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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Teddy RIP

Tonight, a very unusual thing happened: a teabagger campaigned and won Teddy Kennedy's seat in a special election in MA.

Unbelievable. I'm not going to point fingers, but I will point out complacency and entitlement of this campaign--indicative of what the voters probably feel about Congress. Kos at DK seems to have a similar thought of my quick take.

Peter Daou opines: Liberal Bloggers to Dems: We Told You So.

However, there seems to be some in-fighting w/in the MA Dem Party in some circles.

Update (h/t DK): this is not so cool by Obama to tell the world he called newly-elect Senator Brown in congratulating him. I know, Obama thinks he can charm him, but I suggest otherwise; Brown is owned by the teabaggers' message which is "We hate government and therefore anything you stand for, except for helping Wall Streeters."

And apparently, newly-elect Senator Brown doesn't mind using his new status as Senator-elect to solicit dates for his "available" daughters. Real classy.

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  • We're just getting started, lazy libs!
    Health Care Reform (destruction) RIP
    U.S. Socialist movement RIP
    The One's presidency RIP
    Liberals' power surge RIP
    The Constitution & WE THE PEOPLE Alive & Kicking!
    --Noise (getting a little louder now, huh?)

    By Blogger TedNugent, at 7:38 AM  

  • By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:40 AM  

  • TedNugent is back but never answered the questions he previously promised he would respond to. Can't answer or won't answer?

    By Blogger Anonymous, at 12:46 PM  

  • TedNugent,
    Thought I'd help you out and copy the unanswered questions for you:
    The US spends more on health care than other industrialized countries but has poorer outcomes and doesn't cover all citizens. How does this make any sense much less represent good policy? Health insurance premiums for both employees and employers have doubled in the past decade. Health care costs are expected to outpace inflation and wages in the next decade, too. How much longer do you think you'll be able to afford insurance? What will you do when it isn't accessible to you? Harvard Medical School researchers found 45,000 people die each year due in large part to lack of health insurance. How long do you think it will be before you are one of those 45,000? What will you do when you have no insurance and need health care? Why do you think the for profit insurance companies are looking out for you? Why do you want to protect their profits at the cost of lives - someday maybe your own? Why do you think health care should be a privilege instead of a right? Why should the insurers get to choose who to cover and who to deny or revoke coverage since their only motive is profit so healthy = covered but sick = no coverage or coverage rescinded? What's in it for you to continue the current state, one in which people die needlessly? Why do you support the people condoning violence in the name of maintaining the status quo?


    You are so attached to the policies and practices of the Geo. W. Bush administration that you want more of it? How do you defend these events?
    • The deaths of thousands of people on 9/11 despite the existence of a PDB titled “bin Laden determined to strike in US” in August 2001. (As of 9/12, Obama exceeded Bush’s record of keeping the country safe.)
    • Bush and Cheney used lies to obtain authorization for and to execute war.
    • Bush and Cheney ordered the commission of war crimes. Even McCain decried systematic US torture.
    • Bush violated the rights of US citizens with illegal wiretaps.
    • Bush’s foreign “policy” was a dismal failure in Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan not to mention earning the disdain of many of our allies.
    • Bush & company abandoned the residents of New Orleans and other areas of the gulf coast. US citizens died on Bush’s watch due to failure to respond to a natural disaster that was predicted days in advance.
    • More incidents of deaths due to failures by the FDA to ensure a safe food supply occurred under Bush than any other administration.
    • Bush presided over the 7½ years leading up to the meltdown of the financial system that has expanded to a global crisis. His administration failed to enforce existing laws and regulations and failed to regulate the new financial products that exacerbated the situation.
    • Americans achieved a negative savings rate by following Bush’s directive to shop.
    • The trade deficit grew exponentially under Bush.
    • Energy prices reached an all time so Bush/Cheney could reward their oil company backers.
    • States had to step in to rescue Bush’s Medicare Drug Program that was harming the very people it was intended to help.
    • More people are living in poverty than before Bush.
    • No child left behind resulted in teaching to a test rather than teaching to educate children.
    • The environmental crisis has continued to grow under the Bush policies.

    There a many other examples of the legacy Bush and Cheney left behind in addition to the health care crisis that is crippling our economy and costing lives. Change can be frightening but why in the world do you want more of these things? What are you afraid of to cling to policies proven to be failures?

