March 22nd, 2010

RatReading

This Is The Conflict The Doesn't Eeeeeeeeeend....

For decades, Congress has helped itself to the Social Security fund, figuring they would pay back the money before it needed to pay out.  Social Security recently began calling for the money back right now.

All those loans started three years ago to help stimulate the economy under Shrub come due this year, and there are lots of questions about whether they can be paid back or not, potentially sticking people with trillions of dollars in debt.

There was already speculation that Medicare was going to collapse by 2020.

And now, a nearly $1 tril addition to all that has been passed in the form of health care reform that perpetuates insurance companies instead of getting them in line passed 219-212.  You know, the ones who got nailed in the junk bond scheme and have been teetering.  Nice to have friends in Washington.  Remember, this doesn't extend health care to anyone, if makes it illegal not to have it.  That's not extending benefits, that's forcing people to participate in a market.

Interestingly, this is going to be signed.  I'm no longer hearing about the "plan" to merge a second hastily passed bill that will "fix" this one.  They got what they wanted, a new protected market for their contributors, and that's all that matters.

Although, one thought does make me smile -- hey, Rush Limbaugh!  Done packing yet?!?

Several states will be subsidizing for other states.  Illinois, which is already facing a huge financial crisis with talk of increasing taxes to go along with just about every fee shooting instead of curbing wasteful spending, is getting stuck paying for Nevada because the poor dears there have such a rough economy.  The same Nevada Obama has villified in speeches as the home of wasteful spending (and actually caused their tourism business to take a dive).

My suspicions about the R's using this to gain a supermajority got their first boost as the news started talking about how all the carping could blow up in their faces, as most Americans won't see any changes, good or bad, for years.  The media which helped get Obama elected is saying it could be risky for the D's but gave certain pronouncements to the R's.  The spin machine is on, trying to nullify the angry electorate.  The R's are going to take advantage of voter rage.  This election will be no different than any other, with the voters as just an angry force of nature instead of making informed choices.  I get so sick of people who don't care they are being used.

The only angle left here is another rebellion, a real wild card that I can't predict.  Several states are complaining that this is now a states' rights issue, that they should not have to pay and participate in this.  They are talking about taking the bill to court.  Could it shoot it down?  Maybe.  States rights vs. the fed is a real quagmire, so God only knows what the results will be.  And this assumes no one takes the bill to court for being unduly burdensome to begin with.

It's days like today that make me happy I'm nearer the end of my life than the beginning.
DontBlameMe

The Oracle Of Delphi Has NOTHIN' On Me

Republicans are already stating that they will make repealing the health care bill their rallying point for the November elections.

Remember, to repeal it, they need a supermajority.  And they were working the protesters outside the capital yesterday during the entire vote.

Heed my verbs and pronouns...they're after the keys to the candy store.  They sold out their own Presidential candidate, you better believe they'll sell out the voters who put them in, too....
DontBlameMe

Voter Fury And His Howling Commados

Well, that didn't take long.

Ten attorney generals are banding together to file a federal suit to kill Obamacare.  The ten states in this little union are Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Washington.  The Virginia AG is filing his own suit separate from anyone else.  Their grounds are that this is hilariously expensive for them to monitor, it violates logic (the Virginia AG, Kenneth Cuccinelli, sez, "If a person decides not to buy health insurance, that person by definition is not engaging in commerce.  If you are not engaging in commerce, how can the federal government regulate you?"), and it violates state sovereignty.

I should point out that all of these AG's are Republicans.  AG's that are Democrat, such as here in Illinois, aren't saying jack squat.

36 state legs have started bills to limit the reach of Obamacare and forcing people to participate.  Of those 36, Idaho and Virginia have already enacted laws to supersede it.  Arizona has a state constitutional amendment waiting for voter approval in November.  All the rest are simply introduced.  I'm guessing that's going to get fast tracked.  This will be another black eye for Obamacare, because if state's rights stands, then the reach of Obamacare will be inconsistent, based on what state you live in, and can be tossed by a regular legal challenge.

Long story short -- getting Obamacare approved was a three-ring circus.  Now, there's a new show rolling into town....
DontBlameMe

From The Sine Timore Mail Bag....

You can get a pulse of the country by how quickly e-mails shoot around....


Let me get this straight......
 
 
we're trying to pass a health care plan written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn't understand it, 
 
 
passed by a Congress that hasn't read it but exempts themselves from it, 
 
 
to be signed by a president that also hasn't read it and who smokes,
 
 
with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes,
 
 
all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese,
 
and financed by a country that's broke. 

What the hell could possibly go wrong????