Kamikaze Politics, Healthcare and Worldwide Economics

It’s been described as a kamikaze attack in political circles, the threat of creating a situation where the possibility of a government shutdown and or default on our national debt over the long since settled issue of “Obamacare.” Despite the Affordable Care Act being passed by both chambers of Congress, signed by the President and upheld as “constitutional” by a very “conservative” Supreme Court, a small minority of very loud and narrow-minded fanatics who align themselves with the Koch funded “Tea Party” movement are convinced they speak for the majority of Americans. (At least those people they consider to be American) The interesting dichotomy is that although a slight majority of Americans in fact do not favor what is termed “ObamaCare”, all of the individual components of ACA enjoy large majorities of support. This is a fact. Other facts that these fanatics refuse to accept or address in their talking points:

  • ACA does not take any insurance away from anyone who already has it. It only assists in giving access to those who don’t have it and can’t afford it.
  • ACA, though still not fully implemented has already slowed the increase in health insurance premiums and in some cases has even lowered them.
  • ACA has provided affordable comprehensive health insurance to 30 million Americans who would not have any access to insurance were it not for its existence.
  • In order for a private insurance company to be part of the “Exchange” they are submitting bids of comprehensive affordable coverage. This is essentially the free market working to provide coverage and not “socialized” healthcare as those on the right would like to point out. This is Capitalism, not Socialism.
  • The most affordable comprehensive healthcare systems with the best overall results for the least cost to the consumer and tax payers are in countries that have what is termed “Socialized Medicine.”
  • We are the only industrialized nation that does not guarantee all of their citizens comprehensive healthcare.
  • Not having everyone insured makes healthcare more expensive for those who have insurance and results in the health of the nation being worse which impacts economic production and health for the entire nation.
  • ACA is not the best solution to our nations’ healthcare situation. However it is far better than what came before and the Republican Party can offer no alternative to it because in reality, this was their idea from the 1990’s and they refuse to admit it.
  • Currently private insurance companies can and will deny coverage and service that impacts their profit margin even if it means death and the consumer prior to “ObamaCare” had no recourse. Government regulation of Healthcare looks for and implements efficiencies for the best outcomes without consideration of profit. There are NO DEATH PANELS IN OBAMACARE. If you are looking for death panels, look to Ted Cruz and his minions who work to deny health insurance to 30 million American men, women and children who would have no access to affordable comprehensive healthcare without ACA. The Tea Party are the Death Panels.

Intelligent and reasonable people in both parties clearly understand that the Tea Party stunt of trying to defund ObamaCare is doomed for failure as has the previous 40 plus votes. They know it. Ted Cruz is trying to set himself up as the favorite for the GOP nod in 2016 with the fanatic base who do not realize that one; you cannot defund ObamaCare, that money has already been appropriated and two; there are dire outcomes if government is shut down and or we default on the National debt.

Cruz knows full well that his stalling tactic in the Senate means that John Boehner must immediately place the new Continuing Resolution up for a vote that would require almost all Democrats and a few reasonable Republicans to pass by Monday or the government will shut down.

We went through this before. We know the outcome of a government shutdown. Hundreds of thousands of government employees will lose their pay immediately; essential services will cease or will be delayed. With the loss of income to these employees comes the loss of money circulating in our economy resulting in private sector job losses. The stock market will take a plunge due to this as well as our credit rating.

The reason our only recently re-acquired AAA rating was slashed before was because of the indecisive and obstructionist Republican House not working across the aisle or with the President. If they take this to the debt ceiling debate, the promise to pay bills already acquired by the actions of our government, the world economy will collapse. This is a fact that reasonable intelligent people understand. Only narcissistic self centered politicians preying on the stupidity and gullibility of a loud vocal group of lemmings would sacrifice the health of the world’s economy by trying to take healthcare away from people who currently can’t afford it.

The GOP leadership hates Ted Cruz and they are frustrated with the narrow-minded Tea Party Faction. The current game plan has been cited as Kamikaze Politics. That is apt; they destroy the economy and themselves. Those pushing this are too into themselves and don’t care about the nation’s health as well as the nation’s and world’s economy. If left unchecked and unchallenged, we could easily have a repeat of prior economic collapse that could easily grow into another worldwide depression. All this only because Ted Cruz, who keeps a large oil painting of himself in his office to keep him “grounded” thinks he has a chance of being president. The only thing he has the chance of doing is destroying this nation because too many idiots like him and too few reasonable people vote. This must change.

The Tea Party is bad for the physical, mental and economic health of the nation. They must be removed from all elected offices nationwide in 2014 or matters will only get worse. Get active, get registered and vote.

