Oh, those ridiculous clowns in the Tea (hee-hee) Party

Got to give them credit, the Teabagger clowns have got people listening to them and are getting paid to boot. It’s these clowns and not their audience who’ve got to be laughing all the way to the bank. Senator Mike Lee, R. Utah, counts 13 Senators in the U.S. Senate of 50 Senators(most of the senators aren’t anyway close to being part of the tee-hee-hee Party fringe) who will help him defund the Affordable Care Act.

Listen to this nonsense that’s keeping him in the public eye and probably garnering him some pretty hefty insurance industry contributions as he chants the current Heritage Foundation, Republican Party line, like a soviet-era apparatchik.

 

 

Tea Party Clown at Work

Did you get that? “If Republicans in both houses simply refuse to vote for any continuing resolution that contains further funding for further enforcement of Obamacare, we can stop it. We can stop the individual mandate from going into effect.”

The clown says of the Affordable Care Act with its protections against lifetime caps on policies and the removal of the pre-existing condition barrier to obtaining insurance depends on, simply, Republicans in both houses refusing to vote to fund the government. Is this the new Heritage Foundation position to be repeated to the Teabagger faithful, adhering to Herr Goebbels’ principles, until the followers can think of nothing else. Now in the old days when Republicans were trying to derail healthcare reform, during the Clinton Admiministration, they threw the individual mandate out as a monkey wrench to wreck healthcare reform. Then it was championed by the conservative think tank and Republican politicians as a matter of personal responsibility. Now, to muddy the waters, they’re attacking it as an unconstitutional mandate and every conservative, even the rubes in Mississippi, is a constitutional scholar, even though the Supreme Court, with five conservatives on it, ruled that the Affordable Care Act was constitutional.

But back to the rich clown from Utah, Mike Lee, who’s parroting this notion that Obamacare should be defunded because, for one thing, big business is getting an exemption from the mandate but the little guy isn’t because he doesn’t have a lobbyist in Washington lobbying for him. This pseudo-love for the working class comes from the party which instead of tackling heath care reform chose, under Republican Administrations, to try to privatize social security and routinely suggested that we must “raise the retirement age.” The only way you can take these guys seriously is to not know history and to listen to only half of what they say. In the same interview when he complains about the individual mandate, originally a Republican idea, he complains about individuals not providing income documentation initially to receive “insurance” subsidies. So in the same interview you have Sen. Mike “Laughingstock” Lee complaining about people having to get insurance (the individual mandate) while acknowledging that people will be receiving government help in paying for the insurance they are required to have. His problem is that, regarding subsidies for individuals, “[f]or income verification, for the first year of operations” the government will be “providing Exchanges with temporarily expanded discretion to accept an attestation of projected annual household income without further verification.”  The only thing that’s missing is a complaint from ole Laughingstock about businesses being discriminated against, because they, in the words of Mitt Romney, “are people too, my friend,” and deserve health insurance subsidies.  Why not, after all, he’s promised to do all within his power to see that the Affordable Care Act is not implemented and for him this foolishness pays as much as being a U.S. Senator. 

“Tea partiers rally against GOP’s ‘phony votes’ to defund Obamacare” (Headline to story from Daily Caller 09/10/2013)

“Over the next few days, we’re going to see all sorts of games, showmanship, shenanigans and other things that other people in the ruling elite will try to do to pull the wool over our eyes,” said Jenny Beth Martin, the national coordinator of Tea Party Patriots

No need for the wool when the Teabaggers have you, Jenny Beth, pointing them in the wrong direction. As the Teabaggers fight to dominate the Republican Party, there remains a sign of salient life comingled with them in RepubliCon Land, a glimmer, expressed in the efforts of some members to avoid a government shut-down via Affordable Care Act defunding madness. However, the corporate shills (the Tea Party snake charmers who are influencing the loyalists) know that the party-controlling, Teabagger faithful seem incapable of comprehending that President Obama won the 2012 presidential election and not their Cayman-Island-Swiss-bank-account Dun, an incapacity attributable in part to their vision-limiting deification of corporations and mesmerization by constant trickle-down chants from the Republican sound chamber consisting of think-tanks, media, pundits, and politicians. Mitt Romney, who refused to release more than a couple of years of his tax returns would probably have been too corporations-are-people friendly and elitist for even his own father, if he were alive, to support if they weren’t related. His father, George, who in unmafia-like openness, when he was running for president, when asked to release his most recent tax returns, released 12 years worth of returns, told Look magazine, about releasing just a couple of years returns ,

“It could be a fluke, or even a cynical manipulation designed to make the candidate look good. What really mattered was how a candidate managed his personal finances over the long haul.”

