Friday, September 25, 2009

The planet was made hospitable for human existence, and if we force change upon the planet, the planet will have no problem changing again

"We should be treating, I think, the whole issue of climate change and global warming with a far greater degree of priority than I think is happening now." -Prince Charles


To deny the obvious is to stick your head in the sand and ignore the coming danger that may threaten ones very existence. It is my experience that smart people very often can be and are wrong. Empirical evidence, a body of proof and the weight of experience is not enough to convince even brilliant people once their mind is made up. It may be because they cannot accept the reality of the fact or that they haven't really studied the matter. It could also be that they wish it not to be so, therefore they remain in denial. Whatever the reason they will deny it until that time comes that it effects them directly either financially, physically or in some other catastrophic way.

The fact that the dinosaurs were the dominant life form on the planet for 250 million years should tell us something. I doubt that if they had the power of reason they would have believed that they would not last another 250 million years moments before their extinction. Following the dinosaurs extinction the planet's climate changed, becoming a favorable environment for humans to grow and flourish. The polar ice caps developed allowing the temperature to become moderate and the oceans receded resulting in fertile lands, such as the fertile crescent where we have man's earliest civilization, a civilization that were able to grow and expand. The planet was made hospitable for human existence, and if we force change upon the planet, the planet will have no problem changing again making it inhospitable for human existence.

Man has been around for about 10 thousand years a blink of an eye when compared to the dinosaurs. Yet man now has the ability to destroy himself. Between weapons of mass destruction, epidemics, and global warming we are teetering on the brink of destruction. I think Stephen Hawking said it best when he said,
"The danger is that global warming may become self-sustaining, if it has not done so already. The melting of the Arctic and Antarctic ice caps reduces the fraction of solar energy reflected back into space, and so increases the temperature further. Climate change may kill off the Amazon and other rain forests, and so eliminate once one of the main ways in which carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere. The rise in sea temperature may trigger the release of large quantities of carbon dioxide, trapped as hydrides on the ocean floor. Both these phenomena would increase the greenhouse effect, and so global warming further. We have to reverse global warming urgently, if we still can. " This is a dire warning about what our future may be.

We can deny it, ignore it, or accept it. It doesn't matter, the facts are that the planet is warming and human activity is responsible for it and humans have the ability to change it. If we keep the old paradigm of business as usual and see a conspiracy to limit American economic growth by the third world so that they can get a jump on the United States and that they, the third World and emerging industrial giants China and India can pass us up and reduce us to a third world nation status, then we are paranoid. America has always led the way and if we lead on this issue we can help the world see that change can come about and countries can still continue to grow economically but responsibly. The third world including India and China will be adversely impacted by the results of Global Warming and climate change. They will experience the greatest economic and population dislocation.

We may be seeing the first casualty and an early warning of the potential of Global Warming coming from Australia, the proverbial canary in the coal mine. Scientists have also reacted with alarm at the number of species that have become extinct and at the number of species of animals that are now threatened. This along with the natural disaster visiting Australia is our wake up call. How long before species extinction begins to threaten man? The December Copenhagen Climate Change Conference may be our best last chance to make a difference. If we don't act, fail to reduce emissions, we will have no one to blame for the consequences. We will be on course for human extinction. The thing about global Warming it is like a snow ball rolling down hill, it begins slowly and is small but as it rolls it gathers more snow and grows all the while picking up speed. At some point it becomes unstoppable. If we reach that point in Global Warming we become like the dinosaurs, EXTINCT.


