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A Small Victory

Posted by keithosaunders on March 25, 2017

Trump Care, or to be more apt, Death Care, was withdrawn by a House that didn’t have enough Republican votes to get it through to the Senate.  I can’t seem to wrap my head around the reason for its failure.  Was it because of moderate Republicans who would have to face a constituency that would find itself either uninsured or paying up the wazoola for health care?  Or was it because of hard-line, conservative Republicans who thought that the bill was too generous and will not be happy until there are bread lines.

Either way…phew!

It’s hard to believe that the Trump administration thought that they could ram this bill through Congress in a month’s time and move on to gutting the infrastructure of the country via a budget bill.  Talk about hubris.

Image result for ryan and health care meme

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The smarm offensive

Posted by keithosaunders on September 5, 2015

Thanks to the proliferation of social media as well as blogs such as this one, we live in a smarm society, one where mean-spirited sarcasm is used for political gain.  Nowhere is this more evident than in the web magazine, Salon. Nary a headline is posted that fails to tell me which opinion is right and which is wrong.

Here are some examples:

Donald Trump humiliates himself on conservative radio. 

No, Christians you’re not being persecuted, and Kim Davis is not a martyr.

The media’s breathless email scandal reaches new nadir.

At this point I’ll disclose that I am as liberal as they come, yet this kind of didactic, mean spirited, snarky reporting is as offensive to me as Fox news.  How are liberal publications any different then reactionary rags such as the New York Post? I would expect more from them, but what it boils down to is they attempt to be as sensationalistic as possible in order to garner readers.

Here is a particularly smug photo caption that someone posted on my Facebook feed.

I agree with most everything the caption says yet I had a viscerally negative reaction to this smug propaganda. What does Occupy Democrats hope to gain by this?  If I was a left leaning Republican this cloying, self-aggrandizing ad would almost certainly not sway me to vote Democrat. On the contrary it might inspire to urinate on Occupy Democrat headquarters.

To sum up:  Dems we’ve had a good run and things are marginally better than they were in the first eight years of the 21st century.  Now shut the fuck up!

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The shame of the media.

Posted by keithosaunders on July 28, 2010

There are many things that disgust me over the forced resignation of Shirley Sherrod, Georgia State Director of Rural Development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Last week a highly excerpted video was released which featured Sherrod saying,  

 “…And here I was faced with having to help a white person save their land. So, I didn’t give him the full force of what I could do. I did enough so that when he… I assumed the Department of Agriculture had sent him to me, either that, or the Georgia Department of Agriculture, and he needed to go back and report that I did try to help him. So I took him to a white lawyer that had attended some of the training that we had provided because Chapter 12 bankruptcy had just been enacted for the family farm.  So I figured if I take him to one of them, that his own kind would take care of him.”

In the modern political world, where Orwellian double-speak reigns, the truth becomes the opposite of what is tendered.  If a non-edited video had been released we would have learned…

“…I didn’t let that get in the way of trying to help… I didn’t discriminate … If I had discriminated against him, I would not have given him any help at all because I wasn’t obligated to do it by anyone … I didn’t have to help that farmer. I could have sent him out the door without giving him any help at all. But in the end, we became very good friends, and that friendship lasted for some years.  I didn’t let that get in the way of trying to help… I didn’t discriminate … If I had discriminated against him, I would not have given him any help at all because I wasn’t obligated to do it by anyone … I didn’t have to help that farmer. I could have sent him out the door without giving him any help at all. But in the end, we became very good friends, and that friendship lasted for some years.” 

That a hack such as Andrew Breitbart, who has a history of fabricating facts via heavily edited videos, could gain such credence with the media is a sad commentary on our current state of affairs.  The Whitehouse and the NAACP have taken a huge hit as well for their knee jerk reactions.  My god, doesn’t anyone bother to fact check?!

Sherrod is a woman who has every right to feel antipathy towards whites.  Her father, a black farmer, was shot by a white farmer because of a dispute over cows.  An all white jury subsequently failed to charge the shooter.  Instead of living her life in festering resentment Sherrod has worked to help the downtrodden, regardless of race.  She eventually came to the conclusion that it wasn’t about white versus black, but the haves versus the have-nots. 

The fact that a woman with her credentials can be so easily cast aside is disgusting to me.  Her very act of being accused of racism by such reputable sources is in itself an act of racism.  At the very least it is cynical, partisan politics. 