Yet, the Tea Party, delusionally, found oneness with Mitt who stashes cash offshore like Tony Soprano hiding cash in his duck feed. So, Romney is not in the White House to sign any repeal legislation, the Senate is in the hands of Democrats and even in the U.S. House of Representatives, Democratic candidates across the U.S. received more total votes than Republican candidates did. So when people like Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas or Texas Senator Ted Cruz tell Teabaggers to tell their legislators to defund Obamacare, they are exploiting delusions about who is trustworthy while they make out like con artists(receiving tremendous financial backing from the interests they are protecting while pointing their followers in the wrong direction). The Teabaggers’ judgments about who to believe (based on their preconceptions) leave them looking in the wrong direction much to their detriment. Reminds me of a sitcom called Smart Guy. Go to about the 4:10 mark in this clip

Ginni Thomas who fought against the passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which requires larger employers to provide temporary unpaid leave to employees to care for a new child or during a serious personal or family illness and who founded a group that was formed with a $500,000 anonymous donation that came as the Supreme Court was considering Citizens United, Ginni Thomas whose husband is making $223,500 per year, for life, as a federal employee and has access to insurance through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (The federal program offers 206 health plan choices, according to the Office of Personnel Management.) Ginni Thomas finds no fault in railing against affordable healthcare for working and needy people; she is probably not going to be an advocate for things that benefit working Americans like removing the pre-existing condition barrier to obtaining insurance, or for everyday Americans being able to keep their children on their insurance until they’re 26 (although Republicans 19-25 are taking more advantage than Democrats), and removing lifetime caps on insurance. The secret of the success of the leaders of the defund-Obamacare-movement in pointing the rank-and-file Teabaggers in the wrong direction lies in their ability to exploit the rank-and-file’s predisposition to, profile even leadership(blatantly disregarding in a “you-lie-during-a-Presidential-address-finger-wagging-in-your-face” kinda way, the leadership of this particular president), a predisposition to respecting only leadership which looks, racially, like it did before 2008. It’s indeed fascinating to see Teabaggers place so much trust in people who conceal tax records and hide funds in Swiss bank accounts while running for president or display receptiveness to people who receive $500,000 anonymous donations or are nonchalant about loose-screws Cruz’s potential presidential candidacy knowing that he was born in Canada when they raised so much hell in demanding to see President Obama’s birth certificate.

Loose-Screws Cruz

Loose-Screws Cruz and the Republican conservatives continue to run interference for the health insurance industry

Wonder how much the insurance companies are funneling to this guy’s campaign through the Club for Growth’s PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals’ immediate families who contributed $705,657 to his campaign? It’s easy for this clown who can purchase private health insurance offered through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program to ban with the one (Bozell-the-Clown) who recently came to Jackson Ms to tell the unwashed masses to tell their congresspersons to repeal a plan that allows other Americans to buy insurance on exchanges. Loose-Screws Cruz can choose from among Consumer-Driven and High Deductible plans that offer catastrophic risk protection with higher deductibles, health savings/reimbursable accounts and lower premiums, or Fee-for-Service (FFS) plans, and their Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO), or Health Maintenance Organizations. Loose-Screws Cruz and other “conservatives” seem determined to conserve and preserve the gap in health and wealth they have by opposing a plan that closes the donut hole for seniors. At $165,200 per year, Loose-Screws and the rest of the court jesters can better afford to assist in meeting the needs of the seniors in their families who themselves probably take advantage of the socialism bequeath to them by a previous Democratic administration, that socialism known as Medicare. Yes, the jokers can probably assist those family members without assistance from the Affordable Care Act. Repeal probably seems reasonable to them. But to the unwashed masses, pulling-up affordable health care, including premium rebates(last year’s rebates totaled $1.1 billion), premium containment(Many Americans will pay even less than the top-line rates after factoring in government subsidies for their health coverage, with some paying nothing at all for crucial medical coverage), life-time caps removal, and funds for more primary care doctors, by the roots is no laughing matter. However, placing themselves in the service of this cause becomes a game of Russian Roulette with the gun pointed at vulnerable Americans. The jokers and clowns have wealth and their donors to keep them safe if and when the trigger is pulled. This leaves the puppet masters and their jokers and clowns laughing all the way to the bank.

Herr Hosemann, Brother Faulkner has a message for you!

“We’re not the same old Mississippi that our fathers’ fathers were,” Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a Republican, declared hours after the Supreme Court handed down its June 25 decision in a case from Shelby County

Oh, really?  Then why would Mississippi Republican lawmakers advocate an initiative to address non-existent in-person voter fraud.  I say non-existent unless Herr Hosemann, the Vote-Nazi, can prove that the Republican control of the state house and all state-wide political offices except for one is the result of in-person voter fraud.  “Not the same old Mississippi?” when tradition is so deified, when love of your “fathers’ fathers”  tyranny over black folk is so cherished that efforts to change  the Mississippi state flag (the sole remaining U.S. state flag which bears the Confederate battle flag’s saltire) the flag adopted in 1894 after the Klan drove blacks out of politics with killings and terror, efforts to change a flag infamously linked with slavery and the Klan were soundly defeated in 2001. 

You’re not the same old Mississippi as your fathers’ fathers but somehow like the literacy tests of years past and the jelly-beans-in-a-jar test and the bubbles-in-a-bar-of-soap quiz of your fathers’ fathers old South, you philosophical descendants of the Klan-run South have taken the initiative that was passed overwhelmingly by white voters, an initiative in which there is no mention of birth certificates, and made a birth-certificate hoop, a totally unnecessary requirement as production of the document is not necessary for citizenship, part of the voting process.

