped sustain support for rural agriculture in the more urban

House. Instead, the path chosen by the GOP is a political dead end in

the Senate and could yet become a nightmare for farm and crop insurance

interests trying to fend off tighter income limits on subsidies.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/s...

paulejb
paulejb

MomentoMori,

"I just wish we had a real conservative instead of paulie. One that isn't just a sad little attention wh0re."

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No, Mori. You want a CINO like John Roberts to justify your totalitarian leftist ideology.

paulejb
paulejb

MomentoMori,

"After all, if everyone  hates you, you're not really alone, right?"

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If all you hive members hate me than I must be on the right track. There is nothing that liberals hate more than the truth.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

What's this?  Whale Whalie would "answer the call" if Momney asked him to be his running mate??

paulejb
paulejb

Pollopa,

Planned Parenthood's gender selection abortions make you uneasy, Pollopa?

"Planned Parenthood Spokeswoman: We'll Perform Sex-Selective Abortions"

http://www.weeklystandard.com/... 

The first right of every woman is the right to life.

Steve0T
Steve0T

So the SCOTUS decision is driving Repub. fund-raising??? Yeah riiight!! Whoever says this decision has helped only the Repubs. financially is a lying bag of excrement.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

paulejb
paulejb

Paul Dirks,

"Heritage is clearly stating that the Job losses before HCR passed are better than the job gains that took place after."

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Now there is a pile of bilge worthy of Barack Obama.

You can not refute the numbers, Dirks.

 http://images.slidesharecdn.co...

outsider2011
outsider2011

This is an example of what the GOP wants to produce with it's Education cuts.

 

Rep. Bob Kingsbury has a history of taking conservative stances in New Hampshire's State House.

A Republican lawmaker in New Hampshire explained his controversial statement

last week that kindergarten leads to higher crime was based on

statistics: He found a 400 percent jump in crime in towns with this

early childhood education program, he claimed.

Last week Rep. Bob Kingsbury (R-Laconia) told fellow Belknap County lawmakers

that research he has conducted since 1996 shows a connection between

the state's kindergarten program and higher crime rates, attributing it

to children being taken "away from their mothers too soon."

Kingsbury discussed with The Huffington Post on Tuesday his research

showing a dramatic jump in crime. "The sources I have is I went to the

Department of Education and got a list of kindergartens and I went to

the safety department and got the crime report," he said. "In general,

the towns with a kindergarten have 400 percent more crime than other

towns in the same county. In every county the towns and cities with

kindergarten had more crime."

Noting as well that some communities experienced a crime jump of 300

percent, he singled out his hometown of Laconia, the largest community

in Belknap County. Compared to the other nine communities in the county,

Laconia had the highest crime and the only kindergarten program, he

said. Kingsbury cited crime reports indicating Laconia had 63 of the

county's 70 rapes, 6 out of 9 robberies, 44 out of 47 arsons and 408 out

of 506 simple assaults, along with all the county's murders and higher

rates of other crimes.

Belknap County in southern New Hampshire has a population of a little

bit more than 60,000, including Laconia's nearly 16,000 inhabitants.

Laconia sits across Lake Winnipesaukee from Wolfeboro, N.H., where Mitt

Romney has a vacation home. 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

outsider2011
outsider2011

 Under current law, states are allowed to opt out of various

requirements of the Affordable Care Act by 2017, provided that they meet

minimal standards for coverage. The Empowering States to Innovate Act

would move that date to 2014.

For the Obama White House, the amendment has a number of politically

appealing aspects. The most obvious is that it provides an avenue to the

type of federalist approach that the Republican Party, and its

standard-bearer Mitt Romney, has argued should have been adopted in the

first place. More bluntly, the co-sponsor of the amendment, along with

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), is Sen. Scott Brown, a Massachusetts Republican

who happens to share a senior adviser with Romney.

When top Obama administration officials were asked how they would go

about selling the law in the immediate aftermath of the court's ruling,

one of the three provisions they cited was the opt-out amendment. It was

equally telling that the president made a point of emphasizing the idea

in his post-SCOTUS remarks.

"Each state will take the lead in designing their own menu of

options, and if states can come up with even better ways of covering

more people at the same quality and cost, this law allows them to do

that, too," Obama said. "And I’ve asked Congress to help speed up that

process, and give states this flexibility in year one."

Perhaps the most obvious signal that the White House sees the

amendment as a campaign instrument came in February 2011, when the president declared

-- in a bit of prescience with respect to the GOP primary -- that he

"agree[d] with Mitt Romney" that states should be given "the power to

determine their own health care solutions."

