Subsidizing hugely profitable companies is a good idea why again?
President Obama is leading the charge on ending taxpayer subsidies to the massively profitable oil companies. This week, the Senate voted in a procedural vote on Senate bill 2204, the Repeal Big Oil Subsidies Act, to do just that. The vote was a lopsided 92-4 but that’s not because Senate Republicans actually want to end these subsidies. It’s because, for some reason, they think this is a winning issue for them and that it will go down in flames in the end while making the Obama administration look bad in light of rising gas prices.…
We can’t afford not to.
Republicans like to pretend that poor people get rich off the government. As if that makes sense.
99 percent of Republicans do or will depend on the social safety net at some point in their lives. Like most Americans, they’re one illness from poverty, one illness from never being able to afford health insurance on their own. The Affordable Care Act fixes this. But the shame of this vulnerability and dependence in the conservative brain is stronger than logic.
Politics is not about logic. It’s about emotion. You don’t win with arguments. You win by framing yourself and your opponent.…
What the good judge giveth, the Appeals Court taketh awayOn March 20th, Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina sent Flint Emergency Manager Michael Brown packing as she overturned the work of the review team that put him in place. Once again it was for violations of Michigan's Open Meeting Act. I characterized that decision as "for now" and I was, not surprisingly, right. Yesterday, the Court of Appeals overturned her ruling and Brown is back in while the state appeals the decision.
Lipton Lite?Once the darling of the tea party, Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley seems to have fallen out of disfavor of late. Calley, the father of a child with autism, has championed mandatory insurance coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism. This does NOT sit well with his tea party brethern, nosiree Bob. I have been tempted to write about Calley's interesting situation. His tea party support suggests that he'd be against any sort of mandate like this but, apparently, having an autistic child has pried open his heart a bit, at least in that regard. At any rate, I haven't been inclined to criticize him for his hypocrisy or for his use of his position of power to advocate for a cause that's near and dear to his heart and family, not when it can help out a group that needs it. But the tea party is. They are totally inclined.
Drinking the "tea" in MichiganMichigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has an op-ed in today's Detroit News regarding the Supreme Court case involving the Affordable Care Act that reads like a tea party manifesto. He appears to representing the small number of Michiganders that call themselves tea partiers while the rest of us have our views disregarded. He describes it as "an unprecedented power grab" and says it "ends limitations on federal powers". Neither of these things are true and, as LOLGOP said earlier today, the vast majority of SCOTUS watchers believe they will uphold the ACA as constitutional.
Supreme Court to decide if being smart about health care is constitutional.
This week the Affordable Care Act faces its first big challenge of the year. The Supreme Court will hear arguments about the individual mandate, Medicaid expansion and how these both affect the constitutionality of the entire law. The court’s decisions on these matters are expected before the election, which is the second big challenge of the year.
Here’s the first thing you should know: 85% of Supreme Court watchers believe the ACA will survive this challenge.…
They've taken our country back, alright...I haven't yet written about the senseless killing of Trayvon Martin, not because I had nothing to say but because I wasn't sure I had anything to add to the conversation. Then, over the weekend, an Iraqi mother in California was beaten to death and left with a note that said "Go Back To Your Country, You Terrorist". It was then that I realized that fearful, angry conservatives have achieved their goal of "taking our country back". They have taken it back to the 1950s and before.
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