Monday, 8/5/13, Public Square

obamacare is scary



by | August 5, 2013 · 6:00 am

17 responses to “Monday, 8/5/13, Public Square

    • One thing we can count on during the next five weeks when congress critters are on vacation is more misinformation being spread. The republicans see enough evidence that Obamacare — the law of the land — is working to reduce premiums, improve insurance coverage and insure more people so they will be even more diligent in their efforts to spread fear. It’s what they’ve got — fear, and they’re experts are ginning up their sheep. Shoot, they’re still trying to take Social Security and Medicare away from people so we can expect them to work harder in their crusade of fear and confusion with regards to Obamacare. Can’t have anything that endangers all the money going to their corporate masters!

      Wonder if republicans could come up with something that benefited Americans if that was where their put their efforts? There’s no evidence to support that they could, but it would be good to see if it’s possible.

  1. Senator Bernie Sanders Exposes Massive Koch Brothers Corruption

    • wicked

      I read that last night. He was spot on, and I’m not surprised at what he said. The Machine has only grown larger.

  2. Robert Reich says —

    Corporate lobbyists are preparing to present arguments when Congress returns about why corporate taxes should be lowered. (The President has already indicated a willingness to lower them.) But they’re lies. You need to know them so you can spread the truth.

    (1) U.S. corporate tax rates are higher than the tax rates of other big economies. Wrong. After deductions and tax credits, the average corporate tax rate in the U.S. is lower. According to the Congressional Research Service (“International Corporate Tax Rate Comparisons and Policy Implications, 2011”) the United States has an effective corporate tax rate of 27.1%, compared to an average of 27.7% in the other large economies of the world.

    (2) U.S. corporations need lower taxes in order to make investments in new jobs. Wrong again. Big corporations are sitting on almost $2 trillion of cash they don’t know what to do with. Rather than investing in expansion, they’re buying back their own stocks or raising dividends. They have no economic incentive to expand unless or until consumers want to buy more, but consumer spending is pinched because the middle class keeps shrinking and the median wage, adjusted for inflation, keeps dropping.

    (3) U.S. corporations need a tax break in order to be globally competitive. Baloney. Most big U.S. corporations are not really American companies at all. They’ve been creating more jobs abroad than in the U.S. A growing percent of their customers are outside the U.S. Their investors are global. They do their R&D all over the world. And they park their profits wherever taxes are lowest. The “competitiveness” of American companies is a meaningless term.

    • wicked

      All of the above and especially #3, leads us back to stop allowing American companies to produce overseas. That in itself is what has killed manufacturing in this country. Tax and/or penalize the MF’s, then give perks to the ones who keep jobs here.

  3. When you see and hear that Chris Wallace with Fox News is more in touch with reality than Eric Cantor you get a better idea of the dysfunction within the U. S. House.

    • wicked

      Private sector jobs are up. “Government jobs” are down.

      People don’t have jobs because of proper skills and training, but make sure college isn’t available to anyone but the rich or people who are willing to put themselves into debt for most of their lifetimes.

      Twiddlypiss bills that aren’t being passed, because they’re useless, not to mention wrong.

      • wicked

        Increase in the price at the pump? Does that mean gas prices were highest during Dubya’s 2 terms because he raised them? Dumba$$es think it doesn’t work both ways or at least that’s what they want us to think.

        When was the last time the Republicans brought a bill to the table that would lower the use of oil?

  4. prairiepond

    I loved what the woman in Kentucky said about ol’ turtle face. If Congress had a kidney stone they would refuse to pass it.

    • Bob White

      Yes …. watch the Dem candidate for Senate from Kentucky running against Mitch …. This is going to be fun.

    • Mitch McConnell SHOULD have stood up, walked over to the podium and told his group of hecklers to show some class and give this woman the common courtesy of listening to her.

      But…..what can you expect from Mitch?

      I thought the Southern States always bragged about how they had such fine manners..

  5. A speaker at the NRA Convention in Houston last week was advising parents to hide their guns in their children’s bedrooms.

    Rob Pincus, owner of I.C.E. a full service personal defense and firearms training company, had the following advise for parents:

    “If you’re worried that your kid is going to try to break into the safe that is in their bedroom with a gun in it, you have bigger problems than home defense,” Pincus said. “If you think that the kid who’s going to try to break into the safe because it’s in their room isn’t sneaking into your room to try to break into stuff, you’re naive and you have bigger problems than this. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with staging the gun where you’re most likely to barricade [yourself]. If you have to run across the house to check on the kids, there’s no reason to take them out of the bathroom and move them to some other room when the bad guy might be wandering around your house.”

  6. I know, I know. The republicans aren’t going to let the democrats or the media choose their candidate again. They’ve been there, done that. More than once.

    Maybe most of the potential republican candidates will keep their mouths shut and just use some secret hand signals to indicate to only “conservative” voters their creds. Then, independent voters will never catch on about these silent nutjobs and simply vote for the silent guy / gal. [sarcasm off]

    Seems like we have yet another election cycle where the cameras need to be on, the microphones always at the ready. Wouldn’t want to miss anything! 🙂

    Gov. Chris Christie/Sen. Rand Paul feud could make Christie president

  7. When I saw the topic header picture for today – of course Paul Ryan fits right in with a Scary Tour…

    That man looks just like little Eddie Munster…..IMHO

    There is one big difference though – I liked little Eddie Munster.

    Paul Ryan – not so much

  8. Hillary Clinton has the Republicans running scared….

    Way to go….Hillary…