Thursday, July 02, 2009

But They Can't Take our Free Markets!

A to the men, Bernie. Now, if you can just get all of these fake-ass Democrats to sign on.

This is the route, though.

Republicans in charge = 51 votes. Democrats in charge = 60 votes?

I'm gonna blame the gays on this one too.

I said it's hard out here for a (D)imp.

Congress Matters :::

"'I think that with Al Franken coming on board, you have effectively 60 Democrats in the caucus, 58 and two Independents,' Sanders said in an interview with the Huffington Post. 'I think the strategy should be to say, it doesn't take 60 votes to pass a piece of legislation. It takes 60 votes to stop a filibuster. I think the strategy should be that every Democrat, no matter whether or not they ultimately end up voting for the final bill, is to say we are going to vote together to stop a Republican filibuster. And if somebody who votes for that ends up saying, 'I'm not gonna vote for this bill, it's too radical, blah, blah, blah, that's fine.''

'I think the idea of going to conservative Republicans, who are essentially representing the insurance companies and the drug companies, and watering down this bill substantially, rather than demanding we get 60 votes to stop the filibuster, I think that is a very wrong political strategy,' Sanders added."

Freeeeee Maaaaarkets! Oh, wait...

Health-Care Market Characterized By Consolidation, Not Competition | TPMMuckraker:

"The problem is most acute in small rural states, according to the report. In Shelby's own state of Alabama, the biggest insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, controls 83 percent of the statewide market. There, and in nine other states -- Hawaii, Rhode Island, Alaska, Vermont, Maine, Montana, Wyoming, Arkansas and Iowa -- the two largest health insurers control at least 80 percent of the market. So much for Shelby's 'marketplace for health care.'"

And you wanna know why it's important to have the public option active on day one...

They didn't make the new credit card/consumer laws active on day one, and now looky-looky:

Citi raises rates on millions of credit cards: report | Reuters


My beans crawled into my tummy a bit when seeing this.

I went up to the top of the Sears Towers a few months after 9/11. Scary. No 'up high' fan am I.

Sears Tower unveils 103rd floor glass balconies - Yahoo! News:

"CHICAGO – Visitors to the Sears Tower's new glass balconies all seem to agree: The first step is the hardest.

The balconies are suspended 1,353 feet in the air and jut out four feet from the building's 103rd floor Skydeck. Their transparent walls, floor and ceiling leave visitors with the impression they're floating over the city.

'It's like walking on ice,' said Margaret Kemp, of Bishop, Calif., who said her heart was still pounding even after stepping away from the balcony. 'That first step you take — 'am I going down?''"



davyproctorboy said...

JPW---This is one of our big differences (and hooray for differences!): What you consider "fake-ass" Democrats I consider what Democrats really are. The few non-"fake-asses" are an aberration within the Republicrats. That is why I have mostly vote/support third parties (which to me are really second parties; I consider the others one big corporate party). They and the media try all they can to magnify the illusion of real choice between the two. It is in their corporate interest to do so.

JPW said...

Stop obstructing our progress with your gayness, Davy! I mean, really, come on.


JPW said...

And here's the difference with our differences (and, agreed, yay diff).

While I agree with 70% of your points,my diff has the potential to change things.

Your diff does not. See Ralph Nader.


davyproctorboy said...

We have very similar goals, but I think the only way things will ever truly change is for the Republicrats to be challenged/defeated/replaced. I don't think "your way" will ever lead to true change. Just slight/cosmetic/illusory shifts. Otherwise, endless war, etc. But I will fight for your utter right to be wrong.