That’s Not the Voice of God You’re Hearing!

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To those on the radical Right, God’s will is whatever they deem it to be for their own self-aggrandizement, to hell with those who are harmed by their mischief and greed. Take the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson as examples. And you might want to throw into the mix the five Republican Roman Catholic activists on the US Supreme Court who use the Constitution to extract power from the common man and give more to the corporations, the rich and the powerful.

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Who Are The Takers? Certainly Not the Red States!

These hypocritical red states not only are takers from the Fed, they also are takers from the poorest of their poor, by denying Medicaid expansion to these folks in dire need of medical care. Then they have the gall to call themselves Christians. These people deceive themselves, but they don’t fool the rest of us!

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Conservatives Opposed …

Well it’s the truth, isn’t it?

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Over Obamacare the Right Freaks Out

Here America for Prosperity’s (Koch brothers) representative totally loses it over the ACA (Obamacare) on Chris Hayes Show (All In):

This both exemplifies and characterizes the behavior of the extremists on the American Far Right, to the point that the topic of Obamacare drives them into total meltdown. ‘Tis quite telling!

Today the ACA succeeded in having 6 million enrollees, in spite of the fact that the Right has done all they can to undermine the program, even to the point of many Red States refusing to accept Medicaid expansion for their respective states, thus not only undermining the ACA, but also cutting out the ability of their poor and impoverished who continue to be unable to get the medical care which they so desperately need.

This then drives these people into hospital emergency rooms which then supply the most expensive medical care of all. And worse, red state hospitals are going bankrupt and closing their doors.

There is no heart, there is no logic for these red states to behave like this. Without shame, these red state politicians deprive poor people and others of medical care, of food stamps, of unemployment insurance, and even make voting difficult or impossible for those in need.

And most of these politicians are professed Christians, yet they trash the basic message which the spirit of Jesus Christ represents.

PS: Just ask Pope Francis about that.

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Putin was wrong, but …

There is no question that Putin has broken international law, but let us not forget that we were also guilty of same in our 2003 invasion of Iraq. The American neocon extremists seem to have easily and quickly forgotten, as they now mock our President’s response to Putin as follows:

Our attack on Iraq was a full blown military invasion with guns blazing and bombs dropped, whereas Putin’s invasion of Crimea was without one shot or explosion.

Regarding President Obama’s response to Putin, which was to rally Western support of sanctions against Putin and his oligarchs, take note of the response of our “patriots” on the hateful Right:

So, while we have a grim laugh at the humiliation of the Fascist Dweeb in Chief and his band of Leftist lesbian dwarves, botoxed gigolo ghouls, and moronically cackling sidekicks, the left is surely trying hard to find a way to spin this bitter amusement of ours into something akin to treason.

If they cannot defend the performance of the floundering freaks of the Kollectivist Klown Brigade, they will have to attack those who snort at their bumbling antics.

“How dare you laugh as Putin politically micturates in the face of our President?”

‘Tis really pretty sick, isn’t it? Yet this articulate remark is indicative of the lowest of the low to which typical Righties have sunk. Instead of uniting behind our President to behave responsibly against Putin’s illegal aggression, we have our President called a “Fascist Dweeb in Chief”. Impressive? No, revealing!!!

Even The Wall Street Journal Macro Horizons commentary had this to say:

There is plenty of jaw-jaw from the West about Russia’s impending absorption of Ukraine’s Crimea province, but there is little appetite to do anything more than to make hollow gestures in what is ultimately a regional issue and probably reflects the will of the Crimean people more fairly than any other election in the past century.

Let us also recall our own history re Mexico, wherein we used violent force on our border with Mexico to annex Mexican land which then became Texas and our other southwestern states.

Thus, in contrast to our behavior historically and recently, Putin has taken a higher though illegal road re annexation of territory.

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The American Radical Right Speaks

No, I’m not talking about Bill Moyers, a fine upstanding progressive; I am talking about the American radical right, as exemplified by the comments of the editor and his coconspirators whose comments are right here.

Note that The Editor of this blog has the nerve to write this, as he has repeatedly done so in the past:

The social contract to which the esteemed Mr Moyers refers is one which has enabled millions of able-bodied people to sit on their lazy asses, with a roofs over their heads, food on their tables, cars in their driveways, cell phones in their pockets, and cable for their televisions, while the rest of us have to work harder, for less, so that those able-bodied people can keep doing that!