And then there is the typical victimization of the lesser members of the “superior” race by the propagandists.   Mississippi’s initiative law says

“The sponsor of an initiative shall identify in the text of the initiative the amount and source of revenue required to implement the initiative.” 

This Republican and former ALEC member Mississippi State Senator Joey Fillingane did by stating in the petition that “free photo identifications could cost the State of Mississippi up to $100,000 (one hundred thousand dollars) to be paid from the State General Fund”

However,

Fiscal Analysis
Prepared by the Mississippi Legislative Budget Office
Based on Fiscal Year 2010 information, the Department of Public Safety issued 107,094 photo IDs to U.S. citizens of voting age. The individuals were assessed $14 per ID to offset a portion of the $17.92 cost per ID. The cost is estimated to remain the same, but the assessment will no longer be allowable under the provision of Initiatve 27. Therefore, the Department of Public Safety is estimated to see a loss of revenue of approximately $1,499,000.

 

As for the characterization of politicians as racists in the next section, every bit as racists, just more cunning.
How? Try tying voting to income by giving “free” government IDs to people who don’t have driver’s licenses when you know the income gap between blacks and whites in the state of Mississippi. Who is more likely to be channeled into the citizenship-challenge process?
The Law as follows:
“No person shall be eligible for a Mississippi Voter Identification Card if the person has a valid unexpired Mississippi driver’s license”
was translated from The Initiative section:
“A qualified elector who does not have a government issued photo identification and who cannot afford such identification may obtain a state issued photo identification free of charge from the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.”

And the conservatives tacked on the citizenship challenge as the voters were not asked about a birth certificate hoop and did not request one.

Just as in the case of Jim Crow Mississippi, racists propagandists have used unfounded fear to further their political careers, suckling at the breast of government as officials, while soaking in political contributions as the people they’ve frightened suffer.  “Not the same old Mississippi as your fathers’ fathers?”  Republicans complain that there isn’t enough money to fund Medicaid expansion, while creating another bubbles-in-a-bar-of-soap quiz, which proves nothing in terms of definitively establishing citizenship while costing the poorest state in the union an initial $1.5 million while effectively accusing citizens of being non-citizens, requiring them to provide “your papers please” like people confined to a ghetto in Hitler’s Germany, obliterating their Americanism by telling them that their previous registration is insufficient to cast a ballot, telling them that they, like felons, can not vote. Now the “elector must show appropriate identifying documents required by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety as provided by law.”

Amazingly, the conservatives have, through fear, convinced white people in the state that everyone should be criminalized, shifting the burden of proof away from the state and to the individual, every citizen is now guilty until proven innocent. Well done, crypto-fascists(conservative Republicans), on succeeding in doing what Herr Goebbels did so well subdue the masses by targeting minorities.

 

Brother Faulkner you can say it again.

 

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

AP analysis: U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Voting Rights Act alters Mississippi election dynamic | gulflive.com

Did you ever get the feeling that the members of the dominant culture had a conversation of which you weren’t aware? Reminds me of the old SLN skit. It’s like the people who voted for the photo ID had a convention and determined that action must be taken to prevent someone from doing what there is not evidence anyone has been doing, voting as someone else in-person at the polls. Why would you spend the time and the money to force already registered people to effectively re-register if they lose their driving privilege in Mississippi, a driver’s license being the only photo ID that many people have or force newly eligible voters to access birth records as a part of registration when you never did before minorities formed such a substantial part of the population? Why would you increase “government” costs by putting in a photo ID regime, when there is not evidence that people are showing up to the polls and voting fraudulently? According to Mississippi’s Secretary of State, “Based on Fiscal Year 2010 information, the Department of Public Safety issued 107,094 photo IDs to U.S. citizens of voting age. The individuals were assessed $14 per ID to offset a portion of the $17.92 cost per ID. The cost is estimated to remain the same, but the assessment will no longer be allowable under the provision of Initiatve 27. Therefore, the Department of Public Safety is estimated to see a loss of revenue of approximately $1,499,000.” And this in a state where conservatives say they can’t afford Medicaid expansion. Complicating the matter is Mississippi’s law won’t let you use your old driver’s license, forcing already registered voters to re-register and go through the birth-certificate hoop. This means that when your road privilege expires, your original voter registration is null and void and you now have to go thru the process of re-registering because you now have to access birth records. This means that you have to show exactly what ID to get your birth record to get your photo ID? The law doesn’t say. And actually the law is a far cry from the photo ID initiative that the “white” voters approved, a point that the media conveniently misses,thus operating as the PR arm of the conservative legislature by giving the impression that the fiendish details enacted are the same as the initiative, when it regurgitates the approval percentage which mirrors the racial breakdown of the state. One of the devilish details in the trap: to make matters more intimidating, the legislators made no provision in the law or budget for outreach and education about the law(A very conservative figure for a Mississippi education and outreach program would be $200,000. Georgia’s costs $840,000 and featured radio and TV public service announcements, direct mail, and packages to government agencies). So no one knows what kinds of proof you have to provide, to get the birth record to prove that you are who you say you are. But the vote-Nazi, appointed thru law by the crypto-fascists(the conservative Republican, corporate shills), will tell you. By now everyone should know that the American Fascists, the corporations and their shills who are lead by the Koch brothers and the philosophical descendents of Paul Weyrich, would prefer a smaller electorate.

