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Paul Ryan has mesmerized the media because intelligence is so lacking in Congress that its appearance alone induces interest. But Paul Ryan is if anything a more facile and worse liar than Romney. He has virtually no explanations for his draconian budget and his criticism of Obama is a lie whole cloth. This page of tweets is a good introduction to Ryan as an apostle of untruth.

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COMMENT ON: Reform Déjà Vu: Democrats Follow Failed Health Care Strategy and Preemptively Surrender on Consumer Financial Protection Agency

The President goes as far as he can go. He suggests cogently that elections exist for the purpose of purging the Congress of recalcitrants and naysayers.

I am sure he will do the same for financial reform as for health reform. He will go as far as he can go.

2010 is the second act of an eight-year change scenario. Either the electorate will get the message and we will become a 21st Century nation, or the electorate will cave.

My money is on a hard-won progressive victory. Including eventual passage of a public option and eventual creation of independent regulation of our rogue banking industry.

Meanwhile, watch for more executive orders to do what a cowardly Congress will not do. And continue to at least slightly modify misplaced blame of the President.

Read the Article this comment addresses at HuffingtonPost

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Let’s See What These Folk Do on Health Care

A List of Senators and Congress Members and Their Receipts from Health Care Interests

I found the following list. I have looked for such a list for a while. I assume its accuracy. I found it here. The link was to here.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ): $7,504,867
Sen. John Kerry (D-MA): $7,341,399
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA): $2,149,503
Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT): $1,795,949
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY): $1,743,835
Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT): $1,685,890
Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC): $1,350,454
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX): $1,346,574
Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ): $1,321,457
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA): $1,160,826
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH): $1,081,378
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC): $ 999,611
Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN): $ 994,699
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT): $ 980,417
Sen. Thomas Harkin (D-IA): $ 935,711
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA): $ 919,793
Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR): $ 896,067
Sen. Debbie Ann Stabenow (D-MI): $ 827,294
Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD): $ 797,185
Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT): $ 788,650

Rep. Tom Price (R-GA, 6th): $2,090,127
Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ, 6th): $1,627,024
Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX, 6th): $1,518,285
Rep. John Gingrey (R-GA, 11th): $1,392,343
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY, 15th): $1,304,569
Rep. John Dingell (D-MI, 15th): $1,148,060
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA, 7th): $1,136,519
Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO, 7th): $1,102,468
Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA, 7th): $1,058,786
Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA, 9th): $1,046,519

I would like to see this list enlarged if anyone has sourced information. The second link above is to a piece in the Huffington Post which is trying to create some standards for claiming that they are operating on a competent journalistic basis.

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President Obama Said It Straight Out

I see lots of bile being spread around about President Obama’s efforts to get a green economy bill through. Congress has passed a green bill. It’s the Senate’s turn.

Today I want to flag a statement by the President that I saw on TV so I do not have the exact language.

In essence he said, A green economy will put us in the lead in the 21st century and failure will leave us a declining nation.

This was the argument of this site before I went whole hog for Obama in Iowa. It is absolutely true.

Our recession has everything to do with the need to shift gears to green. Not just laws. Lifestyle. Spending less for junk and more for quality.We are being forced to build a new and more sustainable world.

There are prophets of this movement and I do not mean the obvious environmentalists. I mean writers like Robert Pirsig who elevated the word quality into the lexicon of politics and thinkers like Thorstein Veblen who dissected the consumer society before it became an obnoxious stain on the surface of the globe.

Robert Pirsig’s Metaphysic of Quality (MOQ) Relates to Nietzsche’s Revaluation of Values Project

Thorstein Veblen on the Web

President Obama is faced now with a huge choice. But happily it has already been made. He cares enough about his commitment to green and its value to the country to go with Democrats alone if he would otherwise have to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

David Brooks says the energy bill in the House version is a quilt of special interest concessions rather than a clean executive procedural bill.

I am sure the President wants the strongest of bills and if he has to muscle Republicans and Blue Dogs to get it, he will. And if, God forbid, these retrograde folk should succeed in watering down green, we will go at it incrementally with replacements at the polls for the Senators and Representatives who did not cotton to the Obama agenda.

The energy bill is important but similar things could be said about health care. Watch for a July 4 peaking of the Obama counterpunch on this issue. The President is just as adept at being President as he was at being a candidate. And the MO has not changed. Nor for that matter has media obtuseness in failing to recognize it.

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Things I have thoughts on but refuse to blog about:

Bernie Madoff
Sarah Palin and Family
Governor Sanford
Michael Jackson

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Obama’s Green Bay Health Care Pushback

Obama’s Green Bay Health Care Pushback

Click Here for the full ABC Dispatch

Do you not believe that the President will make this entire effort intelligible to the majority that elected him? Do you not believe that he will box in the Republicans so that they either go with what will be a measure that holds promise, or find themselves seriously contemplating work beyond the halls of Congress in 2010 or 2012? Do you not believe we will have health care reform this year?

If you do not believe these things, check out this snippet from the dispatch noted above.

The bottom line, the president told residents of the Badger State: the time is now. He wants a health care reform bill on his desk by October.

“This next eight weeks is going to be critical,” the president said. “And you need to be really paying attention and putting pressure on your members of Congress to say, there’s no excuses. If we don’t get it done this year, we’re probably not going to get it done. “

If you want to get involved, click the link below:

STAND WITH DR. DEAN

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Standing With Doctor Dean Cool Thing

Take some time with this.

STAND WITH DR DEAN WHERE CONGRESS STANDS

You can find out who favors or opposes Health Care Reform including the public option. You can narrow it to your area and get full contact info for the Senator or Congressperson. There are a lot who Don’t Know. They are the ones you want to contact. There are those who say No Way. We shall say No Way to them in 2010. If we live in positive areas, we shall contribute to the defeat of the Nay Sayers wherever they may be.