Though challenged on this alleged fact many times, The Editor, Dana Pico, has never provided evidence for this gross assumption. And then he follows this up with a non-sequitur, as follows:

The fact that we are basically importing Mexicans to do what are entry-level, low-skill jobs tells us that those able-bodied Americans could work, but won’t work.

Note also that these commenters, when they don’t agree, they then assassinate the character of the speaker, in this case Bill Moyers.

Thus, the comments of these people represent their version of propaganda, therefore meaningless in terms of any effort to make things clearer or better.

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Update:

The predictable responses from the dastardly right wing extremists on Dana Pico’s blog are here for the viewing. These hateful people should be renounced on a daily basis for their un-American behavior. And no less, they think that they are the patriots. No way!!!

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The Red States Are Failing Their Citizens in Many Ways

The Red States are by definition controlled by Republicans both in the Congress and in the state governments themselves.

Citizens in these Red States. especially those in the South, are suffering greatly compared to the Democratically controlled Blue States, a good bit of it due to the negligence of their political leaders. Case in point is their refusal to accept Federal assistance regarding Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

Now look, there are lots of things to love about the South. It’s clean and quiet. There’s delicious food, good people and often amazing weather. But that’s exactly why it makes us so sad to think about all the ways in which the region is struggling today. It is the poor who suffer the most, but not just the poor. Take a look at the data depicted on the charts below, as given in a recent Huffington Post piece:

First off, poverty rates are a lot higher in the South.


Source: USDA
In fact, as many as one in four southern kids lives in poverty, compared to the national average of one in five.

In the map above, red shading indicates a poverty rates between 17.9 and 22.8 percent. Orange indicates 15.9 to 17.8 percent; light orange, 12.2-15.8 percent; pale yellow, 9 to 12.1 percent. As you can see, there’s a lot of high-poverty red in the south.

And minimum wages are much lower.


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Source: Department Of Labor
Virtually no southern states, with the exception of Florida, have a minimum wage higher than the federal floor of $7.25 an hour. The southern states are doing the absolute minimum for their poorest citizens by keeping the minimum wage at the lowest levels possible.

And people living in the South are a lot less likely to move up the economic ladder.


Source: Equality Of Opportunity Project
If you want to achieve the American Dream, don’t move to the South. That’s because states in the South have extremely low levels of economic mobility. In the map above, pale yellow represents places with higher mobility, while red indicates low mobility.

Many living in poverty in the South are being denied access to affordable health care.


Source: Urban Institute
States that didn’t choose to expand Medicaid under Obamacare are highlighted in lighter gray.

…which is costing these states a ton of money.


Source: The Huffington Post
This map shows how much money the 19 states that rejected Medicaid expansion will lose by 2022 as a result of doing so (assuming all other states participate).

This is particularly troubling because the South has several health crises on its hands. Like obesity.


Source: CDC
Obesity rates are too high across the U.S. But they’re particularly high in the South.

Southern states also have a higher percentage of cigarette smokers.


Source: The Huffington Post
Most southern states have a higher percentage of smokers than anywhere else in the country. Incidentally, most southern states have relatively low taxes on cigarettes.

And a much higher rate of teen births.


Source: Zara Matheson + Atlantic Cities
The map plots birth rates among women ages 15 to 19. In states shaded dark blue, there are more than 50 births per 1,000 teenage women.

Perhaps all this is why some southern states are among the least happy states in the country.


Source: Gallup
That’s according to Gallup’s recent “State of American Well-Being” report, which surveyed thousands of Americans and ranked states based on an average of six measures: “life evaluation,” emotional health, physical health, healthy behaviors, work environment and basic access to things like food, water and shelter.

These graphs represent data from credible sources, as indicated.

My first question: Why is is that Republican politicians and lawmakers don’t respond to the needs of their citizens, in particular their poor? Republicans need to step up to these critical problems. But you and I know that they will not do that. Therefore these citizens need to step up and vote for a change, for a change! Why thus far they have not done so far? Well that is my second question!

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I Just Have To Say This!