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The recent announcement of Iran's Secret Nuclear Facility by President Obama raises a specter of an Arms race in the Middle East. There is little trust between Iran and her neighbors. The threat of a nuclear armed Iran would spur countries such as Saudi Arabia, Syria and Egypt to seek to acquire nuclear weapons for national prestige or to counter the threat of a nuclear armed Iran. This presents a real danger of an unstable arms race and international nuclear terrorism in the worlds most volatile region. It also places a greater degree of concern for the state of Israel. Iran has made it clear to the world that Israel is their enemy and that they would prefer that the state of Israel cease to exist. Israel can only see a nuclear armed Iran as potential aggressor, and it may be only a matter of time before Israel will feel the need to act. As the only true democracy in the region Israel has gone it mostly alone with the lone exception of the United States as their one constant ally. It becomes imperative that the U.N. act to curtail Iran's ability to produce nuclear weapons or we may see the use of preemptive military action from Israel. For Israel time is of the essence and it's patience is close to an end. Unless the world leaders can come together and act decisively, they will leave Israel no choice but to act unilaterally and take whatever action against Iran they feel necessary to insure their survival and time is growing short.



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Media-Newswire.com
New Science Report Underlines Urgency for Governments to Seal the Deal in Copenhagen
Washington/Nairobi, 24 September 2009 -The pace and scale of climate change may now be outstripping even the most sobering predictions of the last report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC).

Thursday, September 24, 2009

What we don't want is a repeat of the failures and pain that was the experience of VietNam

“Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death.”
-Sun Tzu 544 - 496 B.C. The Art of War


The VietNam war was my generations war and it was a war that split the nation to it's core. It was a war that was un-winnable in the political environment of the day. America was unpopular around the world and the war was fought in the national and world press as much as it was on the battlefield. The questions asked was, why were we there? Shouldn't a country, VietNam, have the right to decide it's own form of government? Were we there for all the wrong reasons? Were we supporting a corrupt government in Saigon?
All the time young Americans were fighting and dying in the jungles of VietNam, and the politicians knew it was a war that they could not win. To win it we would have had to use the same tactics we had used in World War Two. Massive bombing and invasion of the North, in other words, total war. Would we have won? Most likely, but we would have been seen by the world as an aggressor nation. The politicians of the day had no stomach for it, so we failed and it was seen as a defeat for America. The victims of that war, the American fighting men bore that stigma. They fought and for the first time America lost a war, but in truth they were betrayed by those that sent them into hell. The legacy of VietNam was 60,000 American dead including my 19 year old cousin. A sorrow and pain that all those who lose someone can understand, added to that pain was the fact that President Johnson knew that the war couldn't be won but persisted out of sense history and not wanting to be the first American President to lose a war. It took a Democratically controlled congress' refusal to fund the war under President Richard Nixon that ultimately ended the debacle and brought the troops home.
Today we are engaged in a war in Afghanistan, and the fear is that it may be another un-winnable war. There is no army to fight, no army to to bring to the negotiation table. It is an insurgent war. A war that slowly bleeds men and material. We went there to destroy Al Qaida following the 9/11 attack, and also to defeat their supporters the Taliban. Unfortunately President George W. Bush allowed Afghanistan to languor while he invaded Iraq in pursuit of mythical weapons of mass destruction. Al Qaida is no longer hiding in Afghanistan but believed to be hiding out in the Bad Lands on the border of Pakistan. While Al Qaida has mostly left Afghanistan, the Taliban has been resurgent aided by the fact that the government of Hamid Karzai is corrupt, militarily impotent and in most parts of the country barely in evidence.
Afghanistan is a land locked, mostly mountainous, country that is only slightly smaller than Texas with a population of close to 30 million people. The question is; what will it take to win and is it winnable? How long will it take, another five years, ten or even twenty years? Is it worth the cost and do the American people and congress have to will to do what must be done? It is easy to sit back in an armchair and say we have to win. It is another thing to win. There is the financial cost to the nation. We scream that we have no money for this and that social program but we have money for war. In this case how much money will be enough. Another problem is that there is a reluctance on the part of NATO including Canada and Great Britain to continue their support of the war. Can we go it alone if they all withdraw? If history has any lessons for us it is that Afghanistan was a defeat for British Empire, who in the 19th century, was the mightiest military power on the planet, and a defeat for the Soviet Union a, 20th century, super power. These are important lessons and it should cause us to consider other options. It may be that we need a different type of victory. Military men see military solutions, politicians see political solutions. There are no simple solutions to the war in Afghanistan, the the solution may not lie solely with a military approach. There may be a middle ground. To just abandon Afghanistan could be a costly mistake and to pursue a purely military solution may be cost lives and resources that stress the resources of the United States. A new strategy is needed one that engages the regional states actors to help bring about a greater dialogue and a greater support for a stable government with greater emphasis on the social infrastructure of the country giving the people a greater say and investment in their country. What we don't want is a repeat of the failures and pain that was the experience of VietNam.

