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It’s a damn handshake…

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At Nelson Mandela’s memorial in South Africa, President Obama – while going to his seat – shook several hands. One of those hands belonged to Raul Castro.

And, of course, republicans have gone apeshit over it. John McCain even invoked Godwin’s Law and compared it to shaking hands with Hitler. Read the rest of this entry

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

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

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