Politics will never be the same. Schmooze the rest of the Dr. Dean site.

HERE’S WHY FROM STAND WITH DR. DEAN

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MORE ON WHY WE NEED A PUBLIC OPTION

CHOICE

Americans deserve the right to choose their own healthcare. Congress must act to give Americans more choices for their personal healthcare by allowing universal availability of a public healthcare option like Medicare. Limiting choice to for-profit insurance only, is the same broken healthcare system we have right now.

COMPETITION

Capitalism thrives on competition. The more healthcare choices the American consumer has to choose from the harder the healthcare supplier will work to be chosen. A public healthcare option would bring new competition into the market driving lower prices and incentives for better service and care.

COMFORT

There is no need to create something new or unfamiliar to the American people. Americans already know about for-profit insurance and they already know about Medicare. Medicare has been around for over 40 years. Most people know someone over the age of 65 already on Medicare. There is nothing new about Medicare, now we need to make a public option like Medicare available to all Americans.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is Dr. Dean’s plan?

Governor Howard Dean, M.D., is not proposing a specific plan. We are drawing a line in the sand over the key principle of real healthcare reform: availability of a public healthcare option. A universally available public option like Medicare is the only way to guarantee healthcare for all Americans and its inclusion in healthcare legislation passed by Congress this year is non-negotiable.

What does “universally available” mean?

A universally available public option would be open to anyone regardless of gender, race, religion, income or employer.

What does “public option” mean?

A pubic option would allow anyone and everyone to choose a healthcare plan provided by the government like Medicare is today.

What about single payer healthcare?

In America, we already offer single payer healthcare to our Veterans through the Veterans Health Administration. Americans over the age of 65 already benefit from a single payer system provided in Medicare. Single payer systems thrive in every other industrialized country where citizens have government provided healthcare.

Our position is that even in those countries, like Britain and Canada, citizens are allowed to purchase for-profit insurance — if they want it. We believe Americans deserve the right to choose their own healthcare and therefore a public healthcare option like Medicare must be made available for any American to choose.

What about HR676 or other single payer bills already purposed?

Governor Howard Dean, M.D. is not proposing a specific plan. We are drawing a line in the sand over the key principle of real healthcare reform: availability of a public healthcare option. If the final bill allows Americans to choose between for-profit insurance or a universally available public healthcare option, then it will meet the key principles and deserve our support.

A universally available public option like Medicare is the only way to guarantee healthcare for all Americans and its inclusion in healthcare legislation passed by Congress this year is non- negotiable.

HEALTH CARE FACTS AND FIGURES

Nearly 9 million Americans have lost their health insurance since 2000.

1 in 6 Americans have no healthcare insurance at all. That’s over 50 million people.

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Why Dick Durbin Gets It — Most Dems Don’t

Here’s Robert Gibbs at a May 22 briefing:

MR. GIBBS: Well, and what the President, I think, outlined quite clearly in the plan was we obviously have rules relating to war, but instead of — I mean, the whole theme of the speech was what we have right now at Guantanamo doesn’t work. We have ad hoc patchwork of legal theories, some being undone by courts across our country today. What the President wants to do with the fifth basket, as he termed it, of detainees, is work with Congress and the courts to ensure that whatever system is set up is done through a means where — using a phrase that he’s used many times — somebody watches the watcher. I think what got us into a series of the hasty decisions that the President talked about yesterday was one person or one group of people thought they alone had a legal theory that could govern all of what we did at Guantanamo Bay.

We found that that’s not working. We found that courts have ruled — by judges appointed by the very administration that set that up — have decided that they don’t have the authority to do some of the things that they’re doing, or they have to grant certain rights to detainees, or they don’t have the evidence to hold them for what they’ve been charged with. That’s why we’re in this mess.

But if the President didn’t read to you a piece of legislation yesterday about basket number five, it’s because he intends to work with Congress and to ensure that a process complies with the laws of our country in order to make progress. But the notion that we’re not making progress on this I think is disputed — I’m guessing that your network has done stories on our decision on military commissions, I’m guessing your network has done stories on the decision of the Justice Department to transfer a detainee to New York 11 years after committing a series of violent acts to bring them to justice.

So the notion that progress isn’t being made I think just isn’t borne out by the facts.

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I am still seeing red when I think of the vote not to fund the President’s Gitmo plan. Remember how the media and the preponderance of Democratic Senators hemmed and hawed and said they were simply waiting for the President to give them a plan. What is wrong with the previous sentence? We have a spoiled, flabby, spoon-fed, passive and shameful Senate that cannot get its mind around the fact that President Obama expects THEM to work with HIM to achieve solutions to our problems. All the Democrats should have heeded this root fact and voted for the appropriation to get the job done. I think Harry Reid should consider a quiet retirement in Searchlight. I think the ConservaDEMS (a term current on the “Obama Blog”) should be treated just like the Republicans in 2010 and be retired, not by raging populist lefties, but by people who pledge to work with the President, not against him.

The paradigm for the Senator who gets it and can tell why he gets it is Dick Durbin, hardly a raging leftist. Almost phlegmatic and a man who exudes good nature, he voted with the President to fund the Gitmo closing. Almost everyone of the six who voted with the President was someone who understood. The rest of the sorry lot must spend another few days in my hall of shame.

I venture to say that throughout the Obama Presidency, Dick Durbin will vote right and that Democrats who oppose him are still back in the days when no one was looking while they fed at the trough.

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