    By Blogger Anonymous, at 5:17 PM  

  • "Babbling Anonymous"
    How can anyone answer such probing and difficult questions unless they are as intelligent as you and THE ONE?
    But I'll answer the ones that I think I'm smart enough to answer!
    First, when you libs start every argument with "other countries do this" or "European countries are better at that", my gut response is, WHY DON'T YOU MOVE THERE?!! While I believe we have the best nation in history, I do understand that we can make improvements and health care is definitely one. You and THE ONE's solution is to pour gas on the fire by having the government solve ALL of your problems. How's that been working for our economy?
    I know, I know, you're going to say that we're still digging out of the 8 year disaster that Bush/Cheney dug. I still wonder at what point you people will take responsibility for YOUR disaster? Please let me know, so I can mark my calendar.
    Now, do you want to know what I think are solutions to get more Americans insured at lower premiums? Probably not, but here you are anyway:
    1- Only insure Americans. Stop allowing non-citizens to use our emergency rooms as their family clinics!
    2- Allow interstate portability. Right now insurance companies do not have to worry about competing across state lines. Make insurance plans good in any state and rates will go down.
    3- Reform tort laws. Hospitals, doctors, and insurance companies have to raise costs way too much to pay for malpractice insurance to protect themselves against outrageously high lawsuit amounts. I know this will hurt the finances of campaign aides who sleep with wealthy trial lawyers/turned cheating Presidential candidates, but somebody has to pay! ;-)
    4- Get rid of current Government waste. The ONE has already said there are Billions of $$ in waste in the Medicare beauracracy, so let's take HIM at HIS word and reduce all these costs which are passed down to you and me in more ways than one.
    So, although I'm sure you've never evaluated these ideas since your party doesn't allow open discourse on ideas like was promised,(Where are those Health Care negotiations on C-SPAN anyway?!) we DO have a plan that will improve health insurance without destroying the economy like your friends, Pelosi, Reid, and the ONE are doing.
    I haven't answered all of your questions because many of them sound like my 10 year old whining when he doesn't get his way. I think you have been fooled by power-hungry Socialists who really don't care about the suffering only about expanding government and therefore, their power.
    History has proven and will repeat itself when this Socialist beast is taken down again the same way it has every time before-- with a REVOLUTION! Did you hear the first shot over on Bunker Hill? It was fired by Scott Brown.

    By Blogger TedNugent, at 9:20 AM  

  • Well, I have to "give it up" for BW readers. I'm seeing a conversation or at least a small debate, which is good.

    Noise, I am a proud progressive and so are many of the BW readers, but as long as you are respectful you will be heard.

    By Blogger benny06, at 11:06 AM  

  • TedNugent,
    When you resort to name calling and insults, you demean yourself more than anyone else. I also notice you didn't answer the questions as you "promised" which is very revealing about you.

    Whether intended or not, your post has the appearance of someone who is not interested in learning from past experience (here or elsewhere) and isn't open to considering various alternatives even if some are discarded.

    The problem with the entire health care "debate" is that it hasn't been a debate but mudslinging and digging in - on both sides of the aisle. We can continue with the status quo but that delays the inevitable. In some cases, it may be acceptable to defer addressing a problem but with health care lives are literally at stake. I'm sure you are hoping it won't be yours as are we all but it has to be someone. That's a lottery you don't want to win.

    By Blogger Anonymous, at 11:26 AM  

  • You see, Mr. Anon, I gave you several specific answers with ideas on reforming health care, but because not one of these actions involve expanding government programs, you choose to ignore my "answers" to your "questions".

    As for "digging in"; there will be no compromises from the new Republican party like you've had with moderates of the past (both Bushes, McCain, Specter, etc).

    Let me try to explain this to you as simply as I can:
    If YOU believe we can solve the nation's problems by increasing the size of government by, let's say, $1 Trillion and I believe that the solution is to reduce the size of government, and therefore the tax burden, by $1 Trillion, then what is our compromise number?
    I say there is NO compromise that will accomplish our opposite goals. Yet most liberals will say let's compromise and just spend $500 billion. Is that the middle ground? NO. The middle would be $0. That's just the progressives pulling a fast one on the rest of the country, because they know once the expansion starts it's almost impossible to reverse, so $500B now will eventually go to $1 Trillion or even $10 Trillion.
    This is why we WILL NOT compromise our position of taking back our country. We WILL NOT negotiate on your terms anymore. We WILL empower the people to create jobs and make this country great again. We WILL show the world that the failed experiment of Socialism does not work once and for all.
    We will show the world what real HOPE is all about and I can't wait till November to get started!!!

    By Blogger TedNugent, at 1:55 PM  

  • If you aren't part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

    By Blogger indyvoter, at 4:22 PM  

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