Mr. Hosemann, or as he should be called the vote-Nazi because of the degree of autonomy he has in determining voting in Mississippi like Mississippi is his personal property(like the Soup-Nazi from the Seinfeld episode), has the audacity to talk about trust (“our relationships and trust in each other have matured” Herr Goebbels, I mean Mr. Hosemann ridiculously remarks) when the law that the neo-feudalists have enacted is the very embodiment of the presumption of guilt. The system in place before the laws enactment had a penalty for falsely completing registration, like the penalty for a witness being sworn-in in a court of law who commits perjury. Now, all of a sudden, as the country’s demographics change, people are suddenly less trustworthy. The law is racist from the core and was only enacted at the will of a white majority apparently afraid of elections being stolen because at the party (in the bubble) to which minorities were not invited, (essentially informal gatherings after essentially segregated church services and private academy PTA meetings and probably many of the neighborhood gatherings and conservative talk radio), it was decided that the less trustworthy darker-skinned people were not to be trusted so everybody should provide photo IDs at the polls. You would think with the busy lives we all lead, working people would not want the additional hassle of new, unjustified voting requirements. But somehow white-majorities have been convinced that the deviled-faced-two-horned unicorn, the fraudulent-in-person voter, is coming to still our elections. Eventually these guys, the corporations-are-people crowd, with all their disproportionate access to legislators with their lobbyists and limitless ability to advertise, are going to overplay their hand. But we’ve probably have to get to the part where collecting rainwater, cutting into profits and earnings per share, is outlawed because the water system has been privatized before It happens.
But unfortunately for the crypto-fascists I have some bad news. “”The weight of scholarly legal and historical opinion appears to support the notion that ‘natural born Citizen’ means one who is entitled under the Constitution or laws of the United States to U.S. citizenship ‘at birth’ or ‘by birth,’ including any child born ‘in’ the United States, the children of United States citizens born abroad, and those born abroad of one citizen parents who has met U.S. residency requirements.” Simply put, a birth certificate is not needed in America to assert citizenship and in the absence of proof to the contrary you will not be able to deny the rights of a citizen to Americans based on the absence of a birth certificate. If a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty, then you will not be able to deny people the rights of American citizenship without due process of law.
And furthermore, how is it that the state of Mississippi will be allowed to engage in taxation without representation for Mississippi law says(with no mention of a birth certificate)that: “An individual who maintains a home, apartment or other place of abode in Mississippi, or who exercises the right’s of citizenship in Mississippi by meeting the requirements as a voter or who enjoys the benefits of homestead exemption, is a legal resident of the State of Mississippi and remains a resident although temporarily absent from the state for varying intervals of time. An individual remains a legal resident of Mississippi until citizenship rights are relinquished and a new legal residence is established.” So how is it that Mississippi will now deny the right to vote to legal residents?

AP analysis: U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Voting Rights Act alters Mississippi election dynamic | gulflive.com

Mississippi leaders to fight closing of any military bases | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com

Excuse me! Excuse me! Ex-cusssse Meeeeee! Aren’t you conservatives always saying government can’t create jobs?

“[B]ut our philosophy is that government doesn’t create jobs. Government’s job is to create an environment in which business can thrive. Businesses create jobs.” – Ms. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves

They don’t really believe that so they crank-up the smoke machine. Sen. Roger Wicker, R. M, in response to proposed funding of the military base closings and realignments commission appropriation bill, indignantly responds,

“I’m opposed to this proposal,” Wicker said. “We have seen with the embassy threat, this isn’t the time to be talking about closing military bases.”

The imaginary correlation of keeping Mississippi bases open to protecting embassies aside, aren’t the conservatives and their Teabagger Republican Guard such penny-pinchers that they think we can’t afford to fund embassy security?

“For fiscal 2013, the GOP-controlled House proposed spending $1.934 billion for the State Department’s Worldwide Security Protection program — well below the $2.15 billion requested by the Obama administration. House Republicans cut the administration’s request for embassy security funding by $128 million in fiscal 2011 and $331 million in fiscal 2012. (Negotiations with the Democrat-controlled Senate restored about $88 million of the administration’s request.) Last year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that Republicans’ proposed cuts to her department would be “detrimental to America’s national security” — a charge Republicans rejected.”

So if Republicans really think, like Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who “absolutely” voted to cut the funding for embassy security because “we have to make priorities and choices in this country,” then keeping bases open in Mississippi, to the extent that they had any embassy security mission, would not be the “conservative” thing to do since government spending, contrary to Keynesian principles, is bad.

