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The Right Way and the Wrong Way to Oppose Obamacare

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Before I get into the varying approaches, let me point out an important fact that many people seem to be overlooking:

The Marketplace Website is not Obamacare.

It’s a website built for people to access insurance. The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) is a massive overhaul of our medical insurance system. We won’t know if it’s a success or a failure for a long while.

The launch of the Marketplace website has been pretty terrible, but it does not mean Obamacare is terrible. Obamacare hasn’t even been fully implemented, so any speculation on its success or failure is purely speculation. At best, an opponent of Obamacare could point to this website launch and say, “See? This is evidence of how badly our government handles big projects!”

That stance, though, isn’t really valid either (in my humble opinion), for two reasons:

1. The government already handles projects far bigger than Obamacare. The military, for example.
2. The people currently running our medical system (private industry) have already proven that they can’t run it either. Otherwise, Obamacare wouldn’t exist.

Now, I could (and probably will) write dozens of blogs on the pros and cons of Obamacare, but this blog is specifically about the different ways various republicans have expressed their opposition to Obamacare… Read the rest of this entry

They Did It!

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Hey, everybody! Congress got together long enough to get everything going again for few months! Let’s run around and celebrate, patting each other on the back like we just pulled the astronauts back from the dark side of the moon into a trajectory that’ll get them home!

Bunch of idiots. Nobody should be congratulating you on doing what you’re supposed to be doing anyway. If I work in a grocery store and manage to stock all the cereal boxes where they’re supposed to be I don’t get a pat on the back. You know why? Because it’s my job. That’s what I was hired to do.

I sincerely hope everyone remembers this come election time.

Government Shut-Down – Who Is To Blame?

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Dead Soldiers

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Because of the government shutdown, four families will receive no death benefits from the four soldiers who died in Afghanistan this past weekend. Normally, the families of those soldiers get money to pay for funerals and travel expenses… but not this time. The government shutdown prevents them from getting that money, so now their already horrible experience is made even worse because of politics.  Read the rest of this entry

Why We’re Screwed…

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The United States Constitution was written by visionaries. There’s really no denying that. The brilliant men who drafted the Constitution were brilliant and insightful.

They also recognized that the US Constitution wasn’t about them. It was about something greater. These men had the foresight and clarity of mind to draft a constitution that protects the people living in the country from the people running the country. They drafted a constitution designed to prevent any one group or person from becoming too powerful. Read the rest of this entry

It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Shuts Down a Government

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When they’re making public speeches, politicians love to talk about how upset they are about the government shutdown. Both sides go on and on about how awful it is that the American people are suffering. And they really love to talk about how the other side doesn’t care.

But every time we peek behind the public relations curtain… Every time politicians talk anonymously, or when they don’t think we can hear them…

Well, in those situations, we get a glimpse of the truth:

Most democrats and republicans only care about winning the political game they’re playing. Read the rest of this entry

How The Rest Of The World Views The Shutdown

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I realize that sometimes people can be too close to an issue to see exactly how it looks to everyone else, so I thought it’d be interesting to see what the rest of the world thinks about the US Gov’t shutting down as a way of holding their breath till they turn blue protesting the ACA.

Spiegel Online, a German-based site, has some info on how our current debacle is perceived from outside our borders:

“What Washington currently offers up is a spectacle, but one in which the spectators feel more like crying,” writes the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

“It’s circumstances like these,” writes Schmitz, “that explain why a brigade of Republicans conduct themselves like a bunch of Berlusconis — as enemies of the state from within who want to cripple the country because that’s the desire of their conservative voters at home.”

When it came to the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party, the German press was not pulling any punches. “There are fundamentalists within the world’s largest democracy: The hardline wing of the Republican Party are once more crippling the United States,” writes Nuremberg’s Nachrichten. The Tea Party movement, it concludes, “does not engage in democracy, but in dogmatism.”

“Here are fundamentalists at work who hold up their country to ridicule to advance their pure doctrine,” wrote a commentator in Collogne’sStadt-Anzeiger. “What a tragedy!

“What has already been apparent in America for a few years now is the self-destruction of one of the world’s oldest democracies. And the great tragedy here is that this work of destruction isn’t being wrought by enemies of democracy, greedy lobbyists or sinister major party donors. America’s democracy is bring broken by the very people who are supposed to be carry and preserve it: the voters, the parties and the politicians.”

“At the moment, Washington is fighting over the budget and nobody knows if the county will still be solvent in three weeks,” the paper concludes. “What is clear, though, is that America is already politically bankrupt.

If you’d like to read the full article, you can do so right here: Spiegel Online.

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