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Either Colli is posting from the US or he's making a regular habit of sleeping from 4am to 12pm French time.
I conducted my war on Christmas today. Christmas kicked my butt. We stopped shopping when we couldn't fit anything else in the car.
This Congressman has great writers . . .
"President Barack Obama's healthcare reform has reached only about 3 percent of its enrollment target for 2014 in 12 U.S. states where new online health insurance marketplaces are mostly working smoothly, a report released on Monday said.
States with functioning exchanges have signed up 49,100 people compared with the 1.4 million people expected to be enrolled for 2014, according to the report by healthcare research and consultancy firm Avalere Health."
Recent poll shows a majority wanting a minimum wage increase. It may seem blinding obvious to non-righties here, but sometimes the blinding obvious needs said anyway.
Someone here likely knows a lot about this ...but probably NOT the one claiming to live there. More likely Ivy knows if she stops there regularly during her overseas vacations.
Forget the war on Christmas. What about the war on people spending Thanksgiving with their families.Best Buy Joins Other Retailers In Denying Workers Their Thanksgiving Dinners
Decline and Fall of American Journalism, Sort of, part 12745 (and not just political) - a recent TIME biz section post about graduates not finding work with everyday, small stuff advice. Alas, it's weak tea analysis I've seen elsewhere, from Monster advice sites, etc. (comments worth a read). No big-picture policy moves to get us out of this unemployment mess and everyone back to work. Now compare this to an article last year from former TIME biz section reporter Barbara Kiviat, who wrote meatier stuff during her "time" here. Reporters need to step up their game.
“My response to all of that is I am enthusiastically supportive of what the tea party has done,” he said. “If you want to see where I am, look at my voting record.”
A guy who walks like a Tea Partier, talks like a Tea Partier, and votes like a Tea Partier, but is absolutely, 100% not a Tea Partier.
I can see why you like him. He's in denial, too.
@collioure Thanks for the links.
"The 49,100 enrollments also include Medicaid sign-ups in Hawaii and Rhode Island, which did not provide a break-out, Avalere said. It based its numbers on public and press reports for the above mentioned states as well as Connecticut, the District of Colombia, Kentucky, Maryland, Nevada, New York and Washington."
@collioure Why would most people sign up and pay for something they don't get for months? Look at what happened in Mass. Early enrollment was slim as well, and yet all targets were reached and exceeded.
@deconstructiva Rachel Maddow pointed this out on her show recently – every time raising the minimum wage is on the ballot, it wins. Even in red states. It's how Sherrod Brown and Claire McCaskill got elected – they supported an increase, their GOP opponents opposed it.
There's not a lot of WalMarts in France.
(And Carrefour, Auchan and the like aren't comparable.)
I know well. Retailers make an effort to highlight made or produced in France and the French go for it.
They're doing it for profit, which makes it ok.
Who cares if the US is losing it's soul?
@mantisdragon91 And there's no excuse for this. These retailers could have the very same sales on Friday during regular business hours, and they'd still make a fortune. There's no reason to deny employees one of the few holidays they get or to entice shoppers to start shopping at the crack of dawn.
@deconstructiva I still miss Fox and Kiviat. When I wanted to understand something about economics or the market, they were a great resource.
Yep, there is no difference between the parties.
Know what? I personally think it's the height of hypocrisy, all this bellyaching about the website.
It's nothing more than a continuation of the sustained attack Obama's been under since he was sworn in the first time.
The same people who want Obamacare to fail, are hammering the webpage, as though that was what the law was about.
Nevermind that when Plan B failed, the Dems pitched in to help.
But then the Dems were decent people who were interested in doing their jobs.
Everyone complaining about the healthcare website, but not offering any help is full of it - and a rank hypocrite.
Imagine, a man daring to try and govern.
It's pretty disgusting all around.
And this congress is even worse than the last one. And that's saying something.
True. Auchan and to a lesser extent Carrefour are the mega stores, but they are both upscale with some discount products within.
@outsider @mantisdragon91 I think the stores know that people are going to spend less because they feel the Republicans will shut the government down again in January and maybe February or maybe the entire period and they know the Christmas bills will come in January so they plan on spending less. Now the question becomes, who gets first crack at the money since this will be a win-lose situation. Everyone wants to be the first to get at the customer's money. I had two emails from Target today letting me know what the Black Friday deals will be as if I plan on shopping. The grand kids are into gift cards and so are the kids. I have cashed out $400 in Discover rewards so far this season. Sooner or later I will have to spend a little cash but I have no plans on helping any company have a Black Thanksgiving week-end.
It's not just a few blue dogs. It's more than ten Senators who understood what they were told about the ACA and made those huge lies part of their campaigns.
Stay tuned. They've still got 12 months to avoid getting steamrollered next November, and you're going to hear from them all.