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Earth is reaching its breaking point, scientists warn
By By TOM MEERSMAN
The study defines nine planetary subsystems that need to be watched closely to avoid irreversible damage. They include climate change, global freshwater use, ocean acidification, species extinction, ozone depletion, conversion of natural land to cropland, chemical pollution, atmospheric pollution and nitrogen and phosphorus additions to the biosphere and oceans.
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The Big Melt

WASHINGTON – "New satellite information shows that ice sheets in Greenland and western Antarctica continue to shrink faster than scientists thought and in some places are already in runaway melt mode.

British scientists for the first time calculated changes in the height of the vulnerable but massive ice sheets and found them especially worse at their edges. That's where warmer water eats away from below. In some parts of Antarctica, ice sheets have been losing 30 feet a year in thickness since 2003, according to a paper published online Thursday in the journal Nature." By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP More...






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"In an interview with Katie Couric, Fox News pundit Glenn Beck said John McCain would have been a worse president for this country than Barack Obama. As ThinkProgress reported, Beck’s comments generated an angry response from right-wing radio host Mark Levin, who called Beck “mindless,” “incoherent,” and “pathetic.”
This is one of those moments when I agree with Mark Levin. MW Editor


(Correction)
While the report, 9/23/09, of Glen Beck , dirt bag, made it seem a recent event it actually took place in 1986. See the complete story of Glen Beck on Salon.com including how he mocked woman who had a miscarriage. He is still a dirt bag.
www.salon.com

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

We will have been one of natures experiments that failed and the next dominant species on the planet may well be the cockroach

"We have many advantages in the fight against global warming, but time is not one of them. Instead of idly debating the precise extent of global warming, or the precise timeline of global warming, we need to deal with the central facts of rising temperatures, rising waters, and all the endless troubles that global warming will bring. We stand warned by serious and credible scientists across the world that time is short and the dangers are great. The most relevant question now is whether our own government is equal to the challenge.
-Sen. John McCain

The climate change and it's effects that President Obama spoke about at the United Nations missed the mark. He focused on what we can perceive; the short term issues of crop yields, storm activities, glacial retreat, heat-waves and species extinction. The real issue is of far grater concern. If we allow the global temperature to raise by 2º centigrade and that number may be already too high then we begin runaway global warming that cannot be stopped.
There are many groups that are concerned with species and fauna extinction. The acidification of the oceans, coral reefs, the rain forests, butterflies, bees, bats etc, are in danger ant the effect it will have on the food supply. In a scenario where the food supply of the planet is reduced the poor die first the rich countries can pay for the worlds dwindling resources, but even that is not the ultimate danger. The real danger is human extinction. What President Obama should address is the extinction of our species. If we hit that 2º number and get runaway warming, all bet are off folks. We may have a hundred years; in the northern and southern latitudes two hundred years but then it will be all over for us as a species.
The planet will still be here, but we wont. We won't go out with a bang but with a whimper. This is the moment to change the course, but I doubt that the will and courage to act exists in the world. Emerging nations and third world countries wants their share of the worlds resources and want the opportunity to develop their industrial base at the expense of the climate. As the worlds population increases and climbs to nine billion, predicted by 2012, the demand for resources will stretch the already limited resources of the planet.
One of the factors that is preventing action is greed, industrial countries see acting to prevent global warming as a threat to profit. It is a short-sightedness. The oil and coal industries are only two of the contributors to global warming, coal fired plants around the world are contributing, automobile exhaust, and the list goes on. The paradigm of unlimited corporate growth is a key factor in the disaster that is global warming. Unlimited corporate growth and runaway population growth are a mixture of deadly proportions.
We will see in the next 20 years major natural disasters and it will only be a foreshadowing of things to come. Countries will cease to exist. Low lying countries such as the Maldives, Bangladesh, the delta regions of China, India, the Mississippi, will all be inundated as the oceans rise. "Within a thousand years there will be little evidence that we even existed on the planet". This is probably our last chance to change this dismal picture of the future and if we fail to act , well, then it is a sad commentary on the human species. We will have been one of natures experiments that failed and the next dominant species on the planet may well be the cockroach.


