I agree with the Obstructionist Republicans and Blue Dog DINOs. There IS DEFINITELY rampant waste and abuse in the system, and we need to do something about those leeches who abuse the system, when they can afford their own health care. The leeches I'm talking about can be found on Capitol Hill.
I've seen the arguments.
- Ours is a sedentary lifestyle.
- So much fast food is available.
- We're all too busy to cook.
- We don't know how to portion.
- All overeating is emotional; fix that and the problem is solved.
- Unhealthy food tastes better.
- Some obesity is genetic.
- Vegetarianism/low-carb/vegan/low-fat/glycemic index/Weight Watchers/Jenny Craig/Atkins/South Beach/Zone is THE way to go.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. There's some truth to all of that. But if you think the obesity issue starts and stops there, well, think again.
Full Disclosure: I've served in the Marines, my dad served in the Marines in World War II, my uncle in Korea in the Army, my best friend in the Air Force, my former fiance in the Marines, one of my friends of many years in the Navy, and my cousin in the Air Force as a surgeon. I've also worked on site as a contractor at a major VA hospital for over 2 years where my project manager was a Navy veteran.
To play Devil's Advocate on a controversial issue, I feel as if I may be the only one who sees the pragmatism - on its surface - in the Obama administration's now-scrapped proposal to use private health care for service related injuries.
There's a lot of emotionalism and stereotyping on this issue, so first let me say not all combat veterans end up indigent, unemployed, homeless, or severely disabled. Many actually become quite successful, active, and productive.
In an Ideas piece at Politico, former RNC national press secretary and White House spokesman Alex Conant penned the rather specious The 5 Biggest Myths about Barack Obama.
It got me thinking about the most common myths put forth about the Republicans as a whole.
So without further ado...
I know you're angry. Furious, outraged, insulted, frustrated and I appreciate your battle for your cause.
But right now, today, I'm sorry but I just can't care a much as you'd like me to. And it's because I'm tired.
Maybe your stamina is better than mine. Maybe your outrage provides the fuel you need. Probably. But me? I'm tired. I'm not as old as some, but I'm probably older than most.
And I've decided to not be angry about Rick Warren.
Most of the time, I enjoy The Rachel Maddow Show. I've been watching since Day One and then listen to her show again the next day on Air America.
But her assertion that waiting in line to vote is akin to a poll tax? As an election judge, this concerns me.
I can appreciate her point of view, I really can. American citizens should not have to wait for hours on end to vote. It means giving up hours of your life you'll never get back when you could have been doing something else.
I've been pondering McCheaters ticket (clearly the "family values" team) and their whole meme of "guilt by association."
And I pondered how it relates to my own life. How 'guilty' are my associations? Been around awhile now. Met a lot of people.
Well, it turns out that I didn't realize what a colorful and important Rolodex I had - at least by their "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" standard.
I've always suspected it, and now with the financial "crisis" (I guess The Free Market should only be allowed to play out when they're making outrageous profits on the backs of the rest of us), I'm certain of it.
Bush doesn't really have "speechwriters." He has a book of Mad-Libs they drag out and fill in to make a new Scary Speech. (And if you think there won't be some 'announcement' of a Thwarted Terror Attack in October to boost McCain's numbers, you've been asleep for the past 7 years.)
So now here's your chance to create your own speech so you too can be all scary and sound just like George W. Bush. Just in time for Halloween.
During last week'S RNC, the cameras managed to find one lone Hispanic with a sign "Hispanics for McCain," even though it's a demographic that's been continually out of reach for septuagenarian Senator.
Other surrogates have been making the rounds since Obama accepted the Dem nod to haughtily insist that not only are they not racists or sexists, but are victims of notions that are liberal-generated myths, seized upon and promoted by the Liberal Elite MSM.
In a way, they have a point. Those poor besieged Republicans are just woefully misunderstood.
...or How to Woo A Recalcitrant Party.
It's occurred to me: we've seen this movie before. The reality is that before McBush can woo over those feisty Hillary supporters, he has his own party unity issues to address. And how perfect that Sarah Palin happened to answer the call. But perhaps not in the way she thinks.
For a party that values spying over privacy, it's almost mind-boggling that they would eagerly accept an unknown. This is a party where pedigrees matter. And given the rigid wait-your-turn structure of candidate selection, it's more mind-boggling still.
Sexism still lives. And McCain's pick of Sarah Palin proves it. If there's any Hillary Clinton supporters out there who think that McCain's choice is an outreach against the perceived sexism of the Democratic primaries...
Sarah Palin is the most cynical, transparent, and insulting pick imaginable. McCain is sending a clear message to disgruntled and dissatisfied Hillary supporters and I'll tell you what it is after the jump.
(x-posted @ MyDD)
I can understand everyone saying - as they did in the 1990s - that this is someone's personal life, and no one else's business, and gee, they're only human.
And - and this this important - so are the voters. Human, I mean.
Had Mr. Edwards been the nominee, had this been the 'October surprise', there would indeed be a royal screwing of the Democratic party. If you don't think so, just look at the path that led Barack Obama to the Senate.
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