Repeal Obamacare!

Republicans are hypocritical in being outraged about the rollout of Affordable Care Act.

Tea Party controls the GOP
Boehner is shocked and outraged.
Affordable Care Act
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Republicans are outraged about the botched roll out of Obamacare. They demand quick fix. And they demand that the Obamacare will be repealed as soon as it is fixed. And than they, the Republicans will implement the real Healthcare law by renaming the Obamacare into the Affordable Care Act that most Americans say they prefer.

Americans Reject Obamacare but accept Affordable Care Act

Republicans know that no matter what it is, if you tell Americans “IT” is Socialism and it will take your FREEDOM away from you, Americans will be against “IT” Whatever “IT” is. Stupid is as stupid does.

Affordable Care Act
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Ignorance in America
Bigotry on the march.

Bigoted Racist Uninformed Teabaggers Enlightened Society(BRUTES) reject Obamacare as s socialist plot to enslave all freedom-loving fat and sick Americans by forcing healthcare on them.  No way, you Kenyan Marxist-Socialist Nazi! We Americans are for the Affordable Care Act or Reagancare.  You cannot fool us, Barack Hussein Obama.  We are smarter than this.

Misinformation about the Affordable Care Act
Republican hypocrites.
Virginia legislators were considering a forced trans-vaginal ultrasound bill

Republicans know that no matter what it is, if you tell Americans “IT” is Socialism and it will take your FREEDOM away from you, Americans will be against “IT”, whatever “IT” is.  Stupid is as stupid does.

Same people who made this video want to force trans-vaginal ultrasound before an abortion. This scary guy in a hat represents Governors of Wisconsin, Virginia, Florida among others.

My Advise to Republicans: Make Yourselves Useful.

What the Republican Party is offering – a “free economy”, one free of regulations and free of taxes. We are an economic society already controlled and owned by Big Corporations; our middle class is shrinking while the big money class becomes more powerful than ever. The last four years of the recession put more people into poverty, and big money just got bigger.


The State of the Union

As I listened  to the State Of The Union Address by the President of United States, I had these thoughts:

State of the Union

President Obama presented a reasonable approach to our problems and concerns.  Considering where we were 4 years ago and where we are now,  it certainly appears that some things worked:  we have a better economy, a better housing market and a better stock market.  Yes, it took us four long years, and it will take even more to allow us to feel comfortable again.  I look forward to that day, and this is why I support most government programs suggested by the President.  I especially  support those on education, immigration, clean air, levying higher taxes on those making $250,000.00 or more and infrastructure rebuilding.  I would also like to see more programs to reduce gun violence.  And yes, I would like to see more programs designed to enable people to move away from the Government-subsidized programs towards self-support.  Then I listened to a Republican response by Marco Rubio.

I could not help but wonder if the Republicans have any plan, except for programs that benefit the rich and powerful.  Rubio – “For much of human history, most people were trapped in stagnant societies, where a tiny minority always stayed on top and no one else even had a chance.”

Marco Rubio
Marco Rubio

Yet this is exactly what the Republican Party is offering – a “free economy”, one free of regulations and free of taxes.  We are an economic society already controlled and owned by Big Corporations; our middle class is shrinking while the big money class becomes more powerful than ever.  The last four years of the recession put more people into poverty and big money just got bigger.

And Rubio spoke of immigration.  Fifty percent of our immigrants come from Mexico –a “free economy” country.  Yet Marco Rubio said, “ They’re immigrants who came here because they were stuck in poverty in countries where the government dominated the economy.”  In Mexico government does not dominate; the rich and powerful do.  Do we want to become another Mexico?

Rubio – “It (strong middle class) comes from a vibrant free economy where people can risk their own money to open a business.  And when they succeed, they hire more people who in turn invest or spend the money they make, helping others start a business and create jobs.”

 Well Mr. Rubio, How do you grow business without infrastructure?  Our roads and bridges need repair, our electrical grid needs modernization, and our communication grid  is antiquated.  The private sector never finances these projects.  How many jobs would be created by doing all this work?  How much money would the Government get in taxes from all these jobs?  How many small businesses would benefit from all this work?  Come on, Republicans – this is simply a no-brainier.

And, yes, we need regulations.  We do not want to repeat of the 2008 market crash.  We want clean air and water.  We want safe roads.  We want safe schools, parks and streets. 

Dirty coal
Blessed with coal.

Rubio – “But God also blessed America with abundant coal, oil and natural gas.  And let’s reform our energy regulations so that they’re reasonable and based on common sense.”  We have sun and wind too!  Why would Republicans not want to encourage the further development of renewable energy programs?

Rubio – “Helping the middle class grow will also require an education system that gives people the skills today’s jobs entail and the knowledge that tomorrow’s world will require.”  When I heard that, I was happy.  Finally something in common between the two parties.  Come on, Rubio, continue.  What is your plan?

