My Friends, those blessed/cursed with the vision to see the hypocralypse unfold before us, please remind your colleagues of these simple facts as you congregate by the water cooler or belly up to the bar:
1. Drill Baby Drill.
2. Limit Corporate Liability.
3. Let Them Regulate Themselves, Though Limited Liability Takes Away any Natural Incentive.
4. Orgy and Snort Coke…That Is What the MMS Is Good For.
5. Fuck Regulations and Good Practice, This is the W Administration!
6. Now That Our Reckless Behavior Has Ruined Thousands, Maybe Hundreds of Thousands of Lives, BLAME IT ON OBAMA!
Its His Katrina…Right. We Want Small Government, Except Now, When We Need Them To….
The public option is making a comeback thanks to Michael Bennet and three other brave senators. Contact Harry Reid now before all the Democratic Senators resign because Republicans are hurting their feelings. Maybe those of you popular enough to have more than 20 facebook friends can post this as well.
And here’s a little commentary on Evan Bayh, the latest Repub- er, Democrat to announce he will be leaving the Senate.
I really went too far this time. I attended a Bruins game at the Garden and sat in the Bank of American luxury box. I ate and drank all night on a tab known as “the taxpayer’s stimulus money” from the best view in the house (center ice on the player’s bench side) and didn’t feel an ounce of guilt or regret……until now. To be honest, the guys that invited us couldn’t have been nicer but one piece of conversation stuck out in my mind. We were talking about the banks that have sponsored the Garden over the years like Bay Bank, Bank of Boston, Fleet, and now TD Bank. Apparently they all get gobbled up by these uber banks like Bank of America, TD (Toronto Dominion), Citi, and JP Morgan. In fact I looked up some of the mergers and aquisitions over the past few decades and the list is mind boggling. Can this concentration of wealth be healthy? It gives me some wicked heartburn (or maybe that was just from stuffing my face with chowdah, quesadillas, and heineken)….that and making a withdrawal from a Bank of America atm when you don’t have an account with them….
So how many hail marys do I have to throw? Or say? Help me out here I’m not Catholic. And speaking of hail marys, Let’s go Saints!
Anyone who followed Congress under Republican control until 2007 was absolutely puking in their hat when McCain started spouting his righteous indignation. Anyone who watches a little CSPAN every once in a while knows that people get cut off all the time. But the worst and most egregious hypocrisy of the predictable Republican outrage is how they bent and twisted Congressional rules in meaningful and despicable ways when they were in power. I’m not talking about cutting of a minute of bloviating, I’m talking about literally eliminating the committee’s legislative process alltogether on some critical bills. Bypassing committee amendments, votes and debates. Right to the floor! This is what ‘shutting the democrats out of the process’ meant to the Republicans. If the Democrats had the same balls (and disrespect for the Constitution, hatred of democracy, anti-American sentiment, etc) then we wouldn’t even be talking about meaningless amendments to healthcare relating to illegal immigrants, abortion, etc that score political points for the opposition but don’t really provide substantial changes to the legislation.
Process is important, and the Republicans have written the book on gaming the system. I’d recommend John Dean’s “Broken Government” if you want more detail on the tactics they employed…here’s a review that I think is pretty accurate:
In his latest anti-Republican polemic, ex-Nixon White House counsel and Watergate whistle-blower Dean (Conservatives Without Conscience) moves from policy to process, how necessary government functions are corrupted and hobbled by Republican politicians and their ethos of authoritarianism, secrecy, partisanship and dogmatic contempt for the public sphere.
It’s a long indictment. The last Republican Congress, Dean contends, rubber-stamped Bush’s policies, shut Democrats out of the legislative process, neglected pressing issues and made a shambles of government finances. Meanwhile, the Bush administration–the worst presidency ever–has sought to replace constitutional checks and balances with a unitary executive that brooks no congressional interference and undermines civil rights. All of this is enabled by the swelling ranks of fundamentalists on the federal bench and Supreme Court (some of whom, he insists, committed perjury to get confirmed).
For this, McCain gets my nomination for “Hypocrite of the Week”
Maine Public Radio reported the desire by some to reverse the voter’s clear intention and switch to a plan of centralized large scale grow centers. Why did they ask us to vote on it if they were just going to do their own thing anyway? I’ve been waiting for my chance to advocate for free markets, well here it is. Just let the people file the paperwork and get to growing. Keep the damn govn-mt out of my marijuana!
Yes indeed, this bill is now officially terrible. The obvious outcomes are higher insurance costs for all, millions of people forced to buy overpriced crappy insurance from ‘non profit’ fronts of for profit companies, and millions of pissed off middle class folks that will be forced to buy crappy insurance out of their own pocket. I’m fine with paying higher taxes to expand medicaid and/or medicare, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to support an insurance company giveaway.
Congratulations pussies. You’ve gobbled up all the poison pills they fed you.
I heard Mitch McConnell describe the trajectory of public support for ‘Obama’s’ healthcare plan…it peaked in the late summer/early fall and is now tanking. I guess he didn’t notice that the decline also coincided with all the compromises to the conservatives’ crappy ideas?
I nominate Dean for Hero of the Week for standing up to this shit. Please tell me I’m missing something…
Tonight I give you Bernie ‘the mad socialist’ Sanders:
“The day will come, although I recognize it’s not today, when the U.S. Congress will have to vote to stand up to … all those who profit every single year off of human sickness,” Sanders said. “That day will come.”
Some day, Bernie, but for now rest assured that if you don’t support making a profit off of literally everything, especially human suffering, you are not an American but a wild haired Russia loving socialist. This clip is some classic Bernie.