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Throwing Down the Gauntlet

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Now that I have rendered as income tax 4.9% of my gross income to the federal Government, and 2.03% of my gross income to the State of California, I can return to seeking to convince people that Barack Obama should step aside for a real candidate in 2012.

His speech the other day didn’t convince me one bit that he’s serious about the things he says, for I’ve been hearing his words since he addressed the 2004 Democratic Convention. It’s what he does that just might convince me that he’s serious. [If your brain goes ZING! from following links, it's time to bow out gracefully.]

Unfortunately for Obama he’s got a long list of (in)actions working against him. He extended the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy while sticking the rest of us with fewer and reduced services to cover those cuts. Health-care reform didn’t include a public option, but did include a mandate to purchase health insurance at market prices. And yet Obama feels comfortable in approaching those he’s stomped on for their votes in next year’s election! Is it any wonder that Sally Kohn, writing in The Washington Post, thinks liberals are suckers?

It’s a hard argument to refute upon reflection. Citing philosopher Karl Popper’s “paradox of tolerance”, Kohn makes a case that liberals are deluding themselves that Obama still plays eleven-dimensional chess when it’s clear to those not drunk on the kool-aid that Obama’s only strategy is to concede constantly while ignoring critics for not taking strong positions on major issues. Kohn opines that “perhaps the president is only playing out the psychological tendencies of his base,” citing the statistic that 69% of Democrats were willing to compromise on principles in order to avoid a government shutdown. Kohn snarks, “With supporters like that, who needs Rand Paul?” I quite agree!

Kohn recites the growing litany of Republican excesses going unchallenged by Democrats (at least until Obama thought he wasn’t being recorded!), and declares that the tolerance liberals still show toward Obama and his Chamberlain-like dealings with the Republicans has led to the disappearance of tolerance in our political interactions. Based on Republicans’ “Just Say NO to Everything” strategy, how can one argue with that observation?

Kohn concludes with a biting comment that should alert those still showing sightless favor to Obama: “There is a time for tolerance and compromise, but if the GOP is always dictating when that time is, Democrats have already lost.”

And that is just one reason why I think that the Democratic Party needs a new champion.

There! I said it!

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  • karencollins

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  • jacksmith

    REALITY!!

    Gov. Peter Shumlin: Real Healthcare reform

    Health Care Budget Deficit Calculator

    Briefing: Dean Baker on Boosting the Economy by Saving Healthcare

    START NOW!

    As you all know. Had congress passed a single-payer or government-run robust Public Option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one, our economy and jobs would have taken off like a rocket. And still will. Single-payer would be best. But a government-run robust Public Option CHOICE! that can lead to a single-payer system is the least you can accept. It’s not about competing with for-profit healthcare and for-profit health insurance. It’s about replacing it with Universal Healthcare Assurance. Everyone knows this now.

    The message from the midterm elections is clear. The American people want real healthcare reform. They want that individual mandate requiring them to buy private health insurance abolished. And they want a government-run robust public option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one. And they want it now.

    They want Drug re-importation, and abolishment, or strong restrictions on patents for biologic and prescription drugs. And government controlled and negotiated drug and medical cost. They want back control of their healthcare system from the Medical Industrial Complex. And they want it NOW!

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL NOT, AND MUST NOT, ALLOW AN INDIVIDUAL MANDATE TO STAND WITHOUT A STRONG GOVERNMENT-RUN PUBLIC OPTION CHOICE! AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE.

    For profit health insurance is extremely unethical, and morally repugnant. It’s as morally repugnant as slavery was. And few if any decent Americans are going to allow them-self to be compelled to support such an unethical and immoral crime against humanity.

    This is a matter of National and Global security. There can be NO MORE EXCUSES.

    Further, we want that corrupt, undemocratic filibuster abolished. Whats the point of an election if one corrupt member of congress can block the will of the people, and any legislation the majority wants. And do it in secret. Give me a break people.

    Also, unemployment healthcare benefits are critically needed. But they should be provided through the Medicare program at cost, less the 65% government premium subsidy provided now to private for profit health insurance.

    Congress should stop wasting hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money on private for profit health insurance subsidies. Subsidies that cost the taxpayer 10x as much or more than Medicare does. Private for profit health insurance plans cost more. But provide dangerous and poorer quality patient care.

    Republicans: GET RID OF THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE.

    Democrats: ADD A ROBUST GOVERNMENT-RUN PUBLIC OPTION TO HEALTHCARE REFORM.

    This is what the American people are shouting at you. Both parties have just enough power now to do what the American people want. GET! IT! DONE! NOW!

    If congress does not abolish the individual mandate. And establish a government-run public option CHOICE! before the end of 2011. EVERY! member of congress up for reelection in 2012 will face strong progressive pro public option, and anti-individual mandate replacement candidates.

    Strong progressive pro “PUBLIC OPTION” CHOICE! and anti-individual mandate volunteer candidates should begin now. And start the process of replacing any and all members of congress that obstruct, or fail to add a government-run robust PUBLIC OPTION CHOICE! before the end of 2011.

    We need two or three very strong progressive volunteer candidates for every member of congress that will be up for reelection in 2012. You should be fully prepared to politically EVISCERATE EVERY INCUMBENT that fails or obstructs “THE PUBLIC OPTION”. And you should be willing to step aside and support the strongest pro “PUBLIC OPTION” candidate if the need arises.

    ASSUME CONGRESS WILL FAIL and SELLOUT again. So start preparing now to CUT THEIR POLITICAL THROATS. You can always step aside if they succeed. But only if they succeed. We didn’t have much time to prepare before these midterm elections. So the American people had to use a political shotgun approach. But by 2012 you will have a scalpel.

    Congress you could have pass a robust government-run public option during your lame duck session. You knew what the American people wanted. You already had several bills on record. And the house had already passed a public option. Departing members could have left with a truly great accomplishment. And the rest of you could have solidified your job before the 2012 elections.

    President Obama, you promised the American people a strong public option available to everyone. And the American people overwhelmingly supported you for it. Maybe it just wasn’t possible before. But it is now.

    Knock heads. Threaten people. Or do whatever you have to. We will support you. But get us that robust public option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one before the end of 2011. Or We The People Of The United States will make the midterm election look like a cake walk in 2012. And it will include you.

    We still have a healthcare crisis in America. With hundreds of thousands dieing needlessly every year in America. And a for profit medical industrial complex that threatens the security and health of the entire world. They have already attacked the world with H1N1 killing thousands, and injuring millions. And more attacks are planned for profit, and to feed their greed.

    Spread the word people.

    Progressives, prepare the American peoples scalpels. It’s time to remove some politically diseased tissues.

    God Bless You my fellow human beings. I’m proud to be one of you. You did good.

    See you on the battle field.

    Sincerely

    jacksmith ?” WorkingClass :-)