Rubio – “Republicans have offered a detailed and credible plan that helps save Medicare without hurting today’s retirees. Instead of playing politics with Medicare, when is the President going to offer his plan to save it?”   You forgot to add, Senator, the Republican solution is to privatize Medicare.  Let me remind you, Medicare is financed by the Government because private insurance companies did not want to finance the care of the sick and the old. 

Violence and guns
Killings in Chicago

And here come the guns.  Rubio – “But unconstitutionally undermining the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans is not the way to do it.”  Are we a modern society?  Or are we the Wild West?  And who is proposing to undermine the Second Amendment?  Can you buy a grenade launcher because of the Second Amendment?  Why not?  How about some common sense?  I do not want teachers to carry guns in schools.  I do not want to think about some lunatic getting into a school, a theater, a club or a shopping mall because the Second Amendment allows him to do it.

And then a beautiful closing by the Senator:  “This dream – of a better life for their children – it’s the hope of parents everywhere.  Politicians here and throughout the world have long promised that more government can make those dreams come true.”  Dear Rubio, there is nothing wrong for the Government to create a safety-net for those who want to live a dream, who yearn to have a good life for their children.  Not everybody is able to make a lot of money; not everybody has the ability to take a risk; not everybody is brave.  Some people are just trying to make it through the day.  Many start-up businesses fail.  Many  people fall on hard times by no fault of their own.  As a society, we can, and we should help.

Politics ahead of policies.
Please get to work.

Certainly, we should cut waste; we should remove programs that are not working and fix those in need of repair.  Obamacare is not perfect, and probably never will be.  Nothing of this complexity can be perfect.  Just like all programs, it can and will certainly be adjusted as we go along.  That is why the Congress is here.  Its job is to make government work for the people.

So, Congress, please do what you are elected to do:  get to work.  And you, Republicans, when you finish bickering among yourselves, why don’t you decide to make this a better country for our citizens?  Make yourselves useful.  Maybe that will give you a chance to get reelected. 

More and More Preposterous

For the first time in 40 years, they are supporting a Republican for president. Their reasoning, in a nutshell, is that Republicans in Congress won’t work with President Obama, but Democrats, for the good of the country, would cooperate with a President Romney to get things done.



By Ed McManus

Have you heard about the Des Moines Register’s endorsement?

For the first time in 40 years, they are supporting a Republican for president. Their reasoning, in a nutshell, is that Republicans in Congress won’t work with President Obama, but Democrats, for the good of the country, would cooperate with a President Romney to get things done.

Sound familiar? It is the same twisted logic that Time columnist Joe Klein used a few weeks ago: Let’s reward the Republicans for their stubbornness and callousness, and punish the Democrats for caring about the country. I wrote a blog about it at the time, entitled “Preposterous!”

I am writing this one in the final days. Things are looking up for the President at the moment, but this election is much too close to take for granted. And this kind of argument is downright scary–if too many independents take it seriously.

Klein’s Sept. 15 column was preceded and followed by many columns by him that were very critical of Romney. Joe is no apologist for the GOP. But he fretted in September that the Bush tax cuts are due to expire at the end of the year, along with big budget cuts agreed on by both parties, and a deal must be made to avert a recession. And Romney will be better able to make the deal, Klein wrote, so we won’t all fall off the fiscal cliff.

What a lousy reason for handing the White House over to Mitt Romney and his pals for the next four years!

The Des Moines Register says the economy, jobs and a balanced budget are the nation’s biggest challenges and they must be dealt with “in a bipartisan manner.” They say both candidates are superbly qualified, and they complement Obama for the 2009 stimulus. They give him credit for reaching out to Republicans, but they point out that he has been rebuffed. Romney, on the other hand, gets along with Democrats. “Romney had to tack to the right during the primary season,” the Register says. “Since then, he has recalibrated his campaign to focus on his concern for the middle class, and that is believable if the real Mitt Romney is the one on display as governor of Massachusetts who passed a health care reform plan that became the model for the one passed by Congress.”

Take a look at that sentence. One, they admit they don’t know who the real Romney is, even though they are endorsing him! And two, they point to health care reform as his greatest bipartisan achievement, although Romney is promising to repeal Obamacare!

They predict that he will be far more centrist as president than he has been as a candidate. Don’t worry about the fact that he has been lying about his views all along, they seem to say. And they, like Klein, put great importance on negotiating a deal on the budget, although many economists believe we aren’t facing any immediate fiscal crisis.

Fortunately, many newspapers have seen the light and shunned Romney. One notable one is the Salt Lake Tribune, the major paper in a very red and Mormon state. (Disclosure: I used to work there.) Their editorial for Obama said: “From his embrace of the party’s radical right wing, to subsequent portrayals of himself as a moderate champion of the middle class, Romney has raised the most frequently asked question of the campaign: ‘Who is this guy, really, and what in the world does he truly believe?’.”