Loud and clear. They're first going to try to resolve this within their own party, but if that doesn't work . . .
They will prefer to avoid another "shellacking;"
What doesn't make any sense are the silly posts, yours especially; trying to defend this disaster?
Hundreds of millions of dollars for a website that does not work.
People deliberately lied to about keeping their insurance, their doctors and now out in the cold in the middle of treatment for life-threatening diseases.
You apparently have no idea what a calamity the insurance cancellations are bringing.They aren't bringing any because people that get canceled find better plans on the market. Stop reading fabricated outrage from Fox News.
@collioure @outsider @MementoMori
If it's never his fault, why was he apologizing?
That doesn't make any sense.
And ignores the GOP not fulfilling their job function.
That whole, governing thing, remember? They're supposed to do it. Just opposing everything isn't governing.
Where is the GOP plan? Remember repeal and replace? Well, at least they stopped lying..
@collioure If the Dems passed the law you are now saying that they did not understand what they were voting for. A few Blue dogs does not a party make. Let us not forget that they were the main impetus that passed a republican healthcare plan as opposed to the single payer plan that the progressives wanted.
If the people at Heritage were not hypocrites they would be proud that the Democratic Party passed their free market healthcare law.
@outsider Yeah, if they were actually convinced it was going to fail, they'd simply sit back, let it be fully implemented, and then wait for it to go south. Then they could spend the next two or four years pointing and laughing and saying, "We told you so!" And they could just watch the election returns roll in.
But the fact that they are so hell-bent on stopping it means they are terrified that it will work, and they won't be able to take any credit for it.
The Dems? He lied to them too, and a number of them are going to be in open revolt now.
You apparently have no idea what a calamity the insurance cancellations are bringing..
That's true. They don't. Instead of governing, and looking to fix a problem, they're standing back and pointing.
Unlike the dems, who pitched in, and helped bush with Plan B.
Class vs -= well the GOP.
All the pearl clutching about people losing their insurance plans, which, as it turns out, upon closer inspection, didn't actually help the people buying them is just trying to get publicity. And the fact that the media helps it is pretty disgusting too.
I think you're right. The Right is desperately afraid that ACA WILL work - hence all the effort to damage it.
They don't realize that they're on the opposite side of peoples opinion. I hate Obamacare, but kinda like this ACA thing.
The brass know - the smart guys - which is why they redistricted to gerrymander votes. But they're few and far inbetween.
And in a few years, the districts can be redrawn. The GOP is freaking out.
Just look at our wingers posts here lately.
ACA is going to be SS and medicade; untouchable. Third rail. And the GOP have made such a big deal about it now, they know they're on the wrong side of history. Which is why they're trying to make it fail so badly.
@outsider @MementoMori @collioure It is wildly ironic (and the height of hypocrisy) that the GOP is suddenly oh so concerned about people losing their (crappy) health insurance when they have done absolutely nothing, in all the years they were in power, to remedy that situation before.
Though, to be perfectly honest, they're not at all concerned that people are losing insurance. They're far, far more concerned that people will be getting insurance, and will remember who made that possible, and who did everything in their power to stop it. That's the true GOP concern.
The website will get fixed. People will enroll by the deadline. And come the 2014 midterms, the damn website won't even be an issue. By then, the question will have shifted to the millions in 25 states who still don't have insurance because of GOP governors' refusal to expand Medicaid.
And we'll see what happens to the GOP concern then.
And i believe that is true.
And if he can't get it fixed, despite the GOP, then he'll get what he deserves, no question.
But the GOP isn't exactly acting responsibility here. Not that i should be surprised, they haven't for the past two sessions. But one still hopes.
The dems DID step up to help Plan B. That shows more commitment to the country than trying to smear egg on the presidents face.
DOn'[t misunderstand - i'm not saying it's perfect. But unless the GOVERNMENT steps up and fixes it, instead of trying to impede it, they shouldn't be saying anything.
And btw, disagreeing with you? Isn't ignorant. It's just disagreeing with you.
Retreating to saying so? Show's a lack of argument.
And, don't think i missed the fact that you completely ignored the statement about Obama being under constant attack.
Because that goes against the narrative of incompetence, right?
@outsider @MementoMori @collioure
It is your right to ignore the huge lies that have just been revealed (without which this legislation never would have passed) and to remain ignorant for as long as you like.
The website is just evidence of this administration's gross incompetence. You can ignore that too.
Why wouldn't he dig in on his signature legislation?
Besides, if he bailed on it, wouldn't that just mean the GOP were running the gov't?
Without winning the election, to boot?
I'm tired of the GOP. They[re like a bunch of spoiled kids. And they're basically anachists, unless they hold power.
They lost. Want to win? Smarten up on your policies. That''s it.