Furthermore if you are prioritizing, the Tea-Bagger-Chaffetz way, you may decide to reorganize for efficiency sake, because cutting government jobs is the way to “grow” the economy and the deficit, wink, wink, is stifling economic growth. So, for efficiency sake, maybe some of the things accomplished by Mississippi’s military bases could be accomplished more efficiently in Louisiana or Alabama or Arkansas or some of the other conservative strongholds that receive so much in federal benefits or some other state (pull the transfer payments, tax revenue and borrowing transferred to the have-nots, whether they be veterans benefits, social security, Medicare, Medicaid, farm subsidies, etc. from many states in the union and you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between those states and some third world country). But let’s go back to our examination of how this efficiency operation plays out. “Fort Knox was known as the home of the Army’s tank and armored vehicle training for more than seven decades, before the Pentagon completed the move of the school to Fort Benning, Ga., in 2011”

So consolidations and operation transfers under this model should be a dream come true for the hyper-deficit sensitive Teabaggers. However, the Mississippi Teabaggers didn’t show up to protest the pigs at the troth at the press conference in Mississippi the other day where elected officials stressed the need to “protect the $2.6 billion economic impact the military has in Mississippi. There are 37,000 Mississippians employed in military jobs with a payroll of $1.7 billion.” They didn’t show up because it would have been an attack on their class. You see they aren’t against all government programs because they are in fact the beneficiaries of some of them. The official Mississippi response to the base closing commission is superficially about things like embassy security but actually it is an admission that government transfer payments are beneficial to the state. The actions taken by elected officials were primarily to protect a powerful political block in the state, a powerful group of government workers in uniform. Why else would officials fight to get the federal government to transfer funds to the state of Mississippi to maintain installations that may very well represent inefficient resource allocations? The Pentagon is eliminating Fort Knox’s “3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division as part of a major restructuring that will reduce the Army’s active duty combat brigades to 33 from 45. The cuts will reduce the size of the Army from about 570,000 in the midst of the Iraq war down to 490,000, which includes personnel in units that support the brigades.” So the threat to Mississippi’s federal government workers is real. But you don’t find the conservatives, mitigating the possible damage done by any base closings by acknowledging the multiplier effect of having the federal government pay for healthcare in the state through the Affordable Care Act. Those benefits don’t affect or enhance the lifestyle of people who are benefiting from military transfer payments, directly, at least to their reckoning. It’s covert class warfare.

If the conservative power structure was really concerned about the average worker and not the big insurers’ profits and the taxes on higher incomes (some derived from the government) and the returns on their investments(like insurance company shares), if the conservative power structure wasn’t sustained by the voting pattern of other government workers who are insulated by the benefits from they received from the government (like good healthcare) they would be working to repeal the insurance industries anti-trust exemptions and expand Medicaid. If the conservative power structure was concerned about the working poor all who were burdened by constantly rising premiums long before Obamacare, it would ignore the pleas from Heritage and Cato to block the efforts to open insurance exchanges. But the hypocrisy exposed in the pursuit of government benefits while denouncing government benefits reveals the neo-feudal terrain which is Mississippi.

Mississippi leaders to fight closing of any military bases | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com

Lawmakers push ‘dramatic reforms’ for education | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com

$20 million here $180 million there, and to paraphrase a line from a Republican who believed in social mobility, Everett Dirksen, “pretty soon you talking real money.” But don’t ask the neo-feudalists Republicans in Mississippi who are secretly attempting to subvert and demolish public education while handing-out advantages to their campaign supporters to count adequately funding public education as something we can afford. These opponents, like some Republicans on the national scene (see Mitt Romney and Steel Dynamics) are seemingly opposed to anything with Federal in its title or being, except when they or their cronies stand to gain handsomely

. In Mississippi they attack things like Common Core Standards in Education, a valiant attempt to improve public education. Could it be that improved public schools could reduce the viability of their crony-infested charter schools (fiefdoms) and their dream of one day privatizing them (expanding disparities in the process)? Observe the neo-feudalists closely and see them cry about spending $37 million a year on remediation for Mississippi high school graduates who aren’t ready for college while not adequately funding districts and then, having applied $37 million to the back end of the process, attempt to inflect the coup de grâce , charge the school districts for the cost of remediation, all the while siphoning-off what public funds were available for charter schools. The hard core neo-feudalist call efforts which resulted in the Common Core Standards and which were begun by Council of Chief State School Officers in 2007, and “developed in 2009 by the National Governors Association and strongly supported by former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour” but “embraced by the “Federal” government, in the words of Sen. Angela Burks-Hill, R-Picayune, MS, a “sell-out.” The neo-feudalists claim to be concerned with budgets and what we can afford, so much so that they refuse to even expand Medicaid (refusing to acknowledge or account for the reduction in lost man-hours attributable to preventative care and diversions away from emergency rooms and the expansion in economic development stimulated by accessible medical services the first three years of federal assistance.) Did I mention that Obamacare had provisions for more primary care doctors

The Affordable Care Act and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the so-called stimulus package) will together support the training of more than 16,000 new primary care providers over the next five years. )

But watch closely as they dam-up the river to make their own personal reservoirs, and charge the other stakeholders for the privilege of viewing the water.

