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Same old Crap (Blame it on Trump)

Its the same old crap in the news, yeah!
Notice a common theme: the poor folks always lose.
I know you want to blame it all on the big bad trumpster,
I’m sorry but I don’t beleive that he’s the only monster,
Hillary should have listened, to what I said we need,
fuck ALL these polticians if they won’t legalize the weed,
like obama could have easily done through executive order.
God bless you obama! you handsome hypocrite
Lets rewrite history so Trump gets blamed for all of it!
Drone strikes, Blame it on Trump!
runaway CIA  Blame it on Trump!
Marijuana still on the schedule 1? Blame it on Trump!
Will Trump raid medicinal providers the way Barack has already done?
Will Sessions throw them all in jail, every single one?
Can’t you see, its the same old crap, then they go on and blame it on trump but they could have avoided this whole mess by electing good folks like Bernie who support legalization unlike that lying hypocrite Hillary, but you go on and blame it on the russians, and the racists, and the greens party and the Jimmy Dore and the libertarians, and the BErnie Bros, and of course me, the jimmy reefercakes

Tardball

HA! I forgot about this… Here’s legendary nitwit Chris Matthews berating Alan Grayson not two short months ago about Grayson’s assertion that health care reform would ultimately get passed via reconciliation.

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It’s almost as if Matthews has absolutely no idea what he’s talking about. Unpossible!

Meanwhile, Grayson is now up to 80 House co-sponsors of his Medicare For All bill with 40,000 petition signers. Have you signed the petition yet?

Relatedly, here’s a nice summary by Robert Reich about the philosophical roots of the HCR legislation that was passed last night…

Medicare built on Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal notion of government as insurer, with citizens making payments to government, and government paying out benefits. That was the central idea of Social Security, and Medicare piggybacked on Social Security.

Obama’s legislation comes from an alternative idea, begun under the Eisenhower administration and developed under Nixon, of a market for health care based on private insurers and employers. Eisenhower locked in the tax break for employee health benefits; Nixon pushed prepaid, competing health plans, and urged a requirement that employers cover their employees. Obama applies Nixon’s idea and takes it a step further by requiring all Americans to carry health insurance, and giving subsidies to those who need it.

So don’t believe anyone who says Obama’s health care legislation marks a swing of the pendulum back toward the Great Society and the New Deal. Obama’s health bill is a very conservative piece of legislation, building on a Republican rather than a New Deal foundation. The New Deal foundation would have offered Medicare to all Americans or, at the very least, featured a public insurance option.

I’m not posting this in order to be (too) cynical about the new legislation.  As Reich notes, the larger political significance is the rebuke of Reaganism, which I can fully appreciate.  But it’s not nearly enough, which is why it is so critical that Grayson continues to push Medicare For All.

UPDATE:

Noam Chomsky’s take on the bill.

Franken v. Thune

Here is some quality Senatorialization on the part of Al Franken today….  As you watch this, keep in mind that Sen. Thune is being groomed as the Republican Obama of 2012 – the young, handsome senator with no record and no baggage, on whose persona the teabaggers of America can project all their hopes and dreams…

Republican congressmen are worthless.  Smack ’em down!

(H/T TPM)