But as the Obama administration moves to embrace the Empowering

States to Innovate Act, Republicans have gone silent. The Huffington

Post reached out on multiple occasions to both Brown's Senate office and

his re-election campaign to confirm that he still supports the

amendment; to the Romney campaign to ask if the candidate backed the

provision; and to the office of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

(R-Ky.), asking if he supported it. None of the requests for comment

were returned.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

outsider2011
outsider2011

Who wants to bet THIS blows up ..

 

North Carolina's Republican-controlled state legislature voted Monday

night to override Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue's veto of a state budget

that strips money from Planned Parenthood.

The same lawmakers overrode Perdue's veto and moved to defund Planned Parenthood last year, but a judge blocked the provision,

arguing that a state can't single out a particular health provider.

This time around, lawmakers found a way to sidestep legal challenges by

not specifically naming Planned Parenthood in the budget. Instead, the

bill prevents the state's Health and Human Services department from

contracting with "private providers" of family planning services --

effectively, but not

explicitly, singling out Planned Parenthood.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

Paul Dirks
Paul Dirks

Job growth went from an average.....etc.

Have you noticed that the part of Heritage's graph where it slopes upward is below zero and the part of it where it levels off  is ABOVE zero.Did it ever occur to you that THAT might mean something more important than what they told you?

outsider2011
outsider2011

 

While new campaign finance vehicles created in the wake of the

Supreme Court’s Citizens United deal like Super PACs have gotten a lot

of attention this year, there have long been ways for corporate donors

to skirt campaign finance limits. In 2004, then-Massachusetts Governor

Mitt Romney found one such way to allow his network of wealthy corporate

donors to give far more than state law allowed in direct contributions

to state legislative candidates.

In a move that has gone largely

unnoticed during Romney’s 2012 presidential bid, Romney and his

aides solicited money from deep-pocked donors and funneled it to

Republican candidates via two state party funds, “sidestepping the cap

that limits an individual donation to a candidate to $500 a year,” the Boston Globe reported

at the time. Romney’s scheme allowed an individual donors to contribute

$15,000, thirty times the typical $ 500 maximum. The money passed

through two party committees, one of which was a federal account run by

the state GOP that could take $10,000 from each donor. The other was a

state account which could take $ 5,000.

The plan was part of

Romney’s larger effort to revive the ailing Republican Party in the

state, and involved the governor personally recruiting GOP candidates,

who were then supported with state party funds from these two committee

for which Romney fundraised. Thanks to his network of financial industry

and other donors, by September, Republicans had pulled in huge sums

from large corporations in the state. The Globe reported that Fidelity

Investments, one of the state’s largest employers which regularly

lobbies the state government on tax and other issues, had donated

$ 203,000. Officials from Bain Capital, Romney’s former company, had

given $ 92,000. In total, nearly $500,000 came from venture capitalists,

while another  $ 338,000 came from the financial industry.

The Globe

reported that campaign finance advocates “argue[d] that Romney and the

GOP are breaking down the legal barriers that bar corporate money from

being used in state political campaigns.” ”It is a way to pass corporate

money through the party apparatus and direct it to individual state

legislative campaign coffers,” explained Galen Nelson, the then-research

director at the Massachusetts Money and Politics Project. ”When a donor

makes a  $ 500 contribution, you can’t allege that there is some access

and influence buying. But when a donor makes a $ 10,000 contribution,

their employers can’t go unnoticed by the party. It will make the party

all the more indebted to the special interest.”

http://www.salon.com/2012/07/0...

outsider2011
outsider2011

Any wonder why the GOP and big business go hand in pants with each other?

 

While new campaign finance vehicles created in the wake of the

Supreme Court’s Citizens United deal like Super PACs have gotten a lot

of attention this year, there have long been ways for corporate donors

to skirt campaign finance limits. In 2004, then-Massachusetts Governor

Mitt Romney found one such way to allow his network of wealthy corporate

donors to give far more than state law allowed in direct contributions

to state legislative candidates.

In a move that has gone largely

unnoticed during Romney’s 2012 presidential bid, Romney and his

aides solicited money from deep-pocked donors and funneled it to

Republican candidates via two state party funds, “sidestepping the cap

that limits an individual donation to a candidate to $500 a year,” the Boston Globe reported

at the time. Romney’s scheme allowed an individual donors to contribute

$15,000, thirty times the typical $500 maximum. The money passed

through two party committees, one of which was a federal account run by

the state GOP that could take $10,000 from each donor. The other was a

state account which could take $5,000.