“We [the conservative-controlled Mississippi legislature] pass something to reimburse everyone dollar-for-dollar, every penny they’ve paid in inventory taxes – something with the potential to cost the state $180 million a year – and nobody questions where that money is coming from,” explains Sen. Hob Bryan – D, Amory, Ms.

But that’s just the camel’s head in the tent, Sen. Bryan. I wonder if that inventory tax give-back benefited the big equipment company that recently moved from Jackson to Flowood, Ms., in the Republican stronghold of Rankin County MS, the Governor’s home county? Wonder if the people who sponsored and advocated the tax-give back got any campaign contributions from the recipients of the tax rebate? This reminds me of the lobbyist employment plan, I mean Charter School Law (“Each member of the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board must have demonstrated commitment to charter schooling as a strategy for strengthening public education”). And just what constitutes commitment to charter schooling? Contrast this to a simple commitment to accessible good public education for all children. This one line mandates dedication to the concept of charter schools regardless of outcome. Americans should be concerned with good, accessible public education not whether someone has been committed merely, to some, possibly failing, charter-school project somewhere in the known universe, someone who more than likely contributed to the right conservative candidate. Baked into the cronyism-lovers dream law are lots of goodies (you can hire your buddies over other qualified applicants and there are no provisions for fair purchasing practices as the law is also

an Act “TO EXEMPT CHARTER SCHOOLS FROM REQUIREMENTS RELATING TO PUBLIC PURCHASES”).

As for that class warfare in which the lords and their vassals are always accusing others of engaging, this is also a law which drives Mississippians further down the road to serfdom as it reduces the return on labor and abuses labor by prohibiting participation in the public employee retirement system by teachers and makes certain that they are not “covered under the Education Employment Procedures Law.” Section 53 (2) (b) of the law says

“The Education Employment Procedures Law shall not apply to any category of teacher, administrator or other employee * * * employed to work in any charter school * * *.”

And as a further reminder of how right that sage, Tip O’Neill was about all politics being local (also check out the attempt to move government functions from the capital city) there is the $20 million gift to the private sector, (who’s a member of Mitt Romney’s-looking-for-government-to-give-them-something 47%ers?) in Pearl, MS (Rankin County, MS a Republican stronghold). Didn’t Romney and Paul Ryan complain about the government picking winners and losers? Didn’t they take issue with Obama saying that the government provided the background and foundation for many private successes, as in “you didn’t build that?”

“We’re [the Republican controlled Mississippi legislature] giving $20 million to people building a shopping center in Pearl – one they were already going to build – and nobody asks from where that money will come, says Sen. Bryan.”

Wonder if the sponsors and advocates of that provision were or will be the beneficiaries of campaign contributions from the recipients or will get some type of no-show mafia type jobs after leaving office? This way of doing things is possible only because the serfs, just like the people who fought on behalf of a slave-holding society even though most of them didn’t own slaves, can’t imagine life any other way and are comfortable depending on the trickle, from their labor that, falls down. In Mississippi, ignorance is bliss but in the case of the vassals who maintain loyalty to the lords, knowledge is power. What we need are really great Dirksen -Republicans so that we can focus on increasing economic security. Adequately funding public education and expanding Medicaid are equality of opportunity issues. They are ideas for our time. In the words of Senator Everett Dirksen:

“Victor Hugo wrote in his diary substantially this sentiment, ‘Stronger than all the armies is an idea whose time has come.’ The time has come for equality of opportunity in sharing of government, in education, and in employment. It must not be stayed or denied.”

In a Democratic Republic, capitalism is a tool used for the distribution goods and services, to meet the needs of the people and not the inverse. Democratic-Republics are not the servants of capitalism. It is not as conservatives, like the Kochs, would have you believe sacrosanct, and they are not our lords whose pronouncements on the proper taxation levels and the distribution of goods and service we are to receive as holy writ simply because of their wealth and position.

Lawmakers push ‘dramatic reforms’ for education | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com

A Truly Great Phony – Thomas Sowell – Page full

The man was indeed a very talented phony. He could convince almost anybody of almost anything — provided that they were not already knowledgeable about the subject.

This is not the judgment of a national syndicated columnist about George “weapons-of-destruction” Bush or Dick “we-will-be-greeted-as-liberators” Cheney (who was associated with no-bid Halliburton) or Condoleezza “smoking-gun-mushroom-cloud” Rice or John “the-fundamentals-of-the-economy-are-sound” McCain. This is the judgment of Thomas “my-readers-are-so-dumb-they-think-I’m-smart” Sowell.

