The New York Republican tells it like it is.
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The New York Republican tells it like it is.
Note from Dan: Blog regular J.M. White explains the federal government shutdown in a few nutshells.
To anyone complaining about the access difficulties of information/sign-up to the Affordable Care Act:
Believe it or not, there aren’t many websites that can handle 100 million users trying to access them. This is especially true when one of the results of the shutdown is to furlough “non-essential” government employees. To oversimplify it a bit, it’s a matter of server load and pipeline traffic. Just how many IT people do you think the government considers “essential”? You can set up the infrastructure to handle it, but once input/output starts climbing and there’s no one there to address emerging bottlenecks, what do you think will happen?
Do we expect retail stores to be deserted on Black Friday just because we want to shop on that particular day? That’s not how it works.
To think that these ACA information access problems weren’t a well foreseen and planned aspect of this shutdown is to be more than a bit naive. Not that any of the spineless cowards on Capitol Hill would admit to such a thing. This entire debacle is a diabolically planned political maneuver and anyone not seeing it as such is blind. Read more »
Imagine your teenage son was injected with tainted medicine, causing fungal meningitis that landed him in the hospital for 17 days. Imagine he was one of 749 such victims nationwide (54 in Virginia) and that 63 of those victims died.
Imagine all that medicine was prepared in a contaminated pharmacy, next to a trash dump, by a company that earned millions exploiting a loophole in 20-year-old federal regulations. Imagine imploring Congress to close that loophole, so others would be spared the same fate.
Finally, imagine Republicans and Democrats pointing fingers of blame in different directions, while little got done. Imagine more people getting sick during all that congressional thumb-twiddling.
Sadly, Ben and Andrea Foutz of Cotton Hill in Southwest County don’t have to imagine any of that stuff. They’re living it. It’s an understatement to call them frustrated.
The good news is, their son Zac’s health is improving. The junior at Cave Spring High School is back playing football after difficult struggle last fall and winter.
READ THE REST OF THIS COLUMN HERE.
Oh, man. Robert George was on the hot seat today. And the person pumping the bellows was Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-New York. You’ve gotta see the video below to understand what a pile of bull excrement George’s so-called audit that found the IRS “targeted” Tea Party and Patriot groups in the agencies review of their applications for nonprofit status. Two highlights: 1) She reams George and says some 8th graders could have conducted a fairer audit; 2) Maloney notes the audit that “uncovered” the so-called “targeting” was itself deliberately targeted.
Looks like once again, the RWer gasbags were suffering from premature you-know-what.
By now it’s well-established that the 1999 repeal of Glass-Steagall, which was pushed by Republicans but signed into law by President Bill Clinton, played a central role in the 2008 financial collapse. Probably the biggest error in the Dodd-Frank banking-reregulation act is that it didn’t reincarnate Glass-Steagall. Now, a truly biapartisan group of senators has proposed bringing it back.
The co-sponsors include Sens. Marian Cantwell, D-Washington, Angus King, I-Maine and John McCain, R-Arizona, and taking the lead is Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts. This eminently sensible legislation will once again force banks to be either commercial banks or investment banks but not both.
And it will be fun to see the cries of outrage over this bill from both sides. The Obama Administration quietly opposed a similar measure in 2009 (then sponsored by McCain and Cantwell), wrongly calling it unnecessary.
Will Obama try to block it again? Or will most of the bellyaching come from pandering right-wingers who complain that it amounts to oppressive government regulation, and is “anti-liberty” yada yada yada and blah blah blah?
And which preacher will first bestow to call it “a spawn of Satan?”
You can’t deny that Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Washington, has a point regarding the so-called IRS-Tea Party ‘scandal.’ Why did these overtly political outfits believe they were deserving of government subsidies? I would note again that the Roanoke Tea Party has deliberately avoided seeking 501(c)4 status. Could it be that they’re smarter than some other Tea Party groups?
And then watch how Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., responded. Does it strike you as grandstanding?
Watch Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke County and Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, as he rescues Attorney General Eric Holder from bizarre and rambling questions by Rep. Louis Gohmert, R-Texas and a Tea Party favorite. And yes, Gohmert really did say what’s in the headline, right around 8:58.
h/t to Scott M!
You got to hand it to Heather Whitney of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She was in favor of expanded background checks for gun purchasers. When that failed in the U.S. Senate (even though a majority of senators supported it) she took to the phones. Among the “nay” senators she called was Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. Listen to the call, below.
Listen to this gibberish from Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, as he tries to use the Bible as a justification against immigration, after he gets schooled by a pastor during a Congressional hearing. What’s that business about the First Amendment and religion, anyway? That Congress shall make no law that respects the establishment of religion?
Note from Dan: Regular poster Wayne Goodman has been around the block in politics, so to speak. Here’s his prescription for alleviating the mess in Washington D.C. we see now. What do you think?
By Wayne Goodman
Our political system is broken and needs to be revolutionized — if we want a system that actually responds to the people and their needs instead of being entrenched, obstructionist, and only concerned for reelection. Here are some suggestions.
1. Limit everybody (Senators, Representatives, and Presidents to twelve years in office.)
2. Elect Senators every four years instead of six.
3. Public fund all elections ( no outside contributions permitted).
4. Limit election cycle to six months ( three months for the nominating process and three for the election campaign). Read more »