Stooges 2.0, A Tribute to Steve, Michele and Louie

3StoogesThere’s no getting past the fact that today we remember what happened twelve years ago. Over the past dozen years the issues leading up to the attacks have been researched and debated as well as the aftermath. Although not everyone agrees to every theory or explanation of what happened before and what has happened since, there are some things that are beyond dispute. Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, organized a terrorist attack on the soil of the United States. The hijackers were mostly Saudi Arabian as was bin Laden. They planned this over the course of years as a follow up to a similar attack on the Twin Towers during the Clinton Administration. On August 6, 2001 President Bush was given a “Presidential Daily Briefing” entitled “bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States.” Various intelligence sources had the pieces, but failed to put them together. They carried out the attack and were successful in killing over 3,000 innocent people to include Americans, Europeans, Christians, Jews, Atheists, and Muslims. The majority of the world was outraged at this attack, one group in Egypt known as the “Muslim Brotherhood” was among the first to condemn the attack. Since then, due to the poor decisions of the Bush Cheney Administration and their NeoCon and PNAC advisors, world sympathy turned against us, and we are now over $3 trillion more in debt, Iran is more powerful, the Middle East is actually in many ways more unstable than before 9-11, we’ve given up many of our freedoms by accepting the provisions of the Patriot Act, and far more Americans have died in a poorly conceived and unnecessary war than were killed on that single day. It took another President to initiate a daring assault to kill the one man who orchestrated the attack and it was done quickly, cleanly and no Americans died.

Leading up to this anniversary three of our most “interesting” Members of Congress (Steve King, Michele Bachmann, Louie Gohmert) went to Egypt to expressed their support for the Egyptian Coup that took place and cited how the Egyptian people and the American people share the same enemy, the Muslim Brotherhood, who Michele Bachmann implied were responsible for 9-11. She appears to be oblivious to the facts that the Brotherhood has never been associated with al Qaeda and was among the first to condemn the attack. Wonkette posted a very good piece on this issue today:


And here is their statement:

Sad how a member of the House Intelligence Committee would be so oblivious to reality. When I saw the video, the image caused me to think of other Stooges who made their name by quite simply being Stooges. These three do a lot together; the three seem to always be on the same page on every issue. All three are heroes of the Tea Party, All three are famous for idiotic statements, all three have made bigoted statements oblivious to their audience, and all three are Stooges. When I saw this I thought of doing this post and looked for a photo to demonstrate the obvious nature of these three. I was surprised to see that no one has thought to do this before. Fortunately I was able to approach my talented friend @Ziletrezo and asked him to create the picture above. A picture after all is worth a thousand word salad.

Who are these Stooges?

Steve (Larry Fine) King is from Iowa. He’s famous for supporting dog fighting, saying that it’s legal for a pedophile to impregnate a girl, kidnap her and take her across state lines for an abortion and bring her back.

Louie (Curley) Gohmert is from Texas. He’s famous for warning Americans of Muslim “Terror Babies” being brought to our shores and given American Citizenship. He, like his fellow Stooges are convinced that ObamaCare is a threat to national security and freedom and will force the government of the United States to be shut down in order to stop it. They will all destroy America to save America from getting affordable Healthcare.

Finally, Michele (Moe) Bachmann. What more can anyone say about her. She speaks at every opportunity to explain how there are Communists, or Muslim Brotherhood, or Satan Worshippers, or Space Aliens, whatever her current fancy may be in the halls of Government in Washington DC. Whereas Sarah Palin speaks in Word Salad, Michele speaks in Chef Word Salad. She ran for President and as a result of that undertaking is now facing Federal Campaign Finance Fraud Allegations from the Department of Justice. She’s decided to not run again, but this has nothing to do with that investigation that could easily result in her imprisonment. She says so, why doubt her. She’s also very anti homosexual, along with her closeted homosexual husband Marcus. She’s opposed to government handouts, despite owing her millions in revenue to government handouts via Farm subsidies, her government paycheck as a former IRS attorney and now Congresswoman, and funding for running her “pray the gay away” clinics with Marcus.

In fact all three of these Stooges are millionaires from money they have received from State and Federal Tax Payers. But they oppose anyone else getting any money and oppose anyone above the middle-class ever having to pay any taxes to support their lifestyles.

They say that humans tend to seek out and associate with their own kind. This is true. I’ve found that the more insecure you are, the more unable you are to express your stated positions to others who may disagree, the more extreme you are in your beliefs, morals and lacking in intellect, the more you congregate with your own kind. Steve, Michele and Louie can always be seen together because they are all so much alike. They are adored by the Tea Party fanatics because like these Stooges, they also are extreme in their views and unable to express their beliefs in an intelligent manner to the majority of the rest of the nation.

The original three Stooges were in my humble opinion endearing, lovable and funny because they played the role of Stooge for laughs. These new Stooges are scary and dangerous because they are truly idiots and with their limited power in government, place us all in peril.

Only you can get people like this out of office by voting.