Thomas “easy money” Sowell calls Obama a phony for not being able to find enough “”shovel-ready” projects that would quickly provide many much-needed jobs” or referring to the Malvinas as the Maldives. You would probably be hard-pressed to find an instance where Thomas “robbing-conservatives-every-week” Sowell ever listed any of the public gaffes by that great non-reader George “I-didn’t-read-the-Bin-Laden-determined-to-attack-PDB” Bush. You probably never read a column by Sowell where he listed anything Bush said like:

“One of the very difficult parts of the decision I made on the financial crisis was to use hardworking people’s money to help prevent there to be a crisis.”—Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2009 – Bush

“In terms of the economy, look, I inherited a recession, I am ending on a recession.”—Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2009 – Bush

“I’m telling you there’s an enemy that would like to attack America, Americans, again. There just is. That’s the reality of the world. And I wish him all the very best.”—Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2009 – Bush

I’ve abandoned free market principles to save the free market system.”—Washington, D.C., Dec. 16, 2008 – Bush

“I remember meeting a mother of a child who was abducted by the North Koreans right here in the Oval Office.”—Washington, D.C., June 26, 2008 – Bush

Should the Iranian regime—do they have the sovereign right to have civilian nuclear power? So, like, if I were you, that’s what I’d ask me. And the answer is, yes, they do.”—Speaking to reporters in Washington, D.C., July 2, 2008 – Bush “Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?”—Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000 – Bush
“Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB/GYNs aren’t able to practice their love with women all across the country.”—Poplar Bluff, Mo., Sept. 6, 2004 – Bush

Man, there is good, easy money available in that Republican Noise Machine for junk like the following:

Many years ago, I was a member of a committee that was recommending to whom grant money should be awarded. Since I knew one of the applicants, I asked if this meant that I should recuse myself from voting on his application.

“No,” the chairman said. “I know him too — and he is one of the truly great phonies of our time.”

The man was indeed a very talented phony. He could convince almost anybody of almost anything — provided that they were not already knowledgeable about the subject.

He had once spoken to me very authoritatively about Marxian economics, apparently unaware that I was one of the few people who had read all three volumes of Marx’s “Capital,” and had published articles on Marxian economics in scholarly journals.

What our glib talker was saying might have seemed impressive to someone who had never read “Capital,” as most people have not. But it was complete nonsense to me.

Incidentally, he did not get the grant he applied for.

This episode came back to me recently, as I read an incisive column by Charles Krauthammer, citing some of the many gaffes in public statements by the President of the United States.

One presidential gaffe in particular gives the flavor, and suggests the reason, for many others. It involved the Falkland Islands.

Argentina has recently been demanding that Britain return the Falkland Islands, which have been occupied by Britons for nearly two centuries. In 1982, Argentina seized these islands by force, only to have British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher take the islands back by force.

With Argentina today beset by domestic problems, demanding the return of the Falklands is once again a way for Argentina’s government to distract the Argentine public’s attention from the country’s economic and other woes.

Because the Argentines call these islands “the Malvinas,” rather than “the Falklands,” Barack Obama decided to use the Argentine term. But he referred to them as “the Maldives.”

It so happens that the Maldives are thousands of miles away from the Malvinas. The former are in the Indian Ocean, while the latter are in the South Atlantic.

Nor is this the only gross misstatement that President Obama has gotten away with, thanks to the mainstream media, which sees no evil, hears no evil and speaks no evil when it comes to Obama.

The presidential gaffe that struck me when I heard it was Barack Obama’s reference to a military corps as a military “corpse.” He is obviously a man who is used to sounding off about things he has paid little or no attention to in the past. His mispronunciation of a common military term was especially revealing to someone who was once in the Marine Corps, not Marine “corpse.”

Like other truly talented phonies, Barack Obama concentrates his skills on the effect of his words on other people — most of whom do not have the time to become knowledgeable about the things he is talking about. Whether what he says bears any relationship to the facts is politically irrelevant.

A talented con man, or a slick politician, does not waste his time trying to convince knowledgeable skeptics. His job is to keep the true believers believing. He is not going to convince the others anyway.

Back during Barack Obama’s first year in office, he kept repeating, with great apparent earnestness, that there were “shovel-ready” projects that would quickly provide many much-needed jobs, if only his spending plans were approved by Congress.

He seemed very convincing — if you didn’t know how long it can take for any construction project to get started, after going through a bureaucratic maze of environmental impact studies, zoning commission rulings and other procedures that can delay even the smallest and simplest project for years.

Only about a year or so after his big spending programs were approved by Congress, Barack Obama himself laughed at how slowly everything was going on his supposedly “shovel-ready” projects.

One wonders how he will laugh when all his golden promises about ObamaCare turn out to be false and a medical disaster. Or when his foreign policy fiascoes in the Middle East are climaxed by a nuclear Iran.