Now, let’s assume for a moment, that somehow Breitbart got it right and Sherrod actually did decline to help a white farmer.  He didn’t, but let’s play devils advocate.  Would you equate this kind of racism with the Jim Crow laws of the 19th and 20th centuries?  Is it racism on the scale of separate water fountains for blacks?  Of lynchings?  Of slavery?  Is it even racism?  That someone could lose his or her job over such a matter is sickening. 

Shame on you, Mr Breitbart.  And shame on the Obama administration for not stepping up to plate.

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Look up the word bastard in the dictionary…

Posted by keithosaunders on March 21, 2010

…and you will see a photo of Douglas Holtz-Eakin, director of the Congressional Budget Office under Bush II from 2003-2005.

With health care reform going up for a vote today, selfish government-hating bastards, such as Eakin and his Republican brethren, are top of mind.  In today’s Times there are two editorials side to side.  One, by Nicholas Kristof, detailed a woman who survived stomach cancer only to see it spread to her intestines when her insurance cut her off having a chronic condition. 

The next editorial, written by Eakin, referred to Obama’s health care reform bill as an entitlement program.  He went on to describe how the CBO’s math is not reliable since it contains gimmicks — front loading revenues and back loading spending — which skew the numbers.  He argues that the bill will add 560 billion to the deficit, a figure I find hard to believe.

People such as Eakin are adept at telling us why we cannot have health care reform, but offer no alternative.  This leads me to believe that the real entitlement, in their eyes, begins and ends with the wealthy.

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Health care reform: It’s time.

Posted by keithosaunders on March 20, 2010

After months of political wrangling and machinations the Health Care Reform Bill will be voted on in the House tomorrow, March 21st.  People, it’s time.  I understand that this is a flawed bill and that an absence of a public option is huge blow.  The bottom line is that 32 million more Americans will be insured (1 million more than originally thought) and 138 billion dollars will be pared from the federal deficit in the next ten years.

There is no moral reason to oppose health care reform.  The Republicans have yet to offer a valid plan, save for their feeble talking points — being able to buy insurance across state lines, and tort reform.  The last administration had eight years to deal with this and did not lift a finger, tort reform and all.

A year ago, when health care reform was first presented, I figured that this was an issue in which Obama’s bi-partisan efforts would be a plus.  Why wouldn’t the Republicans want to do what is humane and necessary?   How naive I was. 

I have reached the conclusion that there exists a Darwinian sense of entitlement among people of wealth and means.  Their rational is that they have worked hard for what they have achieved and they are deserving of privilege by means of their talent and drive.  The tacit implication is that it is the uninsured person’s own fault for not having had the perseverance and the ability to succeed in a competitive world.

Of course these is a racist component to this. What is the term “big government” but a euphemism for a welfare state.  It is hardly subtle.  The Republicans have spent the better part of 40 years deriding the gains accomplished through Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights movement, as well as LBJ’s Great Society programs.  All of this is a way for the rich, or middle class white person to feel good about where he is in society, and to alleviate the guilt that comes with knowing there are people being denied access to health care and a better life.

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Dark Days

Posted by keithosaunders on February 17, 2010

Today in Salon Glenn Greenwald wrote:

Dick Cheney went on ABC News this weekend and boasted of the role he played in ordering the waterboarding of detainees.  Andrew Sullivan has written several posts accurately describing this statement as a “confession of committing a war crime on national television.”  Harper’s Scott Horton identifies the specific criminal statute Cheney confessed he violated, makes clear that — as the Attorney General himself previously said — there is no reasonable debate possible regarding the criminality of waterboarding under U.S. and international law (notwithstanding the efforts of Politico and friends to pretend otherwise), and then asks:  “What prosecutor can look away when a perpetrator mocks the law itself and revels in his role in violating it?”

There are no words to describe my feeling of disappointment with the Obama administration.  In a way it’s worse than Bush because I expected so much more from them.  They’re going to be a one term presidency and we’re never going to see indictments. 

So where is all this centrism getting them?  If only they had done the morally correct thing —  — allowing due process for prisoners, and rescinding the more egregious of Bush Co’s legislation, i.e.warrantless wiretapping — I could have forgiven them for being a one term administration.  In fact I would have felt proud of them and placed the blame squarely on an obstructionist Republican/Blue Dog Democrat Congress.  The way things stand now I feel that Obama shares in culpability.  I hold out hope that things can turn around, but not much.

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