The plan was part of

Romney’s larger effort to revive the ailing Republican Party in the

state, and involved the governor personally recruiting GOP candidates,

who were then supported with state party funds from these two committee

for which Romney fundraised. Thanks to his network of financial industry

and other donors, by September, Republicans had pulled in huge sums

from large corporations in the state. The Globe reported that Fidelity

Investments, one of the state’s largest employers which regularly

lobbies the state government on tax and other issues, had donated

$203,000. Officials from Bain Capital, Romney’s former company, had

given $92,000. In total, nearly $500,000 came from venture capitalists,

while another $338,000 came from the financial industry.

The Globe

reported that campaign finance advocates “argue[d] that Romney and the

GOP are breaking down the legal barriers that bar corporate money from

being used in state political campaigns.” ”It is a way to pass corporate

money through the party apparatus and direct it to individual state

legislative campaign coffers,” explained Galen Nelson, the then-research

director at the Massachusetts Money and Politics Project. ”When a donor

makes a $500 contribution, you can’t allege that there is some access

and influence buying. But when a donor makes a $10,000 contribution,

their employers can’t go unnoticed by the party. It will make the party

all the more indebted to the special interest.”

http://www.salon.com/2012/07/0...

MrObvious
MrObvious

Fer Christ Sake. Just ignore paulejb. He's not worth it. He's a ignorant liar that feeds on his ability to make anyone respond to him. He thinks attention means winning and no matter how factual anyone is he'll change the subject or pretend he have supreme knowledge about stuff he clearly know nothing about.

It's simply a waste of time.

outsider2011
outsider2011

More people picking up on the latest example of GOP class:

 

For the record, I don’t think military service is the only route to

heroism. People who are great parents are heroes in their own way.

But

Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh, best known for not paying child support, has

taken neither route to heroism. Instead, the Tea Party blowhard is now

denying his Democratic opponent, Iraq war veteran and double amputee

Tammy Duckworth, is a “true hero.” (Think Progress has the whole video.)

Apparently because she’s been open about her military service, Walsh

thinks she’s showing off her sacrifice. But it’s sort of hard to hide

the fact that you’ve lost both your legs and the use of one arm

(insurgents blew up her helicopter in Iraq).

That Duckworth: She’s such a show-off when she enters a room in a wheelchair.

Walsh

has apparently had enough of her histrionics. He told an Elk Grove town

hall on Friday that Sen. John McCain was a “noble hero” because he

didn’t often talk about his military service. “Now I’m running against a

woman who, my God, that’s all she talks about,” Walsh said.

Duckworth

received multiple military awards, including a Purple Heart, an Air

Medal and an Army Commendation Medal. After her injuries, she became

Director of Illinois’ Department of Veterans’ Affairs, until President

Obama made her Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs. She’s supported

by ActBlue and VoteVets PAC. (More information here.)

This isn’t the first time Walsh disparaged Duckworth’s service. In April he told Politico:

“I

have so much respect for what she did in the fact that she sacrificed

her body for this country,” said Walsh. Then, according to Politico, he

paused for dramatic effect: “Ehhh. Now let’s move on.”

“Ehhh?” Really?

Walsh

is best known for falling roughly $100,000 behind in child support to

his ex-wife and then failing to show up in court — because, a staffer

told the judge, “Mr. Walsh is a U.S. congressman.” The judge shot back,

“Well, he’s no different than anyone else.” The case settled in April.

http://www.salon.com/2012/07/0...

paulejb
paulejb

MomentoMori,

"You want to pretend you got the last word in and won the argument."

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No pretense required, Mori. It ain't bragging if you can do it.

MrObvious
MrObvious

Are we surprised that 45% don't know that supreme court upheld it? They're probably the ones that watch Fox News or listens to one of the radio prattlers or folks that just isn't into politics. Media have done a unpresidented great job at keeping people ignorant about ACA and the whole sausage process.

paulejb
paulejb

Paul Dirks,

"Yes, take the second derivative of a curve that bottoms out and pretend it means something."

67,000 as opposed to 4600. Even a lib can tell the difference there, Dirks. It's a trend.

paulejb
paulejb

nflfoghorn,

"You don't comprehend very well."

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Hey! I know how to do it, foggie. You're the one technically challenged. 

paulejb
paulejb

Paul Dirks,

"Caught in a brazen lie and you change the subject. The passage of HCR happens to correspond closely to the END of  24 months of consecutive job losses."

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What are you raving about now? ObamaCare did not pass until 2010. The recession officially ended in the spring of 09.  

paulejb
paulejb

nflfoghorn,

"You lost on this, so now you're trying to diminish the impact of it.  Nice try."

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Oh, you're right about that, foggie. This was a big loss for all Americans who revere and respect the Constitution. It was not, however, a big win for libs who now have to defend this huge, honking tax on the middle class.

http://theincidentaleconomist....

Troubador222
Troubador222

 Better yet, try and take my vote away.