Yes, a picture is worth a thousand words, at least!

Addendum 02/20/2014:

To be attacking Obama and the Dems when their own policies have produced far more spending, well that’s plain hypocrisy, pure and simple!

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American Healthcare Costs Before Obamacare

This is where we were regarding health care costs before Obamacare was initiated.

Sure, we have great health care, but only for the more wealthy of us:

But American exceptionalism has a dark side. A U.S. Census Bureau report found that in 2012, more than 15 percent of the population — 48 million people — had no health insurance, which means they had limited access to medical care and were at risk of facing crippling debt if they got sick or injured. African Americans and Hispanics lack health insurance at disproportionate rates, and the uninsured are more likely to be poor, under 35 years old and living in the south of the United States.

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And what do we get for all the extra money we spend? Not better quality health care. The U.S. has worse life expectancy and infant mortality rates than other nations, and Americans are more likely to be obese and have diabetes. We don’t talk about that at our Fourth of July cookouts.

Obamacare will enable the uninsured to purchase health insurance from private insurers, amounting to 13-15 million people of the 48 million currently uninsured. In spite of all the rollout problems, Obamacare has now enrolled about 13 million folks, and under new rules, whereby those with pre-existing conditions cannot be excluded, and higher rates cannot be charged for women, the middle-aged, where they live or by race.

Most unfortunately is the fact that Obamacare has been sabotaged by President Obama’s political opponents, principally the red state Republicans, who have refused to allow federal medicaid money to flow, thus depriving their poorest residents from obtaining Obamacare. How cruel is this, I ask? Moreover, only 17 states have set up exchanges, intended to provide competition to hold rates down. This is lawless behavior to say the least, and cruel neglect of those who need health insurance the most, all for political purposes.

Due to the aforementioned increasing success of Obamacare, 13 million now covered, and at lower rates, the hoped for political gains by the Republicans for the 2014 mid-term elections does not appear to be materializing for them.

I say: Good!!!

Here are ten developed nations who have health care insurance programs for their people which are both less costly than ours yet provide superior health care as measured by efficiency of delivery, cost per capita, and cost as a percentage of GDP. (Scroll down.)

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Way Over The Top

According to Prisk Timeline:

First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner.
First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in.
First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States.
First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party.
First President to spend a trillion dollars on “shovel-ready” jobs when there was no such thing as “shovel-ready” jobs.
First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters.
First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat.
First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S., including those with criminal convictions.
First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees.
First President to tell a CEO of a major corporation (Chrysler) to resign.
First President to terminate America’s ability to put a man in space.
First President to cancel the National Day of Prayer and to say that America is no longer a Christian nation.
First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present.
First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it.
First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly spoke out on the reasons for their rate increases.
First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which state it is allowed to locate a factory.
First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN).
First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years ago.
First President to actively try to bankrupt an American industry (coal).
First President to fire an inspector general of AmeriCorps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case.
First President to appoint 45 czars to replace elected officials in his office.
First President to surround himself with radical left wing anarchists.
First President to golf more than 150 separate times in his five years in office. First President to hide his birth, medical, educational and travel records.
First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it.
First President to go on multiple “global apology tours” and concurrent “insult our friends” tours.
First President to go on over 17 lavish vacations, in addition to date nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends paid for by the taxpayers.
First President to have personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife.
First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year at taxpayer expense.
First President to fly in a personal trainer from Chicago at least once a week at taxpayer expense.
First President to repeat the Holy Quran and tell us the early morning call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is the most beautiful sound on earth.
First President to side with a foreign nation over one of the American 50 states (Mexico vs Arizona).
First President to tell the military men and women that they should pay for their own private insurance because they “volunteered to go to war and knew the consequences.”

This laundry list of lies was initiated by soundly defeated Republicans on day one of President Obama’s first day of his first term.

And do you know what? This reflects very badly on Repubs, because well more than half of voting Americans soundly refuted this garbage by reelecting the same Barack Obama to a second term in November of 2012.

These extremist Republicans know they are losing, which is why they have now launched an aggressive voter suppression campaign to disenfranchise those segments of our population who lean toward the Dems, when there is no evidence whatsoever that there is a voter fraud problem anywhere in the United States of America.

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