Daily Archives: April 15, 2011

I’m a West Virginia Senior and my Congresswoman, Shelley Moore Capito, Voted Against ME…

U. S. House Republicans Pass Budget Hurting Seniors

Capito Votes with Party, Abandoning WV Seniors

Shelley Moore Capito

Today, West Virginia Republican Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito sided with House GOP leadership and voted to dramatically cut Medicare – the long-running health care program for seniors.

She has it upside down!

The cuts would radically change Medicare by turning it into a voucher program. These cuts would reopen the prescription drug “Donut Hole” forcing seniors to pay more for their medicines.

“It is outrageous for Capito to vote for these radical cuts,” said West Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Larry Puccio. “These cuts to our seniors will cause great hardship in West Virginia. These cuts will mean thousands of dollars to our seniors – forcing many to choose between health care and food. Shelley Moore Capito needs to stand up for West Virginians instead of the House Republican leaders’ radical agenda. I commend Democratic Congressman Nick Rahall for speaking out against this bill.”

Here’s what Capito did to screw her Senior constituents like ME:

End Medicare As We Know It. “The plan would essentially end Medicare, which now pays most of the health-care bills for 48 million elderly and disabled Americans, as a program that directly pays those bills.” [Wall Street Journal, 4/4/11]

Republican Plan Brings Back “Donut Hole” Coverage Gap for Prescription Drugs. (this is extremely important to me as a Senior who takes 1 different pills a day and two different insulin shots) Ryan’s plan brings back the coverage “gap in Medicare prescription drug” benefit. [Associated Press, 4/06/11]

Congressional Budget Office: GOP Budget Raises Health Costs for Retirees. “Most future retirees would pay more for health care under a new House Republican budget proposal, according to an analysis by nonpartisan experts for Congress that could be an obstacle to GOP ambitions to tame federal deficits. […] The budget office gave two reasons future retirees can expect to pay more. First, private plans would cost more than traditional Medicare because of such factors as higher administrative costs. Second, the federal contribution would grow more slowly than health care cost inflation, leaving a bigger gap for beneficiaries to pay.”  [AP, 4/6/11]

AARP: Budget Undermines Vital Programs for Older Americans. “Among its provisions, the proposal would drive up costs for people in Medicare, take away needed coverage for long-term care from millions of older and disabled Americans and reduce critical help for seniors facing the threat of hunger.”  [AARP press release, 4/7/11]

GOP Budget Would Almost Double Healthcare Costs For Seniors. “The Republican congressman’s proposal to privatize Medicare would mean a dramatic hike in U.S. healthcare costs for the elderly, an independent analysis finds. Seniors would pay almost double — more than $12,510 a year.” [LA Times, 4/7/11]

And Capito keeps sending me e-mail about all the great things she is doing for West Virginians! Whenever I send her e-mails about the things I’d like her to support, she follows the Tea Party Line instead. All it means is I’ll work twice as hard to get her out of office… if it means using this blog and my radio show weekly on WSHC.

Shelley, you suck!

So my Mother is “Flash Gordon”…

Sorry I got around to posting so late today… I started the morning doing Winners And Losers on WSHC (on my own because John Case is away this weekend) where I interviewed one of the WV Democratic Governor Candidates, Jeff Kessler (currently the acting President of the State Senate), and played the usual game of music, phone calls and news from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM.

Dr. Zarkov, Dale Arden and Flash (My Mother)

After the show, I headed down to Manassas. VA, to the Prince William Senior Center where my Mother’s acting group, The Past Time Prime Time Players, put up their version of Flash Gordon at lunch time in their cafeteria. My Mom was one of three women who played Flash Gordon…

I guess they had three different Flash’s so that all the members of the group could take part and there is an overabundance of women in the group (Ming the Merciless was a woman as well).

The whole production took about twenty minutes and all the characters seemed to have an awfully good time.

Their Director who runs their acting classes at the Senior Center is John Waldron, and he keeps the activity up throughout. He even does a one-person overview of the show where he plays all the parts… and he did it after the show…with a broken ankle!

Then, as an added bonus, the three Flash Gordons ( all women seniors) performed a choreographed bit to Macho Man. I found that to be pretty funny… the audience did, too. (That’s my Mom on the right.)

The group is taking this production “on tour” to another Senior Center and to an Elk’s Lodge in their area and they are all very excited about it.

Great way to spend the middle of my day… now I’m back home after a lovely drive through Northern Virginia Wine Country.

Has Obama Lost His Party’s Base?

James Earl "Jimmy" Carter

Jimmy Carter

Steve Kornacki has an article in Salon which is worth reading, since he compares Obama’s numbers with Jimmy carter’s, Reagan‘s, Geo. H.W. Bush’s and Bill Clinton’s … Obama comes off pretty well…
For instance,  Jimmy Carter’s numbers were much worse:
Mid-April 1979 overall approval: 40 percent
With Democrats: 52 percent
Now this is what a base problem looks like —

Here’s a couple of clips… go in and read the whole thing.

clipped from www.salon.com
Barack Obama’s speech on Wednesday, in which he aggressively challenged the deficit reduction blueprint being embraced by congressional Republicans, seems to have quieted talk — which was rampant earlier in the week — about the president alienating his party’s base. For now.
Rest assured, there will be more occasions between now and November 2012 when Obama’s rhetoric or his policy choices (or both) offend vocal activists and commentators on the left — at which point a stream of news stories will be devoted to the question of whether Obama is at risk of losing the election because of a fractured base.
Gallup‘s latest data has Obama scoring an 80 percent approval number among Democrats; an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll puts the number at 83 percent. Among liberal Democrats, Gallup has Obama at 80 percent, while NBC/WSJ puts his support at 79 percent. His numbers have remained steady in this range since late 2009.
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