Thursday, March 25, 2010

When Men Were Free

We are ending the age of Reagan, finally.

Economic Scene - In Health Bill, Obama Attacks Wealth Inequality -
"Beyond the health reform’s effect on the medical system, it is the centerpiece of his deliberate effort to end what historians have called the age of Reagan.

Speaking to an ebullient audience of Democratic legislators and White House aides at the bill-signing ceremony on Tuesday, Mr. Obama claimed that health reform would “mark a new season in America.” He added, “We have now just enshrined, as soon as I sign this bill, the core principle that everybody should have some basic security when it comes to their health care.”"

Here's a dose of the beginnings of the Reagan Age. Sound familiar?:

The Washington Monthly:

"Reading Blankley's panic-stricken screed, I was immediately reminded of Ronald Reagan's 1961 attacks on JFK's Medicare proposal. At the time, Reagan said the plan would lead federal officials to dictate where physicians could practice medicine, and open the door to government control over where Americans were allowed to live. In fact, Reagan warned that if Medicare became law, there was a real possibility that the federal government would control where Americans go and what they do for a living.

Reagan added, '[I]f you don't [stop Medicare] and I don't do it, one of these days you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it once was like in America when men were free.'"

Our modern day Reagan/Bush/Air-fucking-head-violence inciter.

Sarah Palin's PAC Puts Gun Sights On Democrats She's Targeting In 2010

Which leads to...

FBI investigates Virginia incident - Andy Barr -
"Law enforcement authorities are investigating the discovery of a cut propane gas line at the Virginia home of Rep. Tom Perriello’s (D-Va.) brother, whose address was targeted by tea party activists angry at the congressman’s vote for the health care bill."

Bart Stupak Received Threatening Messages for Health Care Vote (Listen) - Political Hotsheet - CBS News:
"The calls placed to Stupak's office reveal the extreme anger members of Congress are facing.

'Congressman Stupak, you baby-killing mother f***er... I hope you bleed out your a**, got cancer and die, you mother f***er,' one man says in a message to Stupak.

'There are millions of people across the country who wish you ill,' a woman says in a voicemail, 'and all of those thoughts that are projected on you will materialize into something that's not very good for you.'"
Daily Kos: GOP has blood on its hands

The backlash: Reform turns personal - Jake Sherman and Marin Cogan -

These baggers are insane and dangerous. The first Dem that's maimed or killed, consider it war.


People like the health insurance reform. Who knew?

DNC Rakes In Over $2 Million Since Bill’s Passage | The Plum Line:
"A DNC source emails that the committee has pulled in over $2 million in online contributions since the bill passed on Sunday."

Once an asshole, always an asshole.

Think Progress � Bush wipes his hand on Clinton’s shirt after shaking hands with Haitian residents.:
"After the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in January, President Obama asked former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to lead the U.S. relief effort in that country. The two men viewed one of Haiti’s “massive tent cities” yesterday, in a trip — their first one to the country together — to “remind donors of the immense needs facing the recovery effort.” BBC aired video of Bush and Clinton’s visit, and Mediate noticed that at one point, Bush appeared to wipe his hand off on Clinton’s shirt after shaking hands with a crowd of Haitians. Watch it:"

Once a Nazi Youth...

Warned About Abuse, Vatican Failed to Defrock Priest -
"Top Vatican officials — including the future Pope Benedict XVI — did not defrock a priest who molested as many as 200 deaf boys, even though several American bishops repeatedly warned them that failure to act on the matter could embarrass the church, according to church files newly unearthed as part of a lawsuit."

In a few years stories like this will be quaint....

NFL Draft Class's Marijuana Use 'Epidemic,' Scouts Say:
"The 2010 NFL Draft class is a highly regarded group of pro football prospects, but some NFL scouts worry that a problem lies beneath the surface. Sports Illustrated reports that 'numerous NFL personnel evaluators' are worried by the number of players with marijuana use in their past. According to one source, nearly a dozen potential first-round draft choices could be red-flagged for using the drug in college."
.... because of this:

Pot legalization headed for Nov. ballot:
"The California Secretary of State is expected today to certify a measure that would ask voters this November whether marijuana should be legalized and regulated for adult recreational use."

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