Thin Ice Katie Couric



CBS NEWS (circa 2007) Where are we today?
(AP) "The world has nudged closer to a nuclear apocalypse and environmental disaster, a trans-Atlantic group of prominent scientists warned Wednesday, pushing the hand of its symbolic Doomsday Clock two minutes closer to midnight.
It was the fourth time since the end of the Cold War that the clock has ticked forward, this time from 11:53 to 11:55 — two minutes closer to the end of humanity — amid fears over what the scientists are describing as "a second nuclear age" prompted largely by atomic standoffs with Iran and North Korea."
"There's a realization that we are changing our climate for the worse," he said, "That would have catastrophic effects. Although the threat is not as dire as that of nuclear weapons right now, in the long term we are looking at a serious threat."

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SPECIAL BLOG ALERT -- DANGER DIRT BAG ALERT! Glen Beck tough guy takes pleasure in attacking woman on his radio program, who had miscarriage. He calls her up while on the air and mocks her miscarriage, what a man, what a human being, the compassion of the man, the piece of shit!

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Health Care

Health care and the Baucus bill from MSNBC Countdown with Lawrence O'Donnell




The problem with the Baucus bill and how it fucks the American people and would place greater hardships on American poor and unemployed and a financial windfall to the health insurance companies.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The people have power.... The politicians, corporations and media are all afraid of an informed citizenry armed with the facts

“You can bend it and twist it... You can misuse and abuse it... But even God cannot change the Truth.”
-Michael Levy

The website opensecrets.org is a web site where we can see how much money our politicians are receiving from lobbyists. Go there and check it out. When you begin to understand the numbers you have to ask yourself, self who are our representatives truly representing? When corporations are donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to a senators campaign he has to be hard pressed to support any legislation that goes against the donors interest. Sen. Baucus D. Mon, for example receives money from the health insurance industry. He is from a state, Montana, with a low population, low income and raising money for his campaign can be daunting. Getting tens of thousands of dollars from the health insurance company has to play a role in his thinking. In truth as we said in Brooklyn when I was a kid and they probably still say it, money talks and bullshit walks. Another good one, Will Rogers once said, "we have the best government that money can buy." It's a truism that is hard to argue with. We need to throw them all out of office every year, then maybe we will have honest government.
There is a place for lobbyists but on the scale that these corporate lobbyists can influence our representatives it is amazing we ever get anything done for the people. The health insurance companies have poured tens of millions into the coffers of both the Republican and Democrats in an effort to undermine the presidents push for universal health care. They know that a public option would give them more competition and they would have to lower prices to compete and that they would have to be more responsible to their policy holders. No corporation wants competition, they want profit at all and any cost.
The other fox in the hen house is the Right Wing media, the congress and their lobbyists have been supported by the whores of the Right Wing media such as Fox, white man, News and their radio counterparts. Basically it's business and like I said money talks. The poor, blacks, hispanics don't have money so fuck em, the liberals are not supported by or supporters of big business because they have a social conscience therefor fuck them also.
The evangelical Right is supportive of the Republican Conservative Right because their issues are anti-abortion, anti-gays, and keeping their racial purity, are the opposite of liberal positions. They have numbers and are controlled by evangelical preachers and support their Republican bretheren. That is the reality and it is a bitch but there you have it. How can we fight back, vote the scum bags out of office. As for Right Wing Conservative radio and television, fuck them, don't listen to them, boycott their sponsors, write letters and support blogs that tell it like it is. The people have power they just have to decide to use it. The politicians, corporations and media are all afraid of an informed citizenry armed with the facts. Go and read www.opensecrets.org and learn what some of these lying pieces of shit we voted into office are receiving from corporate lobbyists to do their bidding.

