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Obamacare Puts Egg On Florida Gov. Rick Scott's Face


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So what happens when you go campaigning in seemingly comfortable waters and things don't go as planned? Let's ask Florida Gov. Rick Scott. He went to a senior center in his state to warn about cuts he said that Obamacare is forcing in a popular version of the Medicare health program. His anticipation was to gain an attentive ear and even to collect senior's horror stories to add to his arsenal.

What he found instead was a satisfied group with few complaints. As a matter of fact, the seniors, by and large, had compliments to say about Obamacare. They even went out of their way to say they liked it.

The Sun Sentinel:

“I’m completely satisfied,” Harvey Eisen, 92, a West Boca resident, told Scott.

Eisen told the governor he wasn’t sure “if, as you say,” there are Obamacare-inspired cuts to Medicare. But even if there are, that would be OK. “I can’t expect that me as a senior citizen are going to get preferential treatment when other programs are also being cut.”

Ruthlyn Rubin, 66, of Boca Raton, told the governor that people who are too young for Medicare need the health coverage they get from Obamacare. If young people don’t have insurance, she said, everyone else ends up paying for their care when they get sick or injured and end up in the hospital.

So all that was left to do was enter spin mode when called out by the press on what happened. One bad story out of 20? If numbers matter, that's half a percent. More than that were offended by his tie.

Maybe running against Obamacare isn't the right plan for Republicans. Does it make you wonder if Scott's going to be blanketing the state, moving from retirement center to assisted living facility running on this issue.? After all, they don't call Florida 'God's waiting room' for nothing. They lead the nation in retirees. And seniors are happy with Obamacare overall. Keep it up, Gov. Rick. Soon Florida will be calling their chief executive, Governor Charlie Crist once again.


How Sleazy Can Congress Be? A Dirty Deeds Chart



Hypocrite Watch via Huffpo:

Here are some of the sleaziest things members of Congress have done since the shutdown:

Grandstand at the World War II Memorial

Members of congress, reacting to their shutdown of government and national parks, chose not to vote to open the government but rather turn their denial of a veterans group visit to the WW II monument into a photo op. The closure that they caused.

Berate a Park Ranger for the effects of the shutdown.

Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) found a Park Ranger doing her job --  including controlling the crowd at a closed memorial -- then the congressman blamed her for the closure he had voted for, finally telling her she should be ashamed of herself.

Put on lab coats and chastise Democrats for not funding cancer research.

Some House Republicans went to the National Institutes of Health, where they threw on lab coats and pleaded with Democrats to undo the damage the shutdown had done to services for children with cancer. This, after these very same House Republicans voted against funding the NIH.

Fund raise off the whole debacle.

Feeling no pain or remorse over their decision to shut down the government and furlough without pay nearly a million workers, a number of Republicans held fundraisers -- not for the out of work people -- for themselves.

Send soldiers off to war and then refuse to pay to bury them.

No explanation necessary. This is what the shutdown did and caused and uproar.

Tell furloughed employees they shouldn't get back pay while they're prohibited by law from working.

Despite voting for a measure to compensate government workers for the time they spent furloughed, Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) then went on to tell a caller to his town hall meeting, "Well, when we voted on that, they [the furloughed workers] were supposed to come back to work as part of that deal. I agree 100 percent with you. If they're not working, they shouldn't get paid."

And finally,

Giving out asinine financial advice showing how ignorant of the situation they really are:

Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.)


See what happens when you fall asleep in the Senate?


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Another guest post is by our pal and regular TPC contributor, David Garber, whose new book HOLLYWOOD HUCKSTER – A Memoir of Hysterical Proportions can be found at Amazon (Here's his post about it.):

Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa -- I hear you have some hurt feelings. President Obama doesn't call you like he used to, or so you publicly complain.

Could it be, Chuck, that you're just too deaf to hear the phone ringing -- or simply out of touch?  How many other senators still use that old crank phone to ring up Mable the operator, so she can connect you to the farm next door?

Or could it be that you're just so senile that you don't realize that you HAVE been talking with the POTUS and thought he was your farm's cowhand who just had an unexpectedly strong interest in politics along with his deft touch in milking cow teats?

Senator Gassey, you have jurisdiction over two of the President’s top legislative priorities: gun violence and immigration reform.  And nothing has happened in the way of forward movement. You really think he's ignoring you?  He's trying to get through to you -- only you hear the voice of Bitch McConnell and not the voice of our leader or the people he represents.

Perhaps if you awoke from your 32 year stupor in the Senate chamber, you'd realize you should spend less time worrying about who's calling, and make some calls himself -- like to your fellow Republicans and tell them to $#!t AND get off the pot and legislate.  All of America is waiting on you, not a call from Obama to tell you that you're drooling, not legislating.

For the past 25 years, David Garber has been serving as the show runner and or writer on some of television’s biggest hits… Saved By The Bell, Power Rangers, 227, Bill Cosby Show and many other network series. His writing and producing have also netted David two very prestigious awards:the PRISM AWARD and the TV CRITICS AWARD – TV SPECIAL OF THE YEAR. Currently he’s authoring a short story series called “A Few Minutes With…”


"Romney: The misery of working people makes America great."


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I got the blog headline from this tweet:

tweet Romney thinks misery makes America great

Link to HuffPo piece.

Billionaire Mitt Romney described the "heroes in the homes of the nation":

"Single moms who are working two jobs so their kids can have the same kind of  kids [he meant "things"] other kids at school have. Dads who don't know what a weekend is, because they've taken on so many jobs to make sure they can keep the house. We're a patriotic people. The heart of America is good."

Gee, he's not out of touch at all, is he? It's hard to find too many major political figures who would say something so asinine, so insensitive, and so disconnected from everyday Americans.

But I managed to find one:

 From the official transcript:

THE PRESIDENT: Yes, but nevertheless, there's a certain comfort to know that the promises made will be kept by the government.


THE PRESIDENT: And so thank you for asking that. You don't have to worry.

MS. MORNIN: That's good, because I work three jobs and I feel like I contribute.

THE PRESIDENT: You work three jobs?

MS. MORNIN: Three jobs, yes.

THE PRESIDENT: Uniquely American, isn't it? I mean, that is fantastic that you're doing that. (Applause.) Get any sleep? (Laughter.)

MS. MORNIN: Not much. Not much.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, hopefully, this will help you get you sleep to know that when we talk about Social Security, nothing changes.

MS. MORNIN: Okay, thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: That's great.

Arthur Delaney got it right. Republicans like Romney and Bush really believe that struggling, miserable Americans make this country great. 

Actually, those two poor excuses for political leaders are exceptionally miserable Americans, and they have not made this country great, but they have done what they can to make the rest of us struggle.