We know who Obama is. He rescued us from the Bush fiscal mess and got universal health care passed. He’s a keeper. -0-

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 Ed McManus is a Wilmette, IL, attorney and former Chicago Tribune editor/reporter. Comments (and brickbats) welcome: Please forward this blog to your friends.

Why Obama’s reelection will benefit Republican Party

Here is my thinking. We do not know what Mitt Romney believes in, what he stands for. Is he a “severe conservative”, or is he a Massachusetts moderate, or is he a more centrist Republican?

Nobody knows what Romney.s convictions.

Here is my thinking. We do not know what Mitt Romney believes in, what he stands for. Is he a “severe conservative”, or is he a Massachusetts moderate, or is he a more centrist Republican?

The Tea Party extremists have hijacked today’s Republican Party. Congress cannot achieve anything if it is not the Tea Party’s way.

Now, imagine that Mitt Romney becomes President of the United States. According to his behavior so far, he would want to satisfy the Republican Party. Why? Because if he did not work with them, the Republicans might not endorse him for a second term. Working with the Tea Party means conservative Supreme Court judges, cuts in social programs, no new revenues, more tax breaks for the rich, no more regulations for banks.


Tea Party misleads ignorant
Ignorant Fanatics

Now, imagine that Barack Obama is elected to a second term. The Republicans, in order to be relevant and have a chance at getting to the White House, would be forced to change their behavior. They would have to get more to the center, attract more minorities, represent different layers of American society. They would move more to the center, become more moderate.

And this would be good for the Republican Party and probably very good for the whole country. Two heads are better than one; two functional parties are better than one.

Mad Rush to the Cliff

Drilling for more jobs, burning coal for more jobs, fracking for more jobs, cheap gasoline to burn for more jobs- a sad, mad, blind rush to extinction.

The environment should not be a political issue. It is a health issue! Don’t we all want our kids to be healthy? We all need clean water and clean air. Who wants to eat food with pesticides? How about BPA in plastics? Emissions from coal burning plants? 

I was watching the second Presidential debate and listening to Romney and Obama trying to outdo each other on who will do more drilling and who is a better friend of coal.

And I could imagine in the not so distant past the same guys talking about supporting steam engine manufacturing in America to create more jobs. Because some kind of stinky internal combustion engine is a pie in the sky.

And I thought of the coming ecological crises, and of toxic air and water, and I thought of my kids and grandkids and what their world will look like if we do not come to our senses. I remembered the everglades in Florida, where Indian tribes used to live, that is now toxic from the pesticides of the sugar cane fields.

Romney was accusing the President of delaying the Keystone pipeline, and the President avoided the answer. Why is it a taboo for politicians to talk about the environment?

We call it “the environment”–this very delicate balance between life and death, this wonderful, self-sustaining living organism, the Earth. The environment is this rare and beautiful living world that keeps us alive. We as a species are inseparable from the environment.

Ignoring the environment
Jobs at any cost?

We humans are exceptional in the sense that we are the only species on the planet capable and willing to destroy it, our environment, and in doing so to destroy ourselves.

Climate change, fresh water crises, mono culture, mutant bacteria, new and frightening diseases threaten our very existence.

And yet the politicians do not talk about it.

Drilling for more jobs, burning coal for more jobs, fracking for more jobs, cheap gasoline to burn for more jobs- a sad, mad, blind rush to extinction.

My Friend George Dunn, Citizen

The ability to modify and change ones view of the world is uniquely human. George was an honest man, a decent American, a citizen. For George, it was simple and obvious: citizens don’t attempt to buy elections; citizens don’t exploit the ignorance, the fears, and the prejudices of others. Citizens don’t deny the people’s lawful right to vote. Citizens are not driven by greed and avarice; they are driven by a sense of what is good; what is fair; and what is compassionate.

“We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense.

As citizens, we understand that America is not about what can be done for us. It’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government.” President Obama, Democratic National Convention, Sept. 6, 2012.

Forty four years ago I met George Dunn. I lost my dear George just a few days before President Obama delivered his acceptance speech uttering those elegant words in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Though George had stage four lung cancer, we were both certain that we would be sitting together watching the election returns in November.  It won’t happen.  I am sad.

Lt. George W. Dunn Jr.

The tall, good- looking, bright, young man from America’s heartland whom I met in the fall of 1968 was the iconic American. He was certainly not anything like me, a 5’9″, 140 pound Jewish kid raised in a one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn. George was a big man, a handsome man, well over six feet and 200 pounds, with a deep radio announcer voice.  Born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, he successfully battled polio as a child; his dad owned the local Dr. Pepper bottling plant.  His mother was a “Seward” a pioneer Bloomington family.  George graduated from Indiana University where he played center on the football team, was a “Young Republican “, read Ayn Rand, and was a member of ROTC.  Continue reading “My Friend George Dunn, Citizen”

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