Archive for May 2011 – Page 2

VIDEO: "God bless Johnson & Johnson, G.E., Citigroup. Amen."

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Satire yes, funny yes, well done yes, but this is a tad too close for comfort. I feel that familiar twinge of squirm... or as Former Half-Gov Blatherina McMangleEnglish would put it, squirmish.

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Herman Cain "shoots up"? Ruh-roh! Time for rehab?

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Via thatspunny.com

Today's Misleading Headline-O'-The-Day just screams snarkitude. Via Taegan:

Cain Shoots Up in Iowa

A forthcoming Public Policy Polling survey -- scheduled to be released tomorrow -- finds Herman Cain jumping into 2nd place in a Iowa poll of likely Republican caucus-goers.

Who knew Cain had a drug problem? Time for a drug rehabilitation center! Oh, but I kid the former pizza guy.

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CHART: America has buyer’s remorse over GOP governors

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Think Progress is great at finding graphs and charts that give us great visual aids with which to make great points. The one above is a reflection of buyer's remorse that voters are having about the governors they, unfortunately, elected:

Since February, Democratic firm PPP released surveys in eight states asking voters “if you could do last fall’s election for Governor over again, how would you vote?” In seven of the eight, the Democrat now would win, with all seven showing double-digit improvements in their margin... The chart... shows both the actual 2010 margin and the new margin, sorted by the shift.

And don't get me started on all the recalls resulting from all that regret.

Hopefully, Democrats will get off their hineys in 2012 and vote, rather than sit out the elections. No matter how disappointed or angry you may be feeling, despite having buyer's remorse of your own, we cannot afford to have a Republican in the White House. There are no guarantees that President Obama will be re-elected, and America cannot survive another Supreme Court pick by a GOPresident.

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GRAPH: GOP budget drops tax rate for richest to lowest in 80 years

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Via Think Progress (which has a spiffy new layout, I might add, so hop over and take a look):

[The GOP] budget would lower the top marginal tax rate on the wealthiest Americans to a 25 percent, returning the tax rate on the richest to pre-New Deal levels. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) demonstrates this with the [above] graph.

Always thinking of the little guy, right GOP? Corporate profits trump the rest of us every time, no matter how they try to spin it.

Do the right thing? Pfft. Do what's good for the health and welfare of America? Bleh. French kiss the wealthy? Priceless.

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"Blue Shield exec's $4.6 million salary justified. How else would he be able to pay the medical expenses for him and his family?"

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Today's L.A. Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Big bucks at Blue Shield

Re "Blue Shield CEO earns $4.6 million," Business, May 26

I've been a Blue Shield customer for more than 20 years. I now pay an annual premium of nearly $10,000, up $1,000 from last year and about double what I paid just a few years ago.

My deductible is $2,500 annually. Factoring in other non-covered medical costs, I'm spending about $20,000 a year before Blue Shield starts paying, and I'm healthy. It would be twice as much had my wife not just become eligible for Medicare.

Blue Shield Chief Executive Bruce Bodaken's $4.6-million salary seems justified. How else would he be able to pay the medical expenses for him and his family?

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At a time when so many people cannot afford even basic health insurance, this borders on criminal. And to remind us that Blue Shield is California's largest "nonprofit" health insurer adds insult to injury. Certainly Bodaken is raking in astronomical money from his work.

It was just three months ago that Blue Shield was seeking to raise its rates as much as 59%, but it eventually backed down due to public and political pressure. The company says Bodaken's salary is based on his performance. If he can perform brilliantly enough to earn his salary, he should be able to figure out how to offer his customers affordable policies.

Perhaps the Second Coming is at hand after all, and this time Christ will drive the CEOs out of the temple. That would indeed be cause for rapture.

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On Medicare

Re "Medicare can't be ignored," Editorial, May 26

While there is no doubt that rising Medicare costs must be brought under control, the only "good idea" in Rep. Paul D. Ryan's (R-Wis.) plan cited in the editorial has to do with returning seniors to the cutthroat private insurance market.

The Ryan plan would do nothing to stem rising medical costs, only transfer them to the seniors who can least afford them. That is not a good idea. It is poor public policy and is simply in keeping with the Republican dogma of transferring costs to vulnerable groups without asking for shared sacrifice.

The Ryan Medicare plan would be a disgrace and a national disaster.

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Wisconsin GAB okays recalls against 3 more Republicans

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Let's start the day with some good news, via JSOnline:

Madison - State election officials on Tuesday approved recall elections against three Republican senators but declined for now to take up recall petitions against three Democrats.

Republicans decried as political the decision to take up the petitions against GOP senators but not Democratic senators. Officials with the Government Accountability Board denied that, saying they haven't had time to review detailed challenges by Democrats to the petitions filed against them. [...]

The board unanimously approved recall elections for Republican Sens. Rob Cowles of Allouez, Alberta Darling of River Hills and Sheila Harsdorf of River Falls. ... Last week, the board approved recall elections for Republican Sens. Randy Hopper of Fond du Lac, Dan Kapanke of La Crosse and Luther Olsen of Ripon.

Don't mess with democracy, GOP, because busting unions, destroying the middle class, and crushing the rights of workers is a no-no to "real" Americans. Got it?

H/t: Leftpalm

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Video Mid Day Distraction- How to tell which dog got into the trash

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