Daily Archives: October 5, 2009

Quote of the Day

“I went through eight years of fighting one of the most disastrous presidencies this country has ever seen. And you know what, folks? I’m not doing this alone anymore. If you’re going to sit on the bench and just wait for my next movie to come out, or watch Obama have to fight all these crazies (alone), I’ve got better things to do.”

– Michael Moore quoted in USA Today entitled “‘Capitalism’ filmmaker Michael Moore isn’t feeling the love.”

Looks like Harry Reid and Max Baucus are going to be at odds on Health Care

Here is a clip from a larger article at The Hill... There’s a good chance that the Public Option will get into whatever the Senate comes out with despite the Finance Committee:
clipped from thehill.com

Reid and Baucus have staked out opposing positions on the central question of a government role in health reform — Reid has consistently stood in favor, but Baucus has consistently said the idea doesn’t have enough Senate support.
Baucus has inserted insurance co-operatives into the bill that is scheduled for a final vote on Tuesday.
The majority leader has said he plans to consult Baucus — with whom he enjoys a generally good relationship — along with HELP Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and the White House.

But the Nevada senator’s input will be critical. Having deferred the issue to Baucus this summer, Reid signaled on Thursday that he is prepared to join Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and John Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), who both pushed a public option amendment that failed in a committee vote last Tuesday.

“I believe the public option is so vitally important to create a level playing field and prevent the insurance companies from taking advantage of us.”
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A Video from A Friend of the People

This is what we need to start the week… an inspiring call to action:

Glenn Greenwald looks at the sourcing of the “liberal media” based on Sunday’s shows and papers:

Glenn accurately sums up the situation as an “intense cognitive dissonance: a debt-crippled nation debating who to attack next.”

I’ll post one paragraph here, but go into Salon and read the whole article, It’s worth it.

Reviewing the Sunday news shows and newspapers creates the most intense cognitive dissonance: a nation crippled by staggering debt, exploding unemployment, an ever-expanding rich-poor gap, and dependence on foreign government financing can’t stop debating how much more resources we should devote to our various military occupations, which countries we should bomb next, which parts of the world we should bring into compliance with our dictates using threats of military force. It’s like listening to an individual about to declare personal bankruptcy talking about all the new houses and jewels he plans on buying next week and all the extravagant trips he’s planning, in between lamenting how important it is that he stop spending so much. That would sound insane. And that’s exactly how our political discourse sounds.