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Online site called opensecrets.com that shines the light of day on the Money, who gets it and how much. Whose interest is the congress of the United States really protecting.



Hold Olympia Snow accountable for her betrayal of the trust of the voters and her sell out to the health insurance industry




Yea, this guy is Mr. Compassionate with his government health care program for him and his family. He is a true Republican, he doesn't give a fuck about anybody. The voters of Virginia elected a real piece of shit. His answer to this woman is heartless. Charities are strapped for money, the economy folks, and the waiting list for charity service at a hospital could be forever. Maybe the government should give up their premium government health care program and go out and buy their own coverage. No way they would scream bloody murder especially the Republicans.



Scarborough on Beck: ‘You cannot preach hatred’

A rational conservative voice. See the video. Worth watching.


Monday, September 21, 2009

hate spewing Right Wing Conservative dirtbag media must share some responsibility for murder

I am torn between the right of freedom of speech and how some groups have used it as a cover to preach hate of other groups and races.-Melvin Burruss, author


If it weren't so serious it would be laughable. The shit that comes of the mouths of hosts on Conservative talk radio and Fox white man News is unbelievably far fetched. It is lies, distortions and a fabrication of reality. They replace fact with fiction and their bed mates, the religious Right, replace dogma for science; never let the truth get in the way of true bullshit. The wacko conservative media are actually believed and some of the people that swallow their shit are not rational human beings, their nuts. Michael Savage, Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and the rest of the hate spewing Right Wing Conservative dirtbags media must share some responsibility for murder.

While they cannot be prosecuted for what they say their hate filled mantra has contributed to some peoples insanity. The result of this mass hysteria and psychosis, witnessed recently in the Washington protest by people without a clue, is the murders of George Tiller; also “in 1993, Dr. David Gunn of Pensacola, Florida was fatally shot during a protest; Dr. John Britton and James Barrett, a clinic escort, were both shot to death outside of another facility in Pensacola; December 30, 1994, Two receptionists, Shannon Lowney and Lee Ann Nichols, were killed in two clinic attacks in Brookline, Massachusetts; January 29, 1998, Robert Sanderson, an off-duty police officer who worked as a security guard at an abortion clinic in Birmingham, Alabama, was killed when his workplace was bombed and October 23, 1998, Dr. Barnett Slepian was shot to death at his home in Amherst, New York”, this only a partial list of events that include anthrax attacks, bombings, kidnappings, assaults, threats, and stalking.

This is domestic terrorism and it is being fueled by the right wing media and the right wing evangelical mania against abortion, gay rights, and a myriad of social issues that the Right sees as a threat to their warped vision of the world. The Right Wing media is in bed with Right Wing evangelical leaders such as the James Dobsons and their world view is shared by the Right Wing Republican politicians. They all bear a degree of responsibility for these murders. The great danger now is the threat it now poses to President Obama. President Obama is attacked daily by these hate mongers in the media. They are listened to and supported by Right Wing religious groups who see murder as gods punishment. If violence were to be visited upon our president these people share a great deal of the blame, they have fed the flames of hatred, intolerance, and bigotry and it may consume them and us all.

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McCarthyism is alive and well in America. Glen Beck the reincarnation of McCarthy, just as ugly, just as stupid. If you can believe Glen Beck I can sell you a Bridge.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

There are really some dumb people out there who are out to hurt themselves and don't know what the fuck they are talking about.