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The reason conveniently, consistently, context, challenged Ann Coulter says that the media lavished inordinate attention on the Trayvon Martin case is because it plays well before a Republican Party which is the refuge of people who believe that Strom Thurmond should have been elected President in 1948. People with this belief and their philosophical heirs are more likely to be comforted by the notion the Trayvon Martin case was a media exaggeration designed to, in Coulterese, “immunize Barack Obama.” The people who consume Coulter’s corrosive, crap consommé are convinced that America need only return to the fifties to return to greatness and dismiss any talk of racism or racial profiling as just an attempt to defend President Obama. (Coulter pukes, “They have to protect Obama, so the rest of us have to get ‘mugged.’”) And when she barks, that Barack Obama is the “most left-wing presidential candidate the nation has ever seen,” you’d think that he was the president that the EPA(massive government inspections of water and Three-Mile Island inspections and intrusive river clean-up) was started under(Nixon) or Homeland Security (Bush) or that he advocated using government resources to build the interstate highway system with all that government-property-taking imminent domain activity (Eisenhower).

Coulter upchucks white-on-black, black-on-black, and black-on-white homicide figures from 1986, six years into the Reagan Administration (not 1966, 1956, 1946, or 1936), because she must focus on an individual year and not the span of history and the racial structural formation of the nation which contributes to the figures. And you’ll never see her provide her audience with any reference to things that affected the psyche of generations of blacks and continued in spirit down thru Emmitt Till to Trayvon Martin, like the unique black experience in America which was described as “strange fruit” hanging from the poplar trees. No, she is much more inclined to regurgitate the O.J. Simpson case (which had much more to do with the relationship of wealth to justice than race to justice) in her laughable attempt to make the Trayvon Martin media coverage about Obama (however, this does play well among the Crypto-Dixiecrats).

Giving the Trayvon Martin case and the media attention it got fair and balanced treatment means that you would have to make part of your presentation how much outside pressure was brought to bear just to get Zimmerman placed on trial. I am still waiting to hear the results of the toxicology report from the shooter. I understand that they drug-tested the corpse. Ann, that is just one of the ways in which the Martin case was unlike the cases you claimed the media was “ignoring.” Presentation of this face along with the similarity of the law enforcement response to Emmitt Till’s murder would not serve your financial interests. I have to hand it to you, Ann; your readership’s ignorance will continue to make you small fortunes. But that disgusting, debilitating, diet you’re serving them means it’s going to take this country a long time to get well.

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Tea partiers protest Obamacare | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com

So there are no Mississippians who are benefiting from having access to insurance even though they or a family member has a pre-existing condition like Clint Murphy, Former GOP Staffer:

‘When you say you’re against [Obamacare],” Murphy posted on his Facebook page, “you’re saying that you don’t want people like me to have health insurance?’

So there are no Mississippians who are benefiting from keeping their children, who may be in college, unemployed, in grad school, or working as in intern, on their insurance policy until they’re 26?  Maybe you, like Brent Bozel, chairman of ForAmerica, make enough from pretending to be for average Mississippians while actually representing insurance industry interests to cover any similar medical bills. (A recent survey says that there are an extra million or two people getting coverage thru mommy’s or daddy’s coverage – 63% of young Republicans (19-25) said that they were on their parents insurance and only 45% of Democrats said that.)

So there are no Mississippians who do not want Insurance companies which do not spend more that 80% of their revenues on healthcare to not have to send rebates to the people who have been paying premiums? This summer about 500 million dollars in premiums went out to 8 million people. And I guess the Mississippians who received rebate checks will do Bozel the clown’s bidding and returned them and want that naughty insurance industry to stop returning their money to them? 

Of course there are Mississippians who are Republicans who benefit from one or more of these provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare).  But they must stand with Bozel-the-clown because none of these things are consistent with “principles of American exceptionalism: personal freedom, personal responsibility, a commitment to Judeo-Christian values, and a strong national defense.” And you won’t see “Jenny Beth Martin, National Coordinator, Tea Party Patriots L. Brent Bozell III, Chairman, ForAmerica Roy Nicholson, Mississippi State Tea Party Laura Van Overshelde, Central Mississippi Tea Party Jennifer West, Hattiesburg Tea Party Barry Neyrey, Gulf Coast Tea Party”  seeking to repeal the anti-trust exemption of the insurance industry just as you didn’t see them protesting the expenditure of government funds in the Yokohoma (winner-picking) luring.  You won’t see Mississippians who vote Republican and benefit from ObamaCare opposing these neo-feudalists because they, the rank-and-file Republicans, are, substantially, members, though they don’t realize it, of America’s Hezbollah, on a holy mission to convert the infidels or kill them in the process(don’t fund the government); it’s a real suicide-bomber approach.  The neo-feudalists flash the religious moniker, Judeo-Christian, and from that moment forward the spell is at work, and, to the spell-bound, the neo-feudalists speak no evil.  And they, the neo-feudalist leadership (corporate shills) do this (encourage suicide assaults in the name of all that is holy and supportive of American exceptionalism) all the way to the bank. The rank-and-file will pay the price, while Bozel-the-Clown and his corporate sponsors, the Kochs of the the world, watch safely from their hillside, gated communities. After all the Crypto-Fascists can hire BlackWater to protect them while you wonder how you’re going to pay the police with your jobs outsourced and corporate profits safely offshored, out of reach of the Americans who will be called upon, in a time of crisis to defend the corporate-controlled country and government that made it all possible, with their lives 

 

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