It seems to me that the more mainstream Republicans are starting to feel the heat in society. Certainly a large percentage of Republicans, the non-redneck wing of the GOP, the educated conservatives, don't stand with the "break his teeth" pastors, the assault weapon carrying fundamentalists at town halls; you know, the domestic terrorist types.
Raw Story has a story up that puts on display some of the tensions within the GOP, certainly within the wingnutosphere. Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs has denounced Beck and is rehashing old white supremacist outings. And good for him, credit where credit due. Raw Story's take on Johnson and excerpt of Johnson below:
This seems to indicate a shift. Maybe it's due the spectacle of Republican Party apparatchiks and their uncontrollable rabid rightwingers' packing heat, crying and whining at town halls. Maybe it's because people are hearing about the eye-popping premiums people are paying for crappy insurance AND THEN GETTING DENIED COVERAGE WHEN THEY REALLY NEED IT!!!
A moderate Senate Democrat said Sunday he could support a bill that would trigger government-funded public health insurance if new health care legislation failed to deliver on its promises.
"If, somehow, the private market doesn't respond the way that it's supposed to, then it would trigger a public option or a government-run option," Nelson said.
He said such a provision should be used "only as a fail-safe backstop to the process."
"And when I say trigger ... I don't mean a hair trigger," Nelson said. "I mean a true trigger -- one that would only apply if there isn't the kind of competition in the business that we believe there would be."
With all the meta going around, I thought I would try to redirect all the energy here: I would like to pass along an anecdote from today, a conversaition with my conservative parents about health care reform.
You see, Republicans are just as outraged with the status quo as any good liberal, despite all the wingnut drama we see on the teevee.
(Yes I said liberal. I'm tired of the political correctness of "progressive." Let's be proud liberals like Teddy was.)
Anyhow, both of my parents, who just "achieved" Medicare status a few years ago, and both of whom had serious need for medical insurance of some sort during the interim, rail against the injustice of the current scam of an insurance system.
My father has liver cancer and my mother has type two diabetes (and she's not even that overweight). But.
I am so sick of the stupid crap about the economy showing up on the rec list.
Yeah so the fuck what if we show piss-ant growth for one quarter? There were quarters of growth in the 80's recession and then we sank back into recession. Then more growth quarters, then more recession...
Japan is reporting record deflation. China's stock market has crashed in the past few weeks. Bank failures are increasing, see below. Unemployment benefits are about to run out on tens of thousands (hello soup lines). The jobs market isn't expected to recovery until 2011 and that is if the rosy prognosticators are right. And even if they are right, his will NOT be a goddamned V recovery.
I am sick of this stupid shit. When we're trying to hold the bankers accountable, we get these econ diarists trying SO HARD to convince us that the status quo is returning. No. It's. Not.
I wrote a diary yesterday about Mexico changing its drug laws in leiu of Harm Reduction policies.
Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Columbia have defied the conservative neo-totalitarianist philosophy of class and race war via the "drug war" by implementing Harm Reduction policies. In Europe, Portugal has joined the Netherlands in sane, decriminalized drug policy.
Drug users are sick. They need health care, not jail.
The best news in this article is that the Obama administration hasn't complained about Mexico's implementation of Seattle-like Harm Reduction policies.
If Democrats want to help the poor and also strike a deep blow to the conservative psyche of neo-totalitarianism, end the "drug war." End this war on minorities and troubled persons. It's a health issue, not a criminal issue. More and more countries are defying the conservative ideology:
Argentina's Supreme Court ruled out prison for small-scale pot possession on Tuesday, saying the government should go after major traffickers and provide treatment instead of jail for consumers of marijuana.
Ruling in a case involving several young men caught with marijuana cigarettes in their pockets, the judges struck down a law providing for up to two years in prison for possession of small amounts of narcotics.
Tuesday's decision doesn't legalize drug possession outright. But Argentina's Cabinet chief favors keeping drug addicts out of the justice system, and was waiting for the ruling before forwarding a proposed law to Congress.
The seven judges said they were unanimous in "declaring the unconstitutionality of prison for private consumption."
You would have to be blind to have missed the 'econ wars' that have been waging around here. Well, it looks like opinions are tipping towards the U-shaped, "lost decade" type of "recovery" rather than the V-shaped happy bubbly type of recovery.