Even though the U.S. spends twice as much per person as any other developed country on health care, the U.S. is the only developed country that fails to provide universal coverage for all its citizens. -Carole Simpson - Leader-In-Residence in the Journalism Department of Emerson College.

There are two underlying themes in this issue of Mullin's World and they are uniquely tied together. They are Health Care Reform and the mindless madness of people on the Far Right being led and lied to by the Becks, Limbaughs, and the rest of the Right Wing media including the Right Wing Evangelical Christian leadership like Dobson's “The Family”, and other Right Wing radical demigod preachers.

The president has said that the public option is still alive and that means he will push for a public option. Baucus' proposed bill has no public option and without a public option it is worthless. The health insurance companies are cheering Baucus on, for them it is more profit, profit, profit at the expense of the public. It is up to the Democrats to fight for the public option regardless what the Republicans think. A major spokesman and standard bearer for the public option is Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, D-W.V., who is oppose to a bill without a public option.

The Right has rallied it's troops with the support of the Right Wing media. The Right Wing media, of Fox White Man News, now is becoming an advocate for Right Wing policy and is no longer serving in it's roll as a news reporting body. They have a clear agenda, they have become biased and partisan. The have become the house organ for Big Business and the Republican Right Wing fringe nut cases.

The stupidity of it all is that while the poor saps on the Right especially seniors are screaming “keep government out of my health care”, they wouldn't have health care if it wasn't for a Democrat named President Lyndon Johnson, who was opposed by Republicans every step of the way, and who called it socialism. It took thirty years going back to President Harry Truman, another Democrat, who first proposed it, and was stopped by the Republicans. And these geniuses on the Right want the government out of their health care, stupid bastards, it's the government that is providing it. There are really some dumb people out there who are out to hurt themselves and don't know what the fuck they are talking about. The same for Social Security. FDR, oh gee another Democrat, fought hard, and was apposed by, guess who? Your right, the Republicans. FDR fought for Social Security so that the seniors in America would have a safety net when they retire. These poor boobs on the Right are being duped and they need to Wake Up! They are being lied too and fucked over by scumbags, like Dobson, Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, O'Reilly, Baucus and the rest of the, bought and paid for by the Health Insurance Industry, politicians on the Republican Conservative Right.

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Time Reports-The Democrats and progressives are opposed to much of the Baucus proposed bill, the following five reasons spell it out.

"1. The Public Option
All four other versions of health-care-reform legislation that have emerged from the House and Senate include a government-insurance option that would compete with private plans to help keep costs down. Republicans across the board have denounced the proposal, with many calling it the first step to socialized medicine. In a nod to the concerns of his GOP colleagues and some moderate Democrats, Baucus introduced an alternative to the public plan: nonprofit state or regional cooperatives that, except for some seed money from Washington, would be exclusively financed by members' premiums. The hazy concept of co-ops has been pushed by North Dakota Democrat Kent Conrad, who was part of the bipartisan so-called Gang of Six that worked to draft the Baucus bill, but many health-policy experts view it as a poor substitute for a public plan; in fact, the Congressional Budget Office, in its scoring of the deficit impact of the bill, stated that it didn't believe the co-ops as proposed by Baucus would attract many members. Liberals see the plan as letting insurers off the hook. "Senator Baucus' health-care bill released today is like a dream come true for the insurance industry," screamed a statement by Justin Ruben, executive director of the progressive group MoveOn.org

2. Affordability

This issue emerged in the final days of negotiations as a key flashpoint. To help keep the costs down, Baucus provides comparatively less-generous subsidies to help low- and middle-income people purchase insurance. "The House bill clearly does more to make coverage affordable for more Americans," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in welcoming Baucus' bill. "As this proposal evolves, we hope to see modifications that result in the Senate bill better reflecting the work of the House to make health care more affordable for all Americans."

