Daily Archives: July 11, 2012

Can you afford to run for Congress?

And if you want to run do you have any idea how much it will cost or where you will raise it?

Look at this:

 

 

At least this will give you a plan to follow.

Makes you think, though, when do these guys have time to govern when they are spending two year chunks doing major fundraising every day?

Robert Reich on Regressives vs. Progressives…

Reich outlines what is really being fought for in 2012 and beyond.

Listen up!

 

Quote of the Day – Good Question

If we were made in God’s image, why aren’t we invisible?

Mrs. Betty Bowers, America’s Best Christian

I haven’t thought of this before… but it certainly has a solid assumption.

Just finished watching the House debate on the ACA repeal…

…and I saw in the debate, especially with the opening speech of John Boehner, Speaker of the House, a view like the one put out by AFSCME:

 

If this isn’t the truth I don’t know what is.

Here’s a good one, Florida Governor Scott faces a TB epidemic by closing the state’s only TB hospital…

This from the Palm Beach Post:

“A tuberculosis outbreak in Jacksonville was one of the worst his group had investigated in 20 years. Linked to 13 deaths and 99 illnesses, including six children, it would require concerted action to stop.

“That report had been penned on April 5, exactly nine days after Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill that shrank the Department of Health and required the closure of the A.G. Holley State Hospital in Lantana, where tough tuberculosis cases have been treated for more than 60 years.”

While I’d rather be criticizing Scott for his insurgence of voter de-registration, this seems to be an even more dismal and insidious action by the radical Republican.

Doctors without Borders has commented on Scott’s action and the danger of a TB epidemic:

TB is a “disease that primarily affects the most vulnerable layers of society: the unemployed, the homeless, drug addicts, and, of course, prisoners. However, once a certain level of epidemic has been reached, the transmission of TB escalates and anyone, regardless of his or her social class, can contract the disease.”

A.G. Holley State Hospital being shut down

Information on the April outbreak was hidden from the public and did not appear in the press until June. Why it was being concealed is open to question. Scott’s administration says it was to avoid public concern. I t did nothing, however to prevent spreading of the disease, nor the closing of A. G. Holly six months ahead of schedule. In Jacksonville, victims are being housed in motel rooms to be minimally treated,… not by any means adequate health care.

It should also be noted that Scott is one of the Republican governors who has currently rejected Obamacare and, thus, will prevent uninsured citizens from getting any coverage.

May I suggest that the way the rest of America can deal with this situation, and prevent the disease from moving beyond Florida, is to avoid all Florida vacations this year. This could make enough of an economic cost to the state that they might reopen their tuberculosis facility and provide treatment for the Floridians whose lungs are infected.

Today continues the House Republicans’ waste of time…

Well, we need jobs legislation, and we need tax resolution, and we need many more necessary things from the House of Reps… but for the last couple of days, leading to a vote today, they have been wasting time and effort.

Today’s vote will be the 33rd vote to undermine the Affordable Care Act, either through repeal or blocking funding for various provisions, since Republicans took control of the House in 2010. It won’t matter. The repeal, if passed,  is sure to be defeated in the Democratic-led Senate. And even if it made it through the Senate, the President has pledged to veto such a measure once it reaches his desk.

Yesterday I watched the arguments in the House on C-Span and spent most of the time sorting out the truth in claims by both sides. And I heard Obama speak in Iowa saying:

“I will work with anybody to improve the health care law where we can, but this law is here to stay. And it will help the vast majority of Americans feel greater security. If you’ve got health insurance, it’s going to be more secure because insurance companies can’t jerk you around because of fine print. If you don’t have health insurance, we’ll help you get it.”

No matter how much they want to eliminate Romneycare … excuse me, Obamacare … the Republicans have no plan to replace it and will eliminate health care for millions of people, especially young people and seniors and the poor.

One would think that the best thing they could do would be to create a new plan which could replace Obamacare immediately, not remove coverage from the population, and save the millions of dollars they claim they want to do. Then, once voted in, it would replace the existing law without stranding anyone.

But they are not going to do that.

I’ll watch their vote today, but I know by their sheer numbers that Republicans will pass their repeal. Then, once they send it to the Senate, maybe they can get around to the things they really should be doing. Do you think they will?