- Howard Dean Views Tea Party As “Last Gasp Of The 55-Year-Old Generation” (mediaite.com)
- Howard Dean: Tea Party is racist or something. Also warns Palin can win (riehlworldview.com)
- Howard Dean On Morning Joe: The Tea Party Leadership Is “Fraudulent” (mediaite.com)
Governor Dean’s organization is trying to keep the best progressive Congressfolk in place as they are challenged by very dangerous people from the right. I pass on this message I received from him this morning:
- ‘Cheddarbomb’ for Russ Feingold (americablog.com)
- Sen. Feingold Faces Tight Race In Wisconsin (npr.org)
- Cheeseheads wouldn’t do this, would they? (washingtonmonthly.com)
“I don’t believe all or even most of the Republican party voters are racist, but going at least as far back as Lee Atwater, the Willie Horton ads, and the attacks on John McCain in the South Carolina primaries in both 2000 and 2008, the immigration debate in 2006, there is a persistent willingness in the Republican party to use race baiting for electoral advantage. The fact is, this is racist behavior.”
– Gov. Howard Dean, in the Huffington Post
… and the Shirley Sherrod attack by Breitbart and Fox News (which Chris Wallace now claims didn’t really happen… but, hey, we were there!) is only the most recent occurance.
Why not join our friend Gov. Howard Dean and the folks at Health Care For America Now on a March against the Insurance companies and Big Corporations that are lobbying with all the big bucks to destroy ANY health care bill? If I get a chance, I’m going down.
Called the Citizen’s Posse, the stated objective is:
We need your help to put the insurance companies and every corporate enemy of change on notice: We will not allow the big corporations and their lobbyists to bully Congress into inaction.
There is an Insurance company conference going on tomorrow protesters will gather in Dupont Circle to hear Governor Dean at 10:30 AM, then march to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel where the the conference is being held.
You can be a Citizen’s deputy (which will get you some extra training) by filling out the form HERE. Since the goal is to arrest the insurance guys, the training will be very useful.
Hope lots of you can go.
We are getting fucked over by the Senate leadership, the Insurance companies, the Pharmaceutical companies and the Republicans (who are grinning their heads off). I am losing my confidence in Obama, who seems ready to accept ANY bill that comes out and whose staff started attacking and misinterpreting Howard Dean today.
Well, I agree with Governor Dean… and there are at least 100 Congressmen in the House who do as well, and there are Senators like Bernie Sanders who are getting screwed too.
The Health care Bill as it currently exists in the Senate is a gift to the same people who have made our Health care system the world’s most expensive and the worst coverage possible.
What in hell are we going to do? This blog is going to spread Dean’s words as far as we can. I hope you will join me.
And here’s my Quote Of The Day:
“I’ve been involved in this all along. I put up with a lot of stuff I didn’t like because I thought at the end of the day what was good about the bill outweighed what’s bad about the bill. I don’t believe that anymore.”
– Howard Dean
And this from Mad Kane the Online Poet:
Removing the Medicare buy-in from the Senate health reform bill (to appease Senator Lieberman) was the last straw for Howard Dean. Dean says, “Kill the Senate Bill,” and I’m inclined to agree:
This is essentially the collapse of health care reform in the United States Senate. And, honestly, the best thing to do right now is kill the Senate bill and go back to the House and start the reconciliation process, where you only need 51 votes and it would be a much simpler bill.
I blame President Obama for this health reform fiasco. For it’s Obama who empowered Joe Lieberman to blackmail the Senate and hold health reform hostage.
And that brings me to my latest double limerick:
Dressing Down The President
By Madeleine Begun Kane
Dear Obama, your job is to lead.
You have failed. So has Senator Reid.
Seems you’d sign any swill
Labeled “health reform bill,”
And then brag that we’ve got what we need.
Yes, you’ve tragic’ly blown your great chance.
So spare us the song and the dance.
Though many will swear
You’ve done much for our care,
I am sorry — the prez has no pants.
Here is an interchange betweenKarl Rove and Howard Dean from a live debate yesterday that I wish I had seen. Rove had said that Medicare rejects claims twice as often as the overall health insurance industry, and he promised to put the proof in his Wall Street Journal column next week:
“That’s a made up statistic, Karl Rove. . . . For the first time tonight, I’m calling you on it. You made that up.”
– Howard Dean
“And I would appreciate it if you didn’t question my integrity. . . . Mr. Dean, you just called me a liar and I don’t appreciate it.”
– Karl Rove
If only Rove was called on it more often.
“The success of healthcare reform legislation rises and falls on whether the American public is allowed to opt into a universally available public healthcare program, like Medicare, or not. If Congress issues a bill that gives Americans a public option, then there will be real healthcare reform. If not, we could be back fighting about it for another 20 years before anybody tries again.”
…both Senators and Congressmen and women, that the majority of us favor a public health plan and are opposed to the way insurance companies suck our money out of health care. If they don’t understand this, then they shouldn’t be reelected, neither Republicans nor Democrats.
If you haven’t contacted your representatives, or participated in the many polls and petitions on the web (like Dr.Howard Dean’s which I think is very important to support: http://www.standwithdrdean.com/LastChance), then it is time to get active. Let them know what you think.
I know that my Rep., Shelly Moore Capito (R), is a lost cause… and hopefully it will help get her replaced next election. That’s the one thing we can hold over their heads, the possibility of massive vote attacks.