3. Immigration

Rep. Joe Wilson may have gotten himself into trouble when he yelled "You lie!" at President Obama during the address to the Joint Session of Congress, but it certainly seems that Democrats took his outburst to heart. Senate Finance negotiators went back to the table and rewrote the bill to ensure that not only would illegal immigrants be prevented from receiving government subsidies to buy insurance, but that they couldn't purchase insurance on the so-called exchanges even if they could pay for it in full. The plan also tightens the rules for some legal immigrants to qualify for government subsidies on the exchange. Both points have angered Latino lawmakers such as Rep. Luis Gutierrez and Senator Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, who are seeking to modify the provisions. Health policy experts say it makes absolutely no sense to prevent illegal immigrants from purchasing insurance, since taxpayers end up covering the costs anyway when the undocumented inevitably go to the emergency rooms to get their medical care. But with almost all politicians afraid of being painted as soft on illegal immigration, it's hard to see enough lawmakers supporting scaling back the provisions.

4. Medicare

Baucus has held down the fiscal impact of his legislation by proposing to cut a hefty $500 billion in Medicare costs. The bill claims to do this by trimming a lot of fat out of the system and setting up an independent, non-partisan panel that will take the power away from Congress to set Medicare payment policies and reimbursement rates. But, most controversially, the bill takes a big chunk of money from the Medicare Advantage program, which essentially subsidizes insurers. "We are committed to working with policymakers and stakeholders to find savings in the Medicare program, including Medicare Advantage, but it is important to ensure seniors' health care choices are protected," said a statement from America's Health Insurance Plans, the powerful lobbying group that represents private health insurance companies.

5. Medicaid

Baucus would expand Medicaid coverage currently topping out for people who make 100% of the poverty level to 133% of that level ($29,327 for a family of four), a shift that is expected to cover an additional 10 million Americans, including childless adults who have previously not been eligible for the program. Medicaid, however, has always been a partnership between the states and the federal government, and Baucus wasn't willing to absorb all of the costs of expanding the program. Under his proposal, the federal government would pay most of the new Medicaid costs: at least 80% in wealthy states like Connecticut and up to 95% in poorer ones like Mississippi." www.time.com more...

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Public Health Insurance Option is not dead "Creating a public health insurance option, which is supported by Obama and Democratic congressional leaders, could be a "dealbreaker" for some Republicans and insurance companies whose support would ease the way for a health care overhaul, the AP/Miami Herald reports. According to the Commonwealth Fund, a public coverage program similar to Medicare would reduce projected health care costs by about $2 trillion over 11 years, and reduce premiums by about 20% on average. Within about a decade, 105 million people would be enrolled in the public plan, and about 107 million would have private insurance, according to the Commonwealth Fund. www.kaisernetwork.org " MORE...

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This exclusive clip is from the latest episode of "Bill Moyers Journal," which aired Sunday. In the episode, Moyers goes after FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey -- one of the key figures using large industry donations to fund "Tea Party" rallies around the country, such as the the 9/12 march in Washington DC last week.
"Here's the catch," Moyers says after showing video clips with protesters decrying "the lies" coming from the Obama administration. "Something these marchers who came to Washington at Armey's urging could hardly be expected to know. For most of his adult life, their leader has benefited from just the kind of government tax-supported health care he's fighting to keep them from having too."
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The Last Time Right-Wing Hatred Ran Wild Like This a President Was Killed

Today, conservatives are expressing outrage that Rep. Nancy Pelosi had the nerve to raise concerns about the onrush of violent political rhetoric. The Noise Machine claims it has no idea what Pelosi's talking about. But the truth is, America's most famous bouts of political violence (i.e. JFK, Oklahoma City, etc.) have always been accompanied by waves of radical, right-wing rhetoric. Given that history, the GOP's insistence that the hate now filling the streets couldn't possibly inspire violence seems woefully naive. www.alternet.org

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Acorn – the new Republican bogeyman

"If rightwing operatives succeed in bringing down the community group, Democrats and minorities will have lost a valuable ally" guardian.co.uk

Brad Friedman www.bradblog.com


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