Sen. Lamar Alexander’s (R-Tennessee) chief of staff, Ryan Loskarn, has been placed on leave without pay over allegations involving child pornography. Another “family values” guy bites the dust.
If you were writing a parody of a right-wing nut job announcing for the Senate, you couldn’t do a better job than Congressman Steve Stockman’s actual announcement that he’s primarying John Cornyn in Texas.
Claim the Fed is unconstitutional? Check. Claim the U. N. is going to take away your guns? Check.
Claim John Cornyn is a liberal? Check. WTF? The National Journal named Cornyn the second most conservative member of the Senate. John Cornyn is as much a liberal as I am a nuclear physicist.
But Stockman claims Cornyn puts “a Republican bayonet in your back…every day.” He says Cornyn “wakes up every morning and works to make the Senate a more liberal place.” He suggests Cornyn should become a senator from Massachusetts — yeah, he and Elizabeth Warren, two peas in a pod.
His announcement is funny and delusional and sad and scary. When is the fever going to break?
The budget deal worked out by Sen. Patty Murray for the Dems and Congressman Paul Ryan for the GOP doesn’t have an extension of unemployment benefits for the 1.3 million long-term unemployed whose benefits run out on December 28. It’s not as if we’re anywhere near full employment.
The way Obamacare was supposed to work (for those without employer-based or government health care) was that some would get Medicaid under an expanded program, some would get insurance with government subsidies, and some would get insurance without government subsidies.
But when the Supreme Court found Obamacare constitutional, they also held that states didn’t have to expand Medicaid, and right now 25 states (all with GOP govs and/or legislatures) have refused to do so. These red states are also among the poorest and unhealthiest states, places like Alabama and Mississippi.
So about 5 million people can’t get health insurance because they are too poor to qualify for subsidies. Yes, you read that right.
Obamacare has left them in the same sad, sorry place they were before — with health care navigators encouraging them to try free clinics. They should also encourage them to vote.
“The wrong turn we’ve taken in economic policy — our obsession with debt and ‘entitlements,’ when we should have been focused on jobs and opportunity– was of course, driven in part by the power of wealthy vested interest. but it wasn’t just raw power. The fiscal scolds also benefited from a sort of ideological monopoly: for several years you just weren’t considered serious in Washington unless you worshipped at the altar of Simpson and Bowles.
“Now, however, we have the president of the United States breaking ranks, finally sounding like the progressive many of his supporters thought they were backing in 2008. This is going to change the discourse — and, eventually, I believe, actual policy.”
Paul Krugman, “Obama Gets Real,” NYT
It’s been so frustrating to me that during and since the Great Recession, we’ve sacrificed growth by focusing too much on each year’s deficit and the national debt. Of course, deficits were going to spike when unemployment was so high and we were paying out so much more for unemployment benefits, food stamps, Medicaid, etc. and taking in so much less in revenues. But we behaved as if that was not just a temporary circumstance, but our long-term destiny, and thus prolonged and deepened that temporary state, weakening us as a country and cruelly crushing a whole lot of families unnecessarily. Keynes is (still) right, Paul Ryan is wrong, and Ayn Rand was a novelist, not an economist. It’s time for the Prez and the Dems to lead us out of this economic wilderness.
Rick “Frothy” Santorum says that Nelson Mandela’s fight against apartheid was just like … the GOP’s fight against Obamacare.
The moral arc of the Republican Party continues to bend toward irrationality and irrelevance.
Mark Halprin, on his media tour for Double Down, has stepped in it pretty deeply about Obamacare leading to rationing.
But aren’t the GOP govs/legislatures who have refused to expand Medicaid (half the states, about 5 million people who qualify) engaged in rationing?
Democrat Mark Herring has been named the winner of Virginia’s race for attorney general — by a whopping 165 votes out of more than two million cast.
But far-right nut job Mark Obenshain can request a recount. As a state legislator, he introduced a bill requiring women to report miscarriages to their local police or face a year in jail.
UPDATE — Obenshain has requested a recount.
If you like your health insurance, “you can keep it, if it hasn’t been changed or cancelled.”
Senior Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer, who seemed to think he was on SNL, not Stephanopoulus
“The website is really just the beginning. I think you’re talking about the potential collapse, not only of Obamacare as we have understood it, but potentially the insurance industry more basically.”
Stephen “Chicken Little” Hayes of The Weekly Standard on Fox News
Because it’s not enough to misinform “the folks,” we have to scare the crap out of them, too.