Nouriel Roubini, the New York University professor who predicted the financial crisis, said the chance of a double-dip recession is increasing because of risks related to ending global monetary and fiscal stimulus. [snip]
"There are risks associated with exit strategies from the massive monetary and fiscal easing," Roubini wrote. "Policy makers are damned if they do and damned if they don’t."
Government and central bank officials may undermine the recovery and tip their economies back into "stagdeflation" if they raise taxes, cut spending and mop up excess liquidity in their systems to reduce fiscal deficits, Roubini says. He defines "stagdeflation" as recession and deflation.
It's starting to look like the "debate" about the "recovery" is over: we are looking at a Japan-like "lost decade" and this recovery is unlike any previous recovery besides the Great Depression.
Rachel Maddow just mentioned this as breaking news on her show so I found one article on this. Rachel was discussing this with Senator Sanders from Vermont and he said that breaking down the legislation into two parts, one that could face filibuster and one that would pass by reconciliation, was definitely under discussion by the Dem leadership. The insurance reform part would face the filibuster vote while the public plan part would go through reconciliation, but the WSJ article says that is still up in the air.
The White House and Senate Democratic leaders, seeing little chance of bipartisan support for their health-care overhaul, are considering a strategy shift that would break the legislation into two parts and pass the most expensive provisions solely with Democratic votes.
And on reconciliation and the public plan:
A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll showed an age gap in regards to support of health care reform but a new poll, see below fold, indicates that the town hall discussions have made seniors more apprehensive about the current system.
CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, August 5, 2009
Fifty percent of those questioned in CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday morning say they support the president's plans, with 45 percent opposed.
The results indicate a generational divide.
"Obama's plan is most popular among younger Americans and least popular among senior citizens," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "A majority of Americans over the age of 50 oppose Obama's plan; a majority of those under 50 support it."
Now the new poll:
I was surprised to learn over the weekend that my conservative mother supports the public option and the Democrats' health care reform in general. I was surprised because she has gotten more conservative as she aged (late 60's); she has become one of those types that mindlessly forwards conservative chain emails (I finally flipped out on one of them and so I'm no longer on the distribution thank God).
You see, there's a "donut-hole" per se in basic insurance coverage for seniors in their late 50's or early 60's who have lost coverage, get coverage terminated, or who have come down with a chronic condition but who don't yet qualify for Medicare: those people get SCREWED by Big Insurance. My mom is one of their victims.
Because of the problems she faced getting health insurance coverage and because of the astonomical monthly cost she faced after finally finding some crappy coverage in the years prior to qualifying for Medicare, she understandably supports the Democrats' changes to the insurance system.
She spoke this weekend like someone that wants revenge for the financial rape she suffered at the hands of Big Insurance.
This is from a Durham, NC neighborhood email distribution list. Whole Foods is NOT backing down but rather they appear to be in anti-health care battle mode.
With the idiot Whole Foods CEO john Mackey penning his hyper-conservative screed in the Wall Street Journal, is anyone surprised that they're kicking health care canvassers out of their parking lots?!
It doesn't sound like these folks were even mentioning the boycott but rather were only getting signatures for health care reform!
From: [Name removed]
Sent: Thursday, August 13, 2009 10:46:35 PM
Subject: [whhna-list] Boycott Wholefoods
A Duke primary care physician and I were asked to leave Broad Street Whole Foods Parking area when we were collecting signatures in support of health care reform. In the 13 weeks organizing this area leading up to the November election, the only other business in Durham that Whole Pay Check was in company with was Walmart.
Ironically, our evolutionary cousins have helped lend some insight into those who don't believe in evolution but rather believe that the world was made a few thousand years ago.
A new study shows the similarities between monkeys and humans in regards to the phenomenom of "monkey see, monkey do." The unusually similar behavior we see at the town hall spectacles brought to us by Big Pharma and Big Insurance can now be finally explained for all we slack-jawed observers!
Yes those raging grey back males and those tearfully wingnutty females are simply imitating one another in nationwide circle jerk according to this new study.
I heard someone today on Rachel Maddow or Countdown say that the frighteningly ignorant wingnutters make up 25% of the population. 25%. That's a lot of monkey-see, monkey do. Anyhow, science once again explains such phenomena: